Business Owner – Know Your Business!

I’ve heard a saying which goes something like this: “To make a mistake, have an employee handle it, but, if you really want to have it screwed up, have a manager do it.

Well, in some cases, if not many, this is true. And sometimes the owner knows even less, especially in a large company.

I’ve seen this first hand. I saw a small business recently, where the owner had to take over some duties from a few people who’d left the small business suddenly. The owner did a decent job overall, but clearly had forgotten some things and a low-level employee had to “re-show” him some of the ropes. So it turned out ok.

But, this shows how business owners, and big executives, need to know, or re-learn, as the case may be, as much of the workings of the business as possible, especially if the company is a small business.

Though it may be impossible for large company executives and CEO’s to know all or even most of the workings of their companies, large companies do have the luxury of having many employees, who at least have an idea of what should be done, so the chances are good that they will have people to come in and take over for suddenly missing employees.

But a small business doesn’t have that luxury. If they only have one counter person or warehouse person or parts person, and the owner hasn’t kept up or has considered himself or herself too busy to take even one day to check out the inner workings of the business, there could be a real problem if a key employee has to leave suddenly for whatever reason.

A business owner could find himself at the front counter when the regular counter person suddenly leaves. If that owner has forgotten the part numbers, or how to work the computer or billing system, or if it is a new one, completely different from that which he may have once used, what then?

And if the business is a fast food joint, it’s a good idea if there’s more than one person in the company who can cook in short order fashion. An empty kitchen serves no food and will have no customers.

 

 

 

 

 

If that owner has kept up, then chances are, things will go better until a replacement person is hired.

Also, a plus to the owner’s “visiting” all of the “areas” of the company from time to time may show that owner just how valuable his or her employees really are.

So, know your business to keep that business running, and may you have success!

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The Unromantic Road Trip

In both film and book, life on the road is glorified as an iconic, life-affirming experience. Read any extract of Kerouac’s ‘On The Road’ to get an idea of how much he hailed the freedom of the driving experience. And, he’s not alone. Artists across the world have tried to capture the power of the open road. Is it any wonder, then, that a summer road trip is high on most people’s to-do list?
Many of us set out with high hopes that we’ll return changed too.

Now, we don’t want to rain on your road-trip parade. No one can deny that life on the road can open your eyes to a new way of being. There is, after all, something meditative about driving. But, there’s also no denying that many return from road trips disappointed. In truth, life on the road just isn’t as amazing as some would have us believe. That’s not to say you won’t enjoy your time. But, it might help to lower your expectations before you head off. For example, here are some downsides you might not have considered.

THE COST

Many of us opt for a close to home road trip because we assume it’ll be cheaper than going abroad. If that’s your motivation, prepare to be disappointed. For one, you’ll need a complete check on your vehicle before you set off. To avoid breakdowns, you’ll need a complete oil change and a full tank. If you want to cut costs, something like these oil change deals will help. But, you’ll still have to part with some cash to get your vehicle up to standard.

That’s not the only cost, either. You’ll also need to consider where you’ll sleep. Depending on how long you’re away for, those motel costs will add up. And, while sleeping in the car may seem glamorous, you’ll soon change your mind after one night. Might be worth taking a tent with you!

THE RISK OF GETTING LOST

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We may have sat nav nowadays, but it’s still possible you’ll get lost. Nothing kills that sense of adventure quite like not knowing where you are. This can be particularly stressful if you have certain places to be or bookings in hotels along the way. If you’re tempted to head off with little planning, don’t do it. Plan your route as extensively as possible before you go. And, make sure to take a map along with you. Sometimes, the old fashioned ways are best.

WHAT ABOUT THE BEAUTY?

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And, don’t be surprised if the roads are lacking in that beauty you’ve been expecting. There’s no denying that there are some beautiful roads out there, but most are uninspiring. If you’re traveling across states, the chances are you’ll be driving long, gray strips with nothing going for them. If beautiful drives are what you’re after, you may want to opt instead for the longer country routes. Or, you could accept the lack of beauty, and stop off at pretty places along the way.

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These Business Mistakes Could Get You in Huge Trouble

Everyone makes mistakes, but some are bigger than others. There are mistakes that might make you stumble, although you ultimately learn and grow from them in the end. Then there are those mistakes that are so big, you might learn a lesson, but it’s a bit too late. When you run a business, there are some incredibly unfortunate mistakes you could make. If you’re not careful, some of them could get you in big trouble. You could find yourself on the wrong side of the law, even if you never meant to be, or you could find your business’s reputation in ruins. Avoid making these big business mistakes, and you can protect yourself and your company.

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Being Lax on Health and Safety

Your employees need to be safe while doing their jobs. Also, any members of the public who could be at risk when on or near your business premises also need to be protected. You could be in huge trouble if someone becomes ill or is injured because you neglected your responsibilities as a business owner. Having a solid strategy for dealing with health and safety is vital. You can see more from fallprotectoinpros.com, where you can learn about preventing falls, one of the leading types of workplace accident. You should also make sure you have worker’s compensation protection and public liability insurance.

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Failing to Treat Employees Fairly

Treating your employees fairly can involve a number of factors, starting with your hiring practices. You need to follow the law in regards to equality, from asking the right interview questions to making hiring decisions. You also need to consider factors such as fair pay and minimum wage, creating a safe and equal work environment, and offering benefits to employees. Having an HR department makes it a lot easier to stay on top of these things and ensure your business is operating legally.

Getting Your Finances Wrong

Money keeps your business running, and getting the numbers right is essential for its survival. It’s not just important for good business, though. You also need to make sure your finances are correct so that you stay on the right side of the law. For example, filing your taxes requires you to make sure you’re careful about your numbers. Using an accountant is best practice if you want to report your income and expenditure as accurately as possible. Find out the benefits of using an accountant at kashflow.com.

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Failing to Check Intellectual Property Ownership

You’re releasing a new product, or perhaps naming your business or product. Have you checked patents, trademarks, and other intellectual property registers? If you haven’t, you could soon find that someone who has registered their intellectual property isn’t happy about you using a design, a name or a slogan that belongs to them. Checking to make sure you’re not using something you shouldn’t be can be tough, but you can get help from a professional service or lawyer.

You don’t want your business to be finished before you can really get started. Avoid these massive mistakes, and your company can live to see another day.

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Make Yourself More Employable By Adding These Skills To Your Resume

It’s not so much that there are no jobs available; it’s that people don’t have the skills needed to do the jobs to the required capability. These days, it’s no longer enough just to do one thing well: in a world that’s increasingly competitive, you need to show that you can go above and beyond what the person next to you is capable of. Below, we take at five skills that’ll enhance your resume and make you more employable: not just for today, but in the years to come, too.

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Understanding What Your Looking At

The world is moving at a pretty fast pace; you may have noticed. That means that what’s relevant today might be relevant in six months or a year from now. As such, companies are always looking for workers who can spot the next great trend, as it helps them to stay ahead of their competition. This mostly revolves around big data. There’s more data at a company’s disposal than ever before; but of course, data alone isn’t very useful: it’s how the data is interpreted that matters. If you can understand the bigger picture alongside your core duties, you’ll be in a strong position moving forward.

Organising Teams

There’s going to be a lot of challenges facing the world in the next few decades, and these problems won’t be solved by individual efforts: they’ll be solved by teams across many disciplines, working together to find solutions to a whole host of issues. It could be housing, architecture, climate change; you name it. As such, those people who have industry-specific management skills will be in demand. Take a look at studying for an engineering management masters online, and you’ll have the necessary attributes to be an important player in a whole host of fields in the future. Big problems need many players, and they’ll all need organising!

Flexibility

An open mind that can adapt and respond to new situations is a skill that’s increasingly in demand in the corporate world. Things can change pretty quickly in this day and age, and having people who are agile enough to respond to a changing market is important for any company. This is less about one having one specific skill as it is about having a range of skills that show you’re open to learning.

Communication

The vast majority of the business world is about communication, even if that is dressed up as sales, marketing, social media nous, and so on. If you have the ability to communicate in some mediums and to people from different demographics, you’ll always be in demand. In a world that’s talking more and more, it’s never been a more useful attribute to have.

Creativity

Every big company is looking to the future, and every small company should be. Show yourself to be able to think outside the box and come up with new ideas on how you can take the company forward, and you’ll be making yourself very attractive to employers.

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Why Driving Drowsy Is Just as Bad as Driving Drunk

We’ve probably all heard about driving drunk. Your reactions are a lot slower, you feel more inclined to take risks, and you simply can’t focus if you try to drive while under the influence of alcohol. Not only that, but you’re likely to be caught by the authorities and be fined as well as given a criminal record. If you want to avoid this at all costs, then you simply stop drinking and control your alcohol intake. We all know it’s a bad thing that you shouldn’t do, but did you know that driving while tired is actually just as dangerous?

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Think about your drowsy self

 

When you’re sleepy, what happens? The first thing that you’ll notice is that your eyes become heavy and they may occasionally shut. As a driver, your most important tool is your pair of eyes. Without them, you can’t see anything in front of you. You won’t be able to spot the red light, you won’t see the oncoming truck, and you won’t see that cyclist that’s losing control of his bike and swerving into you. The last thing you want is to get on the phone to a car accident personal injury attorney during your morning commute, so why would you want to drive drowsy again?

 

Another effect of being sleepy is that you’re fatigued. Even if you are able to keep your eyes open, your entire body becomes slow and you won’t be able to pay attention to anything around you—including the road. You essentially become a dangerous threat on the road that is both unpredictable and unavoidable. This is exactly the same as what you’d feel if you tried to drive while under the influence. Unfortunately, there is no quick way to tell if someone is drowsy. To determine if a driver is drunk or not, police often use a test to check for alcohol in someone’s breath. Unless the driver has heavy eyes and is falling asleep, then there’s really no way to tell if someone is tired or not. It’s also hard to determine if someone was tired or not at a crash scene, making it even more difficult to identify.

 

Signs that you’re tired

 

So we’ve already gone through two symptoms of drowsiness: heavy eyes and fatigue. However, there are some more subtle signs that you should keep in mind as well. If you’re frequently blink while you drive, then it could be an indication that your eyes are starting to become heavy. If you find yourself daydreaming a lot as well, then it could be because your mind isn’t focusing very well and you’re losing track of what you’re doing. Yawning is also a common indication of drowsiness.

 

If you find yourself suffering any of those above symptoms, then take a moment to relax. Stop your car as soon as possible in a safe place and take a brief nap. It’s better to arrive at your destination in once piece a little later than schedule than not arrive at all. Driving while drunk and sleepy carry the same risks and symptoms, so the next time you want to force yourself into work while sleepy, consider drinking a couple more cups of coffee and taking a brief nap before you get in the car.

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Threats to Your Small Business That Will Prevent It From Gaining Success

Small business owners all over the world have one thing in common: a dream. They wish that in the future, their small business will grow from the humble beginnings of a startup and reach international recognition. They dream that their business will have thousands of employees, hundreds of office locations and a product to be reckoned with. Sadly, those dreams will quickly be stamped out by these following issues if they aren’t taken seriously enough. From fraudster employees to copycats, here are the threats you need to look out for as you’re running your business.

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Lack of Continuity

 

When your business suffers an accident, such as being burned down in a fire or when your internet connection goes down, you need to have a continuity plan. In short, this is essentially a backup plan that you engage when something goes wrong. For instance, if you work exclusively in the cloud, then you’re technically immune to any kind of hardware failures, but you won’t be able to work without an internet connection. On the contrary, if most of your work is stored on physical mediums at work, then an office fire or flood could destroy the hardware and it will forever be lost. The best solution is to mix both mediums and hatch a continuity plan.

 

Fraudulent Employees

 

When employees commit fraud, there are no second chances. You need to terminate their contract and replace them as soon as possible. Luckily, there are services like MCC4Tax that will prevent your company from suffering the consequences of something like tax evasion that was committed by a fraudulent employee and not by you. Fraudulent employees could also mean employees that pretend to be something they aren’t. A good example of this is when an employee claims to know certain skills and does a half-arsed job when asked to work. Get rid of these types as soon as possible and ensure that your recruitment process combs through every bit of history your new recruits have.

 

Spreading Resources Correctly

 

One of the biggest decisions a business owner has to make is the choice between diversification and specialisation. One one hand, diversification helps you reach a wider audience, but specialisation helps you build a loyal fan base. The decision to diversify or specialise ultimate comes down to you as the business owner, but it’s worth analysing the advantages and disadvantages of both in your situation. For instance, if your main product is a smartphone, then diversifying it to have a large screen model might spread your production resources too thinly because there isn’t enough demand to make it worthwhile. On the contrary, specialising your current product and creating an updated version might alienate new potential buyers because you have a niche in the market.

 

Copyright Disputes

 

Lastly, let’s not forget about copyright disputes. If a copycat is trying to mimic your product, then you need to hire a lawyer as soon as possible and send a cease and desist letter. If they don’t respond, then take legal action and shut them down. Copyright disputes also work the other way, however. For example, if you’re randomly stealing images from the internet to use on your website, then you might have a nasty surprise when someone claims you’re using their work without their permission, and this could result in expensive image copyright fines that could set your business back.

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On The Open Road: A Career As A Truck Driver

Choosing the right career can often leave you feeling overwhelmed with the options you have available. Whether you are fresh out of school, struggling with a midlife crisis, or just wanting a change of direction and more flexibility, you might find yourself looking at your options and making a decision. You may, or may not, have considered a career on the open road before as a truck driver. It can be a very rewarding career path to choose. If you are considering this option then here are some of the things you should consider.

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Do you enjoy driving?

 

One of the first things to ask yourself is whether or not you actually enjoy driving. After all, that is what this career choice entails. Driving for long stretches of time, and often at different times of the day in all kinds of weather conditions. You need to also make sure you are physically and mentally up for the challenge. Not only are you sitting and driving for long periods of time, but you will also be spending a lot of time on your own. This can be hard for someone who isn’t comfortable in their own company.

 

Do you need additional tests and qualifications on your license?

 

Depending on what avenue of truck driving you embark on, you may find that you need to take additional tests to make sure your driving license is up to date with what vehicles you can drive. This might mean training and cost from the outset, so make sure you are prepared for that.

 

Accidents do happen

 

Even though you are driving a big vehicle accident can still happen, and some cases, they can be much worse due to the size of the vehicle. But don’t worry as this can be taken care of when entrusting the help of trucking accidents lawyers to take on your case. You may not be at fault or may have suffered an injury because of it. The experts can ensure everything is handled correctly, so although this may be a worry for taking on this career, you are assured that you have people on your side.

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Be comfortable with your choice

 

Some companies will offer you two sorts of job opportunities when it comes to driving trucks for them. You may choose to do a standard 40-hour working week. In this case, you will turn up, driver your truck for the set working day, and then return home each day. You may find the journeys are shorter in this circumstance. Other options include driving longer distance which may see you traveling huge distances and being away from home.

 

Be aware of other duties involved

 

It sometimes doesn’t end with driving the truck. In some job situations, you may be required to unload or load the truck. This may mean a bit of heavy lifting. You might be best to ensure that you are in good health to take on this sort of role. Or, make sure you go for a truck driving job that just means driving only, and the responsibility of the load lies elsewhere.

 

I hope this helps you if this is a career choice you are making.

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