Remember the garage bands of your youth? Getting together after school to write songs, learn lyrics and practice for hours with dreams of making it big someday. Booking gigs and lugging all that gear around was a chore, especially if the club owner threatened to cut your pay for being late. And how many times were you paid with beer and an “atta boy!” Well things have changed as a recent trip to the Guitar Center showed. Now there are many apps to teach you how to play an instrument, Read more [...]
Completing a self-build project is probably one of the most satisfying projects you can complete in your life, particularly if you don't even work within the construction industry. Economic reasons mean that more and more people are turning down this route, although a lack of experience means that many neglect to think about some of the key costs involved.
Most of the time it's easy to accumulate the cost of materials, with a lot of builder's merchants providing this information on hand. However, Read more [...]
All businesses are constantly looking for ways to improve customer retention, increase the spending their customers make and increase referrals for new customers. Knowing how to achieve this can be difficult. There are ways in which you could attempt to do this yourself such as promotions, loyalty rewards or high quality advertising campaigns to name a few methods. But you should know that there is now a much easier and more straightforward way to do this. Technology has aided businesses massively Read more [...]
As the eurozone economy continues to improve after years of financial downturn, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) operating across the UK have reported a rise in business confidence that is encouraging firms to consider a brighter future.
Not only are companies feeling more positive about their current operations, hiring more staff and becoming generally more relaxed after the difficult period, there has also been a marked rise in firms looking to expand their business on an international Read more [...]
Guest speakers generally specialize in topics that range from global affairs and teambuilding to sales and positive thinking. Professional speakers can make an event a grand success and create a huge impact on the trajectory of your company and can also be opaque. Any conference, event or meeting gets an added shine when a professional speaker is present. Value to your company in the present and future will certainly be enhanced by using professional guest speakers.
Using a Guest Speaker
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Traffic congestion worldwide fluctuates from year to year. In most countries it is a severe problem and can cause endless waits, particularly for commuters. The more diverse the transportation, the less traffic there will be one the road. Now, for someone who wants to start their own cab company, this is a real incentive.
Identifying Your Market
Getting from A to B is becoming more difficult. Rail networks are ailing, there are overcrowded underground trains, and bus lanes are continuously Read more [...]
Today it appears almost a necessity for businesses to promote their brand, if not sell their services and products, online. As stark as this may sound, the threat of not doing so could quite easily render your business invisible to the vast majority of potential customers that are rapidly becoming more internet savvy and global in outreach.
The challenge is such that any business NOT operating online is limiting their chances of competing with others in a marketplace that has become incredibly Read more [...]
There's a school of thought that says that the most important asset of any company walks out the door every day at 5pm - the employees. Employers hope they have shown enough respect to their staff with their version of incentive awards, to ensure the employee will want to return the next day and work to the greatest height of their abilities.
One of the most difficult tasks in business is to maintain continuity and productivity in two companies that are merging. There are so many issues that have Read more [...]
Political correctness comes part and parcel with living in a modern, global society. Though there are times when the move toward political correctness seems to go a bit too far, the reality is that the principle behind the practice is sound.
One area in which the PC movement seems to strike the right balance is the use of slurs or epithets directed toward a person's race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation. In general, the use of such language is frowned upon by society at large.
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Accounting has come a long way from the past to the present. In the early centuries everything was accounted for by hand. Bookkeeping was complicated and it was often difficult to pass a record on from one person to another. Today, with advanced accounting software, organized ledgers and methods of dividing assets, credits and debits, understanding these concepts while getting an accounting degree is a much easier task.
Barter System - In early centuries many cities and towns used bartering. Read more [...]