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4 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Get Rid of the Office Cubicle Just Yet

March 24, 2017 at 1:00 am Comments are Disabled

Office CubicleWhile the open-office plan continues to take over offices from New York to Los Angeles, managers who have long ago jumped on the bandwagon are starting to realize that full-time collaborative workspaces and complete transparency may not be the ideal solution.

The office cubicle has been maligned in every way. From books to movies, people have acted as if the cubicle has ruined their lives. And yet workers now realize that working in a cubicle does have its benefits after all.

Productivity

The biggest and most important advantage of being able to work in an office cubicle is the increases in efficiency and productivity. By blocking out the distractions from your coworkers, you let yourself focus more on the work you need to do.

Privacy

In an open-office plan, anybody can silently stand behind you and snoop on your emails as you read them. This will not happen with the privacy that an office cubicle provides.

Flexibility

Modern office cubicles are not like the stuffy, gray boxes of old. There is a broad range of styles and designs that you can choose from, and employees have all the opportunity to personalize their cubicles to keep it their own.

Cost Effective

Used office cubicles provide the chance to re-install some of the much-needed privacy in the workplace without having to pay the high cost of brand new equipment.

As managers are now starting to realize, perhaps the open-office plan is not the best office plan after all. In the same way, keeping workers boxed in all the time may not be such a good idea as well.

As with everything in life, balance is the key. A good mix of open workstations for collaboration, cubicles for heightened concentration, and even a few fun, unconventional workspaces for inducing creativity will help create an atmosphere that your employees will appreciate.

Gold: Give it a New Shape, But Do Not Give It Away

January 30, 2017 at 9:54 am Comments are Disabled

gold bar
Heirlooms that have been passed down from your great-great-grandmother down to your mother and now to you is done so because of its sentimental value. But aside from the memories, those gold jewellery set is entrusted to you because of its continuously increasing value. Something that not all people are aware of.

High value of gold

Most people know that gold is valuable. But not most people know why.

In the height of Brexit, the price of gold once again increased as the demand for the valuable metal increases. Gold is considered a “security blanket”, something people can always pull out and sell during tough times. This is the reason people who have money to spare, businessmen and even countries like South Korea and Thailand have hugely invested in gold.

The value of gold is affected by the movement of the economy, political events (i.e. Brexit, Trump triumph) and demands of different countries (i.e. continuous increase in demand of China). While people in the business know the value of gold, thus the demand, ordinary people see it as a luxury and is using the metal as a safety blanket literally. This is something you should avoid as much as possible.

Do not sell your gold

Do not sell those heirlooms for cash as you would definitely get way less that the price for your jewellery, especially if you are like the majority of the population who does not truly understand the gold market.

Instead, give those pieces new life and shape. Casting jewellery, especially those of high values like gold more common than you think. Cast them to your liking to be able to match today’s latest trend or shape them into something you can eventually pass down to your children.

It would not hurt to keep your gold pieces with you as long as possible, especially now that you know the real value of those pieces you tucked away for so long.

How to Get It Right: 4 Little-Known Pricing Strategies That Actually Work

February 27, 2015 at 2:48 pm Comments are Disabled

business manIs your price right?

Even though these are only four words, it’s one question that many companies cannot answer. As a business owner, your responsibility is more than just keeping track of financial performance, creating a business plan or implementing the right marketing strategy. The price you will charge for your product or service is also an important decision you have to make.

Apart from your employees and customers, pricing is also the backbone of a business. If you are just starting out, perhaps you are still having a hard time trying to understand the ins and outs of proper pricing. Let this article help you successfully set your company’s prices.

Know What Your Target Market Needs

Your pricing may affect your sales and your reputation. So, you need to be flexible. Determine what will encourage your potential customers to choose you and risk to pay anything for the satisfaction you will offer.

Know Your Strengths & Weaknesses

No matter how much you try to think that your business is perfect, your company may still have its own fair share of weaknesses. To survive and thrive in the industry, you have to evaluate your flaws and strong points. For instance, if your product’s price is way beyond that of your competitors, the tendency is they will copy your product and sell it to a much lower cost.

Monitor Your Competitors

In today’s competitive business environment, every result matters. This is exactly why choosing the right software can make a huge difference to your bottom line. With web-based reporting and analytics tool, industry professional PriceManager.com says you can get great insights about your rivals and maximize your earnings. If you already have the data you need to keep your business afloat, you can plan and implement the appropriate strategy to take. These are all possible with just a click of a button.

Choose Your Strategy

Like it or not, you have rivals. And, they are out there watching you and eager to get a share of your clients. For a long-term success, you have to determine your strategy. Do you want to set prices based on value or based on the trend?

The key to making your business profitable is to make sure you set the price right. Otherwise, you may face costly problems in the future.

Getting Started: Equipment You Need to Start a Small Business

November 12, 2013 at 6:23 am Comments are Disabled

office worker on phoneYour second largest start-up expense would be buying essential equipment for your business. No matter what type of business you own, the needs of small offices don’t vary that much. The list may be overwhelming at first, but with careful planning, you’ll manage to control your expenditures.

Both technology and furniture are key to keeping your business on the right track. Costly devices don’t necessarily promise good performance, while affordable ones may actually surprise you. Know where to splurge and how much to spend to avoid any pricey mistakes in the long run.

Here’s a list of essential office equipment you’ll need:

Business Telephone System

It’s important to establish an effective means of communication with your clients and business partners. Setting up a reliable telephone system will ensure smoother business operations. Know what phone system services or features your business needs to help you identify the right size and type to buy.

Computers and Software

For any small office, saying that computers are a must-have is an understatement. Any successful organisation relies on how information is stored and processed, so having the right equipment should be a priority. Decide whether your business will operate better with laptops, desktops, or a combination of the two. When buying, search for those machines that can be used for several years before needing any major upgrade.

Computer Network and Internet Connection

Every business knows the opportunity the Internet can bring. That’s why a small office needs networking equipment to connect to the web. Computers within the office can also communicate with each other. Wireless networking is a popular choice. With a single DSL or cable connection, small offices can easily link up a number of laptops or desktop computers. As information security is the life of your business, be sure to protect your network by using wireless security and other password features.

Multiuse Printer

While we say we have entered a world where everything is in “soft copies,” people still rely on paper. Electronic copies need to be printed, and printed copies sometimes need to be scanned. Occasionally, we may need to fax them. Find a printer that also functions as a photocopier, scanner, fax machine, or any other all-in-one uses. You can also look for one that has double-sided printing capabilities so you won’t have to waste time flipping sheets manually.

With the current financial market, starting a business may be particularly challenging. To lessen your stress, make sure you have everything you need for a good start. If you need more information on business essentials like telephones, computers, and others, research online to find the best possible deals.

No More Jersey-Selling For NCAA

August 14, 2013 at 1:17 am Comments are Disabled

jerseyThe NCAA has decided to bow out of the memorabilia-selling business. This decision, taken by NCAA president Mark Emmert comes in the wake of reports that came out earlier in the week stating that some such items linked to individual school teams were found in the association’s commercial website.

Memorabilia-Selling a Mistake

Emmert felt that selling those kinds of goods was a mistake the NCAA made. Since it is not the core objective of the group, Emmert said that it would no longer associate itself with that kind of a business.

He however, added that the commercial site will not be removed in totality from the net. There is still a market for the generic NCAA apparel, said Emmert and added that the association had hired another company, ShopNCAASports.com to operate the site.

Mark Lewis, the company VP mentioned that in the near future, the commercial site will be temporarily shut down and will reopen as a market only for NCAA championship merchandize.

Washington Post Purchased By Amazon Founder Bezos

August 12, 2013 at 7:50 am Comments are Disabled

washingtonpostThe Amazon.com founder that brought books to the digital age, Jeff Bezos has acquired another pillar of old media- The Washington Post. Bezos, 49 has forged a deal to purchase the broadsheet and other newspapers for a whopping $250 million. The announcement on Monday that came as a surprise to many has reiterated how the internet has profusely altered the media landscape.

The Post is Sold

Like many newspapers, Washington Post of late had been witnessing a dwindling number of readers and advertisers, both of whom were rather drawn to the internet. The venerable newspaper that was once held in high regard for busting the Watergate scandal had been in the past few years forced to cut staff, scale back ambitions and shut down several bureaus.

Now with the Post in the safe hands of Bezos it is hoped that days would change for the yesteryear formidable paper. On his acquisition, the Amazon founder made it clear that there is a need to invent to new strategies in the internet age and urged the staff to be prepared to be experimental.

Choosing the Best Appliance Brand for the Kitchen

July 24, 2013 at 6:52 pm Comments are Disabled

Many kitchen appliances are available in the market, each having a different set of advantages and disadvantages. Choosing a brand manufacturer can make the buying process more safe and secure. Here are some trusted brands that you should consider:

Whirlpool Corporation

This multinational manufacturer of household appliances has been in the industry for many years. It markets its own brand, Whirlpool, and other major brands, such as Kitchen Aid, Maytag, and Amana. In 2006, it became the largest home appliance maker in the world. Apart from getting the best kitchen appliances, you’ll also support breast cancer foundations through their “Cook for the Cure” campaign.

AB Electrolux

This Swedish household and professional appliances corporation is the world’s second largest manufacturer in terms of revenue. It produces different major appliances, such as refrigerators, ranges, and cook tops, for consumer and commercial use. It’s among the most trusted brands in home improvement centers like Direct Buy Calgary.

General Electric (GE)

According to Forbes Global 2000, this is the sixth largest firm in the United States by revenue. It’s also the 14th most profitable, placing it on the 3rd spot. After their 101st year in the appliance business, however, they announced that they are exiting this field. Their refrigerators, ovens, and other appliances are still available in some home centers, though.

LG Corporation

This South Korean conglomerate is among the largest appliance manufacturing companies in the world. Apart from home appliances, they also make electronics, chemicals, and telecom products. LG, or Lucky-Goldstar, introduced its tagline “Life’s Good,” which lives up to their capacity of bringing good life to consumers. This is why many home improvement centers, like DirectBuy Calgary, showcase products from this brand.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

This company focuses on digital media, semiconductor, telecommunication network, and LCD digital appliances. Consumers can get their home appliances, such as refrigerators, air conditioners, and microwave ovens for a good price and quality.

All kitchen appliances are the same, but it makes a difference to choose a good manufacturer. Look for home improvement centers, like Calgary Direct Buy, that offer these brands to get a good deal on kitchen appliances.