Apr 27

Hidden Spy Camera-how To Catch A Thief At Your Small Business

Small businesses are the backbone of our economy. It takes grit and determination, not to mention money and know how, to be successful. A little luck always helps.

As a former restauranteur I know the challenges a small business owner has. The biggest are losses from employee and customer theft which account for 70% of all business losses. Seventy percent.

The best way to catch a thief in your small business is with a hidden spy camera.

You just can’t be there 24/7/365 to see what is going on. Thru my business experience I know that dishonest people are amazingly creative and will always find a way to rip off their place of employment. Fortunately only a few bad apples spoil the barrel.

The exit sign hidden camera is spy camera that can be a wireless camera or wired. There are covert video cameras that have built in hidden DVRs to make usage a snap.

Place the camera in the area you want to record. Plug it in and test it to be sure it covers the area you want to record. Then record. The exit sign hidden camera can be configured to have a built in DVR but not necessarily. It is only an example of a hidden camera that lends it self to a business setting although many others do too.

A hidden camera with or without a hidden DVR is the best way to catch a thief in your small business. Another way is with a regular surveillance camera which sends a clear message to outsiders “don’t mess with us we are watching you.”

The uses for a covert hidden camera are endless. There are home, office and business applications. Undercover law enforcers and government agencies have been using them for years but

Apr 26

A Wake Up Call For Businesses Investing On Seo

An effective implementation of SEO is crucial to the success of any business. Your SEO company should have a specific set of goals predefined for your online promotions. Investing your money on an ineffective project is the last thing any business would want. In times of fierce competition, you simply cannot afford to hire an seo company that does not enhance your online presence. Any reputable and competent Seo agency is able to guarantee you results while others simply hand over a statement of the work done which includes nothing substantial.

When you are investing your money make sure you do it in the right place. Following the simple steps outlined below will guarantee you the desired outcome:

Clients Speak:

If the company is authentic and credible, backed by a competent staff it will have a diversified portfolio or a page that narrates the success stories of the agency. Get in touch with the clients who testify the work and ask them about the results and how long they lasted.

Pay for performance Packages: Result oriented companies who are confident of their work will give you the assurance of paying after you see results for yourself. A pay for performance model will not only give you the confidence to partner with the right agency but also the opportunity to assess their skills and competencies.

Consistency and quality: Check for the duration promised for which you are assured top rankings on Google. How consistent are the leads generated and the cost involved in maintaining your rankings on the top slots.

Transparency: companies that undertake a detailed study of your business needs, understand your niche audience, and keep you updated and aware of the strategies employed, keeping in constant touch with you at every stage of the project are exactly the ones

Apr 26

7 Reasons Why You Need a Written Wellness Plan

Recently I did a seminar for around 100 financial planners and we talked about the importance of creating a healthy balance. These professionals routinely create financial plans for their clients to create financial wealth so I explained the similarity around the importance of creating a wellness plan for themselves if they want to create a great life.

I explained that most people make the time to plan a holiday well in advance but neglect to spend the time on creating a wellness plan and then are surprised when life doesn’t turn out like they hoped.

Isn’t it any wonder?

For most people, you have in your control, the ability to create abundant health if only you spend the time to dissect the elements of what health truly is to you and create small, actionable steps that lead you to the bigger picture. Some of these elements would include: exercise, nutrition, sleep, mindset training and spiritual/personal development.

This is why I believe everyone, especially leaders – should take the time to create a written wellness plan document. A leader is an influencer and can show the way to their fellow work colleagues, families and children.

There are at least seven reasons why I believe this is important:

1. A Wellness Plan will help clarify your important priorities.
When you think about your ideal health, do you have an order of preference? Lose weight? Reduce blood pressure? Reduce cholesterol? Reduce alcohol? Gain more energy? Clear brain fog? List what is important to you.

2. A Wellness Plan will enable you to maintain balance.
When life throws you a ‘curve ball’ you’ll be better equipped to handle what comes your way. With robust health, you’ll have reduced stress, become more resilient and have a stronger mindset to react to life’s adversities.

3. A Wellness Plan will provide a filter by which

Apr 22

Ebay Business Plan Tips For Writing A Successful Business Plan

Writing a business plan is important for every business. It is the key to the business, identifying what you want to do, what you predict your profits to be and sorting out your customer service.

You may think that if you are writing a business plan for your eBay business that you will have to write something quite different.

However, an eBay business plan is really very much the same, if not a little simpler. For example your eBay business plan, like any business plan should include information on product selection, inventory management, and purchasing, pricing, order processing and customer service.

Product selection will be pretty much the same as with any other business except that eBay does not allow few products, this is not likely to limit your choice too much.

Inventory management can be done with software as it would be done in any other business but you could use eBay’s specially designed software if you wish to.

Purchasing will be the same as with any other business.

Pricing may be slightly different as you have the option with eBay to auction items as well as selling them at a fixed price.

If you auction items then you will not be able to determine the prices but you may be able to predict them and you can certainly calculate what your minimum selling price will be as this will be your starting price for your auction.

Order processing and fulfilment should be quite simple. You will need to comply with eBay’s guidelines as to timescales but as with any other business you will want to ship items as soon as you can.

Customer service is probably the last main area that you will need to include in your business plan

Apr 19

Technology Traps for Associations to Avoid

Technology is supposed to make our lives easier, but that isn’t always the case. If your association doesn’t have a clear technology vision and plan, the programs and tools designed to improve your organization can work against you.

Here are three technology traps to watch for in your association.

Technology Trap #1: Shiny Object Syndrome

It can be tempting to jump on the latest technology fad and convince yourself your organization must invest in it. For example, does your association really need a custom app?

Maybe.

But before you spend precious budget dollars on building one, be sure you understand why you are doing it first. How will the technology help your organization? Is the area a pain point – or is this a “nice to have” expenditure?

Buying something just because it is cool or trendy doesn’t pass the spending test.

Technology Trap #2: Creating a Piecemeal System

This month your association is focused on email, so you subscribe to a newsletter service. Next month, the focus shifts to online registration, so you subscribe to a different provider for that. Then your association decides to dedicate time and resources to blogging, so you invest in a content management system.

Before you know it, you have accounts all across the internet and monthly payments to multiple services.

Streamline your association’s service providers by investing in a membership management service that offers all the tools you need.

Not having to remember numerous passwords is a benefit for using an all-in-one system.

However, the biggest benefit is comprehensive reporting. By having all your information in one place, you won’t have to export data from all the accounts and then try to synchronize it in a spreadsheet.

Technology Trap #3: Not Using All Tools Available

Now that you’ve invested in membership marketing software, are you taking advantage of all the resources available?

It can be tempting to continue

Apr 18

Distressed Inventory Helps Drive E-commerce Growth, Finding New Online Channels And Business Models

With the continued innovation and expansion of online sales channels, more companies saddled with excess or closeout inventory are discovering innovative ways to sell their inventory. Not only do these non-traditional sales channels provide a quick return for vendors, these channels also help keep off-price discounted sales under the radar screen from their primary or traditional channels.
The more obvious online sales channels for unloading distressed inventory in the past have been companies like Overstock.com, Surplus.net, or even Ebay. In the past 12-18 months however, some newcomers have come to the liquidation market with innovative models for unloading inventory. One such model is the deal-of-the-day concept, pioneered by a little know company called Woot.com. The deal-of-the-day concept offers one product at a great price for only 24 hours. The item will never be sold again as the deal-of-the-day, whether it sells out or not, so the Woot community, consisting of 2 million registered members keeps a close eye on these daily deals. There are over 100 companies now that are emulating this unique model, and Woot was recently acquired by Amazon.com. Another unique model is the daily promotional announcement, such as Groupon, but with many newcomers focused on distressed inventory as well. This model is more tailored and localized than the Woot model, and utilizes opt-in email blast linked back to a web site with several product offerings, which have proven to be very successful in sales growth. Yet another unique model that is gaining popularity is the online business auction where a large distressed inventory lot is open for bid as an absolute auction, which means no reserve price is required for a sale. Web sites such as Salvagesale and Liquidation.com cater to these types of large lot sales within a business to business environment. This model caters

Apr 18

How to Achieve Accurate Revenue Forecasting

In planning for the future, the past is quite often your best friend. In the business world, things tend to be pretty cyclical. Use your CRM to gain a full overview of not only your current sales pipeline, but also the pipeline of the past; there are valuable insights to be gleaned.

– Make the Most of Your CRM

Do you have a CRM in place? Are you using it to its full potential, gaining total insight into company history, data, processes and more? A CRM is a crucial intersection into your business, giving you full access to the way in which all company departments are performing. How can you accurately forecast future revenue if you are incapable of finding out how much profit you’re currently making and have done for the past few years?

If you have chosen a user friendly CRM like Microsoft Dynamics, all the information you will need should be obvious to you, increasing your pipeline visibility.

– Train Your Team

The best way to get the most out of your CRM is to make sure that all your staff are well trained in using it. Firstly, get to know the ‘quick win’ functions within your company’s CRM. Take part in some general all-round training then advance this knowledge with further training, specifically honed into the financial elements of the system. Knowing your way around the CRM means that you’re only ever a few clicks away from visibility of your company’s financial information.

– Think Long Term, Act Short Term

The key to all revenue forecasting is to think long term; there is very little point in forecasting for the following week. It doesn’t provide enough useful information for your business to develop. Having said that, in all likelihood, the forecast you lay out for the next 6, 12 or 24 months won’t

Apr 17

Tips for your own home Business

Tips for your own home Business

Building home businesses is often rewarding, yet difficult. Spending time on your business is what will make it successful. The business will thrive in time, but the first days and months can be a challenge. Just like anything else, work and effort are required for your business to flourish.sh.

Even when you are working from home, you should take pride in your appearance. In a home office scenario, you may feel the desire to work in your pajamas. Getting dressed for work, just like in a normal business, can benefit you in the long run. By dressing up and feeling great, you will be on the right path to making your business as successful as possible.

It is important to take breaks when running a home business, but don’t let these breaks distract you for long. Don’t start painting a bathroom or playing a video game.

It’s vital to have an office space to work from when running a business from home. It doesn’t have to be gigantic, but it does need to be cozy. Set up a room that inspires you to work hard and makes you feel comfortable and calm. If the office is small, make that an inspiration to grow your business: so you can afford a bigger office.

Don’t let family constantly interrupt when working from the house. Because interruptions disrupt your work day, tell everyone if you are working and when you think you’ll be done.

Beginning a home business enterprise is exciting. A lot of people want to be their own boss. As your own boss, you will have the responsibility of being professional and getting the most from your own business.

It is important that you remain employed during the early stages of your new business. Chances are that your

Apr 17

Sap Business One Mobile Application For Iphone

This mobile app for iPhone lets you stay in touch with your business and customer data while away from the office. It enables you to instantly connect with your SAP Business One application via iPhone to check on inventory and customers, access reports, receive alerts, and process approvals.

REQUIREMENTS
Apple iPhone or iPod touch with iOS3.2 or higher
SAP Business One professional user license
LANGUAGE
Supports all SAP Business One languages
SECURITY
SSL or VPN secured online server access, no data storage or caching on device, no offline usage
Overview:

Complete
Mobile customized reports and metrics, approvals, alerts, business partner and stock data
Intuitive
Easy to navigate with a finger tip
Graphical data representation
Interactive
Real-time data access
Respond directly and trigger remote processes

Key Features

Alerts and Approvals: You can get alerts on specific events (such as violation of limits for tax, unit price or deviations from credit limit, discount or gross profit) and approval requests awaiting for your immediate action. Trigger remote actions, and drill into the relevant content or metric before making your decision.
Reports: You can refer to built-in Crystal reports that present key information about your business. You can add your own customized reports. From the mobile device you can easily share the reports via e-mail.
Business Partners: You can check and edit addresses, email-addresses, phone numbers, contact details, view historical activities, and special prices; contact or locate business partners; create new business partners; log new activities. All changes get automatically updated in SAP Business One on the backend.
Stock Info: You can monitor your stock/inventory levels and get detailed information about every item in your business. Furthermore you can preview item pictures and check pricing information

Apr 15

Your Guide to Doing Business in Dubai

Generally speaking, finance has mostly been ‘international’ in character; capital on other hand has very rarely been mobile. Money has moved freely across countries for all of ages with silver, gold being international for centuries. With passage of time, money has been re-transforming to its organic state with easing of capital limitations and the lateral re-integration of country capital and banking markets but – now on a inernational scale.

Whether your company is a start-up business or a Multi-national company, a undivided family unit or a listed company, maximizing profits in today’s challenging and competitive environment suggests care and caution in everything you do. The business environment has changed and you cannot assume that you understand the new landscape.

Post economic downturn, businesses are now being more aler and choosy in choosing the right terittory that will allow achieve maximum profits and serve business requirement through trade driven forces to continue. Besides, strong infrastructure, property buyers wish to prefer a territory that offers stable and open economic regime, skilled workforce, lower tax rates, minimal transport and communication costs and so on.

Should you consider to incorporate a new business, or wish to buy a property, you will have to obtain legal protection assistance for your requirement. It is strongly recommended that you consider United Arab Emirates as your initial choice. These are main advantages Dubai offers:

a.100 percent expatriate ownership and control in free trade zones

b.No income tax

c.No exchange controls or restrictions

d.Easy repatriation of business profits

e.Double tax avoidance treaty with several countries

f.Internationally known adopted form of laws and codes

g.Lower transportation-communication and technological costs

h. option to incorporate in DIFC, a world class free zone that works with other banking regulatory agencies located in

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