Small business: 21 tips from entrepreneurs who are killing it #bakery #business

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21 tips from small businesses that are killing it

STARTING a small business is a dream for many Australians, but it can be daunting.

Here, entrepreneurs who are killing it in a range of industries share their best piece of advice for making your company a success.

1. Deliver a consistent customer experience.

Damian Cerini, owner of cycling tour business Tour de Vines, says you need your business to almost run itselfbefore you look at growth. The thing about working for an employer is that the business model is already set, it s about the execution of the idea, whereas a new business is about testing the idea first and developing the systems.

2. Add a personal touch.

Angus Askew, co-director of commercial asset financing company Magnolia Lane Financial Services, says: In our industry like most service industries everyone is essentially selling the same thing, you ve just got to do it better. Our number one goal when dealing with a new client is to establish a relationship and make them feel special. Make sure you are remembered. We make it our priority to see all of our customers face to face. Create a rapport as this is what will result in repeat business and an income stream for life.

3. Leverage social media.

A strong marketing strategy is essential in every industry, says Anthony Kittel, director of manufacturing firm REDARC. That means social networking on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or all of the above. Our brand is everything, so whatever we can do to promote that brand and consumer awareness is critical.

Author and Flying Solo editor Kelly Exeter says a less frantic life made her more productive.

4. Write your own business bible.

Matthew White, whose firm Ergoflex sells memory foam mattresses, says the volume of information available can be overwhelming. He recommends writing ideas and tips in a notebook or tablet as they come up. It has helped me make some major decisions, and also saved me hours of searching for something I ve read somewhere.

5. Focus on your specialty.

In the first few years, there can be a lot of pressure to diversify your offering, says Paris Cutler, director of cake decorating company Planet Cake. Stick to what you do best and do it better and with more focus than anyone else.

6. Outsource the things you don t do.

Resist the temptation to chase work outside your offering, and use a specialist to fill in any gaps, says Rhys Roberts from accountancy firm Viridity. I outsource my HR, my IT, much of my marketing and more. The time you free up you can spend doing what you are good at.

7. Aim high and be persistent.

Determination is one of the vital qualities needed when you start on the long road of setting up a small business. Rochelle Miller, co-founder of fashion retailer Another Love, says: Believe in yourself and your strengths. Don t take no for an answer. There will be bumps along the way, but everything has a solution or another option.

Consultant Andrew Griffiths thinks about ways to improve his business each day.

8. Embrace a life less frantic.

Kelly Exeter, author and editor of small business community Flying Solo says it s all about finding the right balance for you. I am learning that I don t just need physical space to thrive, I need mental space too.

9. Follow your own path.

Designer and illustrator Beci Orpin says she s not naturally business-minded, but has always worked really hard and built up a strong folio of work. My business is all about me: my style and what I create, so an important part of developing that was staying true to myself not worrying about what other people were doing.

10. Take time out to think about how to improve.

Use your best hour in the day to consider ways of moving forward, advises Andrew Griffiths, a small business author and consultant. He does this first thing every morning. Then, each Friday, I find a quiet place and ask myself a question: How is my business better this week than it was last week?

11. Harness your keystone habits .

Entrepreneur and blogger James Clear says we should find the one or two habits or routines that make everything else fall into place. Improving your lifestyle and becoming the type of person who has their act together isn t nearly as hard as you might think.

Life coach Kathryn Hocking researches what competitors are doing.

12. Practise mindfulness.

Freelance journalist and editor Jodie Macleod says it increases productivity, reduces stress and improves memory and focus. Mindfulness is when you are aware of your thoughts, feelings, sensations, breath and everything occurring in the present moment, without attaching judgment to those observations.

13. Every setback is a stepping stone to success.

Lucinda Lions from branding agency Slogan Creator says it s important to stay positive wherever possible, and see feedback, not failure. I remind myself tomorrow is a brand new day, a new opportunity to think differently and make better choices.

14. Hire from within your networks.

When Sarah Wilson from I Quit Sugarbegan feeling overwhelmed with work, she decided to get an assistant. She put a call out to her community, knowing taking someone on would involve sacrifice. Five years later, they still have a successful working relationship. Start out small and then leave the invitation open for expansion.

15. Keep it manageable.

Kate James, start-up coach at Total Balance, says it s important to remember that it s not all about non-stop growth bigger isn t better if you ve stopped enjoying what you do. You need to define your own version of success. Mine is that I need to love my business.

Sarah Wilson says you need to know when to ask for help. Source: Supplied

16. Know when to work for free.

Vanessa Emilio from Legal123, says sometimes working for free is worth it. Free doesn t mean offering an entire job or product for free. It could mean a free initial consultation, free component of a project or complimentary muffin with every coffee.

17. Stay excited and believe in your business.

SEO copywriter and consultant Kate Toon says start-ups should think about clients needs and possible issues and create rational responses to persuade them your business is the solution. Inject warmth, professionalism and even humour, where appropriate. Being human beats boring every time.

18. Learn to say no.

Recognise when a client has unrealistic expectations and nip it in the bud early, or consider referring them on, says author and media commentator Andrew Griffiths.

Try a formal, structured response and keep returning to it. Try, Thank you for the opportunity, but we are so heavily committed we can t give your project the time and attention it needs.

If you re on a tight marketing budget, think about how you can trigger word-of-mouth interest. Warren Harmer of The Business Plan Company mentions a small florist that did this brilliantly by 1) Offering quality; 2) Providing value; 3) Inspiring team members to love their job and clients and 4) Creating a physical environment that excited their market.

20. Turn competition into inspiration.

Life coach Kathryn Hocking suggests you research what competitors are doing to help identify what makes you unique. Your relationship doesn t have to be adversarial: they could be a mentor, partner or friend. Focus on your own purpose and connect with peers that have similar values and who inspire you to greater levels of success.

21. Know when to take a dream detour .

Sometimes it s hard to know whether to grab a fresh opportunity or stick to your path. Business mentor Lynda Bayada says you need to outsmart your head so you can listen to your heart. Give yourself space and trust yourself. And you ll find that s half the battle won.





How to Start a Blog and Make Money From It #business #lawyers

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How to Start a Blog and Make Money From It

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If you want to work from home and make money blogging, then you need to have the right tools, resources, and information to guide your way.

With an overwhelming amount of information on the web it’s often confusing figuring it all out. Listed below are some of the resources that I use, recommend, or that I’ve found helpful on my blogging journey.

These tools will not only help get you started but they’ll make the process easier so you can start making money faster.

First, grab my FREE Blogging e-book. it will teach you how to write great content, get tons of traffic to your blog and most importantly, how to make money from it!

To start the process you ll need to choose a blogging platform; or in technical terms a content management system (CMS). There are many different CMS platforms to choose between, but I highly recommend WordPress. It s ideal for beginners as it s easy to use and modify, it has tons of functionality, and it s free to use all you need to do is purchase your hosting and domain name.

WordPress is what I use for this site.

A lot of people ask me about Blogger, Google’s blogging platform. I’ve heard it’s easy to use. But I also know a lot of people who started out on Blogger, but then had to make the switch to WordPress later on. Do yourself a favor and use WordPress from the beginning, you ll save yourself a lot of headaches down the road.

Once you decided on a blogging platform you ll need to purchase a domain name and hosting. When choosing a hosting company you’ll want to make sure that you get one that’s reliable, affordable, and that has excellent customer service. Right now I m using a virtual private server (VPS) through, Liquid Web. They have a wide variety of hosting plans, which makes it easy to upgrade your service as your site grows. If I weren t using them, I would probably use Bluehost or Synthesis. as they were created with WordPress users in mind. Over the years, I ve had to switch hosting companies three times which is no fun.

Need help installing WordPress to your host? Here s an EASY way to be up and running in 30 minutes or less!

When I first launched my blog, I had a graphic designer create a custom design for me. And while I loved my design it was very expensive! If I were just starting out again, I would use Bluehost with their 1-2-3 easy upload and a template from StudioPress (which is what I m using now). Not only are these templates affordable (like $99), but they look great and they re super easy to modify. To help make your site stand out, I do suggest getting a custom logo designed. If you re launching your blog on a shoestring budget, try Fiverr where freelancers only charge $5 for their services. I haven t used Fiverr for logo design, but I have used them for other sorts of images, and I ve been happy with the results.

To get traffic to your blog you’ll want to utilize social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Foursquare, Instagram, and Google Plus. Seem overwhelming? To help manage all of these social media platforms, I use HootSuite. I’ve tried other applications, but this one has the most functionality, and it is the easiest to use. You can schedule updates and manage all of your accounts in one place, and best of all it s FREE!

The one network that you can’t manage from HootSuite is Pinterest. For Pinterest, I use BoardBooster to manage my pins. It s only $5 a month and so worth it! You can schedule pins and re-loop your pins so that they receive maximum exposure.

For tips on how to maximize your Pinterest efforts, check out these resources:

To create pin-friendly images for your blog posts, I recommend PicMonkey or Canva. I started out using PicMonkey, which is easy to use, and it gives you professional looking images in a flash. But now I mostly use Canva. It has premade templates and font combos which help me create professional looking images quicker. Each platform is free for basic usage with permeium features costing just a bit more.

For stock images I use StockFresh and DepositPhotos not only do they have high-quality photos, but they re affordable.

Part of getting traffic is writing awesome content. To make sure your content is excellent you ll need to edit your posts for punctuation, grammar, and spelling. Now you can do this manually, but I ve found that even when I go back and proofread two or three times I often miss typos. Of course, you can hire an editor to proof your content, but that can get expensive. A more affordable option is to use an editing software or program. I ve tried a few different platforms out and by far my favorite is, Grammarly. It s easy to use and catches errors that word processing programs miss. It also tightens up your copy so you re using an active voice.

From the first day, you launch your blog you need to make sure that you’re building an email list. SEO rules and social media platforms are constantly changing. But with an email list, it is something that you own, and that can always be used to reach your audience. Personally, I use Constant Contact I love them! They have lots of professional looking templates to choose from, it’s super easy to use, and they have added features like auto-responders. They even offer a FREE 60 trial so you can test them out without any obligation.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO):

The majority of my traffic comes from Google, and this is because certain keyword phrases on my site have ranked well with the search engines. Search engine traffic is free, and you’ll want to take advantage of it. I used to recommend Holly Klaassen’s e-book, 50 SEO Secrets for Mom Entrepreneurs, but she s no longer selling it.

So to get familiarized with SEO here are some useful articles on the basics.

I have read a ton of blogging books over the years, and these are the ones that have SERIOUSLY helped me on my journey!

There are so many ways to earn money from your blog, from direct ad sales and ad networks, to affiliate marketing and digital earning so make sure to check out these must-read articles.

As a career blogger, you ll need to keep meticulous records of your income and expenses. The first year I started out, I made the mistake of keeping all of these transactions in a spreadsheet which made tax time a nightmare. Since then I ve been using GoDaddy Bookkeeping (formerly, Outright) which has simplified the whole process because it automatically updates your transactions from your PayPal and checking account. The online platform is super easy to use, and I highly recommend it for all monetized bloggers.

Hope you found this roadmap helpful. Good luck on your blogging journey!

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What is business acumen and how do you get it? Practically Perfect

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What is business acumen and how do you get it?

September 9, 2013 December 29, 2015

Over the last few weeks I have been developing a twitter strategy for one of my company s clients. They are an online events business and we are helping them with their marketing so I have been learning about hybrid and online events. I already know how to market via social media, I understand the world of events and I can create content fairly easily but prior to. oh I don t know a few weeks ago I knew very little about hybrid events. I would be able to tell you what a hybrid event was but very little else, now I have online event information seeping out of every pore (it isn t very pleasant!)

The reason I can bring myself up to speed so quickly is because I have spent 10 years working as an assistant and I have become very good at developing business acumen! I also hopped from one industry to another so I had to constantly learn how these business were run, the jargon that was used and the different codes of conduct each industry sector had. I had to understand all of this to support my boss effectively.

I think it is so very important for assistants to have good business acumen because without it I don t see how we can support our managers or move up the career ladder.

So what is business acumen?

I really like this definition of business acumen, it is from the Financial Times Lexicon :

In practice, people with business acumen are thought of as having business sense or business smarts . They are able to obtain essential information about a situation, focus on the key objectives, recognise the relevant options available for a solution, select an appropriate course of action and set in motion an implementation plan to get the job done.

So that sounds easy to achieve right? Erm no, I didn t think so either! Developing business acumen takes time, it has to be achieved through learning and training and ultimately it has to be part of your ongoing development plan. Expanding your business acumen has to be constant.

Having strong business sense isn t easy to develop but it is incredibly important for an assistant to have. We support people that have very strong business acumen, they wouldn t be in the position they are in without it! How can we support them if we do not have an understanding of their business, their strategic objectives and the pressures they face on a daily basis? The difficulty is that a lot of organisations don t understand this need and do not offer assistants the opportunity to attend training courses or take time out of their day to build their business acumen. Many bosses do not see the potential in their assistants or the added bonus of having an assistant with a good knowledge of the business and what that means in terms of the extra support they would receive.

So how do we develop business acumen?

There are of course ways around this problem but it does mean that assistants will have to be particularly proactive in developing their own business acumen. Trust me though it is totally worth the effort!

Firstly, is your manager supportive of your training needs? If so, well done! Ask that you attend training courses on the areas that you could improve, for example business finance or process management. If your manager is supportive then build business acumen improvement into your overall development plan and ensure you have an objective based on the wider business such as working on a cross departmental project.

Does your organisation have a graduate programme? If it does then ask to attend their initial training sessions on the industry. I did this when I first started working in insurance. There was so much jargon and codes of conduct, especially when working with Lloyd s of London that I asked to attend an Introduction to Insurance course which was in-house and specifically for the new graduates. I was the only EA on the course but it was so helpful and didn t cost my company a penny.

Does your manager subscribe to business magazines? If they do, this is great because you open their post and can read the magazines before giving it to them! Don t worry I don t think they will be offended that you are reading their magazine they will probably be in total shock that you are taking an interest! Not only does this help with your business knowledge it also gives you something to talk to your boss about, which is great when you don t have a lot in common.

This brings me to a really important point! Read everything. I love Julie Perrin s blog on business acumen for administrative professionals because it really goes into detail on what assistants should be reading and how to actually create the time to read. This is well worth the read, once you ve finished reading my blog obviously! Reading business material does not cost your company anything and I honestly think it helps enormously.

Do you take minutes at meetings? Again this is another fantastic way to increase your business acumen. In a previous role I managed 12 Committees all of which had a special interest in different areas of accountancy. I attended all of the Committee meetings and took all of the minutes. During the meetings I would really listen to what everyone was saying and take notes on anything I didn t understand so that I could research it later. I would also talk to the members during refreshment breaks and read all of the supporting documents along with their regular newsletters. Oh my goodness, by the end of the 4 years I worked in that role my knowledge of accountancy was extraordinary! I once attended a networking event for one of the Committees and talked to a new member for half an hour before he realised I wasn t actually an accountant (thank God!)

Lastly do you attend meetings with your manager? This task will bring you into contact with the company’s decision makers and you will be privy to their conversations and how they come to make decisions. Ensure you listen to these people. If you know why decisions are made in the company then you can start to make choices about your everyday work following the same strategy as the executive team. This will massively increase your knowledge and keep you focussed on improving your business acumen. When it comes to your review you can demonstrate to your manager that not only do you understand the company’s strategy but you are also implementing it into your own work by thinking strategically. This depth of knowledge will be impressive because they might not think you consider the bigger picture.

Understanding the bigger picture, where your boss fits into it and in turn how you can help support their goals is a fundamental requirement of a great assistant. Developing your business acumen will also give you a fantastic foundation and allow you to move up the career ladder and gain a well deserved promotion.

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Business Development – What does it mean? Who is it for? #business

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Business Development – What does it mean? Who is it for?

Is it the same for everyone?

Having now worked in a number of roles that you might consider as business development (BD), I thought I’d start my publishing journey on LinkedIn (this is my first post) with a bit of reflection.

I often get asked what the difference between straight selling and BD is, so I thought I’d try and define the differences (for my own sake, if nothing more!).

To some degree, they’re different sides of the same coin.

Selling and BD go hand in hand.

I’ve been in roles where I’ve been strictly selling, others where there is a combination of sales and BD, and also in roles that I would consider true and pure BD.

In all, however, I’ve had some link to what would be considered BD within that particular business.

So the answer to the header title is no, I think; BD is different for everyone and every business, dependent on a number of factors – budget, size of workforce, attitude to BD, etc.

What is ‘true and pure’ BD?

The sales process is one that involves a lot of people – product development, designers, pricing, marketing, technical, management – ‘front-line’ salesmen and ‘top-end’ management need to combine forces to deliver a product that their customers want.

If you walk into a shop to buy a pair of trainers, for example, this has been designed from the early stages by trained footwear designers, manufactured from these designs in a production process of sorts (industrial or bespoke, depending on the brand), marketed in the appropriate manner to raise awareness of the product, eventually landing on the shelves of the shop you’re in, with a friendly guy/gal willing to help you transact some business when you make the decision to buy them.

So where does BD fit into this process? What’s it all about then?

I think the foremost word that comes up in the BD world is ‘relationships’.

That’s pretty much what it’s all about.

Good business development will help identify, maintain and encourage relationship building within a firm, building rapport with both suppliers and customers.

It helps strengthen the bonds between these links, supporting the marketing copy and material that establishes your product in the relevant marketplace.

It helps provide information as to what the client needs to the ‘front line’ sales team, assisting them in closing the deal at the end of the process.

It helps inform management as to how the market is moving, providing insights into new developments of technology, social media and other digital avenues that the firm can take advantage of, to build and maintain loyalty.

It helps small companies access bigger markets and large companies engage newcomers.

So my definition of ‘true and pure’ BD is ‘helping a business to develop its relationships’.

Plain and simple.

It’s networking on a daily basis; attending cutting-edge events to learn about the industry you’re working in; finding (er. stalking?) people on LinkedIn to see what events they’re attending and making sure you meet them there, in person, so that you can have that all important introductory chat; it’s offering your loyal customers something more than a newsletter – why not run a seminar and invite them along to it? They might be happy to be invited.

The personal touch is always a winner.

We hear more and more now about relationships marketing, social currency, engagement, etc.

BD is the platform that most of this is built on.

As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve worked in roles that have been classed as BD but have really been sales. I’ve worked in hybrid roles where you might do a bit of both. And I’ve worked in the ‘true and pure’ BD roles to.

What this has shown me is that BD has a place in every business. You can’t ‘develop’ your business without a good BD strategy.

So whether you’re encouraging your front-line staff to sign up to a few newsletters, or get yourself down to a few networking events, or join a LinkedIn group and start up a discussion, BD is something that can’t be overlooked.

It’s all very well to have a great product and a nicely designed website, with some great leaflets and a slick business card but, without the right approach to BD, no one is going to see it in the way you want to.

Having worked as a supplier to a lot of startups and growing SMEs, the one thing that I’ve noticed which has set apart the successes from the failures is their approach to BD.

Develop the relationships – build a community around your business and your product just needs to do what it says on the tin. The rest will fall into place and you’ll have a strong, loyal customer base who are happy to sing your praises.

For that reason alone, if nothing else, BD is essential for pretty much any business going.

That’s my opinion anyway, although I may be a bit bias, of course.





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Small business: 21 tips from entrepreneurs who are killing it #business #first

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21 tips from small businesses that are killing it

STARTING a small business is a dream for many Australians, but it can be daunting.

Here, entrepreneurs who are killing it in a range of industries share their best piece of advice for making your company a success.

1. Deliver a consistent customer experience.

Damian Cerini, owner of cycling tour business Tour de Vines, says you need your business to almost run itselfbefore you look at growth. The thing about working for an employer is that the business model is already set, it s about the execution of the idea, whereas a new business is about testing the idea first and developing the systems.

2. Add a personal touch.

Angus Askew, co-director of commercial asset financing company Magnolia Lane Financial Services, says: In our industry like most service industries everyone is essentially selling the same thing, you ve just got to do it better. Our number one goal when dealing with a new client is to establish a relationship and make them feel special. Make sure you are remembered. We make it our priority to see all of our customers face to face. Create a rapport as this is what will result in repeat business and an income stream for life.

3. Leverage social media.

A strong marketing strategy is essential in every industry, says Anthony Kittel, director of manufacturing firm REDARC. That means social networking on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or all of the above. Our brand is everything, so whatever we can do to promote that brand and consumer awareness is critical.

Author and Flying Solo editor Kelly Exeter says a less frantic life made her more productive.

4. Write your own business bible.

Matthew White, whose firm Ergoflex sells memory foam mattresses, says the volume of information available can be overwhelming. He recommends writing ideas and tips in a notebook or tablet as they come up. It has helped me make some major decisions, and also saved me hours of searching for something I ve read somewhere.

5. Focus on your specialty.

In the first few years, there can be a lot of pressure to diversify your offering, says Paris Cutler, director of cake decorating company Planet Cake. Stick to what you do best and do it better and with more focus than anyone else.

6. Outsource the things you don t do.

Resist the temptation to chase work outside your offering, and use a specialist to fill in any gaps, says Rhys Roberts from accountancy firm Viridity. I outsource my HR, my IT, much of my marketing and more. The time you free up you can spend doing what you are good at.

7. Aim high and be persistent.

Determination is one of the vital qualities needed when you start on the long road of setting up a small business. Rochelle Miller, co-founder of fashion retailer Another Love, says: Believe in yourself and your strengths. Don t take no for an answer. There will be bumps along the way, but everything has a solution or another option.

Consultant Andrew Griffiths thinks about ways to improve his business each day.

8. Embrace a life less frantic.

Kelly Exeter, author and editor of small business community Flying Solo says it s all about finding the right balance for you. I am learning that I don t just need physical space to thrive, I need mental space too.

9. Follow your own path.

Designer and illustrator Beci Orpin says she s not naturally business-minded, but has always worked really hard and built up a strong folio of work. My business is all about me: my style and what I create, so an important part of developing that was staying true to myself not worrying about what other people were doing.

10. Take time out to think about how to improve.

Use your best hour in the day to consider ways of moving forward, advises Andrew Griffiths, a small business author and consultant. He does this first thing every morning. Then, each Friday, I find a quiet place and ask myself a question: How is my business better this week than it was last week?

11. Harness your keystone habits .

Entrepreneur and blogger James Clear says we should find the one or two habits or routines that make everything else fall into place. Improving your lifestyle and becoming the type of person who has their act together isn t nearly as hard as you might think.

Life coach Kathryn Hocking researches what competitors are doing.

12. Practise mindfulness.

Freelance journalist and editor Jodie Macleod says it increases productivity, reduces stress and improves memory and focus. Mindfulness is when you are aware of your thoughts, feelings, sensations, breath and everything occurring in the present moment, without attaching judgment to those observations.

13. Every setback is a stepping stone to success.

Lucinda Lions from branding agency Slogan Creator says it s important to stay positive wherever possible, and see feedback, not failure. I remind myself tomorrow is a brand new day, a new opportunity to think differently and make better choices.

14. Hire from within your networks.

When Sarah Wilson from I Quit Sugarbegan feeling overwhelmed with work, she decided to get an assistant. She put a call out to her community, knowing taking someone on would involve sacrifice. Five years later, they still have a successful working relationship. Start out small and then leave the invitation open for expansion.

15. Keep it manageable.

Kate James, start-up coach at Total Balance, says it s important to remember that it s not all about non-stop growth bigger isn t better if you ve stopped enjoying what you do. You need to define your own version of success. Mine is that I need to love my business.

Sarah Wilson says you need to know when to ask for help. Source: Supplied

16. Know when to work for free.

Vanessa Emilio from Legal123, says sometimes working for free is worth it. Free doesn t mean offering an entire job or product for free. It could mean a free initial consultation, free component of a project or complimentary muffin with every coffee.

17. Stay excited and believe in your business.

SEO copywriter and consultant Kate Toon says start-ups should think about clients needs and possible issues and create rational responses to persuade them your business is the solution. Inject warmth, professionalism and even humour, where appropriate. Being human beats boring every time.

18. Learn to say no.

Recognise when a client has unrealistic expectations and nip it in the bud early, or consider referring them on, says author and media commentator Andrew Griffiths.

Try a formal, structured response and keep returning to it. Try, Thank you for the opportunity, but we are so heavily committed we can t give your project the time and attention it needs.

If you re on a tight marketing budget, think about how you can trigger word-of-mouth interest. Warren Harmer of The Business Plan Company mentions a small florist that did this brilliantly by 1) Offering quality; 2) Providing value; 3) Inspiring team members to love their job and clients and 4) Creating a physical environment that excited their market.

20. Turn competition into inspiration.

Life coach Kathryn Hocking suggests you research what competitors are doing to help identify what makes you unique. Your relationship doesn t have to be adversarial: they could be a mentor, partner or friend. Focus on your own purpose and connect with peers that have similar values and who inspire you to greater levels of success.

21. Know when to take a dream detour .

Sometimes it s hard to know whether to grab a fresh opportunity or stick to your path. Business mentor Lynda Bayada says you need to outsmart your head so you can listen to your heart. Give yourself space and trust yourself. And you ll find that s half the battle won.





E-Business (e Business) – Definitions and Ways to Create it Better #buy

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e-Business

There are many definitions of e-business, for example we can defines e-business as any net business activity that transforms internal and external relationships to create value and exploit market opportunities driven by new rules of the connected economy. actually the word e means electronic so it means business via electronic channels as website, social networks and emails. Therefore e-commerce is result of e business.

e-Business Definition

First of all, look at the word e-business, it includes from two words 1- e 2- business so we can define it electronic business however, it is more than an absolute state of a company and it targets the market opportunities of conducting business under new electronic channels. which revolve around the Internet.

e-business communications in markets

e Business Range

This is an acknowledgement that e business comes in many forms and can be implemented to a very small or a large degree. It is also an acknowledgement that the Internet is an essential component of an e-business strategy. Laudon and Laudon s (2002) definition of e-business, as the use of the Internet and other digital technology for organizational communication, coordination and the management of the firm, encompasses these different adaptations. In the broadest possible terms, however, e-business is an electronic way of doing business. The fact that the value proposition of e-business includes the creation of new market opportunities through electronic channels, should not be ignored as these electronically channeled market opportunities enable companies to lower transaction costs, reduce delivery times, improve customer services, and add convenience.

This site is concerned with the implementation of e-business in the construction industry. In this context, e-business is defined broadly as the conduct of construction business by electronic means.

This fits with broad definitions of the term e-commerce exemplified by the definitions below:

  • The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD): The electronic exchange of information that support and govern commercial activities including organizational management, commercial management, commercial negotiations and contracts, legal and regulatory frameworks, financial settlement arrangements and taxation (OECD,1999).
  • Learnthat. e-Commerce is not just about buying and selling online, but also includes all forms of business activities that are conducted over the Internet (e.g. the business-to-business flow of information between companies or within a company, communication between businesses, online advertising, etc.).
  • Kalakota and Whinston: e-Commerce at its grass root level can be described as an electronic method of doing business, typically over the Internet. Broadly defined, however, eCommerce is a modern business methodology that addresses the needs of organizations, merchants and consumers to cut costs while improving the quality of goods and services, and increasing the speed of service delivery .

Thus, the term, e-business, as used in this site should not be considered synonymous with narrow definitions of e-commerce as the process of buying and selling goods and services online.

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How to Start a Blog and Make Money From It #business #loans

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How to Start a Blog and Make Money From It

This post includes affiliate links.

If you want to work from home and make money blogging, then you need to have the right tools, resources, and information to guide your way.

With an overwhelming amount of information on the web it’s often confusing figuring it all out. Listed below are some of the resources that I use, recommend, or that I’ve found helpful on my blogging journey.

These tools will not only help get you started but they’ll make the process easier so you can start making money faster.

First, grab my FREE Blogging e-book. it will teach you how to write great content, get tons of traffic to your blog and most importantly, how to make money from it!

To start the process you ll need to choose a blogging platform; or in technical terms a content management system (CMS). There are many different CMS platforms to choose between, but I highly recommend WordPress. It s ideal for beginners as it s easy to use and modify, it has tons of functionality, and it s free to use all you need to do is purchase your hosting and domain name.

WordPress is what I use for this site.

A lot of people ask me about Blogger, Google’s blogging platform. I’ve heard it’s easy to use. But I also know a lot of people who started out on Blogger, but then had to make the switch to WordPress later on. Do yourself a favor and use WordPress from the beginning, you ll save yourself a lot of headaches down the road.

Once you decided on a blogging platform you ll need to purchase a domain name and hosting. When choosing a hosting company you’ll want to make sure that you get one that’s reliable, affordable, and that has excellent customer service. Right now I m using a virtual private server (VPS) through, Liquid Web. They have a wide variety of hosting plans, which makes it easy to upgrade your service as your site grows. If I weren t using them, I would probably use Bluehost or Synthesis. as they were created with WordPress users in mind. Over the years, I ve had to switch hosting companies three times which is no fun.

Need help installing WordPress to your host? Here s an EASY way to be up and running in 30 minutes or less!

When I first launched my blog, I had a graphic designer create a custom design for me. And while I loved my design it was very expensive! If I were just starting out again, I would use Bluehost with their 1-2-3 easy upload and a template from StudioPress (which is what I m using now). Not only are these templates affordable (like $99), but they look great and they re super easy to modify. To help make your site stand out, I do suggest getting a custom logo designed. If you re launching your blog on a shoestring budget, try Fiverr where freelancers only charge $5 for their services. I haven t used Fiverr for logo design, but I have used them for other sorts of images, and I ve been happy with the results.

To get traffic to your blog you’ll want to utilize social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Foursquare, Instagram, and Google Plus. Seem overwhelming? To help manage all of these social media platforms, I use HootSuite. I’ve tried other applications, but this one has the most functionality, and it is the easiest to use. You can schedule updates and manage all of your accounts in one place, and best of all it s FREE!

The one network that you can’t manage from HootSuite is Pinterest. For Pinterest, I use BoardBooster to manage my pins. It s only $5 a month and so worth it! You can schedule pins and re-loop your pins so that they receive maximum exposure.

For tips on how to maximize your Pinterest efforts, check out these resources:

To create pin-friendly images for your blog posts, I recommend PicMonkey or Canva. I started out using PicMonkey, which is easy to use, and it gives you professional looking images in a flash. But now I mostly use Canva. It has premade templates and font combos which help me create professional looking images quicker. Each platform is free for basic usage with permeium features costing just a bit more.

For stock images I use StockFresh and DepositPhotos not only do they have high-quality photos, but they re affordable.

Part of getting traffic is writing awesome content. To make sure your content is excellent you ll need to edit your posts for punctuation, grammar, and spelling. Now you can do this manually, but I ve found that even when I go back and proofread two or three times I often miss typos. Of course, you can hire an editor to proof your content, but that can get expensive. A more affordable option is to use an editing software or program. I ve tried a few different platforms out and by far my favorite is, Grammarly. It s easy to use and catches errors that word processing programs miss. It also tightens up your copy so you re using an active voice.

From the first day, you launch your blog you need to make sure that you’re building an email list. SEO rules and social media platforms are constantly changing. But with an email list, it is something that you own, and that can always be used to reach your audience. Personally, I use Constant Contact I love them! They have lots of professional looking templates to choose from, it’s super easy to use, and they have added features like auto-responders. They even offer a FREE 60 trial so you can test them out without any obligation.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO):

The majority of my traffic comes from Google, and this is because certain keyword phrases on my site have ranked well with the search engines. Search engine traffic is free, and you’ll want to take advantage of it. I used to recommend Holly Klaassen’s e-book, 50 SEO Secrets for Mom Entrepreneurs, but she s no longer selling it.

So to get familiarized with SEO here are some useful articles on the basics.

I have read a ton of blogging books over the years, and these are the ones that have SERIOUSLY helped me on my journey!

There are so many ways to earn money from your blog, from direct ad sales and ad networks, to affiliate marketing and digital earning so make sure to check out these must-read articles.

As a career blogger, you ll need to keep meticulous records of your income and expenses. The first year I started out, I made the mistake of keeping all of these transactions in a spreadsheet which made tax time a nightmare. Since then I ve been using GoDaddy Bookkeeping (formerly, Outright) which has simplified the whole process because it automatically updates your transactions from your PayPal and checking account. The online platform is super easy to use, and I highly recommend it for all monetized bloggers.

Hope you found this roadmap helpful. Good luck on your blogging journey!

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Entry Level Business Analyst, IT Salary #best #small #business

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Entry-Level Business Analyst, IT Salary

San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Entry-Level IT Business Analysts, 26 percent above the national average. Entry-Level IT Business Analysts will also find cushy salaries in New York (+19 percent), Los Angeles (+14 percent), Seattle (+10 percent), and Houston (+8 percent). St. Louis is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 5 percent. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Austin and Atlanta (1 percent less).

Business Analyst, IT Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Business Analyst, IT in Durham:

“Be Happy with Ambiguity & Leading from “Behind-the-Scenes””

People leverage a BA to help make things make sense. It’s still a very new role to many companies and firms and parts of it are very meta. Often while you are eliciting, defining, and documenting requirements and processes, you will be simultaneously demonstrating the process for doing so and standardizing it. Developers, Project Managers, Tech Leads, UX & Design and Business stakeholders are not always going to know where in the Venn diagram your contributions end that their’s begin and vice versa. Job postings will often ask to be a project manager, a coder, a designer, a financial analyst, a “savior” of all things project and business related and you will have figure out (much like practicing analysis on the job) “is what they say they want, what they really need?” It’s a rewarding job if you like solving problems, helping others, and serving something larger than yourself, but it’s a “behind-the-scenes” gig so the ability to be happy with your invisible leadership is paramount.





Skype for Business Server 2015: Documentation for IT Pros #business #lending

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Skype for Business Server 2015

Summary: Explore these links to learn how to implement Skype for Business Server 2015.

Lync is now Skype for Business, a communications and collaboration platform that brings together a client experience inspired by Skype with the enterprise-grade security, compliance, and control of Lync. Skype for Business offers features including presence, IM, voice and video calls, and online meetings. Skype for Business provides a new client experience, a new server release, and updates to the service in Office 365. If users in your organization are already familiar with Skype, they’ll appreciate the power and simplicity of Skype for Business where it’s easy to find and connect with co-workers. If users in your organization are coming to Skype for Business from Lync, they’ll recognize all of the features they already use but in a fresh new interface with simplified controls and new additions. In addition to the new client experience, Skype for Business Server provides several new features to improve manageability of on-premises servers and hybrid solutions.

Skype for Business also supports the Lync client experience so that you can choose a phased upgrade approach to the new client experience for your users. For example, you might want to deploy the Lync client experience until users in your organization are fully trained in the new Skype for Business experience, or until all users are upgraded to the new server.

The following table lists the topics in the Skype for Business Server documentation library, and provides links to other information resources, including downloadable content, blogs, videos, and a contact link that you can use to ask questions and provide feedback.

Writers update articles on a continuing basis as new information becomes available and as users provide feedback. This page will be updated frequently, so check back often.

To get started learning about Skype for Business, you’ll want to read the following articles about new features and functionality:

Before beginning your deployment, be sure to read the planning content: Plan for your Skype for Business Server 2015 deployment .

If you are upgrading from a previous release of Lync Server, be sure to read Plan to upgrade to Skype for Business Server 2015.

Prepare for the dual client experience

If you want to compare the features and capabilities of Skype for Business clients, and then learn more about the dual client experience, be sure to read the following:

Learn about Skype Meeting Broadcast

If you want to know more about Skype Meeting Broadcast, a new Office 365 online service for managing large meetings, see the following topics:

Readiness sessions on Infopedia

The following readiness sessions are available on Infopedia. Registration is required:

You can find training materials, including articles and Quick Start Guides, on the Learning Center .

The following articles describe how to plan for, deploy, and use all the features of Skype for Business Server.

Skype for Business Server 2015 content for IT Pros

You’ll find content for IT Pros on TechNet. The following articles are good places to start:

Skype for Business Online content for Office 365 admins

Information about Skype for Business Online is available at http://support.office.com. If you want to know more about the Office 365 service, and whether a hybrid solution is right for your organization, read the following:

Skype for Business clients

Information about the Skype for Business desktop clients is available at http://support.office.com. Here are some resources that can help you get your end users ready for Skype for Business:

Information for developers

Information for developers can be found on the

Skype Developer Platform includes links to Unified Communications Managed API (UCMA 5.0), Unified Communications Web API (UCWA 2.0), and Skype Web SDK.





How to Start a Blog and Make Money From It #partnership #business

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How to Start a Blog and Make Money From It

This post includes affiliate links.

If you want to work from home and make money blogging, then you need to have the right tools, resources, and information to guide your way.

With an overwhelming amount of information on the web it’s often confusing figuring it all out. Listed below are some of the resources that I use, recommend, or that I’ve found helpful on my blogging journey.

These tools will not only help get you started but they’ll make the process easier so you can start making money faster.

First, grab my FREE Blogging e-book. it will teach you how to write great content, get tons of traffic to your blog and most importantly, how to make money from it!

To start the process you ll need to choose a blogging platform; or in technical terms a content management system (CMS). There are many different CMS platforms to choose between, but I highly recommend WordPress. It s ideal for beginners as it s easy to use and modify, it has tons of functionality, and it s free to use all you need to do is purchase your hosting and domain name.

WordPress is what I use for this site.

A lot of people ask me about Blogger, Google’s blogging platform. I’ve heard it’s easy to use. But I also know a lot of people who started out on Blogger, but then had to make the switch to WordPress later on. Do yourself a favor and use WordPress from the beginning, you ll save yourself a lot of headaches down the road.

Once you decided on a blogging platform you ll need to purchase a domain name and hosting. When choosing a hosting company you’ll want to make sure that you get one that’s reliable, affordable, and that has excellent customer service. Right now I m using a virtual private server (VPS) through, Liquid Web. They have a wide variety of hosting plans, which makes it easy to upgrade your service as your site grows. If I weren t using them, I would probably use Bluehost or Synthesis. as they were created with WordPress users in mind. Over the years, I ve had to switch hosting companies three times which is no fun.

Need help installing WordPress to your host? Here s an EASY way to be up and running in 30 minutes or less!

When I first launched my blog, I had a graphic designer create a custom design for me. And while I loved my design it was very expensive! If I were just starting out again, I would use Bluehost with their 1-2-3 easy upload and a template from StudioPress (which is what I m using now). Not only are these templates affordable (like $99), but they look great and they re super easy to modify. To help make your site stand out, I do suggest getting a custom logo designed. If you re launching your blog on a shoestring budget, try Fiverr where freelancers only charge $5 for their services. I haven t used Fiverr for logo design, but I have used them for other sorts of images, and I ve been happy with the results.

To get traffic to your blog you’ll want to utilize social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Foursquare, Instagram, and Google Plus. Seem overwhelming? To help manage all of these social media platforms, I use HootSuite. I’ve tried other applications, but this one has the most functionality, and it is the easiest to use. You can schedule updates and manage all of your accounts in one place, and best of all it s FREE!

The one network that you can’t manage from HootSuite is Pinterest. For Pinterest, I use BoardBooster to manage my pins. It s only $5 a month and so worth it! You can schedule pins and re-loop your pins so that they receive maximum exposure.

For tips on how to maximize your Pinterest efforts, check out these resources:

To create pin-friendly images for your blog posts, I recommend PicMonkey or Canva. I started out using PicMonkey, which is easy to use, and it gives you professional looking images in a flash. But now I mostly use Canva. It has premade templates and font combos which help me create professional looking images quicker. Each platform is free for basic usage with permeium features costing just a bit more.

For stock images I use StockFresh and DepositPhotos not only do they have high-quality photos, but they re affordable.

Part of getting traffic is writing awesome content. To make sure your content is excellent you ll need to edit your posts for punctuation, grammar, and spelling. Now you can do this manually, but I ve found that even when I go back and proofread two or three times I often miss typos. Of course, you can hire an editor to proof your content, but that can get expensive. A more affordable option is to use an editing software or program. I ve tried a few different platforms out and by far my favorite is, Grammarly. It s easy to use and catches errors that word processing programs miss. It also tightens up your copy so you re using an active voice.

From the first day, you launch your blog you need to make sure that you’re building an email list. SEO rules and social media platforms are constantly changing. But with an email list, it is something that you own, and that can always be used to reach your audience. Personally, I use Constant Contact I love them! They have lots of professional looking templates to choose from, it’s super easy to use, and they have added features like auto-responders. They even offer a FREE 60 trial so you can test them out without any obligation.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO):

The majority of my traffic comes from Google, and this is because certain keyword phrases on my site have ranked well with the search engines. Search engine traffic is free, and you’ll want to take advantage of it. I used to recommend Holly Klaassen’s e-book, 50 SEO Secrets for Mom Entrepreneurs, but she s no longer selling it.

So to get familiarized with SEO here are some useful articles on the basics.

I have read a ton of blogging books over the years, and these are the ones that have SERIOUSLY helped me on my journey!

There are so many ways to earn money from your blog, from direct ad sales and ad networks, to affiliate marketing and digital earning so make sure to check out these must-read articles.

As a career blogger, you ll need to keep meticulous records of your income and expenses. The first year I started out, I made the mistake of keeping all of these transactions in a spreadsheet which made tax time a nightmare. Since then I ve been using GoDaddy Bookkeeping (formerly, Outright) which has simplified the whole process because it automatically updates your transactions from your PayPal and checking account. The online platform is super easy to use, and I highly recommend it for all monetized bloggers.

Hope you found this roadmap helpful. Good luck on your blogging journey!

This post includes referral and affiliate links. Please be aware that we only promote advertising from companies that we feel we can legitimately recommend to our readers. See our disclosure policy for further information.





IT Financial Management: What vs #business #sale

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IT Financial Management: What vs. How

If you don t know where you are going, then any road will get you there.

Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Most enterprises understand the benefits that can be derived from increasing IT cost transparency, managing IT like a business, and improving the interaction between IT and business units. Yet, despite the inherent understanding behind these admirable goals, many IT financial management initiatives and implementation projects fail to live up to expectations. They either miss their expected goals, or worse, completely fail.

Industry analysts have substantiated this claim for years, indicating that on an IT management maturity scale of 1 to 5 (with 5 being highest maturity), the average U.S. large or mid-market enterprise hovers around a dismal 2 on this scale. Clearly, there is a gap between desired goals and operational execution; expectations are not met.

Applying discipline to the IT financial management what you are implementing and how you and your team are going to implement it. Just as important for everyone on your team is to grasp which one comes first. In other words, an enterprise needs to fully understand the imperative (the what ) versus the means (the how ) to effectively increase maturity in IT financial management processes in order to attain a desired stage of IT maturity.

So let s start by discussing the difference between the what and the how. Many times enterprises believe that what they are implementing is an IT financial management software application tool. This perception is incorrect and seriously flawed. What they are implementing is a set of IT financial management processes. The software application or tool is how this process will be delivered. Simply stated, the what is the process or set of processes that are being implementing, and the how is merely the tool that will be used to facilitate and support the processes.

Next, let s discuss the order in which the what and the how need to be addressed. In most aspects of life, a person decides on what they want to do before they determine how they will do it. Stated another way, we define what our goals are, and then we plan how to achieve those goals. Normally, we decide where we want to travel before we decide if we want to take a car, a plane, a train, or simply walk. It is a simple, logical flow. Implementing an ITFM process is simply an aspect of an enterprise s life. It should follow the same logic what before how. The single most important factor in having a successful ITFM implementation is having a thorough understanding of what needs to be implemented before deciding on how to implement it.

Figure 1 depicts the range of stages of an ITFM maturity model. It is important to understand that a company must fit its goals to the appropriate level of maturity. In other words, a stage 3 level Manage Cost may be desired over a Stage 4 level Competitive Advantage since the incremental efforts and cost to achieve stage 4 may not, for a specific organization, justify the benefits achieved in order to achieve this stage.

Let s briefly mention some of the considerations that need to go into determining the what :

Senior leadership must lead an ITFM project. There must be a good understanding of who is sponsoring the project IT, the business units, finance. ITFM maturity is a top-down initiative.

What are the current ITFM-related processes? Mapping existing processes will help determine gaps and areas for improvement.

How readily available are current cost and usage drivers?

How are business and IT performance currently being measured?

Who will be the winners and the losers with a change of ITFM processes? Can the losers also be turned into winners?

The answer to these questions will differ by enterprise. That means the what will be different for each enterprise.

We started this discussion by asking why so many IT financial management projects fail to meet expectations. One primary reason is the lack of a full understanding of the difference between what process or processes are being implemented versus how a change in process will be implemented.

We have begun the presentation of a course of action and related framework and if followed, the chance of meeting expectations and realizing the business benefits of ITFM will be greatly enhanced.

In Part 2 of this series of articles, we will describe how you determine the what, which is a rather extensive subject in itself. In Part 3 we will describe the how. Similar to uncovering the what, deciding the how is a detailed process.

Mike Stiglianese is a managing partner of TMO Partners . where he advises Fortune 500 companies on management of their strategic technology, financial, risk, and shared services initiatives. He is a chief IT risk and financial executive with extensive experience in leading financial and risk management solutions for global organizations. His career includes 25 years in Citigroup s financial control function, where he held a leadership role in identifying, developing and implementing global, cross-business expense reduction efforts and was recognized as a key contributor to capturing $3 billion in savings at Citigroup.

Lawrence Maisel is president of DecisionVu Group Inc. . a management consultancy specializing in corporate performance management, financial management and IT value management. He has successfully demonstrated abilities to provide leadership in strategy and financial management, and information technology with numerous experiences in financial services, insurance, communications and media, and pharmaceuticals industries. He has developed business strategies, managed and improved business performance, implemented business systems, and designed solutions to increase operating performance and shareholder value. Recently, he co-authored (with Gary Cokins)Predictive Business Analytics Forward-looking Capabilities to Improve Business Performance(2014, John Wiley Sons), and authored IFAC s International Good Practices Guidance on Predictive Business Analytics.





Entry Level Business Analyst, IT Salary #startup #business #loans

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Entry-Level Business Analyst, IT Salary

San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Entry-Level IT Business Analysts, 26 percent above the national average. Entry-Level IT Business Analysts will also find cushy salaries in New York (+19 percent), Los Angeles (+14 percent), Seattle (+10 percent), and Houston (+8 percent). St. Louis is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 5 percent. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Austin and Atlanta (1 percent less).

Business Analyst, IT Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Business Analyst, IT in Durham:

“Be Happy with Ambiguity & Leading from “Behind-the-Scenes””

People leverage a BA to help make things make sense. It’s still a very new role to many companies and firms and parts of it are very meta. Often while you are eliciting, defining, and documenting requirements and processes, you will be simultaneously demonstrating the process for doing so and standardizing it. Developers, Project Managers, Tech Leads, UX & Design and Business stakeholders are not always going to know where in the Venn diagram your contributions end that their’s begin and vice versa. Job postings will often ask to be a project manager, a coder, a designer, a financial analyst, a “savior” of all things project and business related and you will have figure out (much like practicing analysis on the job) “is what they say they want, what they really need?” It’s a rewarding job if you like solving problems, helping others, and serving something larger than yourself, but it’s a “behind-the-scenes” gig so the ability to be happy with your invisible leadership is paramount.





BPO – Business Process Outsourcing – Gartner IT #start #your #own #business

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Business process outsourcing (BPO) is the delegation of one or more IT-intensive business processes to an external provider that, in turn, owns, administrates and manages the selected processes based on defined and measurable performance metrics. BPO offerings are categorized in two major categories: horizontal offerings (those that can be leveraged across specific industries) and vertical-specific offerings (those that demand specific industry vertical process knowledge).

The global market for service delivery continues to be a fundamental component of sourcing strategies. Sourcing executives can use this research to analyze country suitability for outsourcing, shared services or captive delivery centers for business and IT services.

The drive toward the digitalization of education spotlights certain key foundational components to achieve it. New technologies, as well as new ways of looking at existing technologies, create challenges and opportunities for education CIOs to advance the transformation of education.

How will senior executives get status updates on how your enterprise is progressing toward becoming a digital business? Key performance indicators that establish goals and assess progress are an important element of any digital business transformation. This presentation provides guidelines and examples to help CIOs and CDOs choose the right KPIs.

Business transformation and growth initiatives are top priorities for CEOs. Regardless of whether those transformation efforts execute on a digital business, customer experience, or other business strategies, transformation means changing business processes. Enterprises no longer have the luxury of taking a long time to re-engineer business processes. Cloud lowers the barrier to entry for new competitors, but it also accelerates time to transformation.

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Client Christmas cards – how to get it right #business #list

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Client Christmas cards – how to get it right

by HCA | Dec 19, 2013

The holidays are a time of comfort and joy—not a time to unleash your inner cynic. The fact remains, however, that nearly everyone on your corporate holiday mailing list knows your gift, card or e-greeting is really an end-of-the-year marketing pitch. A soft sell to be sure, but a marketing pitch nonetheless.

That doesn’t give you full reign to impersonate Ebeneezer Scrooge, however. According to etiquette expert Thomas P Farley—known colloquially as “Mister Manners”—holiday business greetings are a rewarding exercise and a great way to improve client relations, provided you get it right.

“This is an opportunity to get back on the radar with your clients in a meaningful way,” Farley said. “If it’s not meaningful, you’re better off not doing anything at all.”

With that in mind, here are five timely tips for wishing your clients a happy holiday season.

If possible, send a personalized, handwritten card. Operating on a tight budget may prevent you from sending mass-mailed holiday cards to all your clients, but if you can afford the extra effort, it’s worth it.

“An e-greeting can be annoying because they’re often difficult to open and they may not make it to the individual,” said Dianne Gottsman, a national etiquette expert and owner of the Protocol School of Texas. “Handwritten cards breed goodwill.”

Farley agrees, adding that generic e-greetings often “get deleted the moment they’re sent.”

Instead, Farley recommends putting pen to paper and using the opportunity to make a comment specific to the individual, perhaps drawing on a business lunch or meeting the two of you attended.

Choose a tasteful, appropriate design. As head of custom design at California-based Tiny Prints, Heidi Reichert has seen a lot of corporate holiday cards over the years. The best, she said, always “reflect the professionalism” of the company.

“We’ve seen really silly photos or things that might be construed as offensive—maybe it’s a photo of the employees doing shots or something like that,” Reichert said. “It might seem funny at the time, but you never know what your audience might think when they get it.”

Instead, Reichert recommends using photos that are appropriate and professional, along with designs that stand out from the ubiquitous red-and-green that don most holiday greetings. Lime greens and blues are especially popular this season.

Avoid blatant endorsements of religion or cultural traditions. One thing Farley, Gottsman and Reichert all agreed on was that it’s best to “assume nothing” when it comes to recipients’ religious or cultural traditions.

“Being very safe and respectful is the key,” said Gottsman, who added that a neutral “Happy Holidays” is preferable to endorsing Christmas, Kwanzaa, or other holidays.

However, Farley said this rule applies only to the card design itself. Inside, it’s appropriate to wish someone a “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Hanukah,” provided you definitely know your client celebrates that holiday. “It makes your greeting that much more meaningful and warm,” Farley said.

Keep out logos and business cards. Resist the urge to plaster your greeting with your company logo, or stuff the package full of coupons or business cards.
“This is the time for the soft-sell. You’re not pitching, you’re not doing client business,” Farley advised. “The card itself is all the selling you should really be doing.”

While logos do have a place on a corporate card, it should be done in a tasteful way, said Reichert. Placing the logo below your signature or on the back of the card is a nice way to make the card stand out as something personalised by the business, she said.

Send cards and gifts as soon as possible. Now is the time to send out your holiday greetings and gifts, if you haven’t already. The earlier the better, given many companies close up shop the week of Christmas.

If you’ve missed the deadline, however, Gottsman says you can never go wrong with a New Year card, which should be in the mail before Christmas Day.

The bottom line with all these dos and don’ts, however, is that despite your business, your budget or your byline, your holiday greeting should come from the heart.

“If someone is actually taking the time to write a personal message, that’s going to trump even the worst card design,” Farley said. “Even if the card itself is something you get for 50% off at the local dollar store, the fact that you’ve included a personal message is far more impressive than the most stunning card with nothing inside.”

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How Hard Is It to Be a Small Business Owner?

There are a lot of misconceptions about being a small business owner. Like…

People often think that being a small business owner is easy because you get to be your own boss and set your own hours.

The Reality : Most small business owners work harder than they used to work when they had a corporate job.

People think that being a small business owner is glamorous – you get to make big decisions, make big money, and have a carefree lifestyle.

The Reality . Most small business owners have to wear many hats – sometimes getting to be a strategic visionary, but other times having to serve as a front-line customer service person, amateur psychologist, or office janitor.

But one of the biggest misconceptions about being a small business owner is that it’s too “hard.” I recently read an article on the Naked Capitalism blog entitled Tech Titans Promoting Basic Income Guarantee as a Way to Shrink Government, Kill Social Programs , which suggested that being an entrepreneur is a raw deal for most people:

But who wants to be an entrepreneur? Seriously. If you can hold a job with any stability and you don’t mind the work and get on with your boss and co-workers, it’s a vastly better deal than running your own show…being in business for yourself is almost a roll-back for the whole rationale of advanced economies: that of specialization. In a larger organization, the really good sales guy can mainly do sales, plus the unavoidable internal politics and bureaucratic tasks. The accountant can mainly do accounting, and so on.

By contrast, starting a business requires lots of skills, including selling, negotiating, having common sense about priorities, being able to size up potential backers and employees, being able to budget and manage funds. It’s a drag if you are really good at one particular thing to have to do all that other stuff, even if you are capable of it.

The payoff curve for entrepreneurship looks a lot like that of lines of employment that most parents would tell their kids to avoid: acting, playing sports, writing novels. Remember, 90% of all new businesses fail within three years. And like J.K. Rowling, A-list Hollywood stars, and football pros, the lure of the huge payoffs at the top end masks the steep falloff after that.

First of all, it’s not true that “90% of all new businesses fail within three years” – according to statistics from the Small Business Administration. about half of small businesses survive for five years or more, and one-third survive for 10 years or more. That’s a lot longer than I’ve lasted at any corporate job.

This article also makes it sound like entrepreneurship only offers rewards to the people at the top – as if most small business owners are a bunch of low-paid losers who would be better off trying to make it as actors in Hollywood. But even if we’re not going to be the next Bill Gates, most small business owners make a decent living – according to an American Express OPEN survey on the average entrepreneur’s salary. as of 2013, small business owners paid themselves an average annual salary of $68,000 – which is significantly more than the 2013 U.S. median household income of $52,250.

But more broadly, I disagree with the premise of the argument that it’s “too hard” to be a small business owner because you don’t get to specialize in what you do best.

It’s true that when you work for a big company, there are certain “economies of scale” that enable the big company to do things faster, cheaper, and perhaps better than a smaller company could. This is a basic principle of economics. However, for small business owners today, in the age of the Internet, there are so many great online small business tools and resources that can help you be more productive! You don’t have to be a big company to get big results in 2015 – you can use business-grade tools and resources to outsource, automate, and delegate various business tasks and daily operations, whether it’s basic back-office functions like simple accounting, invoicing, or payment processing, or more advanced skills like marketing, building customer relationships, and business inventory management .

As a small business owner today, you’re in business “for” yourself, but not “by” yourself. You can get help with almost any business topic imaginable online. You can connect with other entrepreneurs on LinkedIn for advice and ideas. You can get free business mentoring from SCORE, the Small Business Administration’s mentoring program. Even if you’re a solo entrepreneur or small business owner with only a few employees, there are many ways to make your business seem “bigger” without the bigger costs.

It’s simplistic (and wrong) to think that it’s too hard to be an entrepreneur, so no one should want to do it. I think it s actually the opposite – while it s never easy to run your own business – there are always financial risks and stresses, and lots of hard work – the Internet is making it easier than ever before to run a business. Not everyone has the right combination of ambition, hustle, vision, and sheer willpower that makes for a successful small business owner – but if you do, the rewards (and the daily sense of freedom) make it all worthwhile.

Ideally, as a small business owner, you should get to specialize more than ever before in doing what you do best every day. Use some of these cheap (or free) online business tools and mobile apps to outsource or automate the daily tasks that you don t like to do or aren t as good at. Being an entrepreneur helps you unleash your productive, creative potential like nothing else!





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Network Security (BS)

Network Security Degree

Secure Information and Your Future With a Cyber Security Degree

A US Government Recognized Cyber Security Degree For Ethical Hackers.

Offered by a technology college, UAT’s Network Security Bachelor of Science is a cyber security degree that prepares students to take on the ever evolving world of online theft and corruption of information. Our cyber security degree combines essential and best of class elements of software and network programming and network security analysis. This leading edge cyber security degree is designed around the contemporary skills and advanced industry-standard tools associated with security for information network technology initiatives.

Designated as a Center for Academic Excellence in Information Systems Security Education by the US National Security Agency, UAT offers an ethical hacking degree that’s highly recognized by industry and government entities alike.

Graduates from the cyber security degree program will have developed the essential knowledge and tools to automate their own security processes through extensive training in network security programs and scripts. UAT’s Network Security degree students will be taught to use critical thinking skills to research current and evolving cyber security trends. Students in the cyber security degree will also become experts in network security industry standards and regulations already defined as well as those that are still evolving.

The Highest Standard of Ethical Hacking

The focus of this cyber security degree is creating CEHs and network security professionals who will have mastery in ethical hacking, upholding to the highest industry standard of integrity over the quickly evolving world of technology and online security.

Network security initiatives are becoming increasingly vital to the well-being of the general population and all business and government organizations. Graduates with UAT’s network security degree will be prepared for careers with government entities and multinational corporations seeking certified ethical hacking professionals. With the completion of this NSA designated network security degree, you will gain the ability to protect and defend commerce and culture against the online world of theft and corruption.

Cyber security course list:

» Computer Forensic Essentials
» Reverse Engineering
» Security Essentials
» Foundations of Network Engineering
» Social Engineering
» Network Engineering Hardware
» Incident Response
» Foundations of Systems Administration

Network Security Course Description

A network security specialist is a professional who focuses on ensuring information confidentiality, integrity and availability. This includes the design of information assurance programs, policies, procedures and architecture utilizing the concepts of security by design. Network security utilizes proactive techniques, including defense-in-depth and layered security, to mitigate or eliminate vulnerabilities in information systems and to protect against potential exploitation. Professionals in this career path may be highly technical and practice active (and sometimes aggressive) technical security methodologies to test and verify security implementations at various levels within an organization. Security professionals possess intimate knowledge of technical business critical components. They also provide analysis and assessment of the security risks and requirements of those information systems while still developing non-technical skills such as teamwork, troubleshooting, problem solving, documentation and interpersonal communication. The Network Security degree reflects the application of theory and is aligned with industry standards and guidelines. It provides students with the opportunity to synthesize and apply the vital skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in the workforce.

Network Security Degree Degree Objectives

  • Create a network infrastructure design communications document that includes identified hardware components, connections to outside world, identified physical layer connectivity (media), and addressing.
  • Install, configure and test security hardware and software tools with supporting documentation such as port scanners, vulnerability detection systems, intrusion detection systems, firewalls, system hardening, anti-virus tools, patch management, auditing and assessment.
  • Construct, implement and document a script or a program to automate a security-related process or other task such as installation, administration, management, mapping resources, logon scripts, patch management, updates, auditing, analysis and assessment.
  • Create a policy or procedure that addresses events such as: a disaster recovery plan, a business continuity plan, incident response policy, acceptable usage document, information security policy, physical security policy, assessments or troubleshooting procedures.
  • Develop a research report or implementation plan concerning legal and ethical best practices and mandated requirements that pertain to information security.
  • Research, document, test and evaluate several current industry information security based threats, risks, malicious activities, covert methodology, encryption technologies, mitigation techniques or unconventional tactics to prevent loss of sensitive information and data confidentiality, integrity and availability.

Network Security Degree Program Information

  • Program Credits: 120
  • Major Credits: 36
  • Semesters to completion: 8

Requirements to graduate include a 2.0 CGPA, completed required coursework, Portfolio, Internship, and a Student Innovation Project.

For a more detailed breakout of completion time frames and rates, please see the UAT Fast Facts page.

Bachelor of Science Course List


Caregiver Services – VA Caregiver Support #houston #it #support #services, #caregiver #services


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VA Caregiver Support

Caregiver Services

You may know that VA provides benefits and services for Veterans, but did you know that VA also has a number of services designed specifically to support you in your role as a Family Caregiver? VA values your commitment as a partner in our pledge to care for those who have “borne the battle,” and we have several support and service options designed with you in mind. The programs are available both in and out of your home to help you care for the Veteran you love and for yourself.

Caregiver Support
Asking for help isn’t always easy especially if you’re not exactly sure what kind of support would be the best fit for your needs. Learn more about how VA’s trained professionals can help you find the services and support that are right for you and the Veteran you care for.

Caregiver Support Line
With VA’s Caregiver Support Line 1-855-260-3274 assistance is just a quick phone call away. Whether you’re in need of immediate assistance or have questions about what services you may be eligible for, the caring licensed professionals who answer the support line can:

  • Tell you about the assistance available from VA.
  • Help you access services.
  • Connect you with the Caregiver Support Coordinator at a VA Medical Center near you.
  • Just listen, if that’s what you need right now.

If you’re just getting started with VA, calling the Caregiver Support Line is a great first step to take to learn more about the support that’s available to you.

VA’s Caregiver Support Line
1-855-260-3274 toll-free

Caregiver Support Coordinator
Your local Caregiver Support Coordinator is a licensed professional who can support you by matching you with services for which you are eligible, and providing you with valuable information about resources that can help you stay smart, strong and organized as you care for the Veteran you love. Find your local Caregiver Support Coordinator by visiting our Help Near Home page and entering your zip code.

Peer Support for Caregivers
VA has developed a Caregiver Peer Support Mentoring Program to connect Caregivers to one another, to provide support, and to learn from each other. Peer Support Mentoring provides an opportunity for Caregivers to share their experience, wisdom, skills and passion with each other and benefit from the guidance of others.

Caregivers of Veterans of all eras are eligible to participate in the VA Caregiver Peer Support Mentoring Program, both as Mentors and as Mentees. Mentors and Mentees communicate using email, telephone, and letter writing depending on what works best for both of them. Mentors receive training before being paired with another Caregiver and are volunteers with their local VA medical center Voluntary Services Department. Caregivers participating in the Caregiver Peer Support Mentoring Program agree to participate for 6 months, but many participate for much longer.

Not sure if you are ready for this, but would like to try it out? VA also offers a one-time connection through the Compassionate Connections Program for those Caregivers who many need some brief support from an experienced Mentor but are not ready or able to commit to a longer-term mentoring relationship.

To learn more, please contact your local Caregiver Support Coordinator who can be located by using the zip code look-up .

Caregiver Services
Below are descriptions of various services available to Family Caregivers of Veterans. If you’d like additional information or are interested in signing up for any of the services listed below, contact VA’s Caregiver Support Line or your local Caregiver Support Coordinator for assistance (see above).

Adult Day Health Care (ADHC) Centers
ADHC Centers are a safe and active environment with constant supervision designed for Veterans to get out of the home and participate in activities. It is a time for the Veteran you care for to socialize with other Veterans while you, the Family Caregiver, get some time for yourself. ADHC Centers employ caring professionals who will assess a Veteran’s rehabilitation needs and help a Veteran accomplish various tasks so he or she can maintain or regain personal independence and dignity. The Veteran you care for will participate in rehabilitation based on his or her specific health assessment during the day (ADHC centers are generally open Monday through Friday during normal business hours). The ADHC Centers emphasize a partnership with you, the Veteran you care for and Centers’ staffs.

Home-Based Primary Care
Home-Based Primary Care (HBPC) is a program designed to deliver routine health care services to your home when the Veteran you care for has medical issues that make it challenging for him or her to travel. Home-Based Primary Care is staffed with medical professionals who will come to your home. Some of their services are primary care and nursing, managing medication, and helping plan and put together nutritious and tasty meals. Home-Based Primary Care can also include physical rehabilitation, mental health care for your Veteran, social work and referrals to VA and community services. This program can help ease the worry and stress of having to bring a Veteran to and from a VA medical center for routine medical appointments.

Skilled Home Care
The Skilled Home Care service provides a medical professional who comes to your home to help care for a homebound Veteran. Some of the care a Veteran can receive includes basic nursing services and physical, occupational, or speech therapies. To be eligible for this service, a Veteran must be homebound, which means he or she has difficulty traveling to and from appointments and so is in need of receiving medical services at home. The Skilled Home Care service is similar to Home-Based Primary Care, but it involves VA purchasing care for a Veteran from a licensed non-VA medical professional.

Homemaker and Home Health Aide Program
Feeding and bathing another person can be very stressful, physically tasking, and time-consuming for you. Often times, taking care of a Veteran’s needs leaves no time for you to take care of your own needs. The Homemaker and Home Health Aide Program is designed to help a Veteran with personal care needs. Your local VA medical center can help arrange for a home health aide who will come to your home on a regular schedule to allow you time to take care of your own needs. Caring for yourself helps you stay strong for yourself and the Veteran you care for.

Home Telehealth
We know how difficult or challenging it can be to get the Veteran you care for to a VA medical center for assistance. The Home Telehealth program is designed to give you ready access to a care coordinator by using technology (e.g. telephone, computers) in your home. The Home Telehealth program enhances and extends care management to you, the Family Caregiver. The program is typically offered to individuals who live at a distance from a VA Medical Center. Home Telehealth services can also include education and training or online and telephone support groups. Please contact your Caregiver Support Coordinator to discuss which telehealth programs are available at your VA.

Respite Care
As a Family Caregiver, it can be hard to find time for a much-needed break from your daily routine and care responsibilities so that you have some time for yourself. Respite is time for relaxing and renewing your own energy, and respite care can provide you with the time to do that. If a Veteran requires a Caregiver, you are eligible to receive up to 30 days of respite care per year. The care can be offered in a variety of settings including at your home or through temporary placement of a Veteran at a VA Community Living Center, a VA-contracted Community Residential Care Facility, or an Adult Day Health Care Center. Respite care may also be provided in response to a Family Caregiver’s unexpected hospitalization, a need to go out of town, or a family emergency. Staying strong for your Veteran means staying strong yourself. By taking an opportunity to be refreshed through respite care, you may be amazed at how your fresh outlook will help you and your Veteran.

Home Hospice Care
During the advanced stages of a terminal disease, Home Hospice Care can offer comfort and supportive services for you and the Veteran you care for in your own home. The professionals who provide Home Hospice Care understand the challenges you face and are there to help you and the Veteran you care for ease into the final stages of life. An interdisciplinary team of health care providers and volunteers from a local community hospice agency provide the services during this sad and challenging time. The team is there for you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Bereavement care (grief counseling) is also available for you and other immediate family members.


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Training and Placement T P Cell works to establish and maintain a strong bond between Institute and the Industry in different ways. It interacts with the industry frequently by arranging visits, encouraging our students to carry industrial projects and industrial training, reciprocating the feedbacks of students to dept. inviting learned personnel from industry for involving them in our academic programs to bridge the gap. We take care of our students by providing training including professional one to make the students best fit for the industry. Students are being provided with several opportunities, including participation in multinational companies, competing in Technical events of IIT s and other places to make them perfectly fit for the industry and in higher education. The T P Dept. maintains the updated database of students and forwards it to the industry as per requirement. Company details and job profiles are also displayed on notice boards before a company visits the institute. Apart from these activities, T P Dept. also serves as a facilitator for arranging training programs for teaching and non teaching staff members of this institute. The majority of the students are selected through campus recruitment at the very beginning of every academic year by Multi National companies. The placement activities run round the academic year mostly for core industries. Reputed companies like RIL, Tata Motors, Cognizant, TCS, Bharat Forge, etc. visit our institution with a higher priority for its brand name.

The department of Training and Placement, the marketing division of the institute has these following functions and responsibilities:

  • Nurtures Industry-Institute interaction, by organizing and coordinating frequent industrial visits.
  • in-plant training and projects of industrial relevance for the students, with the sole aim of zeroing down the hiatus between the industry and the academia.
  • Receives and forwards the feedback pertinent to curriculum improvement from the visiting companies to the faculty, to ensure that the curriculum follows the latest industrial trends.
  • Helps every student defines his/her career interest through individual expert counseling.
  • Makes available updated database and job profile of the companies and thus helps each student analyze and choose companies of his/her interest. The department has in its active file a database of nearly 500 companies.
  • Organizes and coordinates Campus Placement Program, to fulfill its commitment of a job to every aspirant.

CRM – Customer Relationship Management – Gartner IT Glossary #project #management #crm,


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Customer relationship management (CRM) is a business strategy that optimizes revenue and profitability while promoting customer satisfaction and loyalty. CRM technologies enable strategy, and identify and manage customer relationships, in person or virtually. CRM software provides functionality to companies in four segments: sales, marketing, customer service and digital commerce.

Customer Relationship Management Software Buyers Prioritize Sales Force Automation, According to 2013 Study.

The accelerating pace of technology innovation will offer organizations new opportunities to engage with customers as they build a digital business. Application leaders must be ready to translate habits of customer centricity into a new set of improved actions to support CRM and CX strategies.

Empathy for the customer is essential for business success. Applications leaders for CRM should remember that game-changing technologies such as artificial intelligence and smart machines will not provide long-term business advantage unless customer empathy is a key design consideration.

September 22, 2016

This webinar is designed for those midsize organizations embarking on customer relationship management (CRM) projects. It is aimed at CRM project or program managers but is also useful for sponsors and those in IT who support the sales, marketing and customer service departments. Midmarket IT leaders need to understand a CRM project from eight different perspectives: the vision, strategy, customer experience, organizational change, processes, data and information, technology and metrics.

ON-DEMAND VIDEO WATCH ANYTIME, ANYWHERE Silos of customer engagement are common. These silos are aligned with brands, products, business units, geographies or CRM services, and they are tall, deep and rigid. These silos can’t be knocked down; however, they can be bridged. This session discusses three major approaches to bridging the silos of customer experience, and delivers pragmatic advice to CIOs for addressing this problem.


NetSupport DNA – IT Asset Management #it #asset #management #suite,it #asset #management


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NetSupport DNA – IT Asset Management

A suite of easy-to-use tools for managing and supporting IT assets across a network.

NetSupport DNA features a wealth of components including: automatic discovery of devices; hardware and software inventory; change tracking; and user and software licence management. Building on the flexibility of a single solution, NetSupport DNA also includes as standard: energy monitoring; power management; USB end point security; printer monitoring; application and internet metering; a flexible alerting suite; and an easy-to-use software distribution module. NetSupport also offers optional service desk and remote control modules.

NetSupport DNA is designed first and foremost to be easy to install and use. Download a free 30-day trial and you can be operational within 30 minutes − without the need to use third-party services or send any of your data outside of your network.

ITAM – Software Inventory – Hardware inventory – ITSM – Metering – SAM – Licensing – Software Distribution – Software Deployment – Asset Management – EndPoint Security – System Monitoring – Reporting – Secure – Ease of Use – NetSupport – Endpoint Security – Application Licensing – Network Management – IT Manager – Technology asset management software – Inventory Management – IT service management – Manage IT Assets – Audit History – HelpDesk – Change History – Alerting – SIEM – Remote Control – Service Desk – SNMP – Discovery – Desktop Management – Server – Remote Management – Power Management – Energy usage – Print Monitoring – Web Metering – Internet Control – Application Control – Memory Stick control – Licence Management – ITIL – Software Asset Management – Fixed Asset tracking – Network Inventory Software – Network Audit – Asset Explorer – Track Assets – Monitor and manage assets – Acceptable Use Policies

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Cyber security programs #computer #security #training, #network #security, #information #security, #security #courses,


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SANS Cyber Security Training

SANS cyber security training is an essential element in the development of individuals and teams that are prepared to protect governmental, military, and commercial institutions from cyberattacks.

The SANS Institute is the most trusted, and by far the largest, provider of training, certification, and research to cyber security professionals globally.

  • In 2015, SANS trained over 30,000 people, including professionals from 91% of the Fortune 100, nearly every US government agency involved in our country’s defense against cyberattack, and their counterparts at our most trusted allies in Europe and Asia.
  • Fewer than 75 people are currently qualified to be SANS-Certified Instructors globally. This extraordinary cadre of individuals have been selected through a rigorous process that tests both their expertise in the field *and* their ability to teach effectively. As a group, they author our courses, design our curriculum, and deliver the training in classrooms and online.
  • The 300 employees of the SANS Institute work diligently to enable these instructors to deliver these courses at venues around the world and online, constantly measuring the quality of students’ experience and learning.

The SANS Promise is that students will be able to use what they learn in class the moment they return to their office.

SANS Cyber Security Courses

Advance your career and explore our cyber security training courses and cyber security training events near you, including our site focused on SANS cyber security training in the UK and Europe. Our curricula span from the core essential technical skills and strategies that every cyber security professional should know, to advanced topics in penetration testing and ethical hacking, digital forensics and incident response, defense of critical infrastructure, application development, and audit, and legal topics.

GIAC Cyber Security certifications

GIAC (Global Information Assurance Certification) was founded in 1999 to validate the skills of cyber security professionals. The purpose of GIAC is to provide assurance that a certified individual has the knowledge and skills necessary for a practitioner in key areas of computer, information and software security. GIAC certifications are trusted by thousands of companies and government agencies, and are unique because they measure specific skills and knowledge areas rather than general infosec knowledge. Learn more about GIAC’s cyber security certifications at www.giac.org .

Cyber Security degrees and education

Cyber security masters degrees and graduate certificates in cyber security are available from the SANS Technology Institute. The SANS Technology Institute Master of Science degree programs offer candidates an unparalleled opportunity to excel in the two aspects of cybersecurity that are most important to the success of their employer and their own careers: technical mastery, and managerial competency. In addition to the cyber security master’s degree program, the SANS Technology Institute makes shorter groups of courses available to students who are unable to commit to a full master’s degree program. These cyber security graduate certificates will augment your skills, provide specialized training, enable you to earn employer-recognized GIAC certifications, and impart a specialized credential from the SANS Technology Institute that will help advance your career. Participants enrolled in these graduate certificate programs likely qualify for tuition reimbursement if their employer offers that benefit, and these programs are eligible for veterans benefits.

Cyber Security Awareness

Cyber security awareness training is essential to reduce the risk that your employees can be tricked by sophisticated phishing or social engineering methods into serving unknowingly as entry points into your information and data systems. SANS Securing the Human award-winning programs provide an extensive set of security awareness services to help keep your workplace and information secure. Learn more about SANS cyber security awareness training .


Help Desk Software: WonderDesk Help Desk #help #desk #software,help #desk #software #solution,web


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Help desk software is important in today’s fast paced electronic age, because customers demand more and more. Your customers want and deserve great customer service. Many businesses underestimate the need for help desk software, and end up losing both their hard earned and potential customers because of it.

Good news! The ultimate web based help desk software is here from WonderDesk �. The WonderDesk help desk solution was designed to help your company offer the ultimate customer satisfaction. The best part is�WonderDesk help desk software pays for itself in no time because great customer support equals happy customers and even more sales.

WonderDeskHelp Desk Software Overview:

WonderDesk is a fully automated web based help desk software solution. It’s a Perl CGI script that easily installs on your web server. It enhances the communication between your company and your customers. It keeps your company organized and efficient. No software is needed for your customers or technicians. Its 100% web browser based. Replace your support email link with the WonderDesk, and say goodbye to that messy email inbox and support requests that fall through the cracks.

The WonderDesk help desk software solution keeps your customers happy for many reasons. Throughout the duration of each support request, they are notified via email each step of the way. At any time, they can log back in and check the status or update their support request. They can also work one on one with the technician that is assigned to the support request. With the latest WonderDesk SQL, you can let your customers and technicians decide if they want to use the web interface or email. Both will be logged correctly inside the help desk.

The WonderDesk is one of the most, if not, the most flexible web based help desk software package available. You can install this on almost any web server. You can choose between any flavor of Linux, Unix, NT, 2000, 2003, and XP Pro web servers. On top of that, you can pick from five different databases: flat file, MySQL, Microsoft SQL, Oracle, and PosgreSQL! And of course, since it’s fully web based, customers and technicians can use almost any computer with a web browser. The WonderDesk is fully customizable as well. You can modify the appearance, images, and text via our web based template editor. You can edit, remove, or add as many fields as you would like.

The best part of the WonderDesk help desk software is the many features for the admins and technicians. There are too many features to mention here, so in summary: Complete organization for your company (whether there is one employee or thousands), designed for the Internet or Intranet (log in and continue working from anywhere in the world), allows you to hire remote technicians, automatic notification to the technicians via email or pager, efficient point and click interface, fully searchable database including customer history, tons of statistics, and much more.

Our pricing is low, simple, and up front. Unlike most of our competitors, we don’t charge per technician or per customer. We offer a low cost, one time purchase. No hidden fees. and it’s all clearly visible on our web site. The WonderDesk installation is simple! The average installation time is about 30 minutes.

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Almanac is a weekly news and public affairs program produced by TPT and seen statewide. Now in its 32nd season, Almanac is the longest-running primetime TV program in Minnesota history. Almanac is hosted by Cathy Wurzer and Eric Eskola. Mary Lahammer contributes political reporting on a weekly basis.

Call The Midwife

This moving, intimate, funny and true-to-life series, based on the best-selling memoirs of the late Jennifer Worth, tells colorful stories of midwifery and families in London s East End in the 1950s. Jenny Lee, a young woman raised in the wealthy English countryside, has chosen to become a nurse and now, as a newly qualified midwife, has gone to work in the poorest area of the city. Attached to an order of nursing nuns at Nonnatus House, Jenny is part of a team of women who minister to expectant mothers, many of whom give birth at home in appalling conditions. The drama follows Jenny as she meets her patients and learns to love the people who live in the East End.

MN Original is TPT s award winning weekly arts series celebrating Minnesota s creative community, across all disciplines and cultures.


Commencement Checklist – University at Albany-SUNY #it #support #checklist


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Commencement Checklist

STEP 6: Graduate Degree-Conferral Ceremony – Reserve your Guest Tickets

Guest TICKETS ARE REQUIRED for ALL non-graduates who are guests (including any current students) in attendance for the University-Wide Graduate Degree-Conferral Ceremony. The MyUAlbany Commencement Registration form allows you to request guest tickets. More information will be sent to you via email about electronic distribution of guest tickets.
Do children need tickets?
Children, typically under 2 years old, who will be sitting on a lap do not require a ticket. Children who will be sitting in a seat do require their own ticket
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We are excited to provide UAlbany graduates, and guests, with an easier means to get your Commencement Tickets!
This year we will be distributing all commencement guest tickets electronically via email in early May. Each ticket is in the form of a separate email which contains a unique scannable QR Code thatcan only be used once.

STEP 7: Undergraduate Individual Recognition Ceremony – Reserve your Guest Tickets

For some school/college’s Undergraduate Individual Recognition Ceremony guest tickets are required for all non-graduates who are guests (including any current students) in attendance – please check ceremony details on the Undergraduate Info tab to verify if your ceremony requires tickets. The MyUAlbany Commencement Registration form allows you to request guest tickets.
Do children need tickets?
Children, typically under 2 years old, who will be sitting on a lap do not require a ticket. Children who will be sitting in a seat do require their own ticket.

More information will be sent to you directly from the school/college ceremony coordinator on specific instructions about distribution of guest tickets for that ceremony.

STEP 8: Purchase Your Cap Gown
and other related items

Proper academic regalia is required to participate in all Commencement ceremonies. Stop by the University Bookstore to purchase your souvenir bachelor’s and master’s regalia. The bookstore has high quality, custom Ph.D. regalia available for purchase or rental.

UNDERGRADUATE Regalia Deadlines:

Bachelor’s regalia will be available to purchase between March 27 and May 6.

GRADUATE Regalia Deadlines:

Doctoral Candidates: custom made Ph.D. regalia can be purchased through March 27.
Doctoral Candidates: Ph.D. regalia can be rented through April 14.
Master’s regalia will be available to purchase between March 27 and May 6.

Diploma frames, class rings, announcements and other commencement related items will be available from the University Bookstore beginning March 29th. Contact the University Bookstore for further details:
University Bookstore website or by phone at (518) 442-5690. Other commencement related items can be ordered here: Announcements: www.balfour.com
Class Rings: www.herffjones.com or www.balfour.com
Diploma Frames: Church Hill Classics or Framing Success

The 2017 Commencement Weekend commemorative DVD is available for purchase

The commemorative DVD will include the video of the Graduate Ceremony or the Undergraduate Ceremony, plus photo galleries of the weekend and the electronic commencement program.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Flag Bearer Selection Policy

If you are an international student interested in commemorating your academic achievements at graduation by carrying a flag, contact the Office of International Student and Scholar Services via email. Please include your full name, student ID, the name of your home country, degree to be earned, department/school or college issuing the degree, and your phone number. If you have questions about selection, please review the Flag Bearer Selection Policy.

Honors Medallion

Anticipated honors status is computed using the cumulative grade-point average as of April 17, and a projection that the student will have earned 56 or more credits at UAlbany, of which a minimum of 40 credits are A-E graded.
A few weeks prior to graduation the Dean of Undergraduate Education sends out letters notifying students of their anticipated honor status – students may opt to present this letter to the University Bookstore to purchase an honor’s medallion to wear as part of their academic regalia. The final official recorded honors status will be recalculated when final grades are recorded and will appear on the graduate’s diploma.

Legacy Students

The Legacy Program, for a student or alum who has a parent or grandparent who is a UAlbany alum, recognizes families for their continued generational support and helps legacies stay connected through special programs and events. Reserved seating is available for legacy families at the main university-wide commencement ceremonies. If you are a Legacy, email Loida Vera Cruz with the following information: your name, degree (if applicable), mailing address, phone number and email address. Please also include the same contact information for your family members who also attended UAlbany.

Senior Gift

Leave a lasting legacy by supporting your Class Gift through the UAlbany Fund where you can donate quickly, and securely, at our online giving page.
All gifts made by the senior class, and their parents, count toward the 2017 Class Gift and students will be listed in a special section of the Commencement Weekend Program if donations are received by April 12, 2017.

Take Part in Your Alumni Association

We take great pride in each of our graduates and want to ensure your further success. Further details on all the benefits of your Alumni Association membership are available online at: www.alumni.albany.edu
Stay Connected. Make UAlbany Stronger!

“Graduation” is the academic process of completing your degree to receive your diploma.

“Commencement” is the ceremony to celebrate the completion of your degree – to now
commence/begin the next chapter in your ‘life-long’ learning.

“Degree Conferral Ceremony” is the ceremony at which the university verbally confers your degree (pending completion of your degree requirements) .

“Individual Recognition” is the chance to have each graduate’s
name read as you cross the stage and be recognized by the audience.

“Regalia” is the proper term for your distinctive academic clothing/robes (informally called ‘cap gown’) which is worn to signify your degree.
All graduates are required to wear appropriate regalia during your commencement ceremonies.


Online Information Technology Schools and Colleges #online #information #technology #schools, #online #it


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Top Online Information Technology Schools (IT)

Information technology is one of the most versatile descriptions in the English language. Any device which allows for the mutual sharing of information falls under the canopy of IT. While the general public might think IT only refers to his or her phone or laptop, it actually even applies to the wireless towers which link their cell phone to the world and the data centers that form the backbone of the Internet.

Because of this, the IT field is one of the fastest growing professions in the world today. Indeed, the Association for Computing Machinery has projected that jobs requiring a degree in computer science will increase by more than 150,000 by 2016 and many of these jobs will require a bachelor s degree in computer science or mathematics. Classes in computer science, networking and information security courses can be taken online. In fact, many schools offer distance learning opportunities for various IT or IS degree programs.

As with most IT professions, certification is available for those who want to demonstrate their competence with specific programs or technology. Certification courses and exams are available online, though some require on-site testing and physical demonstrations. Accredited programs for a bachelor s degree in computer science or information systems award a bachelor s of science upon completion and are designed to take 3-to-4 years to complete.

Post-graduates can find accredited online master’s degree programs in IT or computer science, as well as specialized MBA programs focusing on information services. These graduate degrees can further one s career or open the door to IT management.

Below are some of the information technology focuses available from schools and colleges through SchoolsGalore.com:

The profession of data administration is the study of how information is gathered, stored and retrieved to solve common business problems. Database administrators make sure analysts and employees can access data properly and that data is backed-up in a secure, reliable off-site location. DBAs also work with security analysts to ensure data is secure from unauthorized access and run tests to find security holes and fix them. They can also be employed by a wide variety of companies across many different markets. Because DBAs can work in specialty markets such as financial analysis and market research, knowledge in these markets may help expand employment opportunities.

According to the 2012 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook (BLS.gov, 2012 ) most DBAs have bachelor s degrees in management information systems or computer science. DBAs also need to understand SQL, the most common database language, and the language s many variations. These courses, like much of the computer science discipline, can be completed online.

For those with applicable work experience who are seeking certification, Microsoft has a detailed list of exams and their requirements, such as the Certified Database Administrator exam and SQL Server certification. IBM also offers certification for Linux, UNIX and windows databases. The Microsoft Certified IT Database Professional and Enterprise Administrator on Windows Server 2008 certifications were listed as some of the top certifications by the TechRepublic for both the national median salary and demand.

The BLS (BLS.gov, 2012 ) noted that the national median database administrator salary was $75,190 per year in May of 2011, and the profession was expected to experience an employment growth of up to 31 percent from 2010 to 2020 (BLS.gov, 2012 ). This growth is caused in part by the increase of data collection businesses, as well as the increasing need for database security.

Information Systems Analysis and Management

Training in information systems can teach you to regulate system input and output, develop company-wide backup and recovery plans and initiate computer system security protocols. You can learn to design computer databases according to the specific needs of a business or become a support specialist with the training to solve information systems problems as they arise.

Information system analysts tend to have degrees in computer science, management information systems or other technical degrees, although those with degrees in liberal arts who also know programming languages have had success as well (BLS.gov, 2012 ). Not all degrees need to baccalaureate in caliber, information system analysts can have applicable work experience or certification coupled with an associate degree in a computer related discipline. According to O*NET Online. 41 percent of system analysts reported that that an associate degree was required for employment. Information system managers tend to have an MBA specializing in information security (BSL.gov, 2012 ).

Cisco s Certified Network Professional certification and Microsoft s Certified Solution Developer credentials are two of the top credentials for information systems analysts according to [ci]channelinsider .

With an increase in cloud computing, and increasing cyber threats, the BLS (BLS.gov, 2012 ), has projected the employment outlook for information systems managers may grow up to 18 percent from 2010 to 2020, and that, in May 2011, the national median salary for an information system manager was $118,010 per year (BLS.gov, 2012 ).

Information Security Analysis and Management

Learning to protect sensitive data from computer hackers and other unauthorized snoopers is an increasingly needed branch of online computer technology education. Also known as information assurance, the information security discipline is concerned with safeguarding the confidentiality of critical data from cybercriminals who attempt to breach security measures. This entails blocking intrusions which can infect information systems with worms, viruses, Trojan horses and other threats, implementing firewalls and virus protection software and sometimes, the IT security analyst s job is to break into a company s database and expose weaknesses.

Called a penetration test, IS penetration analysts play offense in the computer security game. Credentials to be called an ethical hacker, or a white-hat hacker, are valued by IT pen-testing firms and the exams can be taken completely online (TechRepubilc). The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. offers certification in Information Systems Security, which TechRepublic has listed as one of the top credentials to get as an IS analyst.

Due to the nature of the profession, security analysts and manager must understand programming languages and have a degree in computer science, or a related profession, to keep up with emerging technologies. Increasingly, IT security analysts are required to have certification in preventative security technologies as well as offensive technologies (IISSCCI). Since online security breaches have become more frequent, courses and certifications can be taken entirely online. However, according to O*NET Online. only 11 percent of security analysts reported that certification and work experience were enough for employment, most considered a bachelor s degree the minimum.

According to the BLS (BLS.gov, 2012 ) the national IS analyst median salary, based on a survey by Robert Half Technology, fell between $89,000 and $121,500 per year in 2012. The profession is expected to see an employment growth of up to 22 percent from 2010 to 2020 (BLS.gov, 2012 ) as the government, corporations and health care providers move to protect their sensitive data. Health care providers are especially likely to contribute to the IT security growth as they move to ensure their patients privacy.

Learn more about accredited information technology programs from schools and colleges through SchoolsGalore.com:

Online IT schools that are accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology will have passed a strict grading system to earn accreditation. Just as important as accreditation are the opportunities for internships and computer science research. The Computing Community Consortium has a selection of computer science research opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students. These computer science research programs supplement programs offered by selected colleges and give students real-world experience in the IT field.

The following are Computerworld.com s top-three IT schools to watch. These schools work with IT companies to develop their curriculums and prepare their students for life outside of school.

1. San Jose State University

2. University of Illinois

3. University of Washington

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Home based business ideas in India be it part time or full

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Home Based Business Ideas

Home-based businesses have become very popular these days. Thanks to the rising cost of setting up full-time businesses! The added advantage of any

home-based business is that the whole affair can be done from the comfort of one’s home. Working from home also implies that whatever one earns is a bonus. Home-based businesses have nowadays become highly preferred options for urban, educated housewives as well as retirees who are looking for fresh avenues from where they can keep on earning money.

List of Home-Based Business Ideas

Accountancy

Accountancy is one job that any accountant who possesses necessary experience and requisite license and training can do from home. An accountant can start his/her business by making a flier that details the list of the various services rendered by him/her along with the respective quotations. To be on a safer side, an accountant may begin by providing bookkeeping services for smaller business houses with lesser operations and subsequently, when he/she gets to know the tricks of the trade, they can take on elaborate accounting projects..

Generally, the work of an accountant entails:

  • Balance Sheets
  • Financial Reports
  • Income Statements

These can be done monthly, quarterly, half-yearly or yearly. However, the timing is normally determined by the business organization.

Tax Accounting

Apart from primary accounting services, one can also focus on tax accounting, an area of work that has a huge potential to grow in the future. In most cases, business owners like to have their books kept by their own staff but look for professional help when it comes to taxes.

Business Plan Services

Another lucrative option for accountants can be preparing business plans for start-ups. For people with sufficient experience and knowledge of the business world and its workings, business plan services can be a viable career option. This includes services such as doing market research and coming up with financial statements and business plan texts.

List of Part time (home based) Business Ideas

Cleaning Services

Providing cleaning services is one option that people can do on a part-time basis from their homes. People interested in this business need some capital so that they can recruit workers. There are many directions in which this business can be taken. For people who are willing to offer services during the unusual hours, offices are the most viable options. One can look at retail establishments and focus on particular areas such as localities. Restaurants are great places where one can offer cleaning services since they are so often in need of the day-to-day cleaning. They can provide a steady stream of clients.

One can also look at houses especially major apartment blocks. One of the major advantages of this business is that one does not need to spend a lot of money on publicity since most of it happens by word of mouth.

Computer Services

Providing cleaning services is also a viable option in the part-time business segment. However, experience, certification and a certain level of education are needed in order to be successful. It is also important to have a clear idea of the areas where the prospective clients might want you to focus on. Following are some of the examples:

  • Word Processing
  • Spreadsheets
  • Manipulating Photographs
  • Designs
  • Merging Mails
  • Security

Home based Business Ideas for Housewives

Art – Painting, Jewellery Designing and Dress Designing

One major option that housewives, who wish to earn while being at home, can take on is that of an artist. There are so many ladies who have artistic capabilities but are unable to work full-time because of their domestic responsibilities. However, in their spare time, they can draw paintings and then sell them online either by creating their own websites or through other websites that have a guaranteed clientele. They can also go for other forms of art such as dress designing and jewellery designing.

Blogging

Blogging is also one career option that most educated urban housewives have been taking up these days. Apart from being a highly fulfilling endeavour, if properly monetized, it can also yield great dividends. Experienced housewives can also take up the career of bridal consultant, if not wedding management. This is especially for women who love to be part of weddings and have a great eye for detail.

Cooking

In case someone is a good cook and specializes in confectioneries such as cakes, pastries, muffins, brownies, even pickles, etc. then it will be a great idea to take that forward. In businesses such as these, it is important to use social networks and social media contacts properly because that is how one generates publicity for one’s work and capability.

Others

Women with good social skills and high level of education can also become life coaches. Women who have thorough knowledge about yoga can also start their own training classes as per their daily schedules. Educated women who have done specialization in certain subjects; for instance, accounts, mathematics, English or science, may also provide tutorial services either at their home or virtually.

Home based Business Ideas for Retirees

Consultancy

For retired people with the requisite experience, consultancy is a great career option. Retirees can use the experience they have gained all these years to help their clients in the respective domains. This will provide them monetary benefit. Overall credibility and little social marketing may help attract more clients.

People who love animals such as dogs can use their houses, especially if they have large ones, as crèches where owners can keep their pets when they are on the move. However, it is better to get a license and have some experience of having had pets beforehand. This will ensure that one is able to understand the requirements of the pets as well as their owners.

Dog Daycare and Boarding

People who love animals such as dogs can use their houses, especially if they have large ones, as crèches where owners can keep their pets when they are on the move. However, it is better to get a license and have some experience of having had pets beforehand. This will ensure that one is able to understand the requirements of the pets as well as their owners.

Content Services

Content services are also great when it comes to earning some money while sitting at home. There are different options in this domain that one can choose from, such as copyediting, ghost writing, proofreading, copywriting, indexing, book writing, developmental editing, writing articles for magazines, book doctoring and providing content for web pages.

Last Update on June 03, 2015

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What is business acumen and how do you get it? Practically Perfect

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What is business acumen and how do you get it?

September 9, 2013 December 29, 2015

Over the last few weeks I have been developing a twitter strategy for one of my company s clients. They are an online events business and we are helping them with their marketing so I have been learning about hybrid and online events. I already know how to market via social media, I understand the world of events and I can create content fairly easily but prior to. oh I don t know a few weeks ago I knew very little about hybrid events. I would be able to tell you what a hybrid event was but very little else, now I have online event information seeping out of every pore (it isn t very pleasant!)

The reason I can bring myself up to speed so quickly is because I have spent 10 years working as an assistant and I have become very good at developing business acumen! I also hopped from one industry to another so I had to constantly learn how these business were run, the jargon that was used and the different codes of conduct each industry sector had. I had to understand all of this to support my boss effectively.

I think it is so very important for assistants to have good business acumen because without it I don t see how we can support our managers or move up the career ladder.

So what is business acumen?

I really like this definition of business acumen, it is from the Financial Times Lexicon :

In practice, people with business acumen are thought of as having business sense or business smarts . They are able to obtain essential information about a situation, focus on the key objectives, recognise the relevant options available for a solution, select an appropriate course of action and set in motion an implementation plan to get the job done.

So that sounds easy to achieve right? Erm no, I didn t think so either! Developing business acumen takes time, it has to be achieved through learning and training and ultimately it has to be part of your ongoing development plan. Expanding your business acumen has to be constant.

Having strong business sense isn t easy to develop but it is incredibly important for an assistant to have. We support people that have very strong business acumen, they wouldn t be in the position they are in without it! How can we support them if we do not have an understanding of their business, their strategic objectives and the pressures they face on a daily basis? The difficulty is that a lot of organisations don t understand this need and do not offer assistants the opportunity to attend training courses or take time out of their day to build their business acumen. Many bosses do not see the potential in their assistants or the added bonus of having an assistant with a good knowledge of the business and what that means in terms of the extra support they would receive.

So how do we develop business acumen?

There are of course ways around this problem but it does mean that assistants will have to be particularly proactive in developing their own business acumen. Trust me though it is totally worth the effort!

Firstly, is your manager supportive of your training needs? If so, well done! Ask that you attend training courses on the areas that you could improve, for example business finance or process management. If your manager is supportive then build business acumen improvement into your overall development plan and ensure you have an objective based on the wider business such as working on a cross departmental project.

Does your organisation have a graduate programme? If it does then ask to attend their initial training sessions on the industry. I did this when I first started working in insurance. There was so much jargon and codes of conduct, especially when working with Lloyd s of London that I asked to attend an Introduction to Insurance course which was in-house and specifically for the new graduates. I was the only EA on the course but it was so helpful and didn t cost my company a penny.

Does your manager subscribe to business magazines? If they do, this is great because you open their post and can read the magazines before giving it to them! Don t worry I don t think they will be offended that you are reading their magazine they will probably be in total shock that you are taking an interest! Not only does this help with your business knowledge it also gives you something to talk to your boss about, which is great when you don t have a lot in common.

This brings me to a really important point! Read everything. I love Julie Perrin s blog on business acumen for administrative professionals because it really goes into detail on what assistants should be reading and how to actually create the time to read. This is well worth the read, once you ve finished reading my blog obviously! Reading business material does not cost your company anything and I honestly think it helps enormously.

Do you take minutes at meetings? Again this is another fantastic way to increase your business acumen. In a previous role I managed 12 Committees all of which had a special interest in different areas of accountancy. I attended all of the Committee meetings and took all of the minutes. During the meetings I would really listen to what everyone was saying and take notes on anything I didn t understand so that I could research it later. I would also talk to the members during refreshment breaks and read all of the supporting documents along with their regular newsletters. Oh my goodness, by the end of the 4 years I worked in that role my knowledge of accountancy was extraordinary! I once attended a networking event for one of the Committees and talked to a new member for half an hour before he realised I wasn t actually an accountant (thank God!)

Lastly do you attend meetings with your manager? This task will bring you into contact with the company’s decision makers and you will be privy to their conversations and how they come to make decisions. Ensure you listen to these people. If you know why decisions are made in the company then you can start to make choices about your everyday work following the same strategy as the executive team. This will massively increase your knowledge and keep you focussed on improving your business acumen. When it comes to your review you can demonstrate to your manager that not only do you understand the company’s strategy but you are also implementing it into your own work by thinking strategically. This depth of knowledge will be impressive because they might not think you consider the bigger picture.

Understanding the bigger picture, where your boss fits into it and in turn how you can help support their goals is a fundamental requirement of a great assistant. Developing your business acumen will also give you a fantastic foundation and allow you to move up the career ladder and gain a well deserved promotion.

And the ability for both of you to exchange information easily online
makes your being in-house less of a need. Audit-ready books
also enable a company to make more knowledgeable decisions on a time-sensitive basis.
If you are an employee of such a company, you need
to preserve the company. On the grounds that clerk services are
frequently served on an hourly groundwork, people who work snappier will permit you to
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Applied Card Systems – Employment with a leader in credit card account


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Looking for a company with a proven record of substantial growth? Applied Card Systems is a Leader when it comes to Credit Card Account Servicing and our Number 1 Customer, Applied Bank. is a prominent Leader in the Bank Credit Card Industry.

In 1996, we employed just 70 Associates. We now have 2 Operating Centers – Glen Mills, Pennsylvania and Boca Raton, Florida. Currently, the ACS Family includes hundreds of Associates.

How do you like that for growth?

Our phenomenal growth and success is a direct result of:

  • The hard work and dedication of our Associates
  • The essential services we offer
  • Our commitment to Superior Quality Service

We are a Cutting Edge Company with outstanding Associates, much-needed Products, and a Great Future. So you re asking yourself, What does this company do? Well click on About Us to find out and tour our Web Site. In no time you will learn more about our Company and our remarkable Career Opportunities .

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Set Up Your Own It Works Site – An Overview – WRAP


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Set Up Your Own It Works Site An Overview

From the Blog

As a new distributor there are so many things that you can do to market your business, and your replicated It Works site is an amazing start to sharing your new business with friends and family online. But as you grow you re going to want a place to share more, to write about It Works in your own words, somewhere to tell your It Works story, showcase your successes and create your own online presence. That s why you need your own website or blog.

I recommend starting your own site as soon as possible, start small and commit to working on it weekly, adding new content as you go, but before you do that you need to get set up, so this is a step by step guide to doing just that.

Step One Buy a Domain Hosting

There are many places to buy a domain, my favorite is Namecheap.com it may take a few tries before you find a domain name that is available, I recommend something that is memborable and related to wraps, and if ossible buy a .com, if you can t find a .com then .net is a good alternative, but stay clear of the more obscure domain extensions (people don t trust these the way they do .com and .net). A domain name will cost you about $10. When you go to check out with your domain you can add hosting too. Hosting is basically where your site lives on the internet, you will need this and the easiest way to get this is to buy it from the same place you buy your domain (which saves you some technical jiggery pokery) so go ahead and add that to your order, with Namecheap that s another $10 for the year. Total cost $20(ish)

Step Two Install WordPress

I m recommending that you start a WordPress site as they are simple to run, there s loads of support and they are one of the best options out there, really you won t need anything else to run your website. WordPress is a platform that lets you publish pages and posts to your site easily, with little to no knowledge of coding. Whoever you chose to buy your domain and hosting through will have detailed instructions on how to install wordpress on your site. The instructions for installing wordpress on a site hosted by Namecheap are here

Step Three Find a Theme

Your theme is the look and feel of your website, it s the design. There are lots of free themes out there (just search for free wordpress themes) or you can find paid themes for around $50. My favorite place to find themes is Themeforest.net when looking for a theme you will want to bare in mind that unless you want to learn HTML and design, you need to find something that looks close to how you want it out of the box so to speak, you also want to take into account the look and feel of It Works. Once you have found your theme you will need to install it to wordpress, to do this you simply log into your wordpress account, go to Appearance Themes Add New and upload the zipped theme file that you will have downloaded of your theme.

Step Four Start Adding Content

This is where creating your website starts to get fun, you can start creating pages and posts for your website and start adding images. I recommend having a contact page and making sure that your contact information is prominently displayed, make sure you have a page telling your visitors about you and why they should buy from you, or join your team as a distributor, and don t forget to tell them about the products. You will also want to link to your replicated website so that people can buy the products and join your team.

Things To Remember

  • You must display the It Works independent distributor logo on your site
  • Review the It Works Policies Procedures for Distributors to be clear on what you can and cannot say

Step Five Get Compliance Approval

When you are happy with your site and you re ready to go public with it, you need to get approval from compliance. To do this log into your esuite and go to the support tab, create a new ticket, select compliance and approvals. Send them the address of your website and ask for them to approve it. You may have to make a few changes before compliance approve the site, but that s OK, it s important for us all that all websites are compliant, and you only need to go through the compliance process once.

Remember this is just an overview on setting up your site, there are a lot of nuances too many to cover here, however one of my favorite bloggers, Problogger has a free course on getting started that takes you through from set up to creating killer content, it s a great way to get started and you can sign up here

I m really looking forward to seeing your new site and the amazing content I know you re going to create!


Exterminator Tyler Tx – Termite Pest Control – Pest Control Tyler Tx


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We will help you determine how you can prevent various pests from invading your home and how to exterminate the ones that are already there.

Our pest control experts will listen to all of your concerns and keep everything you tell them in confidence. They will assess your property, give you a full description of the extent of the infestation, and provide details about the behavior of the pests as well as available treatment options.

Our pest control specialists will use the most thorough and proven techniques to ensure that all pests have been eradicated.

We have built a reputation for being a reliable and professional pest control company. Our staff understands the importance of managing a pest infestation early and always makes an effort to be on site as soon as they get a report.

Here at Rid-X we consider each home as unique. Our exterminators will assess your home and will come up with a variety of techniques to get rid of your pest problem.

This will help to eliminate all the pests and protect your home from future invaders.

We provide free estimates on all our services. In addition, we offer our services at some of the best rates on the market. Our aim is to provide quality services that will completely eradicate pests from your home and restore your life back to normal.

Rid-X Termite Pest Control Owners

Your Number One Tyler Pest Exterminators

Our company provides a wide range of environmentally friendly pest management plans and treatment options for both commercial and residential clients. At Rid-X, we believe that organic pest control should be the first option as far as defense against invading pests is concerned.

Insect Treatments

We offer environmentally friendly, residential and commercial pest control services for flies. Rid-X does this by including strategic placement of organic control methods such as fly lights. Our qualified staff works with clients to come up with sanitation programs that fit their businesses or homes. This helps to keep flies away, especially for business premises in the food service industry. Rid-X also provides termite pre-treatment options that can help prevent termite infestation in the future, which may be very expensive to deal with.

We normally roll out our pest control plans when a business or home is in the construction stage and introduce pest control methods such as removing all the debris from the work-site and preventing moisture buildup. These will help ensure that termites and other pests do not get a comfortable hiding place in your business or home for a very long time.

Pest Prevention:

Our company believes prevention is the best cure as far as pest control is concerned. Prevention will not only keep pest problems from reoccurring, but it will also ensure that you live in a safe, pest-free environment since it is the best approach to pest control and rodent removal. Rid-X places significant focus on prevention because it results in decreased dependence on chemical treatments to fight pest infestation. This is one of the healthier and greener pest management solutions. Our company offers a wide range of pest control prevention strategies, which often vary depending on the pest involved. All our operations are environmentally friendly approaches to pest control.

Eliminating Food and Water Sources

One of the most important pest control strategy is detecting and getting rid of food and water sources. The targeted food sources will vary depending on the problem pest and can include anything from unsecured food in your kitchen to scraps of wood at a worksite. At Rid-X, we identify and get rid of water sources attracting household pests. We do this by mending leaks and spotting damp, moisture-filled areas hidden within your home or business premise.

Conventional Pesticide Treatment:

When it comes to conventional termite pest control, extermination is the name of the game. This process involves the use of chemicals to kill the insects. It also involves repeat application of the chemicals on a regular schedule to prevent recurring infestation. With this type of pest control treatment, homeowners normally pay for treatment whether or not insects are actually present. It is important to know that the risks of contact with pesticides should not be taken lightly. Some pesticides are only effective in the short run. However, they can have significant long-term health effects including adverse effects on the reproductive, endocrine, and nervous systems of animals and people.

The effects of pesticides on health can be more adverse on children because their organs, nervous systems, immune systems, and brains are still developing.

A Less-Toxic Approach to Pest Management:

Today, integrated pest management is the new buzzword in the pest-control industry. Rid-X uses Integrated Pest Management, which combines various pest control approaches instead of simply blasting pests with poisons. We also include homeowners as partners in the whole process.

What you can expect from us:

Most pest control companies claim to offer Integrated Pest Management (IPM). However, not all of them offer excellent IPM the way we do. Our company will take you through a series of training sessions to ensure that you have knowledge about the pests in your home or business premise. Our staff is highly trained and can tell different insects apart and understand their habitats and habits. This makes it easy for them to decide how best to help you control them. Our Integrated Pest Management approach focuses on prevention.
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A HIPAA compliance checklist is a quick way to assess your compliance status. While it is not a replacement for a HIPAA risk assessment it will generally tell you what you need to do and where you need to start. But even a risk assessment is not the best way to measure and demonstrate your on-going HIPAA compliance. HHS has not given anyone the authority to certifiy your organization’s HIPAA compliance. Their stated position is that HIPAA compliance is a process not an event. This process is on-going and it is important to know youer status on an on-going basis.

This is why, working with our privacy and security expert, Rebecca Herold, we developed HIPAA compliance metrics. Keeping your policies, procedures, and forms up-to-date is critical as is documentation of your compliance activities. The Compliance Meter(tm) displays the current status of policie, procedures, and forms as well a the performance of compliance activities. This is a useful tool for those charged with HIPAA compliance in an organization as well as their mangement, but even more critically it demonstrates to your business partners and clients that you are compliant on an on-going basis.

The old idea of a compliance manual is as out of date as a manual typewriter. Buying a manual and putting it up on your shelf is not HIPAA compliance. A friend of mine sold these manuals and to make sure it was noticed when it arrived he had it shrink wrapped in bright pink plastic. Update pages were shipped wrapped in bright yellow plastic but intended to replace the corresponding pages in the manual. He told me that if he actually visited any of his clients he invariablly would encounter the manual, still in it’s original pink shrink wrap with the yellow shrink wrapped pages neatly stack on top. If a business partner, auditor. or client ever saw this they would immediately know that the organization was not only not compliant, but guilty of willful neglect.

The 21st century approach to this is an on-line service offering templates of policies, procedures, and forms to be edited by the organization under the supervision of a privacy and security expert, monthly lists of compliance tasks that need to be accomplished, updates of policies, procedures, and forms as needed, and the Compliance Meter ™ keeping track of all of this.

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Information Security Assurance

This MSIT degree focuses on the need to adapt to the changing intruder landscape and to gain deeper understanding of risk management, information security, and data privacy. It draws upon the expertise in research, operations and analysis from the world-famous CERT Coordination Center (CERT®/CC) located at Carnegie Mellon’s Software Engineering Institute. Designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency, Carnegie Mellon is uniquely qualified to provide such training.

Prerequisites to apply (see all admissions requirements here ):

  • One undergraduate level Python or object-oriented (Java, C++, C#) programming class or equivalent experience prior to admission is recommended but not required.
  • At least three years of relevant, full-time professional work experience; although our student average is closer to eight years of experience.
  • Earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its international equivalent.

Review the general Curriculum information that applies to all MSIT degrees for more information about core exemptions and transfer credit which may modify the distribution of the 144 units needed to graduate.

MSIT – Information Security Assurance Curriculum:

In addition to the above 60 units of core courses, you’ll need to complete an additional 84 units of electives. Electives can include courses from your home department, including core courses from other MSIT majors like IT Management, BI Data Analytics, and Software Management; other CMU departments that offer evening or distance courses; up to 12 units of independent study (you design the class); and up to 24 units of transfer credit from previously earned graduate credit (submit application after you are admitted).

Here is a sample list of electives that can be done in any evening or distance MSIT program:

Sample Electives (choose 84 units)

Advanced Relational and NoSQL Databases

Art and Science of Business Analytics

Business Process Modeling

Decision Making Under Uncertainty

Geographic Information Systems

Global IT Management Sourcing

Intro to Human-Computer Interaction

Linux Open Source

Programming R for Analytics

Systems Architecture for Managers

Tech Startup: Tools Techniques

Other Electives for Campus/Evening Students: you are allowed to take graduate-level courses from other Heinz College programs and departments across campus with pre-approval for your Program Director. Check out the Course Schedules to get a better sense about what courses are offered by Heinz College and across the entire university (follow “the HUB” link on the course schedule page).

Other Electives for Distance Students: you are limited to distance courses listed in the MSIT distance catalog PDF. While we can’t offer every Heinz College/ISM campus class by distance, we do try to bring in the best of the bunch. That does include some courses from the School of Computer Science because they have an online software engineering degree and will allow qualified MSIT students to take their distance courses.

To earn the MSIT-Information Security Assurance degree, you must:

  • Complete 144 units of course credit (this includes required core, elective and approved transfer credits);
  • Successfully pass all required core courses (with a letter grade or approved exemption);
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Being a small-business owner isn t easy, but an overwhelming majority of entrepreneurs wouldn t have it any other way.

While small-business owners cite having to wear so many hats and finding new customers as their biggest concerns, according to the below infographic courtesy of online marketing company Constant Contact. a whopping 84 percent said that, if given the opportunity, they would start up all over again. The ability to pursue their passion and the freedom that an entrepreneurial lifestyle allows are their biggest motivators, they said.

And that s a good thing, because small business continues to contribute to the global economy in huge ways. Roughly half of all U.S. jobs are provided by companies of less than 500 employees, and 54 percent of U.S. sales happen at small businesses. Additionally, small businesses donate 250 percent more than larger corporations to nonprofits and other charities.

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How Hard Is It to Be a Small Business Owner?

There are a lot of misconceptions about being a small business owner. Like…

People often think that being a small business owner is easy because you get to be your own boss and set your own hours.

The Reality : Most small business owners work harder than they used to work when they had a corporate job.

People think that being a small business owner is glamorous – you get to make big decisions, make big money, and have a carefree lifestyle.

The Reality . Most small business owners have to wear many hats – sometimes getting to be a strategic visionary, but other times having to serve as a front-line customer service person, amateur psychologist, or office janitor.

But one of the biggest misconceptions about being a small business owner is that it’s too “hard.” I recently read an article on the Naked Capitalism blog entitled Tech Titans Promoting Basic Income Guarantee as a Way to Shrink Government, Kill Social Programs , which suggested that being an entrepreneur is a raw deal for most people:

But who wants to be an entrepreneur? Seriously. If you can hold a job with any stability and you don’t mind the work and get on with your boss and co-workers, it’s a vastly better deal than running your own show…being in business for yourself is almost a roll-back for the whole rationale of advanced economies: that of specialization. In a larger organization, the really good sales guy can mainly do sales, plus the unavoidable internal politics and bureaucratic tasks. The accountant can mainly do accounting, and so on.

By contrast, starting a business requires lots of skills, including selling, negotiating, having common sense about priorities, being able to size up potential backers and employees, being able to budget and manage funds. It’s a drag if you are really good at one particular thing to have to do all that other stuff, even if you are capable of it.

The payoff curve for entrepreneurship looks a lot like that of lines of employment that most parents would tell their kids to avoid: acting, playing sports, writing novels. Remember, 90% of all new businesses fail within three years. And like J.K. Rowling, A-list Hollywood stars, and football pros, the lure of the huge payoffs at the top end masks the steep falloff after that.

First of all, it’s not true that “90% of all new businesses fail within three years” – according to statistics from the Small Business Administration. about half of small businesses survive for five years or more, and one-third survive for 10 years or more. That’s a lot longer than I’ve lasted at any corporate job.

This article also makes it sound like entrepreneurship only offers rewards to the people at the top – as if most small business owners are a bunch of low-paid losers who would be better off trying to make it as actors in Hollywood. But even if we’re not going to be the next Bill Gates, most small business owners make a decent living – according to an American Express OPEN survey on the average entrepreneur’s salary. as of 2013, small business owners paid themselves an average annual salary of $68,000 – which is significantly more than the 2013 U.S. median household income of $52,250.

But more broadly, I disagree with the premise of the argument that it’s “too hard” to be a small business owner because you don’t get to specialize in what you do best.

It’s true that when you work for a big company, there are certain “economies of scale” that enable the big company to do things faster, cheaper, and perhaps better than a smaller company could. This is a basic principle of economics. However, for small business owners today, in the age of the Internet, there are so many great online small business tools and resources that can help you be more productive! You don’t have to be a big company to get big results in 2015 – you can use business-grade tools and resources to outsource, automate, and delegate various business tasks and daily operations, whether it’s basic back-office functions like simple accounting, invoicing, or payment processing, or more advanced skills like marketing, building customer relationships, and business inventory management .

As a small business owner today, you’re in business “for” yourself, but not “by” yourself. You can get help with almost any business topic imaginable online. You can connect with other entrepreneurs on LinkedIn for advice and ideas. You can get free business mentoring from SCORE, the Small Business Administration’s mentoring program. Even if you’re a solo entrepreneur or small business owner with only a few employees, there are many ways to make your business seem “bigger” without the bigger costs.

It’s simplistic (and wrong) to think that it’s too hard to be an entrepreneur, so no one should want to do it. I think it s actually the opposite – while it s never easy to run your own business – there are always financial risks and stresses, and lots of hard work – the Internet is making it easier than ever before to run a business. Not everyone has the right combination of ambition, hustle, vision, and sheer willpower that makes for a successful small business owner – but if you do, the rewards (and the daily sense of freedom) make it all worthwhile.

Ideally, as a small business owner, you should get to specialize more than ever before in doing what you do best every day. Use some of these cheap (or free) online business tools and mobile apps to outsource or automate the daily tasks that you don t like to do or aren t as good at. Being an entrepreneur helps you unleash your productive, creative potential like nothing else!





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If you’re a small business owner, you probably know at least one business coach. You may even be one. It is a field that has exploded over the last few years. For small business owners, having someone to bounce your ideas off can be a truly valuable thing. That said, the main reason so many business coaches have popped up over the last half-decade or so is that it is easy to set up shop.

With the ubiquity of the Internet, all a business coach needs to get started is a website. Overhead is extremely low. What’s more, there are no real certifications needed. In short, a coach becomes a coach by standing up and announcing him or herself as a coach. The downside of this dynamic is that the most competent business coaches are lumped in with all the rest.

It wasn’t always this way. The earliest business coaches were almost uniformly qualified individuals–successful entrepreneurs, business owners, and modern-day philosophers–mainly because there were hardly any of them. Dan Sullivan, founder of the twenty-five year old, multimillion dollar Strategic Coach says that when he first went into business most people thought they were a bus company .

So what is a qualified expert in the information economy to do?

The answer is the same as so much else in the world of business: Specialize.

Take for example the New York company AcceleratingCFO. a firm started by two former Fortune 500 executives who felt they could impart their strategic knowledge to the entrepreneurs who needed it most. Yet instead of announcing themselves as one of many business coaching operations, they present themselves as CFO consultants –experts in using the quantitative aspects of an organization to make qualitatively strong business decisions.

Or take John Palumbo, the founder of Big Heads Network. A successful businessperson many times over, he teaches organizations to combine unrelated concepts to form innovative solutions. Despite the advice and counsel he provides, never once does the word coaching cross his lips or his website.

The market for expertise is as strong as it has ever been and can provide massive opportunity for savvy entrepreneurs. Getting specific around the precise value you offer and then crafting your messaging around that specificity is what every would-be business coach needs to do to thrive in the second decade of the 21 st century and beyond.

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How to spot a business opportunity when it comes? #business #calendars

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How to spot a business opportunity when it comes?

Opportunity is key in business success and when you miss that opportunity it can mean a terrible loss for your business. So how would you spot a possible business opportunity? I read an article from www.inc.com about spotting an opportunity and I would like to share it with you.

Most businessman would first look for a product and then create a market for it but there are those who try to look for something missing in the market and supply that missing ingredient. This way they would create a supply for a growing demand. The question however is how can you do that in a seemingly very saturated market.

Here’s what you can do:

1. Look for a product that you think you could UPGRADE and add value to it. Will upgrading this product increase demand on it and will that upgrade be necessary?

2. If you can upgrade why not try to DOWNGRADE something. Look for something that is usually associated with higher class in a society or which someone with a lower income cannot afford and then try to create a similar version but this time at a price affordable to them. Oooppps we are not saying piracy but rather downgrading on a legit and quality wise manner.

3. PUT TOGETHER OR BUNDLE SOMETHING. Thing of something in the market which you think needs to be together or they are used as one. For example mobile phones now have cameras and even printers acts as scanners. Make the lives of your customers easier by creating a 2-in-1 or 3-in-1 or a combined device. Very similar to what KYan of India did in their All-in-one device.

4. If you can bundle things of course you can also UNBUNDLE things. You can specifically focus a certain product to one specific task. For example you could create a phone without much of the many added features but is focused on longetivity of battery life and messaging and calls. It could be an ultimate communication device. Think of something, there would probably be lots of them.

5. If you already engage in business or you see something that is greatly selling in a certain area why not RECREATE that business in another area where it does not exist yet. Be sure however to quantify the reasons why it is selling in the first area so that when you recreate it majority of the same things could be verified to exist in the new area.

6. Have you seen something that is selling but there is always scarcity of supply because the producer cannot meet the demand. If that is the case then why not MASS PRODUCE a product? If you think it would be selling on a wider level then that would be an opportunity for you.

7. Are you trying to reach everyone or are you planning to sell a business that targets the general public? Well, there is nothing wrong with that but why not BE FOCUSED. Try to focus on a certain segment and serve their needs or try to focus on just certain products and be good or expert at that. You can start a store which just sells yogurt or car batteries. Customers tend to prefer specialty stores for their needs since that would mean they are buying from a reliable and experienced seller.

8. Then there is the fact that you can THINK BIG and carry various products related to a specific segment or to a specific focus business. Examples like this are Home Depot, Car Depot, and many more. SM Supermalls, Robinsons and the likes are also included in this.

9. If you are afraid of thinking big then THINK SMALL. just carry the simple things. Simple things that you think would be valuable to your location or target business area. You can just be selling rags, cabinets or even just televisions.

10. This one I personally used when I started my own computer shop and gaming cafe. There was one gaming cafe which charges around 40-50 pesos an hour and then I thought that is a bit expensive and then when I have the money, I opened up a gaming cafe and put the price at just 25 pesos per hour and the result was splendid. PRICE is another window of opportunity for you.

In business we should be open minded and really settled on what we want to do. At the same time we need to be open minded so that we can maximize growth through opportunities that we will see in the market.

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Client Christmas cards – how to get it right #comcast #business #phone

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Client Christmas cards – how to get it right

by HCA | Dec 19, 2013

The holidays are a time of comfort and joy—not a time to unleash your inner cynic. The fact remains, however, that nearly everyone on your corporate holiday mailing list knows your gift, card or e-greeting is really an end-of-the-year marketing pitch. A soft sell to be sure, but a marketing pitch nonetheless.

That doesn’t give you full reign to impersonate Ebeneezer Scrooge, however. According to etiquette expert Thomas P Farley—known colloquially as “Mister Manners”—holiday business greetings are a rewarding exercise and a great way to improve client relations, provided you get it right.

“This is an opportunity to get back on the radar with your clients in a meaningful way,” Farley said. “If it’s not meaningful, you’re better off not doing anything at all.”

With that in mind, here are five timely tips for wishing your clients a happy holiday season.

If possible, send a personalized, handwritten card. Operating on a tight budget may prevent you from sending mass-mailed holiday cards to all your clients, but if you can afford the extra effort, it’s worth it.

“An e-greeting can be annoying because they’re often difficult to open and they may not make it to the individual,” said Dianne Gottsman, a national etiquette expert and owner of the Protocol School of Texas. “Handwritten cards breed goodwill.”

Farley agrees, adding that generic e-greetings often “get deleted the moment they’re sent.”

Instead, Farley recommends putting pen to paper and using the opportunity to make a comment specific to the individual, perhaps drawing on a business lunch or meeting the two of you attended.

Choose a tasteful, appropriate design. As head of custom design at California-based Tiny Prints, Heidi Reichert has seen a lot of corporate holiday cards over the years. The best, she said, always “reflect the professionalism” of the company.

“We’ve seen really silly photos or things that might be construed as offensive—maybe it’s a photo of the employees doing shots or something like that,” Reichert said. “It might seem funny at the time, but you never know what your audience might think when they get it.”

Instead, Reichert recommends using photos that are appropriate and professional, along with designs that stand out from the ubiquitous red-and-green that don most holiday greetings. Lime greens and blues are especially popular this season.

Avoid blatant endorsements of religion or cultural traditions. One thing Farley, Gottsman and Reichert all agreed on was that it’s best to “assume nothing” when it comes to recipients’ religious or cultural traditions.

“Being very safe and respectful is the key,” said Gottsman, who added that a neutral “Happy Holidays” is preferable to endorsing Christmas, Kwanzaa, or other holidays.

However, Farley said this rule applies only to the card design itself. Inside, it’s appropriate to wish someone a “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Hanukah,” provided you definitely know your client celebrates that holiday. “It makes your greeting that much more meaningful and warm,” Farley said.

Keep out logos and business cards. Resist the urge to plaster your greeting with your company logo, or stuff the package full of coupons or business cards.
“This is the time for the soft-sell. You’re not pitching, you’re not doing client business,” Farley advised. “The card itself is all the selling you should really be doing.”

While logos do have a place on a corporate card, it should be done in a tasteful way, said Reichert. Placing the logo below your signature or on the back of the card is a nice way to make the card stand out as something personalised by the business, she said.

Send cards and gifts as soon as possible. Now is the time to send out your holiday greetings and gifts, if you haven’t already. The earlier the better, given many companies close up shop the week of Christmas.

If you’ve missed the deadline, however, Gottsman says you can never go wrong with a New Year card, which should be in the mail before Christmas Day.

The bottom line with all these dos and don’ts, however, is that despite your business, your budget or your byline, your holiday greeting should come from the heart.

“If someone is actually taking the time to write a personal message, that’s going to trump even the worst card design,” Farley said. “Even if the card itself is something you get for 50% off at the local dollar store, the fact that you’ve included a personal message is far more impressive than the most stunning card with nothing inside.”

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San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Entry-Level IT Business Analysts, 26 percent above the national average. Entry-Level IT Business Analysts will also find cushy salaries in New York (+19 percent), Los Angeles (+14 percent), Seattle (+10 percent), and Houston (+8 percent). St. Louis is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 5 percent. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Austin and Atlanta (1 percent less).

Business Analyst, IT Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Business Analyst, IT in Durham:

“Be Happy with Ambiguity & Leading from “Behind-the-Scenes””

People leverage a BA to help make things make sense. It’s still a very new role to many companies and firms and parts of it are very meta. Often while you are eliciting, defining, and documenting requirements and processes, you will be simultaneously demonstrating the process for doing so and standardizing it. Developers, Project Managers, Tech Leads, UX & Design and Business stakeholders are not always going to know where in the Venn diagram your contributions end that their’s begin and vice versa. Job postings will often ask to be a project manager, a coder, a designer, a financial analyst, a “savior” of all things project and business related and you will have figure out (much like practicing analysis on the job) “is what they say they want, what they really need?” It’s a rewarding job if you like solving problems, helping others, and serving something larger than yourself, but it’s a “behind-the-scenes” gig so the ability to be happy with your invisible leadership is paramount.





Call for posters #healthcare #it #leaders


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Call for posters

Call for posters in now closed. Thank you to everyone who has submitted an abstract and thus taken the opportunity to showcase the latest knowledge and potential solutions to support the future of healthcare leadership and management.

Notifying you of your result

All notifications will be sent out mid-July 2017. Please note the email address that you supply in the submitter details page will be the email address used to correspond the results of your submission. If you change email addresses during this time, please let us know so we can update the system.

Our poster displays

The poster displays will show a wide range of healthcare leadership, management and quality improvement projects and are available onsite for all attendees to view and learn from. The displays are a valuable opportunity to tell colleagues and experts about your projects and to help others learn from your strategies and experience.

Showcase your achievements to key international opinion leaders

Communicate your organisation’s work

Build your profile by having your work displayed

Share successes with your colleagues and influence outcomes on a global scale

Poster categories

The posters will be displayed by topic. We have five poster topics:

Transforming culture – explore both the challenge organisational culture presents to delivering excellence across healthcare and the best practice approaches to address this.

Enhancing leadership skills – how we can ensure we are enhancing all the skills and talents of our leaders and workforce in the relentless drive to provide fit-for-purpose, high quality services.

Innovating for improvement – understand how technology and innovation can help to improve how we lead healthcare and deliver better outcomes for patients.

Managing for impact – how applying best practice approaches for leadership from healthcare and other industries can help you to lead more effectively.

The future leader – how we can use medical education to drive clinical performance and patient safety and the role of standards and professionalism to help inspire and develop great leadership.


PassGuide – Leading source of IT Certification Exam Learning #passguide,it #certification,it #exam,training


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  • Real questions with answers
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  • Updated frequently – download free updates for 90 days
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Key Features

Customize Your Practice Test Experience

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Review Your Questions and Answers

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Understand the Questions and Answers

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Orlando Divorce Without a Lawyer – Paralegal – Cheap, DIY – Uncontested


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Divorce Filing and Divorce Help in Orlando FL

For Over 23 Years, I ve Been Helping Many Clients With Their Divorce Documents as a Paralegal in Orlando.

Why Choose Us For Divorce Help?

* Free phone consultation to discuss steps and fees to get a low cost divorce

* Professional, licensed and highly experienced (thousands of clients – really!) paralegal centrally located in Orlando.

* We see clients by appointment only and offer same day appointments.

* If you are unable to come into our office, we can schedule a phone conference to start your divorce forms.

* We use Florida Supreme Court Forms to process your case quickly and accurately. The use of Florida specific forms allows us to assist individuals throughout Florida.

* You make the decisions (no pushy divorce lawyers telling you what to do!) and we will prepare the paperwork properly and under your direction.

* Many counties have additional requirements which are not mandated by Florida statutes or Florida Supreme Court rules, no worries as we contact every county and are in compliance with their local rules.

About Accurate Noel Services in Orlando

  • C entrally located in O rlando
  • Provide self-help legal services and assistance completing legal forms and filing income tax returns.
  • Over 23 years experience
  • Average Reviewer Rating of 4.8 out of 5 Stars
  • Average savings of 75%-80% over hiring an attorney – same quality!
  • Emergency / quick appointments and super fast turnaround times available!
  • Most of our clients are in the greater Orlando area but we service clients throughout the State of Florida. With over 23 years of experience
  • Credit cards accepted.

Dissolution of Marriage Procedure

We realize that filing a Dissolution of Marriage (Divorce) can be a difficult decision. We are not attorneys being paid by the hour; we charge a flat rate affordable fee. You will speak to a friendly, caring and knowledgeable case manager who will assist you with your needs. As we are not attorneys, if you require legal advice or need to know your rights, we suggest you consult with an attorney prior to starting a case with us.

STEP 1 On your initial visit or scheduled phone conference, you will provide us with the information we need to type your Divorce papers. Our fee will be paid at that time. ($250.00 without children or property) and ($450.00 with a child) and the cost of a mandatory parenting class which can be taken online costing approximately $20.00 each. Next we will schedule a follow-up appointment 5 to 10 days later depending on the complexity of your case.

STEP 2 At the second appointment, you will review the accuracy of the forms and we will make necessary changes. Your signature will then be required and we will notarize your documents free of charge. You may bring your spouse in to sign the papers at the same time or they may make an appointment to sign separately. In the event that your spouse does not agree to sign the papers in our office you do have 3 other options: 1) You can mail the papers to your spouse. They must sign their papers with a notary and return them to you to be filed in the court; or 2) File your papers in the Court first and then have the Clerk of Court forward your papers to the Sheriff to serve the papers on your spouse (additional fee, depending on where your spouse lives); or use a private process server to do the same; or 3) If you have honestly tried all means to locate your spouse and cannot locate them, the court requires a search and a publication in a local newspaper, a consultation with an attorney may be appropriate but is not required.

STEP 3 File your papers DIRECTLY with the Court along with the filing fee of $408.00. You may ask the court if you qualify to have the court costs waived! Please be aware that we will type all forms contained in the divorce packet that you request, however, the court, NOT US, will set your case for a final hearing to dissolve your marriage.

Accurate Noel Services will assist you with all your Florida divorce document needs. We DO NOT give legal advice and CANNOT represent you in court. We are form-preparers, also known as non-lawyers. We CAN only provide you with information and assist with document preparation. It s a great option over pure Do It Yourself (DIY) because if you make a mistake, it can stall your case for many months. If we are unable to help you, we do our best to refer you to an attorney who can process your case.

WHAT TO DO NOW
Simply call us at (407) 599-0088 now or fill out the form in the upper right of this page to schedule your free consultation to discuss an affordable, fast solution to your divorce situation.


Service Management Software #it #service #management #suite


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Service Management Software

An Enterprise Service Management Software Solution

ServiceCentral’s enterprise service management software is a comprehensive set of software solutions for managing the end-to-end after-sales product support. The ServiceCentral service management software suite provides a configurable workflow management system, ServiceManager™. and a powerful set of reporting tools with ServiceIntelligence™. Our service management software’s suite of add-on modules allow businesses to better focus on particular areas in the service and repair chains.

ServiceCentral s Service Management Software Modules

  • ServiceManager™. The central component and engine of ServiceCentral s service management software suite for system setup, administration, and configuration of all ServiceCentral modules.
  • ServiceIntelligence™. Robust reporting tools for comprehensive data analysis, service management insight, and business intelligence.
  • ServiceCounter™. Module for retail stores, service counters, and customer service centers to track and manage returns and service of customer product.
  • RepairCenter™. Module for repair and refurbishment centers to track and manage repair work orders, parts consumption, labor, and shipping of product.
  • ReturnsManager™. Module for 3rd party services and consumers to submit and track the returns and service of approved product and parts.
  • WarrantyManager™. Module for authorized service centers to automate, manage, and maximize OEM warranty claim processes.
  • InventoryManager™. Module for parts and equipment inventory management including order management, receiving, consumption, stock transfers, and adjustments across unlimited locations.
  • ServicePortals™. Standard and custom-developed portals that provide online views into the service management process for customers, partners, and vendors.

Whether the service management software suite is implemented as a point solution or used in full support of end-to-end service and repair, the shared architecture of all modules enables seamless workflow and reporting across the entire service organization. ServiceCentral’s service management software is 100% web-based and scalable to support any size organization, with multiple delivery and licensing options available. Common integrations with other systems include ERP, POS, inventory, and accounting packages.


Sampoorna Computer People – Indian Recruitment Agency for IT Jobs, ITES Jobs,


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Sampoorna Computer People is a Recruitment Agency established in 1990, providing consultancy exclusively in recruitment of IT, ITES (BPO) Telecom Professionals. Our Head Office is in Mumbai (Bombay) and we have offices at Bangalore, Chennai (Madras), Delhi, Hyderabad and Pune.

Our HO has created a recruitment system which has been certified for ISO 9001:2015 by Bureau Veritas India. We are the First IT Telecom specialist recruitment company in India to get this certification. Sampoorna is a founder member of ERA (Executive Recruiters Association) which is India’s Recruitment Agency’s Industry Organisation We probably have the largest Data Bank of IT Telecom Professionals for a recruitment consultant on an all-India basis. The database is extensively automated to enable advanced skill matching.

Sampoorna Computer People has been assisting a large number of organisations in recruiting IT (software hardware) Telecom professionals, at all levels, in India and abroad. We are a multi-person; multi-location organisation and can handle multiple positions of varying levels and volumes.

Sampoorna has handled openings in areas of IT, Telecom, BPO, ITES, software, hardware, marketing, telecom, data communications, operations, training, human resources and general management. Openings handled have been at all levels including Chief Executives. Sampoorna Top Search handles recruitment at the senior management level.

We have placed candidates with multinationals and industry leaders, as well as small organisations. We have been the largest recruitment partners for multinationals as well as Indian Industry leaders. A partial list of clients is provided on the website. We have also helped many end-user organisations in recruiting computer professionals. We have assisted multinationals in their start up recruitment for setting up Software Development Centers in India. Our assignment with them can be on continuous or on project basis. We also handle contract staffing positions through our division – Sampoorna ICT Staffing (SIS).


How much does it Cost to Start a Professional Photography Business? #naming

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How much does it Cost to Start a Professional Photography Business?

Photography has become one of the in trends right now. Every special event in a person s life needs a photographer to capture and make the moments truly unforgettable.

So, do you want to go pro? Here are the estimated costs when you are starting your photography business:

Get a pro photography gear.

Of course, the most important thing to consider in your financial plan would be the cost of the camera and the accompanying accessories.

As a professional, you need to have at least two professional cameras. Camera glitch can sometimes happen and you don t want to add to the stress of your client when your camera malfunctions on that very event.

Your budget and gear will depend on what field of photography business you would want.

Buy the camera body but not the kit. You can replace the kit with cheaper versions .

If you are a wedding photographer, consider buying 2 Nikon D750 cameras for $2,000.00 each (total cost =$4,000.00)

If you are a portrait photographer, consider buying 2 Nikon D7100 cameras for $1,200.00 each (total cost= $2,400.00)

These recommended lenses will work fine on both cameras and less expensive version than the kit that comes with the cameras above:

Nikon 35mm f/2.0= $350.00

Nikon 50mm f/1.8 lens= $299.00

Nikon 85mm f/1.8 lens= $499.00

For wedding photographers, you may consider the Nikon Lens 70-200 f2/8: this will do the magic when the wedding is at night or in a dark enclosed church where there is a limited source of light or you cannot go that close to the couple. The cost is about $2,400.00.

Wedding photographers must have at least 2 flashes Nikon SB-700 (at $329 each) total= $658.00

Other essential accessories: memory cards, reflectors, light stands, flash triggers, camera bags ($500.00 to $ 1500)

Computer and software:

21 iMac Computer= $1299

2 external memory drives=$ 85 each total: $170.00

Lightroom and photo shop=$119 per year

This aspect is the one mostly neglected by newbies in photography business, making their business legal

Yearly accounting service: $300.00

Incorporating the business: $125.00

Photography contracts and attorney fee= $400-$2000

Because of the evolution of technology nowadays, people think that having a photography business is easy as taking a plunge.

Sure you may have an informal business at first but if you want to get paid like a pro, you must take your photography business to a professional level.

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Network Management – Application Performance Monitoring #network #management #software, #network #performance #monitoring,


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Network Management Application Performance Monitoring

Verax NMS APM monitoring supports over 3000 types of applications, hosts, network devices and data center infrastructure elements:

  • SNMP v1, v2, v3 and RMON hosts and devices such as routers, switches and firewalls.
  • Windows, Linux and UNIX hosts: FreeBSD, IBM AIX, Oracle Solaris and HP-UX.
  • Applications running under Microsoft Windows supporting WMI such as Exchange, IIS, SharePoint and others.
  • .NET applications.
  • JMX-Java applications including application servers (Apache Tomcat, JBoss, GlassFish and others), middleware such as WSO2, transaction brokers and others.
  • JDBC-compliant databases such as MySQL, Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, DB2, PostgreSQL, Firebird and others.
  • Wide range of built-in sensors including: PING, SNMP PING, SNMP OID, FTP, HTTP/HTTPS, SQL, POP3, IMAP, SMTP, WMI, TCP port, DNS, SSH, LDAP, RADIUS, DHCP, NTP, JMX, JDBC and others.
  • NetFlow support for network bandwidth and traffic analysis.
  • Additional customized sensors available via shell scripting.

Please contact us to check support status for your application or device.

Verax NMS APM provides application or equipment specific plugins enable functions beyond simple monitoring such as: automated health checks, application or hardware specific management GUIs, executing element-specific management actions (e.g. restart, traceroute, etc.), complex alarm and event processing and detailed performance reporting.

Generic extension plugins

Workstations and servers

  • UNIX and Linux (IBM AIX, Oracle Solaris, Linux, BSD, HP-UX and others)
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Other SNMP-enabled hosts
  • IPMI-enabled servers

Routers, switches and firewalls

  • Access to Verax NMS APM views can limited on a user group/aspect basis allowing for:
    • Multi-tenancy: support for many customers each with visibility limited to their own devices.
    • Limiting NOC personnel to view only parts of managed infrastructure they are responsible for.
  • Credential manager for secure management of login credentials such as SNMP passwords, WMI logins and others.
  • Security profiles associated with each user defining: password strengths, session timeouts, idle timeouts and others.
  • Security audit log providing full information on user logins (timestamp, host IP address, success, failure), logouts and denied operations with a graphical interface.
  • Event log for tracing system and user events (e.g. new object added, object deleted, etc.).
  • Runtime configurable logging tracing.
  • Secure communications bus between client and server, ensuring that all exchanged data is encrypted.

  • Open for integration and SOA-ready via RMI and SOAP interfaces.
  • Out-of-the-box integration with Verax Integration Engine for a rapid implementation of advanced IT automation/integration scenarios.
  • Pre-integrated with other Verax applications including Service Desk and Customer Care Billing.
  • Software Development Kit (SDK) for custom extension plugin development.
  • Support for full screen mode, high-resolutions, multiple displays and panel hiding – ready to be deployed at Network Operations Centers (NOCs).
  • Customizable look and feel with user friendly, rich GUI based on Rich Internet Application technology.
  • Sound and animation operator feedback.
  • Online, contextual help system.
  • Multilingual user interface changeable at runtime.
  • Filters, incremental search, mini-dashboards, statistics in each main view for maximum operator productivity.
  • Mobile HTML interface (no Flash required) for Apple iPhone, Apple iPad, Google Android and other smartphones and tablets.

Commercial. Linux, Windows XP (Professional edition only), Windows Vista (Home or Professional), Windows 7 (Home or Professional), Windows 8 (Home or Professional), Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Oracle Solaris, IBM AIX and HP-UX.

Open source. Linux and Open Solaris.

CPU: Dual-core running at 2 GHz.

RAM: 1 GB of free, available RAM for NMS APM, additional 1 GB when the database is running on the same host.

Disk space: 1 GB for NMS APM, additional 3 GB (4 GB total) when the database is running on the same host.

Commercial. Oracle (version 10 or higher), Microsoft SQL Server (2008 or higher).

Free. Oracle Express, Microsoft SQL Server Express.

Please contact us for information on CPU, RAM and disk requirements for your installation.

Desktop: Any web browser supporting Adobe Flash version 9 or higher including Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari and others.

Mobile: Any browser supporting HTML and JavaScript including iPad/iPhone, Android and other smartphones and tablets (no Flash required).


Why Business Coaching Is Dead (And What Will Replace It) #business #internet

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If you’re a small business owner, you probably know at least one business coach. You may even be one. It is a field that has exploded over the last few years. For small business owners, having someone to bounce your ideas off can be a truly valuable thing. That said, the main reason so many business coaches have popped up over the last half-decade or so is that it is easy to set up shop.

With the ubiquity of the Internet, all a business coach needs to get started is a website. Overhead is extremely low. What’s more, there are no real certifications needed. In short, a coach becomes a coach by standing up and announcing him or herself as a coach. The downside of this dynamic is that the most competent business coaches are lumped in with all the rest.

It wasn’t always this way. The earliest business coaches were almost uniformly qualified individuals–successful entrepreneurs, business owners, and modern-day philosophers–mainly because there were hardly any of them. Dan Sullivan, founder of the twenty-five year old, multimillion dollar Strategic Coach says that when he first went into business most people thought they were a bus company .

So what is a qualified expert in the information economy to do?

The answer is the same as so much else in the world of business: Specialize.

Take for example the New York company AcceleratingCFO. a firm started by two former Fortune 500 executives who felt they could impart their strategic knowledge to the entrepreneurs who needed it most. Yet instead of announcing themselves as one of many business coaching operations, they present themselves as CFO consultants –experts in using the quantitative aspects of an organization to make qualitatively strong business decisions.

Or take John Palumbo, the founder of Big Heads Network. A successful businessperson many times over, he teaches organizations to combine unrelated concepts to form innovative solutions. Despite the advice and counsel he provides, never once does the word coaching cross his lips or his website.

The market for expertise is as strong as it has ever been and can provide massive opportunity for savvy entrepreneurs. Getting specific around the precise value you offer and then crafting your messaging around that specificity is what every would-be business coach needs to do to thrive in the second decade of the 21 st century and beyond.

The opinions expressed here by Inc.com columnists are their own, not those of Inc.com.





Client Christmas cards – how to get it right #stock #market #info

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Client Christmas cards – how to get it right

by HCA | Dec 19, 2013

The holidays are a time of comfort and joy—not a time to unleash your inner cynic. The fact remains, however, that nearly everyone on your corporate holiday mailing list knows your gift, card or e-greeting is really an end-of-the-year marketing pitch. A soft sell to be sure, but a marketing pitch nonetheless.

That doesn’t give you full reign to impersonate Ebeneezer Scrooge, however. According to etiquette expert Thomas P Farley—known colloquially as “Mister Manners”—holiday business greetings are a rewarding exercise and a great way to improve client relations, provided you get it right.

“This is an opportunity to get back on the radar with your clients in a meaningful way,” Farley said. “If it’s not meaningful, you’re better off not doing anything at all.”

With that in mind, here are five timely tips for wishing your clients a happy holiday season.

If possible, send a personalized, handwritten card. Operating on a tight budget may prevent you from sending mass-mailed holiday cards to all your clients, but if you can afford the extra effort, it’s worth it.

“An e-greeting can be annoying because they’re often difficult to open and they may not make it to the individual,” said Dianne Gottsman, a national etiquette expert and owner of the Protocol School of Texas. “Handwritten cards breed goodwill.”

Farley agrees, adding that generic e-greetings often “get deleted the moment they’re sent.”

Instead, Farley recommends putting pen to paper and using the opportunity to make a comment specific to the individual, perhaps drawing on a business lunch or meeting the two of you attended.

Choose a tasteful, appropriate design. As head of custom design at California-based Tiny Prints, Heidi Reichert has seen a lot of corporate holiday cards over the years. The best, she said, always “reflect the professionalism” of the company.

“We’ve seen really silly photos or things that might be construed as offensive—maybe it’s a photo of the employees doing shots or something like that,” Reichert said. “It might seem funny at the time, but you never know what your audience might think when they get it.”

Instead, Reichert recommends using photos that are appropriate and professional, along with designs that stand out from the ubiquitous red-and-green that don most holiday greetings. Lime greens and blues are especially popular this season.

Avoid blatant endorsements of religion or cultural traditions. One thing Farley, Gottsman and Reichert all agreed on was that it’s best to “assume nothing” when it comes to recipients’ religious or cultural traditions.

“Being very safe and respectful is the key,” said Gottsman, who added that a neutral “Happy Holidays” is preferable to endorsing Christmas, Kwanzaa, or other holidays.

However, Farley said this rule applies only to the card design itself. Inside, it’s appropriate to wish someone a “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Hanukah,” provided you definitely know your client celebrates that holiday. “It makes your greeting that much more meaningful and warm,” Farley said.

Keep out logos and business cards. Resist the urge to plaster your greeting with your company logo, or stuff the package full of coupons or business cards.
“This is the time for the soft-sell. You’re not pitching, you’re not doing client business,” Farley advised. “The card itself is all the selling you should really be doing.”

While logos do have a place on a corporate card, it should be done in a tasteful way, said Reichert. Placing the logo below your signature or on the back of the card is a nice way to make the card stand out as something personalised by the business, she said.

Send cards and gifts as soon as possible. Now is the time to send out your holiday greetings and gifts, if you haven’t already. The earlier the better, given many companies close up shop the week of Christmas.

If you’ve missed the deadline, however, Gottsman says you can never go wrong with a New Year card, which should be in the mail before Christmas Day.

The bottom line with all these dos and don’ts, however, is that despite your business, your budget or your byline, your holiday greeting should come from the heart.

“If someone is actually taking the time to write a personal message, that’s going to trump even the worst card design,” Farley said. “Even if the card itself is something you get for 50% off at the local dollar store, the fact that you’ve included a personal message is far more impressive than the most stunning card with nothing inside.”

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