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.

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:

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!

Simple Ways to Make Your Business Look Far More Professional

Two of the focuses of my blog are Financial Literacy/Money and Business/Entrepreneurship. They say image and perception are everything. That said, the more professional your business looks, the more business you likely are to get. The following contributed post is entitled, Simple Ways to Make Your Business Look Far More Professional.

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Building an online business often means being on your own. You probably won’t have an IT department who can set you up with an email address and you won’t have a professional writer who can craft content for you either. If you want to make sure that your business looks as professional as it can, then there are a few things that you can do to try and really take things to that next level.

Get a Dedicated Phone Number

The first thing that you need to do is get a dedicated phone number. This gives you the chance to share your contact details with people without even having to think about giving out your personal phone number. The great thing about this is that it means that you don’t answer your customer phone calls unprofessionally. It’s entirely possible for you to get a dedicated cell phone for your business, but it is probably cheaper and easier for you to get a Google voice number instead. This is free and it also gives you the chance to have online storage for your voicemails too.

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Get a Domain Name

You will need a fast and memorable way for all of your customers to find you. A lot of services will give you a free domain name whenever you sign up with their company, but if you go down this route then you may end up having a URL that is long and impersonal. This may work if you want to get your business up and running as quickly as possible but it is not going to do your business any favours for the long-run. When you make the decision to go ahead with your domain name, you need to keep it short. Remember to brand your business too, by investing in logo design. If you are renting a space, then you can easily put a sign up there. If you are concerned about your business building not looking professional because of vandalism then invest in a graffiti removal service.

Order some Business Cards

This may really sound like a no-brainer, but at the end of the day, business tools are a fantastic way for you to capitalise on word-of-mouth marketing. It won’t cost you a lot if you get them from an online service and you may even find that you end up building your professional image way faster.

Set up an About Us Page

Your About page is your chance to show your customers what you really stand for. You would be surprised at how easy it is for you to create an About Us page when you just think about the reason you created your business. Don’t be afraid to tell your story and also make sure that you do everything you can to get the word out. If you do then you will soon find that you end up with a solid brand and that your customers are also able to relate to you as well, which is priceless when you think about it.

5 Things To Consider If You Need Vehicles For Your Business

Two of the focuses of my blog are Financial Literacy/Money and Business/Entrepreneurship. Some businesses require the use of vehicles. If vehicles are a major expense in your business, they come with a specific of considerations. The following contributed post is entitled, 5 Things To Consider If You Need Vehicles For Your Business.

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If you’re looking to buy a new vehicle for your business and you don’t know where to begin then don’t worry, you have definitely come to the right place. Whether you’re buying a vehicle that will be used by only you or you’re buying a commercial vehicle for everyone to use, you need to be sure you’re choosing something that is suitable. Although it may be difficult at first, there are lots of questions you can ask yourself to ensure you’re buying the right vehicle. From setting yourself an overall budget to deciding how often you’re going to be using it, the more you think about it the better. With that in mind, here are 5 things to consider if you to buy a vehicle for your business:

-What Is Your Overall Budget?

One of the first things you need to consider when it comes to buying vehicles for your business is your budget, as this will ensure you’re not spending more than you can afford. Whether you’re buying one vehicle or you’re looking at fleet management, you need to ensure you know exactly how much it is you’re able to spend. If it helps, you may want to consider thinking about all of the additional costs that are associated with purchasing a vehicle. From insurance to the cost of gas, you need to be sure you’re thinking of everything.

For a guide to budgeting for vehicles as a business, you can visit this site here.

-What Type Of Vehicle Do You Want To Buy?

Another important thing to consider is the type of vehicle you want to buy. If you’re just using it to make a few small trips each week, chances are you’re not going to need anything too expensive. For those that are looking to transport stock or travel to sales demonstrations, however, you may need to consider buying something that you know is going to be highly functional. From being able to store products and equipment to allowing for long journeys, the more reliable the vehicle the better. For tips and tricks when it comes to choosing the right vehicle for you, you can visit this site here.

-Where Do You Want To Buy It From?

Once you know what type of car you want to buy, you need to think about where you’re going to buy it from. Whether you’re getting it from a local garage or travelling a little further, deciding this in advance is important.

-Are You Buying Brand New Or Second Hand?

Another important thing to consider is whether or not you’re going to be buying something brand new, or whether you’re going to go for something second hand. Although buying something second hand will save you money, you may want to consider whether or not it’s going to be a high enough quality. The best thing to do, of course, is to test drive it in advance.

-Is It Safe?

Finally, you need to be sure you’re buying a vehicle that is going to be safe for all of your staff members to drive. This means buying something that has been checked over recently.

Do you have to buy vehicles for your business? What do you need to consider to ensure you’re buying the right vehicles at a good price? Did we miss anything? Let me know your thoughts and ideas in the comments section below.

Efficient and Environmentally Sound Storage for Your Company

Two of the focuses of my blog are Financial Literacy/Money and Business/Entrepreneurship. If your business deals with inventory and deliverables, you ideally want to secure storage that serves your purposes but is friendly to the environment as well. The following contributed post is entitled, Efficient and Environmentally Sound Storage for Your Company.

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Efficient and Environmentally Sound Storage for Your Company

If you own a company, or just manage one, you’re probably always thinking of ways to minimize storage, create more space and store inventory in economical, efficient and environmentally-friendly ways. Sometimes it can be hard to envision ways to do this that meet all those criteria, but with a little creativity, hard work and motivation, you can streamline your inventory and make the entire workplace more efficient and eco-friendly.

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Here are a few ideas on how to get started:

“Green” Storage
Whether you’re looking at small storage solutions, like tupperwares and other small containers, or something much larger, like huge bins and storage facilities, a variety of “green” options exist at all sorts of price points, sizes and styles.

Utilizing items that don’t contain harsh chemicals and plastics will reduce your carbon footprint, improve the health of your employees and provide excellent, efficient storage for any type of inventory.

It isn’t just true of storage containers, either. You can find shelving, flooring and all sorts of other eco-friendly “green” options to optimize your inventory and make your workplace a sustainable one.

Shelving, Racks and More
If you have shelves and shelves of product, you’ve likely looked into shelf and rack options that save space, time and money. You want these products to be environmentally sound, too, so you’re likely trying to avoid lots of plastic and other harsh chemical materials.

Cantilever racking is a great option for the business with lots of shelving and inventory to contend with. Easy to customize, move around, and clean, cantilever racking is not made of harsh plastics, is durable and will last for years and years. They come in a wide variety of sizes, each one able to be customized and moved quickly and easily and are available in both single and double sided configurations.

For the business that has lots of pallets and heavy boxes to store, these are a lifesaver. Strong, weather-resistant and durable, but best of all, affordable and eco-friendly.

Trash and Waste
Every company, especially ones that ship a lot of product, have excess waste they must contend with. Everything from broken down boxes, to wrapping materials, labels, packing material, paperwork, and more.

It’s simply good business practice, not to mention eco-friendly, to have a plan to reduce your waste by recycling. Not only is this better for the environment, but it will save your employees time and cut down on your waste disposal/dumpster costs.

Lots of people are on board with recycling things like bottles and cans, but you can recycle almost anything. Check with your local county regulations to see what items you can recycle, including all that unused cardboard, packing materials, and more. Bins can be purchased for very affordable prices.

These are just three ways your company can cut down on waste, utilize shelf space and streamline inventory while still looking after the environment and cutting down on bad business practices. There are many more ways you can be eco-friendly and efficient at the same time.

Handling A Business Emergency

Three of the focuses of my blog are Current Events, Financial Literacy/Money and Business/Entrepreneurship. In some instances, catastrophic events emerge which adversely impact businesses just like people. The Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic is such a case where people and businesses have been thrown into peril. Just as with humans, the health of sick businesses must be managed. The following contributed post is entitled, Handling A Business Emergency.

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We are living in the middle of a pandemic right now, and while it’s a scary time to live in with the media screaming and people panic-buying, we must think about business continuity. A pandemic is an emergency for a business. It’s going to need a comprehensive backup plan to be able to cope with the stock markets crashing and the economy going belly-up. It’s essential that in any disaster, you have a contingency plan for the business to keep afloat. Still, in a pandemic, when isolation is recommended, we need to do what we can to ensure that your business continuity plan is intact. Let’s take a look.

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● Know The Threat
The biggest threat in the pandemic today is the fact that people are in isolation (depending on where you are in the world). So, if your business is one in the hospitality industry or one that has been forced to let staff work from home, you need a plan – and fast. Enabling home-working and remote access to servers is an excellent way to keep people able to earn money, and your business is still running. In other threats, you need to be able to recover quickly. For example, buying batteries from powRparts to ensure that your generators and equipment can keep running in the event of a blackout is just smart business. Knowing your threats is so important so that you can get that plan up and running.
● Assign Responsibility
We may be dealing with COVID-19, but the other disasters in the world include fire, terrorism, flooding, and magic sinkholes that can swallow up half a street. Assigning areas of responsibility to your staff is so important. This way, you’re not leading the charge by yourself when it comes to implementing your emergency plan. Training up your team to be able to handle an incident is a must, and they will be able to work with you to ensure that everyone else in the business is safe!
● Know Your Contacts
You need to know the best contact information for the assigned emergency leaders in your company. You cannot scramble for phone numbers in a time of worry. You need these to be accessible, and that should be a part of your plan!
● Business Recovery
You should have a whole team dedicated to the recovery of your business in a crisis. You should get in touch with a specialist IT team if your business needs to embrace home working, as this needs to be set up and ready to go in the event of an emergency situation. You should also have emergency equipment to hand on-site in at least three easy to reach locations. You want your business to recover well, and that takes establishing normal operations as soon as possible after a crisis.

Backing up your data and ensuring that your business is reliable as quickly as possible is the best way to ensure that your business recovers well from a crisis. You must get this done as early as you can – just in case.