Tips For Keeping Your Business Growing Even After You’ve Stepped Down

Anybody who has started a business knows very well how much work goes into it. If you’re the one who has taken the corporation or business from vision to execution and established it into a prosperous entity that is seeing growth year to year, there is a natural fear that comes when you know that you’re going to have to eventually step down from leadership and pass the mantle on to somebody else. Continue reading “Tips For Keeping Your Business Growing Even After You’ve Stepped Down”

8 green practises for building an eco-friendly business

Funding gaps, dodgy marketing campaigns and ever-increasing budgets – there are probably lots of concerns interrupting your well-earned beauty sleep as your business launch draws closer. But there’s one question you need to be asking yourself: is my startup eco-friendly?

Besides doing your bit for the planet, all evidence shows that sustainability is profitable. The traditional view is that being environmentally friendly requires big expenditure for little financial return. Recent results indicate otherwise, with DuPont, for example, reporting savings of $2.2bn per year thanks to energy efficient measures. Continue reading “8 green practises for building an eco-friendly business”

3 Ways to Update Your Office Decor to Boost Productivity

While you may want your business to be a place where people enjoy working, as an employer, you’ve also got to be concerned with the bottom line. If people aren’t working productively, they’re not being effective at their jobs and contributing to the ultimate success of your company. However, productivity and blandness are absolutely not mutually exclusive. In fact, a sterile work environment may actually be detrimental to the productivity of your employees. So to help make your workspace more conducive to productive work hours, here are three ways you can update the decor of your office to boost productivity.

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Ensuring Your Business is Following the Correct Recycling Regulations

These days, there are a lot of rules and regulations in place that businesses have to adhere to. One of the most important regulations, besides health and safety, that you need to follow is recycling.

Due to the threat of global warming, the government is more concerned with lowering carbon emissions and protecting the environment than ever before. Not only that, but some sectors require strict, specialised recycling measures to ensure their waste is eliminated safely and correctly. Is your company following the correct recycling regulations? Find out below… Continue reading “Ensuring Your Business is Following the Correct Recycling Regulations”

Questions to Ask When Deciding Where to Start Your Business

More and more of the world’s enterprises are conducting themselves exclusively online. With that said, millions more remain brick and mortar bound. Choosing where in the world to place your business is contingent on several factors. This post breaks them down, ranging from which country to which building: Continue reading “Questions to Ask When Deciding Where to Start Your Business”

Surefire Ways to Make Your Business Run More Efficiently

It is commonly known that time is money. When you waste time, you’re wasting money because you have to pay for all of the other things that are being used in that slot. This includes employees, energy, rent for any space or equipment you’re using, and a host of other expenses. If your business is not running inefficiently, it just might cause your business to go under.

If you’re in a spot where you’re looking for ways to run your business more efficiently so that you can save not only time, but money and valuable resources as well, here are some things that you can do: Continue reading “Surefire Ways to Make Your Business Run More Efficiently”

5 Business Benefits of Using Serviced Offices in Hong Kong

Serviced Offices have always been a hot commodity in Hong Kong. The rising density of businesses combined with an ever-decreasing amount of space has made for a huge demand for offices. Even during the global financial crisis of 2008 and 2009, investors and businesses were paying top dollar for space. Hong Kong is consistently ranked amongst one of the most desirable places to have an office. As a result, renting a serviced office space in Hong Kong is one of the biggest challenges faced by small to medium sized enterprises and start-ups that are just itching to join the bustling market of Hong Kong. Traditional office space is pretty much off the cards for most SMEs and startups which is why a serviced office provides all of the benefits of a permanent office without the overheads and capital costs for getting everything set up. Yes, a serviced office offers the best bits of renting a full service office with all the benefits of a flexible tenancy period and a prestige address for your business. Continue reading “5 Business Benefits of Using Serviced Offices in Hong Kong”

3 Things To Consider Before Signing A Noncompete Agreement

While many people typically think of noncompete agreements as only being necessary for companies with trade secrets or high-profile client lists, an increasing number of businesses and companies are including noncompete agreements in their hiring process. Although this can be extremely beneficial from an employer’s perspective, this same thing isn’t always the case for the employees. So if you are presented with a noncompete agreement when searching for a new position, here are three things to consider before signing that may affect both your current and future career. Continue reading “3 Things To Consider Before Signing A Noncompete Agreement”

6 powerful methods for enhancing workplace productivity

Your workplace is a space for getting things done. A place where your business can grow and thrive, or wither and die – depending on how much work you and your employees put in. If you run a business, you need to ensure that you’re aiming for an optimal level of productivity as much as you possibly can – and that you’re mixing up the work with variation so that people aren’t getting bored. Getting bored is the worst. It truly is. Boredom is probably one of the biggest motivation killers there is, but there are ways around it and the other motivation killers in the workplace. Let’s take a look and find out how to manage productivity in the workplace, brought to you by the team at Auscon Projects. Continue reading “6 powerful methods for enhancing workplace productivity”

The art of saving our planet

Since the beginning of the 21st century, former presidential candidate and vice president Al Gore travelled the world raising awareness about the effects of global warming. In 2006, his world famous movie “An Inconvenient Truth” hit the movie theatres and people from all over the world flocked to the movie theatres to watchthis movie. It showed how the polar ice cap is melting away and demonstrated very real evidence of what will happen if the ice cap disappears completely. Al Gore’s documentary explains that one of the results of the melted polar ice cap is that all of the freshwater willrun into the sea and slow the Gulf Stream down. The worst-case scenario is that the Gulf Stream will eventually stop flowing. The effects on the northern European climate will be catastrophic as the Gulf Stream is responsible for the summers in northern Europe, and without it there is a very real possibility that the warm summer weather will disappear. Continue reading “The art of saving our planet”

Is Leasing Your Van the Right Option for You?

Leasing is the dominant method of financing services in variety of different methods. It’s also one of the most popular ways of procuring a van for your business. As with any of them, though, whether or not it’s the right option for you depends highly on usage criteria. Read on to find out if you’re making the right choice. Continue reading “Is Leasing Your Van the Right Option for You?”

10 Easy Ways to Make your Business More Eco-friendly

It’s no secret that sustainability is trending louder than ever, people are finally starting to consider the environment in their action and they are supporting businesses that do the same. Therefore, the efforts you make to Green up your business can help you gain a few more customers while you curb your eco-footprint and save some money on your bottom line. Below are ten easy ways to make your business more eco-friendly. Continue reading “10 Easy Ways to Make your Business More Eco-friendly”

Why size does matter when it comes to your firm

Does the size of the firm you work for have any real bearing on your long-term career prospects – not to mention your general well being? Are you better off working in a large or small firm? We take a look at these issues.

Should the number of partners and fee-earners on the books be a deciding factor when weighing up the pros and cons of moving to a particular organisation? There’s a school of thought which suggests it’s better to be a large cog in a small machine. Equally, it can be hard to resist the lure of a magic circle firm – even if that means turning down a seemingly more attractive offer from a smaller player. Consider the following… Continue reading “Why size does matter when it comes to your firm”

How to Offset Your Printing Footprint

Can you believe that the average office worker uses ten thousand pieces of paper every year? Think about that, let it sink in. The height of that stack of paper would be equivalent to a tree that is 100 feet tall! If it makes you feel a little bit sick and guilty that you have used that amount of paper every year, you might want to think about cutting down on the printing footprint of your office. Take a look at this interesting infographic from StinkyInk about reducing your office paper output. Continue reading “How to Offset Your Printing Footprint”

Strategies Helping your Entire Business to Grow

Businesses need a strong infrastructure and thus it is essential to incorporate the successful features helping to accumulate the growing outlook. Implement the optimistic features that enhance the overall trading opportunities. Make sure that the attributes exactly fit your business and meet your entire business specifications. Once, you start employing the feasible features you can see your business reaches the ultimate estimable position that represents the efficiency of your business. Continue reading “Strategies Helping your Entire Business to Grow”

Motivation and Love of the Job – Eric Schiffer Explains they Don’t Always Go Hand-in-Hand

When we love our jobs, we expect to be motivated to always do exceptional work; to be enthusiastic and filled with energy and ideas, right? Not necessarily. Conversely, when we hate our jobs, that’s when we underperform, are slothful and execute poorly, isn’t it? Perhaps not always. Motivation, like inspiration, doesn’t inevitably strike when it is most convenient or useful, and even when we are in love with our jobs, we can sometimes find ourselves lacking initiative. How can we light that elusive fire underneath ourselves in both the best and worst of circumstances? Continue reading “Motivation and Love of the Job – Eric Schiffer Explains they Don’t Always Go Hand-in-Hand”

How to Use Spray Foam Insulation Kits Properly

A lot of people are turning to spray foam insulation kits as they help to conserve home energy. However, if this is your first time using such a kit, it may be a confusing issue. Did you know that almost 70% of what you spend on energy goes on your heating? This really demonstrates how important it is to have measures in place to stop heat from escaping, thereby bringing your bills down as well. This is exactly what spray foam insulation can do. Continue reading “How to Use Spray Foam Insulation Kits Properly”

Making your home energy efficient and cash friendly

Just as we know that “Charity begins at home”, it is imperative that the habit of saving first strikes its roots if you are taught the same at home. We adopt several measures to save some of our hard earned money every month. But have you ever thought that there’s a lot you can do to start saving at home. All you need to do is make certain changes in your lifestyle. Let us say, you can install energy efficient appliances that can save a lot of energy every month. And you will perhaps be surprised to find out how much you can actually save. In this article, we will catch a glimpse of the changes that you can make in your nest in order to save some money every month. Continue reading “Making your home energy efficient and cash friendly”

Setting Up a Gym Business to Attract Members

No matter what the economic climate is, the fitness industry is one which is always thriving. This is because people need to exercise, and for many it is something that they take seriously and use as a stress release. Many people go to the gym to lose weight, some to maintain a level of fitness, some to bulk up or rehabilitate an injury and others see it as a lifestyle choice to maintain a healthy mind and body. Continue reading “Setting Up a Gym Business to Attract Members”

The Practical Side of Recycling: Saving and Making Money as a Business-owner

With the UK business sector enjoying it’s most sustained spell of growth for more than 15 years, there is understandable optimism among SME’s nationwide. This must be treated conservatively, however, as there is no guarantee that this growth will continue indefinitely and the threat of long-term recession continues to stalk the global economy. As an independent business-owner, it is imperative that you take responsibility for your own financial future and safeguard your investment with sound fiscal decision making. Continue reading “The Practical Side of Recycling: Saving and Making Money as a Business-owner”

The Social Responsibility of Businesses Today

 Now more than ever before, businesses have a social responsibility for ensuring that their actions don’t have an irreversible effect on our environment. Climate change has been almost unanimously accepted as a reality and a genuine threat to future generations and the continuation of life on earth. And unfortunately, businesses are one of the chief contributors. How are they affecting the environment and what can they do in order to be socially responsible? Read on. Continue reading “The Social Responsibility of Businesses Today”

The Benefits of Recycling for your Business

Although the environmental benefits of recycling are well known; you may be surprised to note how it can also benefit your business. Not only will you and your employees gain the sense of satisfaction achieved from helping to contribute to a cleaner, greener environment for yourselves and future generations but it could also help to reduce your businesses costs and increase productivity too.

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Why Businesses Need Worker Support Programmes

What sort of worker are you? Are you everyday completely motivated, completely focused on work goals and completely consistent in your efforts and focus? Do you start work at a set time, and accomplish all tasks with never a thought about personal issues, or life events which may have impacted upon you? If you were unfortunate to suffer the loss of a loved one through divorce or bereavement, would it affect your work performance or would you remain completely focused? Continue reading “Why Businesses Need Worker Support Programmes”

Things They Don’t Tell You

As a new landlord you are entering a minefield of fees, percentages, checks, legal requirements and multiple party working strategies and it can all feel a little overwhelming to start with as everything seems so far from your own sphere of knowledge. However, it doesn’t have to be this hard. With a small amount of research and a little bit of know how you can soon have an easier start to your career as a private landlord. So if this is the first property that you are letting out then be prepared by reading up on all the little things they don’t tell you. Continue reading “Things They Don’t Tell You”

4 Ways to Ensure that Your Employees are Happy to Work for You

Your employees are the most valuable asset to your company and their skills and experience provide the key elements that your business needs to thrive. With so many people looking desperately for jobs, companies can sometimes take advantage of what their employees are willing to do. The costs of hiring and training new staff are often higher than investing in the ones that you already have. Here are four ways that you can keep your employees happy and working at their best for your business. Continue reading “4 Ways to Ensure that Your Employees are Happy to Work for You”

Owning your market: Tackling competition and taking turnover to the next level

With the economic downturn affecting almost every sector all around the world, it has become ever more important to have a strong standing in your given industry. Standing out from the crowd of your competitors will mean you are the first port of call for customers of your brand, rather than playing catch up. Brands such as Amazon and Facebook have continued to be major forces throughout the world despite the economic climate that we have been faced with since 2008. Their control of digital markets and promotion of the brand have been key drivers of this and if you can get a hold of your digital market then you could be well on your way to being an industry leader in no time. Continue reading “Owning your market: Tackling competition and taking turnover to the next level”

Matching candidates to a business

Every office is made up of a wide array of people of different ages, genders, backgrounds and all sorts of other variations. Diversity is widely welcomed these days, of course, but every successful firm with a clear idea of what it is about will need its whole workforce to buy into the ethos and culture that drives the enterprise onwards. Getting the right people for a particular firm may seem like a hit-and-miss process, with the application and interview system being far from foolproof in ensuring the right sort of people with the correct mindset and commitment are taken on. Continue reading “Matching candidates to a business”

How to manage diversity in the workplace

When one thinks about diversity in the workplace, their thoughts will likely turn towards ethnic minority and gender imbalances seen throughout the public and private sector. But while getting people of different racial and gender backgrounds into an organisation is a fantastic way to increase engagement and happiness, as it will make your company look progressive and compliant with regulations, there is more to diversity than meets the eye. Continue reading “How to manage diversity in the workplace”

How To Avoid Business Insolvency

 The world of business is tough and competitive, and the sad reality is that up to 80 per cent of all new businesses will fail within the first five years. So how to avoid this eventuality? Fortunately, there are ways, and the most effective ones are listed here. Continue reading “How To Avoid Business Insolvency”

How To Make Your Workplace Safer

 All employees have the right to work in a safe environment and, as the business owner, it is your legal and ethical responsibility to ensure their safety. Here are some of the core tactics you’ll need to employ in order to meet regulation and make your workplace a safe one.

Risk Assessment

 A thorough risk assessment is essential, particularly if you’ve recently taken over a building or office. By performing a in-depth check of all potential hazards, you’ll know whether there are some hazards that need looking at in order to make your business a safer place.

Fire Safety

 Every business must have a set of official fire safety procedures, which will be carried out in the event of an emergency. Diagrams of all fire escapes, exit procedures and fire assembly points must be easily viewable around your place of work, with mock fire drills carried out on a regular basis. It is also a very good idea to install some professional smoke ventilation systems from Rocburn, as an added safety precaution.

Ongoing Training

 It is very important that each of your employees feels prepared to deal with emergencies, should they occur. For this reason, having regular training days is a must. Ideally, training should not just cover First Aid and Fire Safety, but things like stress and food hygiene as well. The more informed your staff are, the safer they will feel, and the more prepared they’ll be for dealing with a crisis of any kind.

Suitable Equipment

 What was the last time you checked your fire extinguisher or first aid kit? It’s incredibly important to see that all of your safety equipment is working properly and does not need replacing. Obviously if an accident occurs and you haven’t provided for your staff, your business could become liable.

Safety Co-ordinator

 All of the above should be manageable by yourself. However, if you feel that you do not have time to organise these precautions and perform regular checks, you may want to consider employing a designated safety co-ordinator in order to make sure that you’re complying with all necessary safety precautions.

A Safer Place For Your Staff

Running a business carries more responsibility to your staff than just paying their wages. Safety is paramount. Hopefully, with the advice given here, you’ll know the steps you need to take in order to make your business a safer place.

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