Communication Is Key to Genuine Employee Engagement

If you want your employees to feel good about your business and the direction it’s headed, you’ve got to keep them informed, new research finds.


Effective communication with employees results in workers who both rate their employers’ reputations favorably and feel their company’s best years are still to come, new Harris Poll finds.

Overall, more than three-quarters of employees who say their company does a good job of communicating with them also say their company’s reputation is good and that they believe their employers’ best years are still ahead.

Employers who want their employees to feel good about the business should focus their communication on several specific areas. The study revealed that discussing company goals, how employees are contributing to the company’s success and how the company is performing are all critical. [Improving Employee Performance Is All About Communication ]

Specifically, more than 70 percent of employees have a favorable view of their company and think the best years are still to come when employers effectively communicate company goals and objectives, company performance, and how each worker is personally contributing to the business’s success.

“The reputational impact of effective internal communications is clear,” Carol Gstalder, senior vice president of reputation management and public relations practice for Harris Poll, said in a statement.

The study’s authors said it’s up to managers to boost their communication efforts. Gstalder said employees often look first to their supervisors to obtain the information they need to do their jobs and that effective managers share company information in ways that resonate with their staffs. This type of communication goes a long way toward motivating employees to achieve company goals, according to Gstalder.

Despite the vital role managers play, only one-third said they strongly agree they are a primary communicator to employees, and less than half said they strongly agree they are well trained and prepared to communicate news and information to employees.

Given the impact of employee communication on company reputation, ensuring managers are equipped with the skills needed to effectively communicate is an essential ingredient in today’s workplace, Gstalder said.

The study was based on surveys of 2,276 U.S. adults, of whom 1,117 were employed or self-employed.

Bring Your Own Network Is Your Business Data Secure

With the widespread adoption of BYOD (bring your own device) policies and remote work arrangements, employees are able to access company data from anywhere there’s an Internet connection. Certain files and access points may only be available through a corporate connection, but in many cases, “bring your own network” (BYON) has become the new normal for today’s workforce.


The benefits of being able to work without being tethered to one’s desk are obvious, which is why employers have been increasingly supportive of BYOD and BYON in recent years.

“Individual users can easily set up their own access points with pretty standard technology and cheaper data plans,” said Carlos Montero-Luque, chief technology officer of enterprise mobility management platform Apperian. “The convenience, lower cost and ease to set up one’s personal network anywhere, anytime is very appealing to road warriors, even without deep technical expertise. Companies also benefit from the increased availability of their workforce, which is why they want to support and secure remote connection, rather than prohibit it.”

Of course, you don’t need to be an IT professional to realize that there are also some very serious security implications that come with BYON. It may be relatively secure for employees to log in to corporate programs from their password-protected home network, but public Wi-Fi hotspots and mobile carrier networks, as well as any data accessed through these channels, are unsecured. [Remote Workers’ Success Starts With IT Support]

“With BYON, people are utilizing corporate data and applications that may or may not be secure,” said Sarah Lahav, CEO of IT service management provider SysAid Technologies. “It takes everything that once lived happily in your secure corporate firewall and puts it at risk to hackers and viruses.[It also] allows employees to bypass corporate networks to access an array of services and applications that may have otherwise been prevented by IT.”

“When an employee is on an employer network, they’re far more inclined to follow legitimate company practices, but when they’re on their own network or device, they’re more likely to do personal things,” added Tim Francis, enterprise cyber lead at Travelers, a provider of cyber insurance. “If they’re accessing apps and software not vetted by the company, those [programs] are more likely to bring malware with them.”

While banning BYON entirely may seem like the most logical way to keep company data as secure as possible, such a policy is difficult to enforce and simply doesn’t make sense for most companies at this point. Today’s employees have come to expect anywhere, anytime access to their work files, and Francis noted that offering BYON as an option may be important to employee satisfaction and retention.

In terms of practicality, productivity and business costs, it’s better to allow BYON than restrict all outside access to corporate files and programs, Montero-Luque said. The question then becomes how to ensure that these external networks are being accessed in a secure way. Here are a few ways to balance the benefits and risks of BYON.

Risk assessment

Before you set concrete rules for your BYON policy, you must first assess your company’s current level of risk. Consider the networks and devices your employees use to access corporate data, and based on that, determine what security gaps need to be filled in.

“Take a look at how you currently address data protection,” Lahav told Business News Daily. “Remember: You want to be protecting the data, not so much the device that it sits on. Ensure that your firewall can identify unapproved networks as well.”

Francis advised having a series of conversations with your employees about BYON to help you determine what shape your policies should take. He also recommended speaking with your insurance provider to see if any of your current BYON risks can be mitigated with the right coverage, such as cybersecurity insurance.

“Your insurance coverage [should be] sophisticated enough to keep up with the fact that there could be compromises within the company network, but also on an employee’s personal device transmitting data through a private network,” Francis said.

Secured, targeted access

Implementing Virtual Private Network (VPN) access outside the corporate network is a smart, practical solution to some of the risks of BYON. Not all programs and applications an employee may use require an encrypted corporate connection, but determining which ones do based on your risk assessment can help you choose the right VPN solution.

“Device-level VPNs are both difficult to set up and inconvenient in terms of battery use, as well as unnecessary for things like basic personal browsing,” Montero-Luque said. “The use of in-app VPNs via solutions such as app-wrapping enables easy, targeted encryption of sensitive communications.”

Montero-Luque noted that encryption of data at rest in the device is also a key component of securing mobile-based content outside the corporate network. The use of tools to encrypt app data using certified encryption libraries, such as FIPS 140-2 certification, provides an additional layer of security that can be applied specifically to an app and its associated data.

Most importantly, consider your company’s password management and login systems for corporate applications.

“Make sure that access to apps and content in a device for corporate use is limited to corporate identities that are subject to company-wide policies, such as password strength and change rules,” Montero-Luque said. “The use of dynamic authentication policies extends these capabilities to deal with changes on those corporate credentials automatically and provides conveniences like shared authentication for wrapped apps and session timeouts for additional security.”

Employee education

Perhaps the most important thing any employer can do to protect itself and its data from out-of-network risks is to make sure employees have a clear understanding of BYON policies. Once you’ve figured out the best course of action for your company, be up-front with your staff and ensure they understand what can and can’t be done on noncorporate devices and networks.

“What are the security questions from an IT, user and HR standpoint?” Francis said. “Understand what works, what can and should be done on a private network, and what must never be done on a private network. IT needs [the right] resources and tech solutions in place. Some things are too important to a company’s bottom line to be allowed to be vulnerable and compromised in an unencrypted network.”

“BYON is like anything in the world of IT — you need to ensure that you understand the security risks out there,” Lahav added. “Take the time to understand and educate yourself on the dangers and how to protect yourself against them.”

Are You Protecting This Important Digital Business Asset

When it comes to data security, most businesses focus heavily on protecting sensitive corporate information and personal details about employees and customers. But there’s another digital asset that companies should guard just as carefully, and most organizations don’t realize it until after a breach has occurred.


That asset is a business’s social media presence. In today’s highly connected world, a large percentage of a company’s branding efforts happen on social networks. All the time and effort you’ve spent creating a positive brand image can be undone in a matter of seconds if the wrong person gains access to your accounts.

You don’t have to look very far to find examples of corporate PR disasters due to a compromised social media account. Burger King and Jeep were victims of highly publicized Twitter hackings last year; the Associated Press suffered a hack, too, and a fake tweet about a White House explosion went out to nearly 2 million followers. While social media teams were able to get the situation under control quickly in each of these cases, it’s easy to see how damaging a social hack can be to a brand. [5 Surefire Ways to Get Your Passwords Stolen]

Devin Redmond, CEO and co-founder of social media brand protection company Nexgate, said that the consumer-oriented, viral nature of social media makes it much more difficult to keep track of this content, especially when something does go awry.

“Social media is outside the abilities of traditional IT departments,” Redmond told Business News Daily. “Once you create a page, it gets a life of its own and grows quickly. By the time IT can catch up with it, it’s already very robust. Anything that goes on social media lives in these external environments, and there’s nowhere near [the level of] traditional IT controls.”

The first line of defense against a social media breach is, of course, proper password protection. Branded social media accounts are often managed by more than one person, and bad passwords and password-sharing practices can greatly increase your risk of a breach.

“[Consider] who has access to the accounts, where the passwords are kept and how they’re stored,” Redmond said. “At some organizations, social accounts are on a spreadsheet shared with workers, contractors and external agencies.”

To avoid some of the risks associated with password sharing, Redmond recommended using a good password management system, or a social media management solution that allows users to publish and edit content without inputting the social account’s actual password. You should also keep a close eye on the apps and devices attached to your brand’s social accounts. Third-party apps accessed through Facebook and Twitter often list “posting to your account” as one of the terms you agree to when you authorize them, so be sure the ones you use are trusted and secure.

If you’ve been lax about social media security in the past, you always face the possibility of a breach, even if you’re more careful now. Bigger brands have a lot more at stake than do smaller ones when social accounts are hacked, but those larger companies also have more resources to deal with the fallout as quickly as possible. At a small business, where social media management is likely someone’s side project rather than full-time job, a hacked account may go unnoticed until it’s far too late. For this reason, Redmond emphasized the necessity of a strong social-media security policy.

“Spend time creating a policy and process for what to do if an account is hacked,” he said. “[Think about] how to notify followers. What’s your recovery plan?”

Diligent daily monitoring of your social accounts can aid in recovery time should someone hack into them. Redmond advised proactively looking for unusual activity, such as “spammy” direct messages, automatically published content that comes out at odd times, and unauthorized changes to profile pictures. Deleting all traces of this activity and immediately changing your passwords will stop further hacker efforts, and set you on the road to brand recovery.

Business Printers and Printing Trends

The introduction of the laser and ink-jet printers changed the way how computer users transferred images unto physical media.

Prior to their introduction, thermal printers that used specialised thermal paper which were quite expensive during the 80’s and 90s and used extensively for fax machines thermal printers were rudimentary devices in most modern offices to an extent that enterprises that did not have these printers were regarded as ‘not up to par’ especially among small businesses.

Despite the introduction of a wide array of printing devices, thermal printers have managed to hold on to a significant portion of the ‘print market share’ as they are considered to be cost effective printing methods for a variety of businesses which include POS (Point of Sale) systems at retail stores, ATM machines or even utility bills.

Thermal printers are still considered to be popular across the globe for printing proof of purchases at the point of sale, however, thermal printers have not been spared from competition which stems from the long standing dot matrix printers that are still widely use in basically the same market demand sphere only to extend a bit further in terms of its value proposition as the dot matrix printouts are robust and last for years whereas thermal printouts tend to fade over time if not stored properly (even then they still fade eventually).

As a matter of fact, the dot matrix printer has become a serious threat to the thermal printer’s market share due to a variety of reasons which include the chemical compound found in certain thermal paper that easily transfers through the skin, the fading of the receipt paper as well as the cost of the paper itself could vary significantly depending on the supplier and quality.

Over the last few years the dot matrix market share has been gradually increasing again as printing huge volume of invoices, purchase orders, purchase lists and documentation using laser printers or ink jet printers are not only cumbersome at times as these printers run out of ink fairly quickly, but also cost ineffective, whereas the dot matrix is capable of printing anywhere between 4 times to times the volume of laser or inkjet printers for a fraction of the cost.

Added to that, the dot matrix also provides users to use 2 ply or 3 ply carbon paper that allow users to make instant carbon copies of their printouts which makes interdepartmental sharing of documents easy and quick.

However, thermal printers have an entirely different value proposition as they are relatively quiet and substantially faster than the dot matrix which makes thermal paper rolls and thermal eftpos rolls the preferred choices at retail stores and ATM machines, which assists to reduce the growth of long customer queues.

The thermal paper rolls that thermal printers use are also practical in terms of performance as these machines do not have issues with papers jamming or the printers running out of ink as well as incurring ink costs that are associated with most other printers including the dot matrix.

Three Things You MUST not Forget when Transferring a Business to Heirs

When you start a business and make it successfully over the years, the vision is usually to pass it on to the generations when you become too old to run it effectively or even when you die. This sounds easy. Just transfer the business in the name of your oldest child or get all your children to jointly own the business.

Through estate planning, transfer of non-controlling equity, and steadily bringing the children through board managerial positions, you would be preparing them to take over when you leave. Unfortunately, and unknown to most parents with businesses, transferring a business successfully to the next generation involves a lot more than that.

Let’s dig deeper;

  • Source of funds to buy out the founders

One of the most technical aspects of the transfer to consider is how the children, whose only income and source of funds would be the business, would raise enough money to buy ownership and cash out the founders without bringing the business to its knees.

Usually, the children may not be individually wealthy enough to purchase the business because they too might have been relying on it for all their financial needs. So, to buy the business, they would need to take money out of the same business they intend to buy.

  • Transitioning management responsibilities

Will the founders and managers smoothly hand it over without compromising the quality of management? In most cases, the parent who probably founded the business might be the only one who has ever managed the business from inception.

Perhaps, the children might have been simply working as employees in the company. Now, they have to become managers! Do they even have the management skills to take over the business?

  • Dealing with more than one child

How do you ensure that no bickering ensues amongst your children after the business is passed on to them? What if the children hate each other? How do you ensure that their quarreling doesn’t kill the business? It is entirely possible for them to take a business loan from and disagree on how to pay it, which could cause untold consequences for the business.

All these factors should be taken seriously, and where possible, involve experts to make the transition process smooth.

The Hidden Mystery Behind content writing

The evolution of writing has given birth to lots of writers. However, the success comes to those content writers, who understand the art of changing the words into impressive and attractive writing pieces. The content writers have full control to change a plain piece of writing into a creative stuff. So, the writers are becoming successful with the use of creative writing.


As we all know, content play a vital role in ranking a website or blog. The secrets behind of it are quality and uniqueness. In this post, we are going to explore the hidden mystery behind content writing.

  1. Good Conversion

You can succeed in attracting audience to your website, but it’s not so enough. It does not matter how the audience come on your site, your website should have ability to keep them return back and high quality and informative content is one of those things.

With such kind of content, you will be able to engage visitors converting them into customers. They can purchase from you and tell about your product or service to a lot more people. In simple term, if your website is upgraded with informative and unique content on daily basis, your ROI will increase day by day.

  1. SEO

Search Engine Optimization is a program which assists you increases the website rank on search engines like Yahoo, Bing or Google. With amazing Search Engine Optimization tactics, you may obtain many customers.

However, content play a vital in SEO too. The mystery behind content writing is that you have to add relevant and important keywords in your quality content which you write for the website. It is well known fact that the high quality content writing must be part of your Search Engine Optimization tactic as it may get you back links leading visitors to your website.

  1. Improved ROI

You are not just using your website to provide relevant information about what you have and what you offer. Rather, your website is your recognition in the Internet’s world. When you make this site a great resource, the web will become a technique for you to increase your return on investment.

Good quality Content will provide you good ROI as without information your site is nothing. High quality and unique content is an important part of your website. It may add good value to your internet presence and assist you make relevant clients. Without good content, your site would be nothing.

So, we have discussed above hidden mystery behind writing. It is well known fact that content is king. Content play a vital role in SEO, conversion rate and improved return on investment. Without good quality content, you can’t attract the visitors to buy your product or service.

Strategies for successful work at Forex

The market price is moving under its own laws, in response to a variety of political and economic developments and takes into account changes in the balance of orders to buy and sell. Often the same factors are causes of similar movements in the market, which was, of course, seen by speculators.

Strategy in the Forex actually considered premeditated trader’s reaction to those or other events related to the market. Traders initially choose the most appropriate broker, study the trading conditions. Then, choose a merchant account: classic, market pro or ecn account, and decide whether to use an Islamic account. Traders are trying to classify the news, graphic shapes, find other patterns in the behavior of market prices, which then turns into a trading strategy in the financial market.

Imagine that people noticed rough and unambiguous market reaction to the news of unemployment, but a number of other events remains virtually unnoticed by traders. Now, knowing in advance that will be announced data on unemployment, the trader will wait for the news and prepare to open a position in the direction in which the price will start to move.

Work on Forex without strategy.

Why can not always act on the basis of the circumstances of why you need to develop a strategy? The answer to this question is strongly connected with the statistics, because it is impossible to conclude that the techniques of the trade works and what does not, if you do not try to implement his plan into practice.

If, however, specifically to test the reception only once and only once by chance see what happened (in the market in the world, etc.) and what were the effects on the market, it will not turn out to form a strategy. The problem is in the statistics, because the experiment was carried out 1-2 times, will have a huge error, which would negate the whole point of the plan.

It turns out that for the success of Forex strategy need quality-tested on a large number of transactions. Only in this way can be sure that in our hands now is a serious business method, confirmed a large number of transactions made on its rules.

I will list a few popular strategies in the Forex market:

  • averaging + Martingale
  • trading on the news
  • short-term trading strategy (scalping)

There are other areas in trading, which are very popular, but most of the strategies found in the market today, belong to one of these categories. Each direction in Forex trading has its own strengths and weaknesses, so that the speculator, evaluating the differences between the procedures, decide for himself what he will use in the course of work on the market. In addition, Forex offers a wealth of opportunities to earn. Can i make money except trading forex?-Ask you. Of cause, you can also be a partner of affiliate program or make paid advisers.












I am new to insurance, what do I need to know

Car insurance is mandatory not just in the United Kingdom but any part of the globe, where you choose to drive a car. What is car insurance basically? A car insurance policy will cover you in the event of any damage, death, or injury that is caused to another individual that has been inflicted due to your fault. Apart from that, you will also be covered for costs or expenses that you incur for repairing or in the event your car gets stolen. You might as well opt for a policy that will offer coverage/protection if you are in the driver’s seat of a vehicle that does not belong to you.

As such the importance of car insurance cannot be undermined. But how will you know which type of insurance is best suited for you? Let us delve deeper into the same.

Types of car insurance in UK

If you are residing in UK, there are 3 types of insurance you can select from when you are planning to insure your car. These are comprehensive, third party, theft, fire, and third party.

  • Third party –In this type of warranty coverage, you are covered for damages caused to others where you are responsible but this type of coverage is quite expensive. Moreover, for thefts and repair work for your car, you have to bear the expenses, which will not be covered.
  • Third party, fire, and theft – You are covered for damages caused by theft, fire, and also conditions included in third party car insurance.

Is car insurance mandatory?

It is mandatory to buy insurance that will offer coverage for your vehicles.  An individual that fails to abide by the norms laid down by the CIE or Continuous Insurance Enforcement will have to pay a fine of £100 (penalty notice-fixed) or even have to pay a fine as high as £1,000. Alternatively, a car that does not have insurance can also be clamped under certain circumstances.

Most importantly, if your car isn’t insured and you happen to get involved in any accident while driving, you will have to bear the entire cost of repairing your vehicle and in extreme cases pay for the medical bills in case there was injury during the accident apart from paying for the damages caused to the car during the mishap. And don’t be surprised if you have to pay few thousand pounds for the same.

Cost of car insurance

For many car owners, the type of car insurance they buy is determined to a great extent by the cost of the insurance. You will come across many vehicle owners that will compromise on the coverage so that they have to pay less for the policy but that is not desirable. There are few factors that will decide the cost of the insurance policy and these are-

  • The type of vehicle you drive
  • The insurance group you are assigned to
  • Size of engine
  • The company from which you buy insurance

However, it is best not to compromise on safety so that you don’t have to regret later on.

Advantages Of Using Procurement Services

Nowadays, many companies are thinking about using procurement services in order to reduce their costs. If you are new to the industry, you may wonder what does providing procurement services mean. Well, in large terms, procurement is defined as the act or the process of buying goods and and/or products from external sources (third parties). The process of procurement involves a variety of steps like researching, planning, analyzing, and negotiating, which have a great impact on the wellbeing of the company.

In this article, we are going to talk about the main advantages of using procurement services and find out how can the manager or the administrator determine which is the company he should choose. There are many strategies used with the hope of improving the use of resources in a company, but a procurement expert will know that the best one is carefully going through the suppliers’ portfolio. Having many years of experience, procurement experts know exactly how to find the most trustworthy suppliers and they can negotiate with them in order to reduce the costs of products or services.

If your company procures goods or services in large quantities, the best decision for you would be hiring a procurement expert who will save you some time and money. The main advantage is reducing the cost of having an entire department working on this and getting people which have a lot of experience in the field of procurement. As we mentioned before, a procurement expert has already a lot contacts and is trained to make the best decisions, which will lead to better deals and a noticeable progress in your company. There are many departments which may have in their daily duties parts of the large process of procurement, but the lack of managing risks, lack of experience or process transition often lead to bad results.

Another important advantage for your firm is the possibility of working with a new organization, with a brand new perspective, which will offer you improved services and simplified processes.

Now that you are almost convinced that you should work with a procurement company, we are going to show you the positive impact such a collaboration would have. At the end of the first month, you will notice that all your operating costs are greatly reduced and all the procurement functions are improved. Even if the difference is not very big, it still means that you are making progress and that you are on the way of becoming a truly successful company.

If you have decided you are willing to give such a company a try, it is really simple to locate all the procurement companies in your area. A simple online search will help you identify which company is able to provide the best procurement services and will also offer you more information about the companies who are already working with these procurement experts.

How Electronic Eavesdropping Can Harm Your Business in a Lot of Ways

Many people watch one of the variety of spy movies and see the vast amount of gadgets that they possess. Upon seeing this they believe they are restricted only to these movies and can’t possibly be around in the real world. However, this is no longer the case.

Due to the devastating rate of increases in the technological field, nearly all of the equipment you see in movies is readily available to people that want and are determined to buy it.

This means that it can potentially seriously harm your business as people are able to buy this equipment in order to employ it against you for whatever reason they desire. It can happen to anyone and is something that every business should think about taking precautions against.

Although these methods were developed by governments in order to monitor things and keep their country and people safe, this equipment is being used in order to commit criminal acts no matter how small.

This has extended to the business world, not just the one you see in the movies, as a lot of business look to gain an advantage over their competitors and become more successful than them in every way.

A definition of electronic eavesdropping is intercepting communications without the consent of the other person by the use of electronic devices. This practice is illegal in every state or foreign land whether you employ it for private use or you’re looking to make financial or other gains over someone else.

Law enforcement divisions can use this as a way of getting a conviction in criminal cases but only in extenuating circumstances. Usually they have to get approval from a judge in order to do this. However, even this has started to draw widespread criticism over saying they shouldn’t even be allowed to do it whatever the reason.

It can come in a variety of forms, a wiretap on a telephone, monitoring of emails or even a device which can record conversations in your office or meeting rooms where you are discussing sensitive business matters that people could use to try and outsmart or outmanoeuvre you.

It is important that you take the proper precautions to prevent this from happening and you research into a company that can help you in these matters. If you suspect your business has become a victim of this, they will be able to detect this quickly so you can then conduct your business without having to worry.

On many occasions an electronic eavesdropping device will not be something you will be looking out for. This is because they are designed to be hidden and not noticed so that as much information can be gained as possible for the persons own means.

This means that the device could be as small as a postage stamp and can be hidden anywhere in your office or any room in your place of business. In many cases they will be impossible to detect by simply looking for them with your eyes.

This would mean that it would be good to employ the services of a company who have the highly specialised equipment that will be able to detect this concealed piece of spying equipment quickly so that you can stop becoming a victim to someone else’s ill gotten gains.

If you are a successful business, no matter how big or small, your rival could plant something like this on you or at your work in order to see how you are successful and then use these methods for themselves to move their own business forwards at the expense of yours.

There has been a lot of people saying that they feel like someone is listening in on their conversations or are hacking into their computer equipment. Illegal wire taps are found all over the world. People tap into resources that people are already using to find out pertinent information. They may record conversations and sometimes, can use the video also. It is illegal and Bugged wants to stop them. Many individuals and companies do not know that their systems are compromised.

How to Buy Candles Wholesale for Your New Business

Candles can create ambience in any situation. Which is why it is important to have a wide variety to choose from in your store. If you are new to the candle business than you need to know how to buy candles wholesale.

When candles were first introduced to the world they were an absolute necessity. Used to obviously create light at night as well as being able to track time, they were in every single persons home. As times changed and of course the invention of electricity candles became less of a necessity. This did not mean that they were not still used, instead of being an everyday household item they moved into a new category, to become an accessory. Candles are used within homes very rarely to create light in less of course there has been a power outage, instead they are used for creating ambience and emitting beautiful scents. They are also considered to be a very nice gift for others. Having the correct candles in your store is therefore important. When you choose to buy candles wholesale you need to consider the following:

· Bulk and savings: money makes the world go round and if you can save some than that is even better. Before buying your candles wholesale first find out if you can buy in bulk. Buying in bulk will help you to save money and also keep your store stocked for longer.

· Scents: there are a variety of different scented candles out there, what you need to do is decide which ones are right for you. Depending on what type of store you are running will determine this. It is also important to do your research when it comes to the different scents. Provide your clients with the correct information as to how it can assist. Lavender and Ylang Ylang, are known for their relaxing purposes whereas vanilla and cinnamon are connected to boosting sensuality. Make sure that you are giving off the right impression with the scents you choose to stock.

· Novelty: it is important to have in stock some novelty candles. During the festive seasons, these items will fly off your shelves. Always have a good stock of Valentines, Christmas and other important novelty options in your store.

· Variety: variety is the spice of life, you will need to purchase a selection of different styles. These styles should range from the simple to the lavish. Candles are beautiful in their own right, but when they are presented in a lovely porcelain dish or basket it brings a new level of sophistication. Less in this case is more. Of course you want to have a variety but you also do not want to have too many to choose from.

Top 3 Reasons Why Meeting Space Rental Is Vital For A Business

A lot of small businesses are thriving all around the world. With the efforts of the business owners, these businesses are now thriving and with a few more promotions, they would be able to reach their competition, even the big ones.

Starting up a business is not that impossible. If you have the drive, the passion and the patience, you too could start your own business from scratch. A lot of employees from anywhere around the world were able to quit their jobs and start their own businesses.

Of course starting up a business requires more than just the service, but that’s a start. Once you have a product or a service in mind – that could be your first step. The rest follows, such as your brand name, your logo and your tagline. Aside from these basic requirements, you’ll need to consider these factors too: your team, your capital, your equipment and your headquarters.

Among these factors, one that is considered vital is your business’s headquarters. Finding the right place can be challenging; a lot of businesses today find this quite hard to accomplish. The location is an important factor in ensuring the success of the business, which is why it’s important to find the right one. An office space is important because this is where you’ll entertain your customers.

Should you rent a traditional office space? Yes, if you could afford it. But for a new business, this isn’t really feasible. A different alternative is a meeting space rental. Today, a lot of small businesses are able to operate efficiently through meeting spaces. Renting a meeting space is vital for new and small business, and here are the reasons why:

1. To show professionalism. In business, first impression usually lasts. So when you meet a customer or a potential partner for the first time, you’d want them to have a good impression of you. This isn’t possible if you conduct your meeting at home. It won’t look good if you provide your home address and your phone number for the meeting. A meeting space for rent is the perfect place for you to impress your client or your partner. You can choose from conference rooms, to board rooms, to executive suites.

2. To focus on your event. When you conduct an event, you’d want everything to go smoothly. When you do it at home or in a coffee shop, you’ll have trouble focusing on your presentation because of too much noise from the background. When you hire a meeting space, you don’t have to worry about audio-visual equipment, guest’s refreshments, internet connections, etc. Everything will be provided to you, so you simply need to focus on your presentation.

3. To channel your resources to other business aspects. When you hire a meeting space, you can save a huge amount of money. You can channel these resources into the different aspects of your business. This way, you’re ensured that every aspect of your business runs smoothly.

Why You Must Read Books For Entrepreneurs

Educational institutions provide all the amenities you need to create a better and a brighter future. By choosing reliable institutions, individuals can learn effective ways to deal with the challenges in life, most especially if they are planning to be a successful entrepreneur someday. With the help of good teaching plans along with a dedicated instructor, you can gain sufficient knowledge that can guide you towards your dream.

However, due to the changing needs of individuals and improving technology, there are times when the information from educational institutions is not enough. One of the best ways to gain relevant information with regard to entrepreneurship is to read books written by competent and successful entrepreneurs. Why?

First of all, reading is the simplest way of learning. You also do not need to go over the technical terms and strategies that may affect your understanding about entrepreneurship. Apart from that, books provide direct information, giving you simple yet relevant data. In terms of effectiveness, individuals may understand books better since they can read books at their own pace, go over previous lessons, which allow them to accumulate information, guides and tips efficiently.

Books nowadays also provide you with better strategies. This is possible since books can provide you with guides and tips when creating your own business. For instance, books can provide you with relevant information on how to make use of technologies like the internet to your advantage. These can also provide you with simple tips on how to market your services or solutions through free marketing strategies online.

Apart from books being convenient due to its size, individuals can also now read books for entrepreneurs right in their mobile and smart phones. This is beneficial since you do not need to go to educational institutions just to gain knowledge about business strategies and other business solutions.

Since these books are written by competent and successful entrepreneurs, you may find unique and interesting strategies that you can use as you create your own business. There are some cases when these strategies can provide you with better results. Yet, keep in mind to choose effective books to read in order to make your ventures better and easier.

With the use of effective and reliable books for entrepreneurs, you can be sure that you can create a good and successful business on your own. You can also make sure that your business has the best plans and strategies to help you stand out among your competition. Click here for more.

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Confine Your Search for Portable Outdoor Sign Stands

Taking business to a new level is a very elongated procedure which include obeying to certain principles and amending new procurements. Business always flourish if it is available for the best quality products and services. When there is a need to employ promotional strategies in a cheap manner on the basis of the business then the most promising tool that turns out to be the usage of road side show. This will include promoting it at every step in accordance to your budget and business specifications. Display stands are an essential display tool for any trade show or promotional event. If used properly they can stand quick and easy, saving valuable time and effort and meaning that you are ready to interact with potential customers right.

Sign display stands are the most conventional way to promote your business at an affordable and efficient manner. They are easiest way to reach out to people intended for the promotion. You can essentially place them anywhere where they feel they can find their target audience. Counting on the advantages they are quite light to transport, usually in their own carry bag. Also they can be unpacked and unrolled in seconds giving a tall and impact display anytime and anywhere.

When considering the question where to buy yard sign stakes, always make a wise decision amongst manufacturers who deal in such form of advertising activities. You may find many people dealing with in your locality but see for few aspects of such sign boards. Choose the single service provider so that the end product is prolific for you and serve you in accordance to your desires. Always see for the quality of the segment and do not choose large and fragile stakes.

Portable outdoor sign stands are designed to withstand heat, cold and more and have the capacity to serve dual-purpose working both indoor and outdoor. Some of the advantages of outdoor signs are that they can be used in terms of marketing. Using portable outdoor signs can really help you to take a complete control on your signs. By this you can always decide about their position and place. See they are placed at a position where they attract maximum viewers. You can easily use them to make people know about some special offers and you can remove them as offer ends. This will serve best for the small industries where information is less about business and market.

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4 Ridiculously Easy Ways To Ship Your Aircraft Parts

So you lost your shipment in transit?

Maybe it was a ghost, a thief or an incompetent freight forwarder.

Whatever it was you’re now stuck without the material you bought.

It could have been $20,000, $5 or free, you’re still in a bind.

More than anything, you needed this material for your operation and now it’s on you to deal with the loss, both of time and money.

This thought is frustrating, stressful and may even keep you up at night.

The impact lost aircraft parts has on you

Losing your shorts is embarrassing but losing your valuable assets is down right stressful.

This error not only affects you but impacts your entire maintenance and engineering departments.


I don’t know about you but I take financial losses personal.

When anybody losses something that you’ve put time and money into, it’s personal.

Above all, lost shipment create a bottleneck in your distribution cycle. Is your aircraft undergoing maintenance, do you have an AOG, or was it for your MEL inventory?

Whatever it is, lost shipments double your investment and create bottlenecks.

Simple as that.

The logistical plan of attack

When you arrange for your aircraft parts to be shipped, what’s your strategy?

This may seem like a silly question but having a strategy in place will help you avoid losses, streamline distribution, and secure high value assets.

It’s no longer just giving your supplier an address and account number, it’s about having a 30,000 foot view of your operation.

When you ship there’s 4 key areas to focus on:

    1. AOG shipment: these are time crucial shipments that should be properly prepared for before they happen. Having an AOG shipper that can accommodate next flight out or aircraft charters is imperative.
    1. Routine small parcel: Having a proper process for routine small parcel will help you avoid unnecessary delays and additional cost for last minute decisions.
    1. Routine freight: Shipments over 150lbs can be costly if not properly prepared for. Especially if you end up using an unreliable freight forwarder.
  1. High value shipments: When you ship something of high value do you trust the people who are carrying it? By having proper strategies in place you can avoid the stress of in transit worry. I find using GPS helps with this worry.

By having strategies and processes for each one of these shipment methods it’ll save you time, money and worry.

It’s personal when you lose valuable assets. Start to prepare and eliminate these worries.

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How to Achieve Accurate Revenue Forecasting

In planning for the future, the past is quite often your best friend. In the business world, things tend to be pretty cyclical. Use your CRM to gain a full overview of not only your current sales pipeline, but also the pipeline of the past; there are valuable insights to be gleaned.

Make the Most of Your CRM

Do you have a CRM in place? Are you using it to its full potential, gaining total insight into company history, data, processes and more? A CRM is a crucial intersection into your business, giving you full access to the way in which all company departments are performing. How can you accurately forecast future revenue if you are incapable of finding out how much profit you’re currently making and have done for the past few years?

If you have chosen a user friendly CRM like Microsoft Dynamics, all the information you will need should be obvious to you, increasing your pipeline visibility.

Train Your Team

The best way to get the most out of your CRM is to make sure that all your staff are well trained in using it. Firstly, get to know the ‘quick win’ functions within your company’s CRM. Take part in some general all-round training then advance this knowledge with further training, specifically honed into the financial elements of the system. Knowing your way around the CRM means that you’re only ever a few clicks away from visibility of your company’s financial information.

Think Long Term, Act Short Term

The key to all revenue forecasting is to think long term; there is very little point in forecasting for the following week. It doesn’t provide enough useful information for your business to develop. Having said that, in all likelihood, the forecast you lay out for the next 6, 12 or 24 months won’t run exactly to plan. With this in mind, you must implement a short term approach to long term thinking.

At the end of the day you should expect the unexpected, it’s likely that something out of kilter with your plan will happen sooner rather than later.

Plan for Multiple Outcomes

Once you have established a system that is capable of working on both a long term and short term scale, have multiple back up plans in place. If a short term goal post has been shifted, it does not mean that the long term goal is completely out of reach, so plan accordingly. Find different solutions to problems that are both probable and improbable; there is rarely just one path to a destination, so be sure to find the others.

Once again refer back to your CRM and continue to review past strategies and the effect that they had on your bottom line. You may even find the workaround to a current problem has already been identified in the past. Similarly, external issues may have previously arisen and the same solution could be applicable this time around.

Review processes

If, during your review process, you find that some things aren’t working as well as possible, make it known. For example, if your sales pipeline isn’t as burgeoning as you would like, get Marketing to focus their efforts on lead generation. Conversely, if your pipeline is filled with leads but Sales aren’t getting much traction on them, then consider nurturing your leads better. A function-laden CRM, such as Microsoft Dynamics, will be capable of implementing a thorough lead scoring system to help monitor your company’s nurturing efforts.

Importantly, the more you do this in the short term, the less you’ll have to do it in the long term as your forecasting gets stronger and stronger.

How to Choose the Online Store for Your Component Cooling Accessories

Fan accessories are specialist items. Some people think that they can go into a regular store and find accessories that they need to install an electronic cooling system.

However, they are not going to be able to do that. Even some computer stores do not stock fan accessories because they are such a specialist item. They are not going to have everyday customers that need such an item

It might be the case that such items do not sell and it is not worth stocking them anymore. Therefore, if you are in the electronic cooling industry, you will need to find a reliable supplier, so that you don’t have to turn down work because you can’t get your hands on the equipment that you need.

Online Vs High Street

It is true that there are some high street specialists that will stock computer fan accessories, but they will sell at an higher price. The reason for the price of their items being so large could be because they have to pay for the property where they sell their items.

Therefore, when calculating the price of their items, they will cause in the rent on the property and the running costs, before they make a profit on the item. They might also have the monopoly on the market, in their place.

As a result, they can charge what they want for the computer cooling accessories because they know that their clients have no other choice but to pay the raised prices.

Online stores will not over charge because there are plenty of other online stores out there that offer specialist items. Furthermore, they will not price highly, to accommodate for store running costs because they only running cost they will have will be the cost of hosting the website, which is minimal when compared to store rent and electricity bills.

Specialty Stores

For fan or electronic cooling accessories, you will have to buy from a specialist store because they are not the sorts of items that every store in the world will stock, especially if you are in the business of providing cooling for computer components.

This might seem like a negative, but it is actually a positive because they will be able to give you advice on anything that you might need and they will be offering you competitive prices. With specialists stores comes specialist knowledge and you might contact them asking for one thing and they will point you in the direction of something else that will save you money in the long run.

Specialist stores will also offer you some offers on the items when you have spent over a certain amount. They might offer you free shipping on items, when you have spent over £30, or they would send you a new voucher code when you have made a big order.

They are more likely to do all this because they want to keep you as a customer, especially if you work in the same industry as the items that they sell, which is the case if you install cooling units in computers and other electronic equipment.

So, it will be beneficial to you, if you just contact the owners of the online store and tell them that you work in the industry. Then, they might come back to you and give you an account with them, or let you sign up with a loyalty scheme. They should do everything that they can to keep you as a customer and make sure repeat business

Some online stores will help you if you have a strict deadline and you need something delivered on time. They might even offer quicker shipping options for less money.

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Why Commercial Cleaning Is a Growing Business

Thanks to the recession, we have seen more people than ever be out of work, and a high number training in a role that they may never have considered in the past. Amongst the many job types that people have chosen to go for, commercial cleaning is one of the most common ones. There are a number of reasons for this.

Firstly, when people are retraining, they like to be able to keep their options open when at all possibly. Learning something like cleaning techniques is valuable, because it is something that can be used in almost any industry, no matter where you happen to be in the world at the time. Even if you don’t manage to get the job that you would have wanted in commercial cleaning by starting your own business, you always have the option of working for somebody else using the same skills.

Secondly, more businesses are choosing to pay for commercial cleaning companies than ever before. This is because they know just how important it is to be able to shine against their competitors, as there might not be as much business to go around as there was in the past. A clean and tidy place of work can make a huge difference if you are inviting clients for meetings to discuss a contract, and if they see that you obviously put effort into your surroundings, they will also think that you put effort into the other aspects of your business as well.

Finally, a lot of people start commercial cleaning businesses for the sole reasons that they want to feel as though they are in control of what happens in their lives. For many people, being made redundant is something that they never thought would have happened to them, and it happened to many despite them assuming that they had a stable job for life. The ability to learn something new and set up a business gives people much more scope to learn about what they’re doing in a way that isn’t possible when you’re working for somebody else, and there are lessons that can be learned about business in general as well as the cleaning industry. Considering the fact that the economy is only slowing getting back to normal, and the fact that we are some years away from complete recovery, it seems likely that this type of business will continue to thrive in the years ahead.

Advice on How to Choose a Commercial Cleaning Company

If you are trying to decide who you should hire to help you out in your place of work, then there is a chance that you could be confused by all of the options that are open to you. There are more businesses offering commercial cleaning services than ever before thanks to the fact that it is a largely recession proof business, and this means that you need to do everything that you can to ensure that you are choosing the right company for your needs.

By far the best way to do this is to use your contacts and work on personal recommendations. It is not a competitive aspect of business, so you should find that people are more than willing to let you know who they use to do their cleaning. This also gives you the chance to talk to your contacts and ask them about the pros and cons of the businesses that you have been recommended.

Once you have a list of commercial cleaning companies that you are interested in, you can start to get in touch with them and find out about what they can do. There is little point in hiring a company that cannot provide everything that you need, so it makes sense to make a list of everything that you’re hoping for. This means that you can narrow down your search to just those companies who you know match these skills and job types.

Finally, once you have whittled down the numbers to just a few commercial cleaning companies, you will be able to invite them for an interview with you. You should have a list of questions ready that you would like to ask, as this means that you will be prepared and that you will not miss out anything that could have been important. Make sure that you ask questions about things like when they will be able to come in to do the work. Some companies will be happy to work outside of normal hours, while others will insist that the work is done during the day. You need to decide which you would prefer, and this can help you to make your decision. Once you have asked all of your questions, you should be able to finally decide on the company that you would like to hire. If the process has gone well, you should find that the commercial cleaning company will bring great things to your business.

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Why Commercial Cleaning Is Vital to Success in Business

If you are constantly trying to think of new ways in which you can improve your business, there is a chance that you will be trying to focus on something like productivity and profits. Although both of these things are great as a way of measuring success, there has to be another plan with regards to how to actually get both of these things. The good news is that it could be as simple as cleaning up your act; literally.

Commercial cleaning is a growing business all over the world, and this is largely thanks to the fact that there is a lot more education about just how important it is to keep a place clean and tidy. There are a number of reasons that this is the case, and the main one is simply because of the fact that the people who work in any kind of environment are much more likely to be better at their job, and enjoy it more, if their place of work is clean and tidy. It has been psychologically proven that if we are trying to work in a messy space, we are unable to keep on minds on the tasks that we are trying to achieve at the time, and this means that by simply removing the mess and dirt from the equation, we don’t have anything that can distract us.

Another reason that commercial cleaning is important is because of the fact that if a place of work is clean, it is much less likely that your staff are going to be able to spread infection between themselves. Over the course of the working year, you will find that this means that they have to take much less time away from their work, and you therefore do not need to waste money either by becoming behind in work or having to hire somebody else to cover.

If you do not think that you can cope with all of the commercial cleaning on your own, then you always have the option of hiring a business who could take care of everything for you. They would have the knowledge and equipment to do exactly what is needed, and for this reason you could find that taking the time to hire a professional commercial cleaning company is the best investment that you have ever made on behalf of the business that you are running.

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How to Go From 2D Image to 3D Engraving

If you have watched any sporting events or attended any in person, you may have seen the winners being presented with 3D trophies. These pieces consist of three-dimensional images engraved into blocks of crystal, and are becoming more popular because they are long lasting, highly personal and look fantastic.

But how exactly do the two-dimensional images used get turned into three-dimensional engravings?

Choose Your Image

First of all, you need to choose the image that you want to use in your 3D trophies. This is the part of the process that you need to consider very carefully as it will affect the beauty of the final product. So how should you choose your one?

Once you know what the subject will be, whether a face, building, logo or sporting item, take a photo of it. Make sure the photo is high quality so that the details are as clear as possible. If you can take more than one picture of the same subject from various angles this is even better, as it will help in the process of creating the final three-dimensional image.

What if You Cannot Get a Photo?

There’s no doubt a photo is your best option, however if you cannot find a photo, you may be able to create the three-dimensional version from a drawing. This depends upon the skills of the designers who you will be using to create the final image. Some designers have a lot of training and experience, and they can create an image just from a simple drawing, so just make sure you look for someone who has the necessary skills.

Let the Designers Work Their Magic

Once you have the photo or photos ready, your work is done! Now all you need to do is hand it over to your designer and they will set to work creating the final image. They do this by using specialist design software. Although they must be highly skilled in order to use the software, the computers assist them in converting the 2D image into a 3D one.

The quality of the final image will vary, depending on the skill of the designer and the software they use. For particularly complex designs, you should use the services of a highly skilled artist.

The Engraving Is Created

Once the final image has been created, the engraver will then simply take the files and use their specialist machines to engrave it into the crystal item of your choice. This is a unique process that creates an exquisite, lifelike effect on the finished 3D trophies.

Try It for Yourself

If you plan on using 3D trophies for any kind of event (whether a sports event or to present a corporate award), you can get one created with ease. All you need is a photo of the subject and a talented designer.

George Berdichevsky is the Founder of 3Design Center, which designs image files to be used in engraving machines for 3D trophies. His team of talented artists can create bespoke images suitable for 3D trophies from any idea or image. Visit the website for more information.

Some Impressing Facts About Buying Business Online

Have you heard that you can now buy business online? Yes, while it is already impressive knowing just that, here are some more facts about buying business online that will make you nod in awe.

Buying Business Online is at its Peak: On the 1st Quarter of 2014, business brokers reported a 1, 726 closed transactions. The huge number is the fifth straight quarter which breaks the benchmark of 1,600 transactions per quarter. The business industry has begun coping last year since the recession, and according to the expert, they are seeing the trends to continually grow this year.

The Price is Good: As the volume of business-for-sale remain strong, so as the price of the businesses. Sellers are getting the most value of their businesses this year since many business buyers are willing to pay for the asking price. This is because there are a lot of financing options for them as the economic growth continuously improves. Most of the business sellers last year are baby boomers who are either seeking to retire or would like to enter a new business venture, giving way to the younger generation to be entrepreneurs. With the transition, we are seeing a new and more exciting industry in the future.

New York Has the Most Number of Closed Business Transactions: The most populous city in the US has the highest number of closed business deals. Of course, this wouldn’t come as surprise since the city is expected to have the highest demand given its high population. And as always, entrepreneurs are running to the place with the biggest market.

Retail and Restaurants are the Most Bought Businesses Online: Most would-be entrepreneurs prefer to buy both retailers and restaurants last year. Meaning the growth on both business sectors are ideal. And although there are already a lot of retail stores and restaurant in the country, you wouldn’t run out of customers for as long as you offer something that would make potential customers go to you. Why? Because customers are willing to pay. Did you know that restaurant industry sales for this year have hit $683.4 Billion? Imagine if you can get a share from this whopping amount. That would be wonderful.

That’s it. Aren’t these facts good to know? The business industry keeps growing and the numbers are making it more obvious. Now, really is the good time to jump in the bandwagon of buying business online and being your own boss. I might miss something else about the business industry that you would like to share to us. Share it in the comments section below.