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Social Media For Recruitment

December 5, 20140 Comments
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A faster, smarter, better way to recruit

A faster, smarter, better way to recruit

The above infographic appears courtesy of Staff.com, a global recruitment platform. The infographic highlights both the increasing importance that businesses now attach to Social Media when it comes to recruitment and also serves as a reminder to any potential recruit that their Social Media Profiles are being looked at way beyond those who they intend it for. 1 in 3 employers have rejected an applicant based on something they’ve found on a Social Media platform with references to drug use and sexual activity having the greatest adverse effect.

It’s not only those in the media spotlight such as sports stars, politicians, public officials and figures in the entertainment industry who can come unstuck because of careless or inappropriate Social Media activity. Don’t say you’ve not been warned!

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Troubleshooting Major Storage Issues To Achieve Business Growth

November 29, 20140 Comments
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Troubleshooting Major Storage Issues To Achieve Business Growth

Source: http://www.optimumorg.com/dyn/operations-development/supply-chain-excellence/inventory-management/

Britain has become the self-employment capital of Europe with no less than 4.5 million Britons working for themselves. This is over 15% of the country’s total workforce.

Many reasons have been put forward for this trend. Perhaps the lack of paid employment opportunities is forcing peoples’ hands. Perhaps there is a stronger entrepreneurial culture in the UK which drives more people to try their hand at going it alone than is the case in many other Western economies, including our European trading partners.

Whatever the explanation however, new entrepreneurs will quickly be confronted by formidable challenges in seeking to move their business forward. One of the biggest obstacles is going to be the issue of storage. A lot of agony later can be spared by troubleshooting major storage issues to achieve business growth.

To begin with, use of space in the home or somewhere attached to the house might be attractive in terms of keeping costs down but this will soon seriously inhibit the possibility of growth due to inevitable restrictions of space. It will also have a major impact on domestic life. An understanding and supportive partner will be essential for anyone in a family environment. Even if little inventory is required, paperwork, record keeping and other requirements will quickly mount. Security will also be an important issue.

Most new entrepreneurs and small businesses will probably have no idea how to go about developing their own storage systems. I am amused with my new discovery of Warehouse Storage Solutions Company, one of the UK’s largest providers of mezzanine floors and other storage solutions to cater to any business’s needs.

Troubleshooting Major Storage Issues To Achieve Business Growth

Any business reaching this stage of development will find it essential to have relevant guidance from an experienced storage provider, otherwise their costs will quickly escalate and have a major impact on profitability. “Turnkey” packages with electrical works, sprinklers, groundworks etc will greatly assist the efficiency of a storage project. It will be better to have the appropriate guidance on what is needed from an independent provider which doesn’t manufacture it’s own range of storage equipment so that there is no conflict of interest.

Now that cloud computing has come of age, devices can talk to each other. An account with any of the leading cloud storage providers means that you can text or email a customer and organise mutually agreed times for the delivery of their order. Customers will be looking for a prompt response when ordering, so keeping up with mobile and cloud advances will be essential.

Whichever of the best providers you choose will makes little difference. Dropbox, Google Drive or iCloud all offer some storage capacity for free with the option to upgrade as business storage needs grow. If you’re a Microsoft user and a 365 subscriber, there’s also the option of unlimited storage via OneDrive as it rolls out in the coming months.

Efficient relocation will either make or break any business as it expands. UKRS is an efficient relocation service which is popular amongst many new business starters. It will be essential not to fall between two stools, either by overexpanding capacity before there is a need or by not thinking big enough and being unable to meet customer expectations. Issues of Health and Safety must also be carefully addressed so discussing your needs with a reputable storage provider is more important than ever.

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How Smart Storage Is Empowering Entrepreneurs

November 17, 20140 Comments
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A recent report puts Britain at the top of the list when it comes to self-employment. We’re now, apparently, the self-employed capital of Europe. Some 4.5 million of us work for ourselves, making up over 15% of the labour market.

Various reasons are cited, from a weak jobs market to more people wanting to forge their own path towards fulfilling their aspirations. Whatever other motives drive people towards the entrepreneur life, leaps forward in technology along with practical and accessible physical storage options play a part.

Physical Storage

Gone are the days when you need a bank loan just to hire enough space to store physical stock. The previous lack of small to mid-sized storage capacity was a stumbling block to any entrepreneur who wanted to enter the retail or mail order market. As the popularity and acceptability of online auction sites grew, (they’re now used by major High Street vendors as well as sole traders), a rising need for secure storage became apparent.

Home storage lacks organization. It smudges the boundaries between a healthy work/life balance out of existence. Warehousing is beyond the means of the smaller trader so a sizeable gap in the marketplace grew.

Enter self storage companies like Big Yellow, who now offer a viable and professional, long-term solution. That’s long-term in a business-life sense, not in a contract sense, because with storage room rentals from just a week, traders are free to respond to changing business needs with very short notice periods. Moving up or down in storage space so as to accommodate seasonal fluctuations is common. The availability of large lockers also puts storage within reach of those with very modest needs who don’t need entire rooms. These allow entrepreneurs to start out on a professional footing from the beginning, with a ready-made plan for growth.

Self storage companies provide secure, easily accessible storage, with plenty of space for delivery vehicles. In addition, helpful staff will sign for deliveries when you’re not there. Add in extended opening hours, and it’s easy to understand why up to half the units in a facility are now taken up by business ventures.

Cloud Computing for Virtual Storage

Cloud computing came of age when devices were taught to talk to each other. Now, an account with any of several cloud storage providers means you can email customers at home then nip out to the self storage unit to pack up orders, without losing track of stock levels. Customers expect a rapid response when they contact you, so keeping up with mobile and cloud advances can give you the edge.

Whichever of the best known providers you choose, makes little difference. Dropbox, Google Drive or iCloud all offer some storage capacity for free with the option to upgrade as business storage needs grow. If you’re a Microsoft user and a 365 subscriber, you can now also sign up for unlimited storage with OneDrive which is rolling out over the coming months.

Seamless Storage and Customer Service

Having a disconnect between the point of sale and the stock storage location can cause delays in restocking and mixed up dispatches, which can both add up to unhappy customers and lost sales.

Savvy entrepreneurs who harness the best of both worlds: professional, flexible storage and the power of cloud computing, pull off the seemingly impossible feat of being in two places at once.

They’re in the office taking care of admin and customer support, but also at the depot managing stock and dispatching orders. In a fast paced business environment, it’s hard to think of a more efficient solution.

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The Best Length For Tweets, Facebook Posts & YouTube Videos

October 25, 20140 Comments
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What Is The Best Length For Tweets, Facebook Posts & YouTube Videos?

Branding and advertising experts generally know the most engaging length of a billboard headline, a print copy or a TV advert. But do they know the best length for tweets, Facebook posts and YouTube videos? Do they know the ideal length of a domain name?

The following infographic by Tim Nudd, which recently appeared in Adweek, seeks to give the definitive answer to these important questions based on recent research he has undertaken:

The Ideal Length Of A Tweet, A Facebook Post & A YouTube Video

Even though it’s much more challenging to keep a tweet to between 71 & 100 characters, it will certainly make it much easier for anyone wishing to retweet it or add a comment of their own. Just because you can say more doesn’t mean to say you need to use them for the optimum response.

Let me know whether you agree or have a different approach. Relevant comments are always welcomed.


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Common Office Rental Mistakes – Six to Avoid Making When Hiring an Office

August 26, 20140 Comments
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There’s little doubt that there are some great office rental opportunities out there, though for the inexperienced business owner, entrepreneur or manager, how can they tell a great deal from one precisely the opposite?

Rental rates naturally play a major role in their estimations, but as anyone who’s ever hired office space before should know well, there’s a lot more to a great office rental than rental rates alone, no matter how favourably low they are, or as is often the case, appear at first.

An orange office

Image credit: Simon Collison, license Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/collylogic/4793874877

There are many areas in which office rental mistakes are made, not all of which involve contracts, landlords or office space, but rather the way one goes about making arrangements, for example, procrastinating and not allowing themselves adequate time which often leads to them making panic decisions – that’s number one.

Procrastinating and making panic decisions

Six months prior to relocating is widely considered the right time to start searching for a new office rental because there’s a lot more involved in hiring an office rental than signing on the dotted line and moving in – much more.

Commercial tenants who fail to give themselves ample time generally find themselves making panic decisions and these are the decisions that often take their toll on the health of a business in a myriad of ways.

Not clarifying business objectives

What are your objectives for relocating to a new office space, or if you’re taking your business from the spare bedroom or garage to a ‘proper’ office, what are your reasons for relocating?

Failing to clarify your business objectives regarding office space often has disastrous results; consequently, you need to understand your office space needs to make sure the office you hire meets the specific needs of your business.

Not shopping around

With so many offices for rent it really does pay to shop around. Not only do you need to compare office rental rates in the area you’ve decided upon, but you also need to compare factors like contract flexibility, location, access to public transportation, car parking facilities and meeting space, networking opportunities, local amenities and so much more – this is why you need to allow yourself ample time to hire an office.

Not seeking representation

This isn’t necessary everywhere, though in some countries, most notably the US, commercial tenants aren’t afforded the same rights as residential tenants. “Unlike residential tenants, there are no laws that protect commercial tenants. You are on your own to negotiate a lease that protects your own interest,” says Otto J. Kostbar, Esq., a real estate expert based in Jamesburg, NJ.

Not inspecting the office and/or the contract

Before signing on the dotted line it’s imperative that you inspect the office for breakages and signs of wear and tear and document them with the landlord for future reference.

Inspecting the contract before signing is also crucial, and whilst you probably don’t need legal representation, it’s not a bad idea and could prevent problems in the future. If you don’t want to pay for a solicitor, have an experienced business peer or friend look over the contract for you.

Not negotiating with landlords

Never underestimate your negotiating leverage – most landlords would rather have a tenant in now at a lower rate than deal with the uncertainty of leaving an office vacant.

Most commercial property experts advocate making plans to hire office space at least six months in advance because this provides tenants with ample time to explore the options available to them, inspect offices, scrutinise lease documents and negotiate with landlords – how much time have you given yourself?


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Launch: An Internet Millionaire’s Secret Formula

July 13, 20140 Comments
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Launch: An Internet Millionaire’s Secret Formula To Sell Almost Anything Online, Build A Business You Love, And Live The Life Of Your Dreams by Jeff Walker

Launch: An Internet Millionaire's Secret Formula To Sell Almost Anything Online, Build A Business You Love, And Live The Life Of Your Dreams by Jeff Walker

Launch: An Internet Millionaire’s Secret Formula To Sell Almost Anything Online, Build A Business You Love, And Live The Life Of Your Dreams by Jeff Walker. Click Here For Ordering Details & A Free Look Inside The Book

“Launch: An Internet Millionaire’s Secret Formula To Sell Almost Anything Online, Build A Business You Love, And Live The Life Of Your Dreams” by Jeff Walker is his #1 New York Times Bestseller. It takes you through his proven formula:

“deliver huge value, build a loyal tribe, then put together a launch sequence that makes a great offer”

Jeff Walker has become one of the top entrepreneurial and marketing trainers in the world. But it didn’t start out that way…

He started his first online business as a stay-at-home dad taking care of two small children. The “business” was launched from the baby’s changing room – and it started with a free email newsletter sent to 19 people. That was in the Internet Dark Ages of 1996. Since then he has been behind many hugely successful online launches, generating over a half BILLION dollars in results for his students and clients.

“Launch: An Internet Millionaire’s Secret Formula” is Jeff Walker’s “treasure map” into that world, taking you through his methods and how it’s done.

From 113 customer reviews as of July 13th, no less than 94 of them are already giving his book a five star review! (Click Here To Check Them Out For Yourself)

If you’re still unconvinced, have a listen to Jeff Walker’s own account of how and why he’s written this book. On top of which, follow his link under the Youtube video, where you can get some great extras from him including three live webcasts where you are taken through his entire Product Launch Formula (Product Launch Formula has generated over a half BILLION dollars in results for his students and clients). He assures me these webcasts will be 100% content with no further sales pitches.

http://www.thelaunchbook.com/amazon.html

That’s one hell of a deal, especially considering the live training sessions will probably be something like 2 hours each. Six hours of live training from Jeff Walker for $7 (or like $10 if you get the “physical” version).

Comments and questions, as ever, are very welcome.

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Success 2014: Keys to Success in Every Area of Your Life

June 25, 20140 Comments
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5th July 2014 ExCel London

The Pursuit Of Wealth & Happiness

Coming to the ExCel London on 5th July 2014, Les Brown, Duncan Bannatyne, Chris Gardner and many other speakers share their personal strategies for success and show you how to get results in business now and in the future. They head a team of world-class achievers delivering diverse yet complimentary systems for success.

You cannot rely on old methods to meet the new challenges of today. You need to know what’s cutting it in business right now and what’s going to work in the future. The best way to prepare yourself for tomorrow’s business challenges? Learn the progressive success systems from those who are proving that they work at the very highest level.

The quickest way to become successful is to spend time with those that already are. Success 2014 brings together some of the most prominent leaders in their field in the world today, those who are dedicated to creating and sharing the most cutting-edge systems for success.

Chris Gardner

Chris Gardner

Chris Gardner is the author of the book, “The Pursuit of Happyness,” a New York Times and Washington Post #1 bestseller based on his life story. A series of adverse circumstances in the early 1980′s left Gardner homeless in San Francisco and the sole guardian of his toddler son. Unwilling to give up on his dreams of success, he climbed to the top of the financial industry ladder from the very bottom. It is the inspiration behind the acclaimed movie “The Pursuit of Happyness”. Now, his aim is to help others achieve their full potential through his speaking engagements and media projects.

Duncan Bannatyne

Duncan Bannatyne

A poverty-stricken childhood steeled Duncan Bannatyne’s drive to make his fortune from an early age. After his naval career, which included a spell in military prison, Duncan drifted from job to job ending up in Jersey. It was here that Duncan made the decision to turn his life around.

He began his entrepreneurial life by trading in cars, but it was with an ice cream van purchased for £450 that changed the course of his life. With ‘Duncan’s Super Ices’, he set out to become the king of the 99 and eventually sold the business for £28,000, founding a nursing home business instead.

He sold his nursing home business for £46 million in 1996. Duncan quickly diversified into the fitness market and, just over a decade later, now operates Bannatyne’s Health Clubs, the largest independent chain in the UK. His Bannatyne Group also has interests in hotels, bars and a chain of luxury spas.

Duncan holds an OBE and was has been awarded an honorary Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) from Glasgow Caledonian University for services to business and charity. He also launched the Bannatyne Charitable Trust, which supports worthwhile causes.

A Dragon in the Den since the first series and now in its 11th series. Duncan has 6 children and 2 grandchildren.

Les Brown

Les Brown

Les Brown is one of the world’s most renowned and highly sought after motivational speakers. In elementary school Les was mistakenly declared, “Educably mentally retarded.” However, his tenacity and belief in his ability unleashed a course of amazing achievements from sanitation worker to broadcast station manager to state representative in Ohio. His life and message, that with proper guidance and training anyone can begin achieving the things they desire now, is a true testament to that belief.

For the full programme and to get your tickets whilst they are still available, just go to www.successinlondon.com

Success 2014: Keys to Success in Every Area of Your Life

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The LinkedIn Code

May 30, 20141 Comment
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Discover How to Crack the LinkedIn Code

How to Crack the LinkedIn Code

The LinkedIn Code: Unlock the largest online business social network to get leads, prospects & clients for B2B, professional services and sales & marketing pros.
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LinkedIn is not just another social network, it’s a powerful business-building tool to attract more leads and clients. In fact, this lead generating GOLD MINE is over 277% more effective for lead generation than any other social media platform, including Facebook and Twitter!

If you’re in business, you NEED to be on LinkedIn. But you need to do it RIGHT – or you’ll spin your wheels and waste more time than it’s worth. The LinkedIn Code cuts right to the chase, providing you with all the tools you need to navigate the often confusing landscape of LinkedIn, so you can unlock the rich rewards it can bring to your business.

In The LinkedIn Code, award-winning social media expert Melonie Dodaro shows you how to:

  • Create a professional LinkedIn profile that is client-focused and speaks to your ideal prospects and clients
  • Get your profile to show up at the TOP of the LinkedIn search results, so prospects find YOU and not your competitors
  • Understand LinkedIn etiquette and best practices, so you can build relationships and avoid doing anything to damage your credibility
  • Generate leads using proven social selling techniques with a step-by-step lead generation plan that you can implement daily for maximum results in minimum time

The LinkedIn Code reveals the very same system developed and practiced by author Melonie Dodaro, who receives more than 70% of her leads from LinkedIn. The LinkedIn Code is your key to cracking the secret of using LinkedIn for true business success.

If LinkedIn confuses you, feel free to ask a question via the comments box below. Maybe you’ve got your own #1 tip on how to use LinkedIn. If you have, I’d love to here about that too!

Don’t forget, LinkedIn is one of my specialities and if you want any help, I’d love to give it. You only have to ask!

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What It Takes To Get A Job At Google

May 13, 20140 Comments
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How hard is it to land a job at Google? They have a reputation for having one of the toughest application processes, and with two million applicants each year to choose from, there’s no shortage of hopefuls. Check this infographic from staff.com and see for yourself what it takes to get a job at Google:

What Does It Take to Get a Job at Google? by Staff.com
Staff.com – Connecting Great Companies with Global Talent

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