Work-Life Balance: How To Afford To Have some Fun On Your Next Business Trip

All work and no play makes for not such a fun day – or trip. Even on business trips, you need some downtime. So, here’s how to keep calm and still get your work done.

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Don’t Be Afraid To Get Away From Your Travel Destination

There are many times when it’s OK to venture away from your destination. If you’re staying in a hotel, like most travelers do, it’s easy to get “stuck” inside those walls. If you’re attending a trade show or event, lots of times the event will be hosted in the lobby or an adjacent building. And, you won’t have to walk too far to get there.…

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Lessons in Marketing: How to Use Promotional Items to your Advantage

Every business should incorporate promotional products as a part of their marketing campaign. When implemented well, promotional items can generate a stream of leads and referrals; as well as increasing the brand awareness for the business.

Promotional items

Many promotional items are typically used by business owners at trade shows and are given to family, friends and neighbouring businesses to create awareness. Although this is a great start, there are many other ways promotional items can be used to boost brand awareness and value to your business. Use the following tips from Melbourne’s Promotional Product Experts.

They can be used to create more compelling direct mailing campaigns

Direct mail marketing can be an effective marketing channel to drive qualified leads and sales to your business.…

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Buying Property Overseas? Why you Should Use a Specialist Money Transfer Company

Are you considering buying a property abroad? Once you’ve found the perfect plot, managed to decipher the multitude of complicated rules that often accompany a foreign purchase and had your offer accepted, it’s time to start thinking about funds.

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Transferring large amounts of money abroad can be very expensive and complicated – especially if you decide to do it through your bank. A number of fees could exist, not just for you as a sender, but for the recipient too. In many cases, the amount of commission you pay might not be clear and fluctuating exchange rates may also affect the final price.…

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Secure Your Website without Paying a Steep Price

An online presence is increasingly becoming essential for small to medium enterprises. The minimal requirement is to have your brand online, and to update your website regularly. Otherwise, you run the risk of losing to competition, who may be thriving with a more active online presence.

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However, this comes at a cost that many SMBs may not be ready or willing to afford, namely security. Ensuring the security of your business website is absolutely critical, whether you are running an e-commerce business or if you’re simply gathering data from your users in some form. If this data is not gathered and stored securely, you are facing a huge business risk.…

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What Are Merchant Cash Advance “Double Fees”- and How Can You Avoid Them?

If your company does a considerable amount of its business in credit card and debit card sales, the chances are that you’ve already heard about merchant cash advances. If you aren’t familiar with MCAs, though, they are in essence a type of loan available exclusively to businesses (usually merchants or vendors) that accept credit or debit cards.

Merchant cash advance

These types of loans are especially common for restaurants and retail stores. If such a business had a major expense they had to cover—whether for new equipment, inventory, or the like—they could apply for an MCA instead of a traditional bank loan. If approved, the MCA would be delivered in a lump sum amount, same as a traditional loan.…

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A Brief Guide to Commodities Trading

Commodities are the raw materials that we use for sustaining lives. Some of the examples are energy and fuel, agricultural products, and metals. Metals, agricultural products, and energy are three classes of market commodities. These are the essential pillars of the global economy.

Trading commodities

Criteria that commodities need to fulfill

Commodities need to fulfill these three criteria:

  • Tradability: Tradable commodities needs to have values that can be used as production materials of other goods or servicers.

  • Deliverability: Can you physically deliver the commodities to the buyers?

  • Liquidity: Commodities’ liquidity offers you an opportunity to get in and out of an investment easily.

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Why Office Dress Codes Are Going Out Of Fashion

When you run a business with onsite staff, it is down to you to set the policy when it comes to how you expect people to present themselves at work. However, while office dress codes used to be pretty much expected by employees, more and more businesses, particularly in certain sectors, are abandoning the concept in favor of less restrictive dress policies.

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1. Dress Code Options

There used to be just a few options for your office dress code. You could have a formal business dress code, a business casual dress code (where men, for example, could wear a shirt without a tie but things like jeans, t-shirts and sneakers were not allowed), or no dress code at all.…

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From Company to Consumer: 3 Ways Corporations Are Giving Back for Social Change

In the past, many corporations tended to be self-focused; if we’re being realistic, most of them still are. However, some companies have begun to take a more serious look at the long-term impact their business practices have on social change and environmental damage.

corporate social responsibility

“Corporate Social Responsibility” (CSR) is a term that is now being used to describe their new business practices. The three kinds of CSR include environmental, philanthropic, and ethical labor practices. Implementing any of these strategies in your business is considered CSR and work wonders for company rapport and revenue.

For example, Sands Las Vegas Resort values sustainability as one of their top priorities.…

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Testing Isn’t Only for the Technical Team: The Tests Your Business Needs to Be Doing

Frequently, when we talk about testing, we are talking about tests done by a dedicated testing team. More recently, development have also had to think about developer testing.

User acceptance testing (UAT)

There are many different types of testing: development testing and automated testing such as unit testing, integration testing and regression testing; as well as manual testing performed by dedicated QA staff. One important type of testing that is frequently overlooked is business process testing, such as UAT.

What is UAT?

When you make a change in your ERP system, whether they are testing SAP ERP or Oracle EBS, you want to make sure it does what it is supposed to do.…

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6 Common Spending Mistakes New Businesses May Make

Most of today’s small businesses experience failure during the first few years of their operation. Whether it’s a lack of planning at the beginning or some other pitfall, there are common mistakes you need to avoid in order to stay alive. You can boost your company’s chances by avoiding the six following mistakes.

Startup mistakes

1. Begin Your Business with a Huge Loan

The first two years of business is critical for small business owners. Since many fold at the beginning, you want to ensure that you’re getting the most out of your employees. Although you want to focus on efficiency and meeting deadlines, you also want to set a positive environment for your employees to work in.…

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