Tip: Software That Can Help Small Businesses

It’s the small, less obvious things that can often have the biggest impact on successfully operating a business. As my friend Andrew experienced, a simple change in organization and bookkeeping software can have a dramatic, positive effect, often more so than other changes in regards to business practices.

import-exportAndrew is in the shipping business. His business incorporates a medium-sized warehouse from which he ships all sorts of goods to people all across Europe with some customers even in the US and in China.

There is obviously a lot of stock to manage and to organize, let alone the effort required to effective manage the amounts of paperwork and documents that come with this type of business.

Andrew had a consultant give him the advise to switch over to export management software and it didn’t take a month that his profits increased by over 18% which is entirely unheard of considering no other changes had been made.

It is clear that certain types of businesses can profit tremendously from industry specific applications, prime example would be shipping software or export software for all those who deal with shipments, import and export of merchandise. It can be a small company that sells via ebay or a large corporate that is actively involved with trades with Asia, there are almost always benefits when this type of software is used.

Another tip for all business owners: Electronic invoicing. As is so often the case, processing many invoices on a daily basis can take up a lot of time. If you switch to E-invoice  you will be able to instantly send and receive your invoices without any lengthy delays. E-invoice can also help to save money on stamps plus it helps you to reduce mistakes since you do not need to type your invoices into your computer system any longer.

Apprenticeships Can Help Get The Job You Want

To get into a good career in IT, especially if you’re looking to get positions such as a developer position with a specific company you may need to think out of the box.

it-apprenticeshipIt may well be that the company you’re eying and where you desperately want to get in with is not even hiring. Or at least they may tell you so when you ask them whether they have any openings.

This is a “secret trick” I am now revealing to you: With an IT apprenticeship you me able to get into your favoured company nevertheless! Why is that? Let me explain.

It may well be that a company is financially limited or may have other reasons that they don’t hire at a given moment. On the other hand, this very some company might take you as an IT apprentice simply because it will cost them less.

While this might sound less appealing at first, an apprenticeship has significant advantages:

* During the time of your apprenticeship you can get invaluable experience. This is time way better spent than unsuccessfully looking for a job.

* In IT, 95% of apprentices are ultimately getting hired full-time. An employer will unlikely let you go after your apprenticeship once they have seen your value for their company during the apprenticeship.

* During your IT apprenticeship you can obtain additional qualifications such as A+ certifications. Most of the time your company will cover the costs for those courses as well.

No matter how you look at it, choosing IT apprenticeships will benefit you: After your apprenticeship you will either have a full-time position or you will have a great CV with experience and qualifications that will make your job search a lot easier.

The Public School System in the UK vs Private Schools

One could certainly argue that nothing can be more important than education. Most of the time it will be your level of education that will be deciding about your later career, your pay and your overall happiness.

kingshott-schoolObviously, not all families in the United Kingdom can afford sending their children to a private, independent school.

However, seeing that our public school system can at times be less than optimal, I’d say that any family today should consider whether a private school would not be the better option in the long run.

Yes, it is correct that there will be initial expenses. But think about how a good education can benefit your children later on, last but not least also with a better paying job.

Studies have shown that those children who attended a private school in the UK by and large not only get into highly competitive career easier compared to their fellows who come from public schools. It has also been shown that attendees of independent, private schools are earning more money on average. In other words, the expenses of a private school will likely at some point pay be offset by higher wages once your children start working.

The United Kingdom fortunately has a large number of good private schools. Not all of them are so-called “Elite” schools that need to cost a fortune. In recent years there have been more private education institutions that are now affordable even for families with an average income.

Think about the importance of a good education for your children and weigh off the pros and cons of sending your children to a public school versus a private school. Sending the children to a private school can possibly be the best decision you can make for them. See independent school Hertfordshire for more information.

Better Ergonomics – Better Health

Quite a lot of today’s health problems can come from insufficient and sometimes even hazardous conditions at our workplace. It’s no surprise when we see folks, even at a young age, who at some point encounter all sorts of problems when they spending eight hours per day heavy lifting, bent over a work-desk or staring at a computer screen.

ergonomicsFortunately, health experts have long recognised those dangers.  The vast majority of companies today know very well that a better, more ergonomic workplace will mean healthier, happier employees and therefore also better productivity.

So how would you as a business owner know whether there are some things that would need to be improved, in particular if you’re talking about optimal workplace ergonomics?

What I recommend to you in such a case would be that you consider to get some professionals for a workstation assessment.

What those guys do is that they can examine your employees work stations and desks whether they confirm to the latest standards and office ergonomics. If they find issues that will let you know where you can improve. Sometimes it is rather simple things that need to be done for better office ergonomics. It could be things such as adjusting the desks height, replacing chairs for modern ergonomic ones or putting a computer screen into a different position.

The good thing is that a workstation assessments you will get all this information. A number of companies who offer workstation assessments can also provide you the things you will require to transform your business into an ergonomic one. It’s rather common that companies that offer work station assessment are also selling ergonomic workplace furniture. In other words, this means you won’t have two deal with several companies to get this done.

After “Bendgate”, iPhone Users Encounter ‘Hairy’ Problems

That the iPhone 6 bends easily should be known by now unless you lived under a rock in the last few weeks. Now, iPhone 6 users are reporting even more problems. And this time it’s a rather hairy one.

A good number of people who got an iPhone 6 are now reporting that Apple’s latest phone has the habit to rip out facial hairs rather painfully.

The problem seems to be the seam between the glass and the aluminium on the new handsets. The phone is catching hairs from people’s heads and beards and pulls them out.

There is a whole bunch of users on twitter and other media who are reporting about this problem.

Apple itself, as with the bending issue, keeps rather silent about the problem. They say that with “normal use”, the iPhone does neither bend nor pull hairs out.

Gadgets To Increase Fire Safety At Home Or In Your Business

Some tech gadgets available today are not just “cool”, they can actually help saving lives. Among those technical marvels would be devices that help us to increase safety, for instance by protecting us from fires be it at home or at the workplace.

detectomatSometimes it can be very simple things such as smoke detectors that can already help greatly for more safety and security at home. A smoke detector can be had for  few bucks in any almost hardware or department store.

Obviously, simple smoke detectors will not be sufficient if you own a business or a commercial venue where many lives can be at stake in case of a fire.

For such cases, there are complex and highly effective fire prevention systems available today, one example here would be kitchen suppression systems like the Ansul fire suppression system.

As compared to past times, modern fire alert and prevention systems are normally much more than a number of manual fire alerts distributed through a building. Today, systems like the Detectomat are wirelessly connecting smoked detectors, fire alarms and control panels making it a very elaborate and effective fire prevention measure. Because those systems are operating wirelessly they can easily be added to any structure without major installation work required.

If you’re interested in modern fire prevention systems I recommend you visit http://argosfire.co.uk. They can advise you on what type of safety gadgets would be right for your home or your company. They can also be of help if you want to know more about dry riser testing and other related fire safety issues.

Britain’s Amateurs Turn Their Back On Golf

Rough times for golf according to The Independent. Their article states how more and more Britons turn their back on this once very famous sport.

Scotland’s  593 golf clubs are trying to hold on to their members. According to new numbers  from the Scottish Golf Union golf memberships in the nation dropped 14 per cent between 2004 and 2013.

The Scottish Golf Unions’s deputy chief executive, Andy Salmon, said one reason for the decline is due to a shift away from club membership to “pay and play” by what calls “nomadic” golfers.

But it’s not only those players who are a reason for a decline in membership numbers. Overall participation has also declined.

As for England, club membership there dropped 20 per cent between 2004 and 2013 according to England Golf.

Things To Do In the United Kingdom

As someone who is still pretty new to the UK I think it might be helpful for some if I give some tips about fun things to do in the UK.

Matthew Uses Horse Racing Tips To Win At The Races
Matthew Uses Horse Racing Tips To Win At The Races

Of course, one thing I am always fascinated with ever since I live here is how the Brits really love to wager on all kinds of bets.

Alone on my street here in London there are several sports betting places close by.

I was meeting a guy, Matthew, last month who told me that he is making his entire living from horse racing.

He actually quit his job so he can fully dedicate to the races.

He must be doing something right since Matthew is far from a “loser”, he is actually very well off and this is mostly (as he told me) due to his winnings at the races.

When I talked with Matthew I asked him how he can make a living of horse racing which essentially is gambling where you never know whether you’ll win or not. He was simply laughing at me and telling me straight to my face that only amateurs think horse racing has something to do with luck.

“If it were a matter of luck only, do you think I would have quit my job? I may be a horse racing fanatic, alright, but I am not an idiot”.

He added: “If you’re a professional like me you don’t rely on luck. You will have a solid betting strategy in place and you’ll know about horse racing betting from the inside out.”

He told me the key is to have insider knowledge about the races, the horses, the jockeys and then to apply this knowledge. Only by doing that he was able to make a fortune. This is the difference between horse racing professionals and those people who go to the races just for fun.

He told me about free racing tips which I can recommend to you if you’re into horse racing as well.