Protecting Your Business Property From Physical Damage

Two of the focuses of my blog are Financial Literacy/Money and Business/Entrepreneurship. One of the keys to running a successful business is protecting it. Particularly if your business is run out of a centralized location or is considered “brick and mortar”, protecting it is of the utmost importance. The following contributed post is entitled, Protecting Your Business Property From Physical Damage.

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One of the last things we want to see is our business being broken into, ransacked and left a complete mess as we arrive in the morning. Adverse weather can also be stressful to deal with, as you can’t exactly blame anyone or seek justice for the damages caused. It could be strong winds that shattered your glass windows, or perhaps even flooding which ruined most of your stock. It can be daunting to deal with the idea of physical damage to your business, so here are a couple of ways to help you protect your business from physical damage.

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Ensure your business is sturdy

One of the first things to check is the overall structure of your business property. If you bought your store and it was in poor condition before, then there’s a chance that the structure of your business property is compromised. Get in touch with a commercial roofing company if you’re experiencing leaks, make sure you speak to contractors to check the overall stability of areas like your walls and floors, and make sure you get your utilities checked for any damage. This will help extend the life of your property and also help ensure that these issues don’t get worse over time.

Identifying your threats

There’s no point protecting your business against a threat that isn’t applicable to your location. For instance, if you’re in a location that has never experienced a flood, then adding anti-flooding protection is a little pointless. Another good example is using shutters to protect your business if you experience strong winds and tornados. Likewise, if your area is known to have a relatively high crime rate, then protecting it with CCTV cameras and security systems is a good idea. The goal is to identify any threats against your business then build countermeasures against it.

Protecting your stock and equipment

The things inside of your business also need to be protected from physical damage. If there’s a flood or adverse weather affecting your business the protecting your essential equipment will ensure that you can continue running your business. Safeguarding your stock from damage and also thieves is also extremely important. As such, you may want to consider something like strong locks in your storeroom to both deter thieves and also ensure that it can’t easily be damaged. This will generally depend on the type of business you run, so the countermeasures you use to protect your stock and equipment will be dependent on your needs.

Smaller forms of protection for your store

Now that most of the big issues have been taken care of, what about your business furniture? If you operate something like a retail store or supermarket, then having things like stoppers and bumpers will help prevent people from crashing their carts into your shelves and displays. This is more about ensuring that your customers don’t accidentally cause any damage to your business and potentially injure themselves in the process. It’s both about protecting your store and the customers.

Investment Options You Should Consider to Earn More

A key focus of my blog is Financial Literacy/Money. Understanding money and setting yourself up to thrive involves more than simply earning your pay at your job and saving. At some point, learning to acquire investments becomes important as well. While it can be daunting at first, it can also turn into a vast and fun new world. The following guest post is entitled, Investment Options You Should Consider to Earn More.

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Money is necessary to buy our needs and wants. That’s why we try to earn as much as possible. It is to live comfortably every day and secure a stable future. No matter how high your income is, however, there are better ways to get higher profits.

With insurance and investments, you can earn money at a faster rate. However, before starting to invest, you should be prepared. Make sure you are following a household budget so that you know how much you can spend without compromising your finances.

After you’ve worked out a proper budget, you’re ready to start investing. Here are your possible options.

Mutual Funds

If you’re new to investing, play it safe by buying mutual funds. They are easier to understand compared to stocks and pose fewer risks since a team of expert investors manages it. Initial investment requirements are also low, which allows you to begin investing earlier.

However, you should be careful when choosing where to invest. Some companies have portfolio managers that make poor decisions just to fix the values for the books. Others have excessive sales charges. Research carefully about the companies that you are considering.

Stocks

When you are more experienced, begin dabbling in stocks. Investing in a company allows you to receive part of their earnings quarterly or yearly and provide you with a stable source of income. However, the stock market is constantly fluctuating, so a company’s worth can change.

Don’t invest a large amount in one company immediately, though. Take your time learning how the stock market changes and base your investing decisions on that. You’ll eventually figure out your investment strategy as you start to settle into a certain risk profile.

Another thing to remember is to separate what you invest from what you use in your living budget. If you end up losing all of your investment, you’ll find yourself in dire straits trying to make ends meet.

Retirement Insurance

Begin saving money for your retirement fund as soon as you have a reliable source of income. While it is ideal for putting in a certain percentage of your salary every month, it is not always possible with a tight budget. No matter how little, build a habit of saving part of your money.

Consider availing of a retirement insurance plan to help you save. It allows you to collect money at your own pace and grow it until you choose to take it out. Some insurance plans also offer additional benefits, such as life insurance coverage to your family in case you pass away.

If you have a hard time building a habit of saving, set up an automatic deposit in your bank account. This also encourages you to spend less. To keep your savings untouched, put them in a time deposit account, which only allows you to withdraw after a certain period.

Real Estate

This option gives you a reliable and stable long-term income. However, it requires a large initial deposit, so be sure that your finances are in good shape before you begin investing. There are various payment options available, though, such as mortgage plans.

While investing in real estate is mostly self-sufficient, there are still some things to keep in mind when managing it. Choose your tenants wisely and have good relations with them so that they stay for a long time. Property maintenance is also important to fulfill health and safety requirements.

With these in mind, you can plan and prepare your money to start investing. Make sure that you have enough before starting any of the choices mentioned.

Top Advice on How to be Successful Running a Construction Business

Two of the focuses of my blog are Financial Literacy/Money and Business/Entrepreneurship. One sector of business is construction and it comes with it’s own set of caveats and nuances. The following contributed post is entitled, Top Advice on How to be Successful Running a Construction Business.

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Are you looking to run a construction business? Maybe even start a new one from scratch? Does the thought of actually doing seem quite scary? Of course, it would! Starting anything new let alone a construction business can be a quite daunting task. So, with all this in mind, how can one run a construction business, and do so successfully? This article hopefully will shed some light on the tips and the advice needed to do just that!

Find and Manage the Suppliers of your Business

This is a given with any business that requires physical products or manufacturing. When it comes to construction, there are many different lanes to choose from. Residential buildings, office buildings, small shelters and big. Or, if you are big enough large scale building developments like Airports, stadiums and huge skyscrapers. All of these different lanes and projects require a different level of relationship with your supplier. For example, if there are pieces of equipment needed such as Floor Cranes for a project, bulk orders may sit better with one supplier than another, who may prefer small bespoke orders. All of these things need to be taken into account if you are planning to, or are running a construction company.

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Politics and the Economy have a Massive Impact

These events can alter to a huge degree to health and the growth of both the construction industry and the housing industry, which has a huge impact on construction on its own. If there are huge changes coming from the political realm, parties pledging huge construction projects, or huge improvements or additions to housing projects, then your business could be able to capitalise on this. However, if the opposite occurs, such as economic downturn, or a reversal of previously promised housing or construction projects then your company take the brunt of the impact from this scenario. For example, the third runway at Heathrow has been tossed and turned by many consecutive Governments. However, when Theresa May gave it the green light and it passed the house, work had begun on how and who would carry out this work. Then a year later, the court deems it unethical due to the environmental impact, so once again the project is shunted. These events can really make an impact on a construction company, so make sure you
spread out and keep up a line of clients to steady your books.

Have your Legal Obligations Met

This is a given with any business, but as a construction company, there are many different legal entities that are at play. One of the main ones is with the very nature of construction and using huge equipment like cranes and machinery, to the tools and the handheld tools that can also cause some catastrophic damage to anyone who may get injured by one. Companies such as Hasbrook & Hasbrook are there to help anyone who may be injured whilst at work, but as a business, you have an obligation to keep everyone who works at your business safe, so keeping up your legal obligations Is of utmost importance.

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Find your Niche

Again, as like any other business finding your lane and discovering your niche is something you need to do right from the get-go. It helps you in many future decisions you and your business will need to take, from things like what clients to take on, and what paths you want to go down in the future to expand and grow. This is the aim at the end of the day, to find the pathway for your business to go, and to keep going down that path and expanding and growing and learning lots of new things to take forward.

It also helps you with your marketing activity. How are you going to market your business? What are your strengths? What are you selling? All of these things collectively make up your marketing mix, so not knowing what your niches are and what you are good at is not a great mix for success, and may achieve quite the opposite. So, get that niche down and find out who you exactly marketing too.

Are you a small, medium, or large scale business?

Some construction companies that are huge national corporations obviously have some benefits and power that a smaller business wouldn’t have, just down to their size and their influence. Some smaller businesses have benefits that a larger business wouldn’t have, for example being more flexible and agile. Decisions are faster than in a huge business, as there are far fewer layers of management to communicate through. When it comes to future planning and decisions you need to make for your business, make sure you know the size of the business and the real power it has. Evaluate the strengths of your business, and outline the weaknesses. When fighting with the competition in a very saturated market, see what weaknesses the big player has over you, and the strengths that you hold over them. Play to those, as these will be the major factor in your success in the construction industry. Like many of these tips, this method and thought process will also make success in many other fields much more likely, so take heed!

Master the Art of Gaining new Clients

Speaking to People and Networking

Networking is one of the best ways to gain leads for your business, and there are several reasons for this. Firstly, it’s personal. You can go directly and talk to people, often from the same area of expertise or people who are going to network primarily to find someone to help them. Then, when you find someone who is looking for something that you can do, then you can really talk and build a relationship with them right there and then. Then, if all goes well, and you have exchanged contact details, you can start talking about what each other wants and then start the business negotiation and hopefully gain a long term client.

Networking events are also good to get your name out there in the world of construction or whatever industry you work within, and then this leads to word of mouth, which this article will delve into more deeply later.

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The Internet and Social Media

Another way to get customers and project leads as a business is to simply browse the web. Today, most companies have an online presence. Platforms for finding projects and leads that you can bid on such as online tenders can also be a good alternative. Using social media is also something that you can do, for free, to get your message out there. Or, if you are in the place to be able to invest in social media marketing, boosting posts and getting some targeted adverts may also be a good idea! You can share what you have done, the building projects that your company have completed in the past, the plans for projects in the future and behind the scenes looks at your construction processes. All of this content gets people online interested and look into your business more closely. Also not many construction businesses today utilise their power on social media, so if you do so, this gives your business some competitive leverage over older and more backwards companies when it comes to their marketing practices.

Master Word of Mouth

Word of mouth, as it said was going to mentioned once more in more detail, and here goes! Word of mouth is great because once again its a free piece of marketing, that if done right, can garner you, new clients, forever! If more happy clients leave your business, then they will tell others who then come and then leave happy and tell more and so on and so on. It is a proven method and its a method that you should apply to your business!

The benefit of being a construction business is that you are creating something physical, and most likely long-lasting. The more and more work you complete the more and more people are going to be exposed to the work that you have completed. Therefore, the more word of mouth and admiration you will get for the work you have completed. So, keep that word of mouth marketing strong!

Hire the Right People!

This is another given when it comes to the world of business in general, hire the right people! No business will ever succeed or has succeeded when the wrong people have taken the helm.

You need people who are committed and have a great skill set that suits the projects and the suit the needs to the clients that you work for. This mixed with great leadership and teamwork will be the perfect foundations for a successful construction company!

So, that concludes this small article on how to run a successful construction business, and be successful in the construction industry. It is harder than it looks in many ways, but then in some ways, the answers are easy and in plain sight. You just need to work hard, and find them!

Promoting Your Business In Challenging Times

Three focuses of my blog are Current Events, Financial Literacy/Money and Business/Entrepreneurship. With this Coronavirus/Covid-19 Crisis, many businesses are in an unanticipated tailspin. Every business owner must figure out how to survive this storm so that they’re still viable once it passes. The following contributed post is entitled, Promoting Your Business In Challenging Times.

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With the Covid-19 outbreak dominating the news and our daily lives, every single aspect of doing business has been plunged into chaos seemingly overnight. And while small businesses are generally used to dealing with challenges, this remains absolutely unprecedented in terms of scale and impact. And while the dust is still settling, any forward-thinking company with a goal for long-term survival is going to be focused on adapting to this new normal as quickly and possible and mapping out a viable way to keep the show on the road under incredibly hard circumstances. No matter the doom and gloom, people still have needs and there is still a market place out there – even if you need to work a little harder to reach it. All bets are off, but it must be said that it’s an extremely difficult landscape to try and market yourself out there. So how can you market your business during sensitive times?

Visualise Your Future Funnel

The companies who are going to manage to come through all this are the ones who are actively thinking ahead. While everyone is struggling to recover and fully understand the impact on their operations, those who are able to take a step back from the panic and think ahead towards times of recovery will be the ones who are able to benefit the most. It can be tempting in desperate times to try to secure a sales pipeline, but this messaging can come across as insensitive. Instead, use this immediate time to craft some sympathetic crisis communications checking in with customers and offering support in any way that you can. Then begin to plan a second phase where you can build up to something approaching normal marketing activity again. What channels will offer the best value? What SEO might you need to do on your site? How might you change your messaging to fit new circumstances?

Ensure Value For Money

Cashflow is going to be a serious matter for almost all businesses following this period of disruption, so now is a very good time to ensure that the return on investment for your marketing spend is going to deliver what you need. Review everything from your PPC campaigns which may not be living up to their conversion goals, to any outdoor advertising which may be going unseen as people stay indoors. Consider new channels which may have better reach in these times – such as forms of digital advertising or perhaps finding out about radio advertising here: howtoadvertiseonsiriusxm.com/.

Get The Tone Right

Tone is everything at the moment, as your audience navigates it’s way through difficult circumstances. Remember that people are worried and concerned, and that there may be more sales barriers to overcome than usual – ones you may not have handled before. Depending on what you do, you may be fielding more queries about hygiene, cancellation policies, payment terms and travel restrictions than ever before. Your tone should be reassuring, realistic and kind. During times of crisis, it is possible to foster deep customer loyalty with the right approach.

Buying Equipment For Your New Business

Two of the focuses of my blog are Financial Literacy/Money and Business/Entrepreneurship. No matter what kind of business you’re running, you will eventually need to buy new equipment. No matter what you purchase, it’s important to do so wisely. The following contributed post is entitled, Buying Equipment For Your New Business.

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Very few businesses can run without some form of equipment. In fact, we can’t think of any!

If you’re starting an office-based business, you are going to need computers at the very least. If you’re thinking about starting a manufacturing business, you will need the relevant machinery for your production processes. And then there are all the other types of businesses out there – catering, entertainment, care, etc. that will need one piece of equipment or another for day-to-day operations.

But before you buy something, there are a few things you need to think about first.

#1: Can I afford it?

If you’re cash-rich at the start of your business, then buying equipment might not be an issue for you. However, if money is scarce, it is important to concentrate on the essentials before buying any nice-to-have items. Anything that might not be needed immediately could be put on the back burner until you have funds in place. For the necessities, you might consider buying something second-hand instead of buying something brand new, or you could find ways to increase your capital to give you the money you need for your equipment. You could also lease pieces of equipment on a short-term basis, or share items with a neighboring business to help you cut costs.

#2: Do I need it?

There are some pieces of equipment your business won’t need straight away, despite the marketing push of their respective sellers. Sure, they might look good in your office or factory space, but if you are rarely going to use them, what’s the point? As we mentioned above, you might be able to share or rent certain pieces of equipment instead if you need them irregularly. On the other hand, you might decide against buying something, as your business might be able to function perfectly well without. You will then have more money for the essential things you need, so research businesses similar to your own, and find out what could be considered compulsory.

#3: What can I call for repairs?

Technology: It’s great when it’s working, but not so great when it isn’t! And when something does break down, you could experience downtime in your business. So, when buying equipment for your business, consider what it might take to maintain and repair them. In some cases, the seller will have qualified repair technicians on hand to help you. C&B Equipment, a supplier of industrial engines, are a prime example. In fact, they actively urge their buyers to seek their help for repairs, to stop them voiding their warranties through their own DIY efforts! In other cases, you will need to outsource help, perhaps to an IT technician for any problems with your computers. So, find out who you can turn to for help when buying, and keep their numbers on speed dial just in case you do need to call somebody promptly.

These are just a few of the things you need to think about when buying equipment for your business. Keep them in mind, as your business will be positively affected if you make sensible choices throughout the buying process.

Is It Really So Hard To Have Customers Overseas?

Two focuses of my blog are Financial Literacy/Money and Business/Entrepreneurship. In modern times, significant amounts of business is done overseas. In many instances the businesses are based in other countries so though some enterprises make it work seamlessly. The following contributed post is entitled, Is It Really So Hard To Have Customers Overseas?

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The big misconception is that you have to have offices in many different countries and thousands of customers worldwide to be able to have a big, booming, international business. But you really don’t. To have a business like this can feel really intimidating, and we can’t lie, it’s pretty much impossible to have. Only the big brands find that much success in their business that they’re able to explore all of the potential that the world has to offer. But that doesn’t mean that as the small business you are, you can’t expand to providing your products overseas. We would say that this one definitely only applies to those of you who are selling products. For you to be able to sell your services overseas would mean having employees in many different countries, but that’s not necessarily going to be easy to do unless you have such a big brand with money to waste. So, as a relatively small brand in the grand scheme of things, we’re going to try and appeal to you. If you keep on reading we’ll show you how it’s easier to trade overseas than you first might think.

Use E-commerce Websites

This is the top way that you’re going to be able to trade overseas. You might think that you have to sort out your own offices and have staff who are working in that country to try and deliver the products. But all you need is to be able to trade on an e-commerce website and to have a route of getting products over there. If you have ever sent a parcel overseas before you will know this can be as easy as going to your local mailing office to do so. For a business it will be on a bigger scale, but actually having your products on an e-commerce website is the first thing that you need to do. Amazon is a prime example of a good website that you could use to sell your products from. Often your own website isn’t going to have the publicity you need to make an impact.

Managing The Logistics

The logistics of everything is going to be the hard part. Putting your products on Amazon and getting someone to buy it is far easier than you think. 3pl shipping company is one of the options that you could go for. Often shipping is far more cost effective, it’s easier to build up a good rapport with the company, and you can ship more products. All you need then is to be delivered to the other side which can easily be arranged depending on what country you’re shipping to.

Understanding Limitations

There are many limitations that come with it, especially during these times. The main limitations at the trading laws that you need to stick to. Always make sure you’re paying the right costs and you’re shipping things that can be shipped. There’s also time limitations and delays that you need to consider. Customers are going to expect their products on time, and you need to be the one making that happen.

How to Equip your Business with the Right Tools

Two of the focuses of my blog are Financial Literacy/Money and Business/Entrepreneurship. No matter what you business is, you want to equip it with the right tools to give it the best chances of competing and succeeding. As a business manager/owner, staying on top of your tools will keep you head and shoulders above your competitors. The following contributed post is entitled, How to Equip your Business with the Right Tools.

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As a start-up, it is a great idea to modernise and embrace new technological breakthroughs. Business Supplies from companies such as Coastal Business Supplies can provide a business with some great products, however, you can do even more to make your business more modern. Why should you modernise your business? One reason is that it drastically reduces your workload as a business owner, and also reduce your costs in the long term. Does this sound too good to be true? Well, keep reading through this quick article and hopefully, the following points will prove this point to be true!

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Apps and Mobile Tech

One way you can help enhance your business is by finding the right apps and using them in the different areas of your business. Many functions of a business can be helped or assisted with an app. Invoicing clients can be assisted using an app like Square. Business and project workflow can be shown visually using an app like Trello. You can keep track of expenses and the receipts that go with those expenses using an app like Expensify. The world is your oyster when it comes to mobile apps and using them to help you manage the different factions of your business.

Cloud Services

Something that a start-up has to manage a lot is travelling. But, as they are travelling they still have a lot of work to complete. So, when it comes to managing your work, investing time and a little money into putting your work into the cloud can really benefit you, with time and with flexibility. Having your work stored in the cloud enables you to work wherever you need to be, and also enables you to keep your data safe.

However, even cloud data has to be secured in a world of hacking and data-stealing, so to get some help with securing your cloud business data and other IT solutions [visit this website]. That is the only downside to using cloud solutions as a way to store your data, as sensitive data can be susceptible to hacking from external people, so it is always wise to keep a back up somewhere of all your data, just to be sure that its contents are safe.

Make Your Business Paperless

This is not only a good idea for the planet, but it is a good idea for you too! By going paperless, you enable the business to have a lot less paperwork and to more efficiently manage the information and forms needed to run your business. You save the planet and you also save yourself a lot of time to dedicate to other more exciting and more important things within your business. However, remember that some things will need to stay on paper, like some legal documents and others, but most things in a business thanks to tech can now become paperless.

Remote Working

Last but not least, all of the above allow you to work remotely. You can work from your bed, you can work on a plane. You can work on the train going into the office. Thanks to clouds services and mobile apps and paperless solutions, you can take your business wherever you go, and never worry about leaving something in the office. Just open your computer or phone, log in, and voila, your business as your fingertips!

Three Steps To Financial Freedom

A key focus of my blog is Financial Literacy/Money. Financial Freedom is a goal that many people aspire to but not everyone reaches. It’s not something one can do overnight and there are distinct steps and behavioral changes involved. The following contributed post is entitled, Three Steps To Financial Freedom.

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Financial freedom is definitely something that you want to try and reach, but have you got to the point where you feel like it’s never going to happen? Do you feel like you’re still living paycheck to paycheck? Or do you even perhaps feel as though you’re living comfortably, but you know it’s not the life that you want to live. Financial freedom is having the money to live the life you want to live, and to live without money worries. Money really does make the world go round and it’s no doubt something you will spend most of your days thinking about. If you are living paycheck to paycheck at the minute then you will definitely have the stress. So, we’re going to show you three steps that will point you towards financial freedom. There are so many things that we can do to change our lives and the way we have access to money. The three things below and just some of the things you can do!

Emigrate To A New Country

This is one of the best things you can do if you have already envisioned your life abroad. For some people the thought of emigrating and building a life abroad would have been a dream since a very early age. The possibility to earn more money abroad is often huge. One of the countries that people love to move to is Australia. It just offers so much. First you have the lifestyle and how amazing that is to live through. The boiling hot summers, the generally great weather all year round, the people who are loving their life. But most importantly the job pays well and you can get a lot more for your money in terms of real estate. It’s easy enough to move as well. You’d first have to decide location. Understand how easy it is to work. Figure out all the living costs vs wages. Secure a job, secure a home. Then all you need is a successful migration agent to make sure you can get a visa to live in the country. There are often stages to the visa and criteria that you have to meet. But the Australian lifestyle will definitely be one worth moving for.

A New Way Of Money Management

Money management is definitely what everyone could do with focusing on at the minute. If your job is unaffected by the virus outbreak, you might find that you’re able to manage your money and save more because you’ll be doing less. For those of you who are being affected, finances can become a big worry. Which is why we think you should use money management apps to manage your money. You can put your reduced pay in and split your money into categories. You can then monitor it throughout the month and make sure that you’re sticking to it. Using the apps when money does settle is also going to help a ton. It becomes a clearer way of seeing your money, making it far easier to manage. Often money management is all that’s needed for financial freedom.

8 Ways to Finance Legal Aide

A key focus of my blog is Financial Literacy/Money. One of the most significant costs one can accrue in their lifetime is legal fees. Individuals who find themselves on the wrong side of life’s events can find themselves in unforeseen legal battles which they often don’t know how to finance. The following contributed post is entitled, 8 Ways to Finance Legal Aide.

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It’s your worst nightmare – legal fees. But they don’t have to be scary. If you’re struggling to finance legal aid, try some of these cool ideas:

  1. Online legal aid: you can access legal advice online for low prices or even on trial memberships. You get to chat with an attorney online, or sometimes on the phone for a low price. There are many companies available, so do some web-surfing and find the best one for you. Some specialize, some are general. Decide what you need and shop around. Don’t automatically choose the cheapest one. Maybe a little bit more money will get you a better service. After all, you want the best advice tailored for your situation, and there are many fields of law out there. Get someone who knows the area of law you need them to know, and avoid one-size-fits-all legal advice.
  2. Legal Aid Society: the Legal Aid Society provides legal advice for low-income people. They offer free consultations and representation in court. They can’t help you with criminal cases (as you get legal representation as part of your constitutional rights during criminal law cases), but they cover everything under civil law. They run legal clinics that are entirely free and are always happy to help.
  3. Local attorneys: don’t dismiss your regular attorney’s office. Just because you’re low on funds doesn’t mean an attorney won’t help you. If you’re in the midwest, try the attorneys in Minot, ND. They may still be able to help you.
  4. Regular old bank loan: if all else fails, consider a standard loan. Your bank can lend you a given sum of money to cover legal costs, which you’d then have to pay off the same way you’d pay off your credit card or your car. The downside is that you’d have to wait for everything to be processed before you got any money, but maybe your attorney can work with that.
  5. Legal students: if you have any legal students in the family, perhaps they can help you with information and research. If they don’t know the answers, they’d be able to ask higher-level students or professors. This option won’t help you if you need court representation, but anyone working in or studying law might know someone who can take your case.
  6. Peer-to-peer loans: usually found online, peer-to-peer loan companies let you borrow and lend money amongst other ordinary citizens. You’ll still need a good credit score, but there are no banks involved. You have to keep up the payments to maintain your credit score, however.
  7. Use your credit card: for a one-off consultation, putting it on your credit card might work if all you need is some time to pay the bill.
  8. Insurance: certain kinds of insurance will cover legal expenses, like professional indemnity insurance and some types of pet insurance. Have a look at any policies you have and see what they will cover.

There are many ways of accessing legal aid when you need it. Don’t despair; work your way through this list until you find something that works for you.

5 Ways Manufacturers Can Save Money

Two of the focuses of my blog are Financial Literacy/Money and Business/Entrepreneurship. As with any category of business, manufacturers must figured out how to control costs and save money. In a now global market with things in flux everywhere, this is essential to remaining competitive. The following contributed post is entitled, 5 Ways Manufacturers Can Save Money.

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Manufacturers often have a lot of overheads to consider. These costs could affect your overall profit, so it’s important that you find suitable ways to reduce them. Here are just some of the best ways in which manufacturers can reduce costs.

Invest in good quality machinery

When starting out a manufacturing company, there are certain things you don’t want to skimp on. Machinery is one of them – good quality machinery is certain to last longer without frequent repairs. It’s often worth investing in new machinery so that you can guarantee reliability. Used machinery is a lot cheaper to buy, but could be in worse condition, resulting in greater costs in maintenance. That said, you may be able to find gently-used machines out there – these may be in just as good condition as new machines but a lot cheaper.

Choose the right financing options

Most manufacturers have to buy machinery on loan. Compare financing options in order to find the cheapest interest rates going. Many machinery sellers will offer financing themselves, but such finance schemes may not always be the best deals.

Know when to outsource

Whether you’re manufacturing clothes or food or gadgets, there are likely to be parts and components that you’ll want to outsource rather than manufacturing yourself. Think about where your skills and resources lie – if you’re building medical machinery, you may find it easier to look into medical electronics manufacturing for certain parts. That said, you don’t want to outsource too much as you’ll be paying a lot of money in supplier fees.

Prioritise energy-efficiency

Reducing your energy consumption can help to reduce your impact on climate change while also saving you money. There are lots of ways to run a more energy-efficient business. One way to save money is to consider the machinery that you use – older machinery will generally be less energy-efficient than newer machinery. You may also be able to save money by turning off machinery and lighting when not in use. You could even find ways to run your business on sustainable power such as fitting solar panels to the top of your factory roof. By harnessing the power of the sun, you won’t need to rely so much on main electricity and won’t have to pay as high energy bills. Solar panels are expensive to install, but you’ll make your money back in the long run.

Reduce/recycle your waste

There may be ways of re-using waste material. In certain cases, you may even be able to sell scrap to other vendors so that you’re making money from your waste. If recycling waste isn’t possible, then look into ways of reducing it. By recording the amount of waste you produce, you can find ways of reducing it such as ordering materials in smaller quantities or finding manufacturing processes that reduce waste.