About half of all new small business start-ups close their doors within the first four years. The reasons are many and varied, but equipping your business with the right “tools” from day one is certainly one factor that will help you avoid the pitfalls that can lead to business failure. Continue reading “The Tools Your New Start-up Needs to Succeed”
The majority of businesses these days are located in long established buildings with concrete foundations. However, there is still a need for mobile trailers in businesses such as construction, road side food venues, and even schools. It is in this capacity that the uses of the mobile home grows. Continue reading “3 Ways To Fireproof Your Trailer Based Business”
Starting a trucking business might only be a dream for some people, but thanks to the many online resources available these days, it can very much become a reality. Building a business from scratch will require a big investment, but as the trucking business has many rewards, it shouldn’t take long to get a return if you land the right clients. Starting a trucking business is far from easy and, although the below five steps only scratch the surface in terms of what’s involved – they’re still a good indicator of what’s to come if you want to start a successful business. Continue reading “How to Start a Successful Trucking Company in 5 Steps”
Abstract: Start-ups the world over are slowly and steadily changing the way the industry works. By identifying a problem and addressing it through their products and services, they are making a name and gaining an audience for themselves. Start-ups are also not afraid to take a few unconventional routes and take some bold decisions that others would term risky, and this is helping them gain an edge. The logistics industry too is seeing its fair share of start-ups emerge. They are leveraging technology to solve a problem and are orchestrating innovation in the truck industry to fast gain a market share. From trying new concepts such as truck platooning to solving base-line problems such as allowing shippers to make freight shipping bookings online, they are doing it all and with flair.
Factories and warehouses can often be subject to wear and tear due to accidents involving large pieces of equipment like forklifts, and thus it is necessary to install measures to protect against damage to the infrastructure. Taking precautions before problems occur is the best way to ensure that your building lasts longer and that it remains in better condition. Continue reading “How to Prevent Infrastructure Damage in Fast-Paced Environments”
Fulfillment is the name of the game when it comes to manufacturing and commercializing products. You might think your business is far removed from the customer, but the reality is that customers order and expect products to arrive quickly. That turnaround time is a key element in staying competitive and successfully commercializing products is recognized. There are many obstacles standing in the way of that fulfillment, the least of which being transportation and operations. Experienced manufacturers and product developers will need to plan around these roadblocks highlighted in this article. Continue reading “Challenges of Product Commercialization – An Overview”
Office spaces can be transformed with the right supplies, and this doesn’t just mean stationery or that you need to spend loads of money! Having the right equipment in an office makes jobs easier, employees more productive and can event prevent injuries. Here are eight office supplies that you didn’t know you needed, that are much more than the basic staplers and industrial printers but you won’t be able to get by without. Continue reading “8 Office supplies you didn’t know you needed”
There are a lot of aspects of your business that you want to have total control over, and that is totally fine. But there are several other areas of your company that can be outsourced, and there are many benefits to outsourcing that you should be aware of. First off, outsourcing can be more affordable than hiring employees full-time, and it gives you the chance to work with talent from all over the world that you would not otherwise have access to. Continue reading “What Areas of Your Business Should You Outsource”
Starting a trucking company can be an appealing business proposition, particularly if you’re interested in trucks and transportation. Chances are, if you’re reading this you’re probably thinking about launching your own trucking business and possibly wondering where to get started. There are a lot of steps involved and you’ll definitely need to do research beyond the scope of the following guide, but the five steps below should help you develop a basic strategy going forward: Continue reading “5 Steps to Launching a Successful Trucking Company”
They say all you need is a great idea and the will to develop it. This, unfortunately, is the farthest thing from the truth. A great idea will get you nowhere and, most often, a professional team and months of work invested also don’t do the trick. Continue reading “What B2B Startups Need to Know About Business Continuity”
When times are tough, the commercial property market is likely to suffer. In an economic downturn, real estate suffers heavily. Un-finished developments surrounded by cranes and barbed wire are not an un-common sight. Keeping this in mind, a large number of investors and businesses shy away from investing in commercial properties. However, keen investors can close lucrative deals after weighing all the pros and cons of a commercial property. Continue reading “Advice for Businesses Who Want to Invest in Commercial Property”
When we plan for our home or office environment, we strive to get the best possible ecosystem for our employees or family members. However some contaminants often are still available, which one may not be knowledgeable about. This infographic presents these contaminants. Continue reading “5 Indoor Air Contaminants -You May Not Be Aware Of”
If you’ve ever had the misfortune of working in a dull, drab and lifeless office space, you’ll be able to vouch for the fact that it’s not a particularly inspiring place to be. So, if you’re in the market for a new office for your business, you need to make sure it’s somewhere that fosters the right creative environment for your company. Continue reading “What to Look for in a New Office Space and Where to Find One”
Businesses and individuals alike will find that hiring a Hiab truck from a local transport company can save them a significant amount of time and money on a wide variety of projects, including building and construction projects. Whether you’re building a home for a client or you’re taking the reins of your own home building project, the following benefits associated with Hiab transport are sure to interest you. Here are a few of the many benefits to hiring Hiab side loader transport for your next project. Continue reading “How Hiring a Hiab Truck Can Save You Time and Money”
The first thing to do when paying a supplier in a different country is to work out how to get the best result from the transaction.
There are four ways in which to go about paying an overseas suppler: Continue reading “How You Should Pay a Supplier in a Different Country”
The task of setting up a new business office can be confusing and overwhelming. There are so many things to consider and it’s challenging to determine what needs to be done first. Combine this huge To Do list with signing a lease for your office space, hiring personnel along as well as purchasing office equipment and you can see why savvy business owners opt for serviced offices. Continue reading “3 Critical Considerations for Your New Business Office”
Running a business is always a challenge in even the best of times. In the modern world, we face increasing pressure from global competitors and economic downturns, which further increases the pressure on our bottom line. As every business owner knows, it is vital to be on top of your game when it comes to ensuring success. Any complacency is soon detected by customers and your competitors who will not hesitate to capitalize on the opportunity, should it ever present itself. Continue reading “The Importance of Interior Design for Your Business”
Because many commercial locations don’t have the warmth and sophistication that some businesses want, it can be difficult to know how you can renovate or remodel your space in order to make it into something that exudes class and luxury. Especially if your business is in a more high-end industry, your clients and customers may expect your store to look a certain way. So to help you better achieve this type of look, here are three things you can change about your store to make your business location look more sophisticated.
Getting the right security guard is not always easy. Choosing the right one will ensure your property or business is safe and well taken care of; choosing the wrong one can either be a waste of time, or worse, could invite bad luck and a great deal of headache. Those wanting to employ the services of a security agency should be strict with their requirements and insist only on the best. But how do you ensure that your security guard is truly qualified? What should you look for? There’s a simple solution. Here are the top benefits of getting a security guard with an SIA licence – what you can expect. Continue reading “The Top Benefits of Getting a Security Guard with an SIA Licence – What You can Expect”
As an engineer, you likely already have some form of insurance. However, one type of insurance you may not have considered is professional indemnity cover.
Designed to protect you in the event of a claim being made against your business, this type of insurance can prevent you from losing your company if anything does go wrong. When you look at it like that, you realise exactly how important it can be! So what benefits, besides preventing you from losing your business, does professional indemnity insurance provide? Continue reading “The Importance of Professional Indemnity Insurance for Engineers”
Of all the businesses an entrepreneur can choose to open up, a gym is one of the trickiest of them all. Gyms can prove to be a massive payoff if you go about things right, but if you open a gym and there is either too much competition around, or other factors make it so that people don’t want to pay the fee to be part of your gym, specifically, the investment you made can be a very bad business move.
Besides securing the proper permits, finding or building a building that is compatible with all the services you want to offer, and filling your space with equipment that is up to date and in working order there is a lot to be done. Here is a gym owner’s guide to keeping your gym member friendly so that your doors will stay open and people will continue to use your facility as their destination of choice to meet their fitness goals: Continue reading “A Gym Owner’s Guide to Keeping your Gym Appealing”
When it comes to business vehicles, these things can get a lot of wear and tear. They get driven a lot, often by many different people. That means they need a lot of care if you want to keep them working for you, and not have to regularly replace them.
Upkeep on vehicles can get expensive, especially on older vehicles, but it’s often a necessity. When it comes to work vehicles you want to make sure that they are safe to drive for everyone, and not a liability. You need to make sure, also, that your vehicles are insured to cover all possible drivers, and that you have licensed drivers behind the wheel. Continue reading “Keeping Your Business Vehicle On The Road And On The Go”
The greatest asset in any business is its people. The knowledge, heart, and skill they bring to the table are irreplaceable. Yet some people feel that our inability to substitute for those human elements is reason not to substitute for other things that a worker can do. This is misguided thinking.
The most obvious example of this is automation. When manufacturing began to create new ways to mechanize tasks on the assembly line, there was a great outcry about the jobs that would be lost. What was missed with that conclusion was that there would still be humans to build and maintain the machines and that there were always plenty of jobs that a human would have to do.
And more importantly, automation allows humans to be used where their strengths are greatest and most irreplaceable. The menial tasks in any workplace that used to require the commitment of many man-hours of labor can now be handled by automated systems that free up human workers for more skilled tasks. Continue reading “Automation is Streamlining Business”
Ask anyone what the most important thing at work is and they might say having a positive work environment. I agree with this completely – with one small caveat. I totally value the importance of having a positive work environment, but would like to drill down a little further into this statement. Bear with me, if you will. Having a positive work environment is impacted by a couple of key things, and one of these is safety. Having a safe work environment makes people feel more secure about their workspace which in turn creates a better feeling in general. If you ever have had the displeasure of working in an environment where safety isn’t a focus, it’s likely you feel as though that management does not care about you and your wellbeing! Not very positive for morale… A safe workspace isn’t something that happens by chance – far from it. You need to take a very systematic approach to finding the best way to keep safe, and remaining focused on fixing any hazards or risks. Continue reading “Top 8 tips for creating a safer office”
Project management is integral for any manager to understand and work on to develop. There are multiple stages which affect the outcome of a project in terms of success or failure, and understanding these nuances are critical for managers. Each stage in the life cycle of a project has its own set of challenges and models for managing them, which is why, project management is increasingly being recognised as a technical area where knowledge transcends for many related disciplines. This is an interesting infographic that provides insights for practitioners and students of project management strategies.
Depending on the type of work your business does and the amount of travel you or your employees must take on, you may be considering getting a company car. While this can be a great choice for some business owners, it could also be a financial and cultural detriment to your company if this venture isn’t taken on with the right amount of forethought and preparation. So to help those business owners contemplating obtaining a company car or cars for employee use, here are three things to think about before making your final decision. Continue reading “3 Things to Think About When Offering Your Employees Access to A Company Car”
This is known as a tradable instrument, which simulates the fluctuations of the asset underlying it. Whenever you make use of such an opportunity, there may be gains or losses according to the fluctuations of the underlying asset even if the investor never actually owes that asset. In most cases, such an investment would be a partnership or an agreement between a broker and the investor. This kind of trading is effecting significant changes in the financial instruments industry and it is well known that CFD is one of the fastest growing investment products available, although it may not be available in some countries. Continue reading “CFD Trading or Margin Lending – What Are the Key Differences”
Although no one wants to have to plan for unexpected maintenance or repairs at their place of business, the reality is that things break, malfunction or need updating even at work. The difference between having maintenance or repairs done at home and having them done at work is that what would just be an inconvenience at home is now costing your company money at work due to lost business. However, there are some things you can do to help minimize the effects maintenance or repairs can have on your business’s functionality. To find out how, here are three tips to keep your business running as close to normally as possible in the midst of maintenance or repairs. Continue reading “3 Tips To Keep Your Business Functioning During Maintenance or Repairs”
When starting a new business or expanding your start-up company out of your home, it is important you find the best commercial property. There will be a lot of different factors that determine the most ideal property for your business, depending on its size, aims and needs.
The first place many business people will look to find a new commercial property for rent will be online, with places like London & Cambridge Properties offering many options. It is important you think about what you want from the property before browsing and making a decision, with location one of the most important elements. Continue reading “The Importance of Location When Renting Commercial Property”
There has been plenty in the news over the past few years about the rising house prices and how buying to rent residential property offers excellent investment opportunities at the moment. While that is true, it’s not the only property that is worth investing in to make a profit.
For both business and individuals, investing in commercial property to rent out to companies offers a number of advantages. You get capital growth and income return from investing in commercial property in the UK, whether purchasing shops, industrial or other retail buildings. There are a few important things to consider before investing however. Continue reading “What to Consider When Investing in Commercial Property”