By Jerry Mooney
All businesses are important in their own way. When we talk about a domestic business we usually mean the standard definition overall: A domestic business is one that keeps its activities to the local market and only gets profit from there. But what about businesses that serve domestic needs? What businesses that have minimal startup costs take care of the ‘undesirable’ facets of business life? Lets celebrate some of the strongest workers out there, so here’s a little food for thought on them.
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The Many Different Types Of Cleaning Services
There’s so many different types of cleaning services that cater wholly to certain sectors, and for good reason. Us human beings are a messy bunch, and a lot of work can be created from our daily activities, whether they be in an office or behind a counter.
If you run something like an office cleaning service, then you’re guaranteed to have a hard working and skilled workforce. Other professionals rely on them because they’re the best at what they do. Cleaning services sometimes get an unfair rap, but the skilled labour they do is the stuff we often don’t want to do ourselves. It also allows people to capitalise on their work hours and get more done for themselves. Who knew that idea could be so simply accomplished?
Those that work in sewage are some of the bravest people out there and deserve a whole lot more recognition. Working with sewage is also a very high paying job due to all the risks involved. They’re also some of the cleanest, as they know what goes on down in the big city pipes, and thus have to take extra steps to stay healthy.
Everything That Catering Services Provide
Working in the domestic sector often means you’ll own or work for a food business. Whether this be in a restaurant as a chef or waiter, or in a van that services fairgrounds and festivals, this kind of job is incredibly important.
When it comes to it, it’s decidedly not fast food, but instead it’s more convenience food. Going out is made a lot easier by the amount of buyable food options that are ready to eat. Making your own sandwiches works out a lot cheaper, but a lot of people don’t think of this when all they want to do the night before is hit the hay and only have 5 minutes for breakfast.
It tastes good and is delivered quickly, at no extra effort to yourself. That’s one of the main reasons that catering services are important. Yet if you’re hiring one out for an event, they also make sure every other section of the event is up to scratch. Employees also act as on site waiters and waitresses, meaning all services you could need are delivered in one.
This list consisted of two very strong examples of domestic services that are incredibly important to businesses and the public alike. We should always know where our health and hygiene comes from.
By Nigel Hilton
Every home needs a facelift after it’s been lived in for a while. You might have taken good care of your humble abode but paint fades, furnishings wear out, and kids come along to make a mess of everything. If you’re feeling a little uninspired by the current state of your household then you might want to look into giving it a bit of a facelift. Here are some tips to help you do so.
Let’s start with one of the most important rooms in the house. Whilst you may only spend eight to ten hours of your doing in this room (and you’re asleep for most of them), this doesn’t detract from the fact that the state of your bedroom greatly affects your perception of your home as a whole. If you don’t have a comfortable place to retreat at the end of the evening and get a good night’s sleep then it ruins the feel of the place that you’re trying to call “home”.
You might want to start improving this space by looking at the bed itself. Perhaps you’re not getting a good night’s sleep because the mattress is old and worn out; sometimes a spring might have gone so you could potentially look into a good spring manufacturer to try and fix that problem and save what is, otherwise, a great mattress. Whatever the solution, you definitely need to start with a comfortable bed. Moving out from that, the aesthetic of your bedroom also greatly affects how comfortable you feel in it. A fresh coat of paint on the walls (and perhaps some furnishings) could rejuvenate this space and make it feel brand new. A coat of white paint is very neutral and also a great way to brighten up any room by reflecting the natural sunlight which pours through your windows (that’s a good tip for any room in your house).
The kitchen is one of the most important rooms of the house. It’s not only the place in which you’ll prepare all (or the majority) of your meals but it’s also probably one of the main social zones of your house. Everybody congregates here to eat, so it’s important that this is a comfortable and inviting zone. You can improve your kitchen with a little DIY work so don’t go telling yourself that you need to fork out thousands to improve it.
Don’t neglect your outdoor space. The garden is just as much a part of your home as any other room in the house. Give it a tidy up, much as you would when the kitchen becomes a mess, because you might find that you’re far more inclined to go out and enjoy this outdoor space once you start keeping on top of mowing the lawn and perhaps planting new flowerbeds. Give yourself an incentive to get out there and enjoy this extra room of your house. You could even look into getting an extension put onto the house so that you have a lovely viewing spot of your handiwork in the garden.
By Brian McKay
Some companies still don’t quite understand how important it is to have a blog on their website. It’s understandable. If you’re a business owner – a small business owner at that – then you’ll already have enough responsibilities on your plate without worrying about writing a blog that people may or may not read. The truth is, though, that blogs are effective; you’ll have many more website visitors if you have one than if you don’t. If you think that you don’t have the time to write and publish blogs, take a look at our tips below.
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Write on the Move
You’re not always working. You have a commute, whether that’s on public transport or in your vehicle. This is the perfect time to “write” a blog. You can get the idea, outline, and general tone of your blog within thirty minutes. If you have a commute that at least that long, then what are you waiting for? If you commute via bus or subway, have a pen and paper and jot down your ideas. If you’re in a car, then use your phone’s voice recording application. It won’t cut into the time you should be spending on your business, and you’ll have plenty of blog posts!
Getting Your Ideas
Sometimes, it’s not the time to write the blog that’s the problem: it’s finding the time to brainstorm ideas for blog topics. This is difficult, especially if you’re in a not so glamorous business and creative topics are difficult to come by. If this is the case, first of all, remember that not every blog needs to have people on the edge of their seats: it just has to be useful to them in some way. If you’re really in a pinch, use a blog idea generator website for inspiration.
Quickly Format and Post
Very often it’s not the blog writing process that is time-consuming, but the formatting and posting aspects that can take up too much time. When looking for a blog hosting website, use one that is easy to use, so you’re not wasting time looking for the important buttons. There are also a number of online HTML and text tools that’ll enable you to format your blog post correctly, even if it’s just in a simple text document. If you add a couple of free images from sites like Pexels.com or Pixabay.com, you’ll have a fully formed blog post, and it’ll only have taken a few minutes.
Get Outside Help
If you’re really struggling for time, then you can always look at bringing in outside help to get the job done. There are companies that’ll create, write, and post blog posts for you, or you can look at hiring a student intern at your company.
Don’t Look For Perfection
Finally, remember that it’s possible to overthink a blog post. They should be good, of course, but casual readers aren’t looking for the next Hemingway, so it doesn’t have to be perfect. If it’s free from errors, useful, and enjoyable to read, then that’s all there is to it!
By Brian McKay
Everybody goes into business thinking that it’ll be a matter of getting creative, putting their stamp on the firm, and waiting for the world to take notice. Unfortunately, it’s very rarely so straightforward. While you’ll have plenty of ideas to get you started, you’ll quickly discover that there are many other people involved in your company, and that means that it can be difficult always to feel like you’re in control of what’s going on. Below, we take a look at five steps you can take so that it always feels like it’s “your company”.
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Avoid a Business Partner
Now, there are advantages to having a business partner; it can bring in new expertise, ideas, and finance, for example. But it’s worth remembering that the person you bring in won’t be delivering these things out of the goodness of their heart: they’ll want an equal say over the direction of the company. Instead of automatically getting a partner, look at bringing in new ideas and expertise through traditional hiring; it’ll provide the same access to the skills you need, but you’ll still be unquestionably in control.
You’re not a dictator; you won’t be able to “control” your employees as such. However, by hiring people you trust and respect you, can ensure that it won’t be your workers who rock the boat and undermine your control of the company. Businesses work best when there’s a clear figurehead at the top; if you’re having disagreements with a trouble making employee, then you’ll quickly lose your sense of authority.
Keeping Investors Out
Sometimes, we’re forced into relinquishing some of our control due to financial issues. If you want to raise money from investors, then you’re going to need to offer them a slice of the pie, and that means they’ll be able to have a say as to which direction the business should be going. If you give more than 50% of your company away to other investors, you’ll suddenly find that you’re a minority voice. Instead, keep the investors out. Use your own money to get things started, and then use a service like businesslineof.credit to keep on top of your cash flow. You can always attract investors later on down the line, but if you do it too early, then you’ll be relinquishing control forever.
Always Think Ahead
It’s important that you keep your eyes on the day to day running of your operations, but you should also have your mind on the future, too. Knowing where you want the company to be in one, three, and five years will focus your attentions and keep the bigger picture of your company at the forefront of your mind, preventing you from becoming sidetracked and losing control.
Choose Your Clients Wisely
You can also lose control by being too dependent on only one client for your business. If one client is making up more than 30% of your revenue, then it will be they, not you, who’s in charge of your company. Keep things mixed up, and never become too reliant on one other organization.
By Sharon Jones
There are plenty of budding entrepreneurs out there who feel they can take the challenge head on, but for every single one of us who fancies ourselves as the new Richard Branson or Nikola Tesla, there are many questions you need to ask yourself before getting your business out there.
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Why Am I Doing This?
It may be a very simple question, but it may be one you haven’t even asked yourself. There will be times when things go wrong, and you will need to be able to know the answer this question. If you cannot, you are going to struggle to retain focus during the tough times. There will be times when you may struggle to keep your business financially afloat, and you may end up feeling desperate and wondering why you got yourself into this mess in the first place. But if you can answer this one simple question it will be the thing to keep you pushing on.
Have I Done Enough Research?
This can never be underestimated, from the various financial options to the current landscape of the marketplace, you need to make sure that you have done more than your fair share of research. From the financial side, there are suitable resources like smallbusinessloans.co, as well as many others that can delve into the details of each type of financing for business. From a standard startup loan to equipment financing, to a business line of credit, it’s vital that you know what you are entitled to, based on your lifestyle and credit score. It’s important for you to keep your personal credit score as high as you possibly can, because starting a business will very likely deplete your credit score at a rapid rate. By having a higher credit score, you’ll be able to borrow more to get your business off the ground.
Do I Understand The Commitment?
Not just in a financial aspect, but you need to be constantly on the hunt for potential clients, customers, suppliers, and these all require networking on a near constant basis at the very outset. The best way to get an idea of who you should align yourself with is to speak to many other entrepreneurs to get an idea of what can go well and what can go wrong. While you can get a lot of benefit on how to run a business by the mistakes you make, if you can find out from similar businesses where they went wrong at the outset, this will stop you doing the same.
Do I Have An Exit Strategy?
No matter how prepared you are, no matter how foolproof your business plan is, and even no matter how much money you have behind you, you need to have a way out just in case it doesn’t go according to plan. It can hurt a lot if you put a lot of money and time in something that doesn’t pay off for you. So if you can find a way to get out with minimal damage, this will give you a bit more confidence to push on with your idea and get it to the best it can be. For some inspiration, there are sites like groundfloorpartners.com which have examples of exit strategies.
These are important things to ask yourself before jumping in, so make sure you know the answers.
By Sharon Jones
We all work hard for our money, don’t we? Why would any of us want to spend more than we need to? We wouldn’t, and yet, most people are wasting their money without even realizing it. If you use the quick and helpful tips here, you can stop wasting your hard earned cash right away:
Compare Utility Suppliers
If you haven’t compared utility suppliers for years now, you can pretty much guarantee you’re wasting money on your bills. You should check with new suppliers every year, and switch if you can get a cheaper deal. Utility bills often end up taking up a huge portion of our finances, but that doesn’t mean we should just allow costs to rise. It’s easy to switch and you’ll save a fortune.
Stop Taking Kids Shopping With You
Taking kids shopping with you can double your bill, especially when they’re asking to add things to the trolley. If you can, leave them at home or with a babysitter while you do the weekly shop.
Be More Eco Friendly
You don’t have to install solar panels (although doing this will really help the environment) – there are so many small but effective changes you can make to help the environment and your purse. Change your light bulbs, and pay more attention to the water you use. It all helps!
Want some more tips that will help you to use your money smarter? Here are 20 tips that can help you to save in a stress free way:
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