Best Heaven on Earth for Business Travelers: Suzhou, China

Are you traveling for business or attending a conference to Shanghai, China? If so, you just can’t miss spending some time exploring the surrounding regions.  If we have to name one, consider this: Suzhou.

Suzhou garden

The guys at Los Angeles-based Cheap Every Door Direct Mail 55 Printing share their experience in traveling to Suzhou after attending a conference in Shanghai. They fall in love with the city, and they want to share what they know about it. Read on.

Why Suzhou: Greens

Many visitors consider Suzhou as Heaven on Earth – for some good reasons.  For one, it’s a getaway from the hustle and bustle of a megapolitan, Shanghai, just 62 miles northwest of it. …

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How to Prevent Work Accidents and Compensation Claims as an Employer

Injuries in the workplace can be life changing or fatal, which is why it’s so important they are avoided at all costs. But as well as the risk to life, work accidents are a costly business, with the ability to put a company in financial trouble should a worker claim that poor health and safety practices were to blame for their accident. Therefore, it’s important you are prepared for such an occasion and can handle everything your workplace throws at you and your workforce.

Workplace accident

Here’s what you need to do to protect your business and your workforce from workplace accidents:

The correct training, regularly

It’s so important your staff are regularly updated when it comes to processes and working with special equipment while on the job.…

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Website Woes and Wisdoms: Handling the Dreaded Downtime Blues

If you are an entrepreneur, you probably rely on your website for a good portion and maybe even all of your income. While the internet can open your business up to customers all over the world, it also means that you are vulnerable to website downtime.

Website down

Simply put, when your website is down, you begin losing money. And with tens of thousands of websites hacked each day, along with many more down due to high traffic, hosting problems, technical glitches, and other causes, it is safe to say that sooner or later your website will crash.

When that dreaded day comes it is important that you know how to react so you can get your business up and running again as soon as possible.…

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Improving the Image of Your Business Through Charity

Cultivating the right appearance of your business requires a bit of insight. In order for you to see continued success in all that you set out to do, it is very important to consider how your company interacts with the public. While there are plenty of organizations out there that offer assistance in regards to public relations, you also might want to think about what you can do on your own to improve the image of your business.

Volunteering

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Business experts like Eugene Chrinian stress the importance of charity work for businesses of all sizes. By involving yourself and your company with various charities, you are giving yourself the opportunity to make a difference for your business and for the community that exists all around you.…

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Are No Credit Check Car Loans Possible?

If you or your business have a low credit score or suspect that you might have a low credit score, one part of the loan application process that might cause you some trepidation is the dreaded credit check.

Lenders will pore over your history in minute, vivid detail to determine whether or not you’re the type of individual they want to trust with borrowing their precious funds, and the entire ordeal can be altogether unnerving.

No credit check car loans

Alternatively, you can skip this hassle and look for car loans with no credit check. Is it even possible? Conventional wisdom states that you have to have great credit to even be considered for any kind of loan.…

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How To Shop When you are Trying to Go Green

You and everyone in your company have just made the decision to go green (it’s a new company policy, by the way!) Congratulations to you on making that decision, the environment thanks you deeply for your commitment to be more green friendly.

Online shopping

According to an article by Real Simple going green does not have to be miserable and painful. However, while some of the eco-friendly changes might not bother you must such as switching out the office cleaners that you currently use, others might be down right scary such as limiting your driving – i.e. from home to work or from office to client meeting locations.…

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3 Financial Tools To Help You Get Your Start Up Off The Ground

Do you have an idea for a business? Reckon your product or service could fill a gap in the market? Always dreamed of being your own boss?

If you’ve answered yes to these three questions, then congratulations – you clearly have an entrepreneurial spirit! Now comes the hard part. More than half a million businesses launch across the country every month and you need all the help you can get if you’re going to stand out from the crowd and succeed – regardless of how good your idea is.

Business planning

The biggest thing to be aware of is money. If you don’t stay in control of this, then you’re never going to get anywhere.…

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How to Accept Criticism Gracefully – and Be a Better Leader

No one likes to be criticized. Even when it’s a valid critique, or delivered constructively, it’s still difficult to hear that you have room for improvement. And when criticism is delivered harshly or with the intent to tear you down? That can have a long-lasting effect on your psyche and your ongoing willingness to take on new challenges.

Criticized businessman

Although learning to accept criticism gracefully is important for anyone, it’s especially important for leaders. Good leaders are visible and transparent, but putting yourself “out there” like that also means that everything that you say and do is on display and open for comment and critique.…

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Future Finances: How Outdated Accountancy May Be Costing Your Business

Whether as individuals, families or businesses, how we manage our finances is one of the most important parts of our livelihood.

Small business finance

When we think of finances, we often relate it back to our personal experiences, such as managing our private savings, or evaluating whether our budget can accommodate the financial commitment of periodic mortgage payments when purchasing a home. However, when it comes to managing the financial side of a business, things become significantly more complicated.

As a business owner, your primary goal is to ensure that your income is greater than your expenses and that you have adequate cashflow to pay your liabilities.…

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How the Military Prepares People for Running a Small Business

Military veterans only make up roughly 7% of the general population (including retirees), yet 9% of businesses in the U.S. are veteran-owned. If you factor in businesses that are 50% veteran-owned that number jumps to 13%. These Census statistics highlight that veterans are about 45% more likely than non-veterans to start their own business.

Military veteran

For those who have been in the military, worked with service members or are a direct relative, this comes as no surprise. The special training and discipline veterans receive in the military prepares them for entrepreneurship. It also helps that there are franchise opportunities for veterans and special programs that can help prior military members realize their dream of being an entrepreneur.…

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