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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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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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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How To Launch The Career You Always Wanted In Midlife

A job for life is a thing of the past and a lifelong career is not the reality for most people. This is hardly surprising. You choose your first career as a teenager. When you approach middle age, you are a very different person. You know more about life and have collected skills and experience along the way. You have also changed as a person. Your beliefs, values, and priorities may be very different to when you were 16 years old!

So, why stick with the same career? Thousands of people make a midlife career change each year and with the right guidance, you could join them. Here are some tips for making your midlife career change a success.

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Make the right choice

There is no point in swapping your career if you simply end up in a job that is just as bad. Take your time to investigate what you want to do. Remember, it is not just the job itself. Think about the hours that you want to work. Do you want to do shift work and work weekends?

Perhaps working from home would suit you better, especially if you have any health problems or are caring for children or an elderly relative.

Get the skills that you need

You may have the passion, the personality and the experience but do you have the skills? Mid-life is the perfect time to brush up your skills. You have some more time on your hands because your kids will be older or may have even left home. You are also more financially secure and have some spare cash to spend on courses that interest you and which may be helpful.

If you are thinking of launching a career on-line or setting up a business on the web you must get some online business skills. You will need to be able to write, market and communicate and there are plenty of courses that can help you with that.

Communication skills are vital to all careers and if you feel that you are lacking in this area there is plenty that you can do about it. If you want to know how to improve English speaking skills you can access courses that will help you with your English but will make it fun. If it has been a while since you took part in any sort of learning, this course will work for you because it makes learning fun with talking partners, movies and music.

Believe in yourself

Midlife can be a time of renewal and self-discovery but it can also be a time where you lose confidence in your own abilities. You may feel inadequate and unable to compete with younger colleagues. Don’t forget what you can bring to a role. You will have skills and experience that they cannot offer. Do not make the mistake of underestimating your soft skills. Employers value them highly and so should you.

You do not have to make this major decision in a hurry so slow down and enjoy the process. Being in-between careers is a fun time in your life and you should make the most of it!

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Does Your Employer Have Your Best Interests At Heart?

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No one should have to work a job where they aren’t cared for or appreciated. You should feel valued at your job every single day by both your colleagues and your employer. However, a huge amount of people end up feeling like they are just another faceless drone in the machine. Another nobody that a company can chew up and spit out. This feeling often happens what people start to feel as though their boss simply doesn’t have their best interests at heart. If you’re wondering whether or not your boss really cares about your well-being, here are a few simple questions to ask yourself?

 

Are you made to feel motivated or engaged with your work?

 

It has been shown time and time again that trying to work when you’re bored, frustrated or uninterested in what you’re doing makes life a lot harder. It’s important to think carefully about what makes you feel this way to try to communicate that to your boss. If they take what you’ve said on board, then they should be able to create interesting challenges for you and other ways to engage you more effectively in the job that you’re doing. A bad boss who doesn’t care will simply expect you to give a hundred percent constantly, simply because they offer you a paycheck at the end of each month.

 

Do you feel safe in the workplace?

 

Your safety while at work is one of the most important things of all, and you should be constantly conscious of it. After all, there is certainly a lot of your safety which is your responsibility. That being said, your employer definitely has a responsibility to you and your colleagues to provide a safe, secure working environment for everyone. If something does happen because of your boss’s negligence, then you will want to contact a workers comp attorney in order to get any compensation that you are owed for the time spent in the hospital or away from work. Safety is everyone’s responsibility, but it is your employer’s responsibility to provide you with the safety techniques that you then need to put into practice.

 

Are you being overworked?

 

You might think that being incredibly tired at the end of each work day is completely normal. It’s not. If you’re so tired at the end of each day that you’d rather slump down on the couch and do nothing then that could well be a sign that you are being overworked. Plenty of bosses are more than happy to treat their employees like an infinite resource without every really thinking about how much the long working hours as rough conditions can impact a person. If that’s the case, then you need to speak to your employer and let them know that you’re struggling. It’s also important to stand your ground and to refuse to let your boss take advantage of you. There’s nothing wrong with overtime if it’s being forced upon you, then you have to leave the soul of the game to the side.

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Freelancing Your Way To Freedom – Is It Worth It?

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Getting from A to B when you’re a freelancer can often seem like you’re taking a tour through the alphabet instead. Some things take longer to work out than others, especially if you’ve never done them before. Coming to terms with finances, admin, accounts and everything that goes hang in hand with your new venture is a daunting time, but one that should be taken on with a certain amount of optimism if you’re to finish in a good place. There are some things which can be done in an easier way, however, if you’re wanting to cut down on all of the tasks and simplify your processes.

 

Get Your Messages In One Place

 

We’re moving fast past the world of email. Everything is happening in real-time now, including conversations with customers and clients. If you don’t use Kik online or another web-messaging service, it’s time to immerse yourself in this new world. It logs onto your phone, so you will be able to keep the conversations going even if you’re stepping away from your computer at any point. In a world where we are expecting answers straight away, this can be useful to touch base with those who are requesting your attention and services.

 

Outsource

 

Outsourcing isn’t cheating! It’s simply finding a more effective way to get things done. If this means that you have to supply other people with some work, where’s the bad in that? What you need to focus on is the revenue-generating jobs that are to be completed within your startup or business. If you are wasting time trying to get your accounts in order or sending out promotional emails, you’d be better off hiring a professional who can do it for you in half the time and for half of the cost – at least, in most cases, this is true. You will be one of many people who are getting in touch with the niche freelancers, so don’t think that they won’t be looking to get your work done ASAP; you’re usually part of a very long queue!

 

Motivate

 

If you’re not motivating yourself to get your work done, there is no point in taking up a job like this. Working in an employed environment with other people, you can’t see the benefits of having them there to spur you on, of having targets to meet from those who are in a position above you and generally cultivating motivation from around the office. There is nobody else playing this game but you; if you can’t keep up with what you’ve got to do, it’s time to take a step back. Ways to motivate yourself come from different sources and it all depends on the individual; some like working to tight deadlines and the rush of adrenaline from submitting something in just in time, while others choose to reward themselves with a treat like a small holiday or luxury item that they have been coveting for getting the job done. Whatever it is that you need to get through, definitely use it.

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Clever Ways Businesses Secure Their Assets

Security has become a more prominent concern as of late for business owners, mainly due to the advancement in tech that has left holes that companies can easily fall into when trying to ensure that things are set up well for their customers. For instance, there is definitely the threat of a hack. Don’t forget, if your business is hacked, it is likely that they won’t be going after you or even your company. Rather, they will be looking for ways to take advantage of your customers, steal the information and use that to commit fraud.

 

 

This is why there are now a number of tactics that businesses use to keep their company safe and secure. Particularly, in this age of technology. Here are a few examples.

Support And Assistance

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It’s fair to say that if you have expert hackers trying to take advantage of your company, you need an expert team to protect it. You must make sure that you have people who know the holes that hackers use to access your company so that they can be filled in. That’s why these days, many businesses are using a full IT support team. With this team in place, security protocol begins from the very beginning. The IT support company actually sets up the business computer network from scratch, ensuring that there are no existing issues with security from day one.

After this, the networks are then monitored. If there is any issue or sign of a breach, it can be corrected immediately. Due to this, there is virtually no chance that a hack is successful because the networks are constantly being watched and corrected.

Protocol

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Of course, sometimes it’s just a matter of making sure you’re following the rules. Most industries now have business standards of security. If you match these standards, you can make sure that your business is not exposed to security threats. Medical teams should be using HIPAA compliant video conferencing technology because this will mean that the transmissions on encrypted as thus can not be accessed from an outside source. That’s just one example of how the protocol can keep security levels high.

Tech Tricks

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Technology is also being used to ensure that businesses are secure, such as cloud servers. Most security experts agree that if you want to keep information safe and private, you must use a cloud server. With a cloud server, you can guarantee that any information stored related to your business is kept off site and that’s crucial. This way, even if people break into your company, they won’t be able to access your accounts and your data. Instead, they will need to gain access to the cloud server, and this is far more complicated.

Other tech can be used to keep things secure as well such as manual security. For instance, you can set up CCTV on your business property to guarantee that you catch anyone who even tries to break in.

We hope you see now that there are various ways to use technology and other methods to ensure your business is secure.

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