Working efficiently normally means getting a job done in the fastest yet most cost-efficient way. For some types of businesses, including my own, this is not always that easy to achieve. Let me explain.
Among of the main culprits that can often tie up a lot of time and then end up costing lots of money is everything related to management and organization.
If things go awry there, say if they’re not as efficient as they could possibly be, the entire business can suffer.
In the shipping business this problem become particularly evident. Why? Because in this type of business a lot hinges on effective organization.
At some point your customer base will grow and you simply cannot afford to slack managing invoices, orders, customer inquiries and of course everything related to shipping your goods to your customers as fast as possible.
Be assured that any unhappy customer, any single delayed or missed shipment could (and normally will) backfire.
This is where business software such as export management software can help tremendously!
I have personally seen how the export management software we obtained made a big difference in daily operations:
* We can respond faster to customer inquiries
* We can fulfill orders much quicker
* We can ship items in various ways which means that we can offer the customer more choices there, including economy shipping, over-night shipping etc.
* We can now basically avoid all mistakes such as shipping the wrong items or having incomplete shipping documents for customs.
The last point alone deserves attention since proper customs documents are extremely important. For any international shipping company, when a shipment is held up in customs it is normally a minor to major catastrophe. (Most of then time it’s a major one, let me assure you.) This can easily happen without export management software since a mistake on a customs form is easily made. No one can keep track of the constant changing regulations, especially if you ship to or import from China, India and similar countries.
So, to let me conclude this blog post. If you’re the owner of a small business where you ship goods, export management software can be a huge time and money- saver!
Those who have babies don’t have it easy especially if money is tight. Things such as diapers, baby wipes and quality baby foods can cost a lot of money. It’s for that reason no surprise that a good number of families in the United Kingdom struggle facing such costs.
On the other hand, there are plenty of things you can do to save money if you have a big family!
Did you know that many of the known brands for things such as baby food or hygiene products have clubs you can join that can often give you substantial savings?
Then of course there are coupons or reward cards you could also take advantage of.
Here is a great article with ten money saving tips for families with small children. Check it out, it covers all of the above things along with other money saving tips such as buying in bulk.
Any responsible business owner knows that safety must come first. For once, here in the UK we have strict laws that mandate that businesses must adhere to certain fire safety and prevention measures.
Secondly, any responsible and ethical employer will also want to make sure that his/her employees are safe and sound and this includes proper fire prevention in your premises whether it be fire extinguishers, smoke alarms or more complex systems.
But effective fire prevention systems, aside from the obvious fact that they can save lives, have also the major advantage that they can save the business owner huge amounts of money!
In many cases, a properly installed fire prevention system can actually save the entire business from ruin. It should be obvious that any prevented damage to equipment and inventory means that huge financial losses due to a fire had been successfully avoided: The fire was either prevented altogether or it had been extinguished quickly.
For those above reasons,fire prevention systems in businesses today are rather wide-spread however those systems can differ depending on the type of business.
In some instances, certain prevention systems can not even be used or they would be ineffective or cause even more damage. An example here would be a water sprinkler system that could easily destroy a fortune worth in computer systems and electronics, this means the damage from the sprinkler would be equal or even worse than the actual fire damage.
Another case where such conventional systems cannot be used would be commercial kitchen venues. Obviously when we’re dealing with hot oils, using water to extinguish a fire would be the worst thing you could so. In such cases as well you need a special fire suppression system like the Ansul system.
The Detectomat is another, rather wide-spread fire detection and fire alarm system you should consider. This is a system which basically consists of a central control unit along with several smoke detectors and manual fire alarms that will be installed throughout your premises. Many commercial businesses today make use of Detectomat systems of varied complexity.
You see that it can be rather difficult to give general advice on a proper fire prevention system since it will always depend on the type of business in question which one would be recommended.
With proper fire prevention measures for your business you can keep the risk of fires at a minimum and will be able to prevent harm to you employees and can protect yourself from major financial losses! At http://argosfire.co.uk/ you can read all about modern fire protection systems.
For your next holiday abroad, when you hire a car you could actually save a significant amount of money. We’re not talking “chump change” here but the differences in costs for car hires can be anything between £250 and £600!
One tip here is that you should always hire your car as early in advance to your holiday as you can. If you already know the date of your arrival at your destination you can call up the car rental agency and book your car today. Don’t wait until the last minute and definitely avoid to rent your car for your holiday right from the airport.
If you do it that way you can save a whole bunch of money, even more so if you plan to visit the popular holiday destinations in Spain or Italy. The earlier you hire your car the more you will save! You can read more about it over at The Express.
Birthdays and similar events where it is expected to give a gift can always come up. Then again, not everyone has always cash to spare to buy some extravagant gift. Those of us on a budget then often need to resort to affordable but rather uncreative gifts such as gift cards or nick-knacks that wouldn’t have any specific purpose. Those are those types of gifts where you will certainly receive a smile when you give them but they will almost always end up in someone’s storage or worse they will simply be thrown away.
If you’re confident enough with crafting you could make some cool and unique things such as a wallet, a picture frame or pen holder for a desk.
As opposed to some other things, those things will certainly be useful!
Then there are some creative things you could purchase for little money, such as power bands or negative ion bracelets.
I like those because they combine a multitude of functions and benefits. For once, negative ions are said to be beneficial for our health which makes those gifts truly valuable since they show that you really care. Secondly, aside from the many benefits of being able to produce negative ions, this type of jewellery is available for everyone because you can get negative ion bracelets for kids or adults and they come in all sorts of styles and colours today.
I have given them to kids as young as eight and they immediately liked them because of the flashy. I also gave them to many adults and some of them had been elderly and they loved them when I told them about how negative ions can help with all sorts of physical and mental ailments. My friend Rita actually told me that her negative ion bracelet helped her with her insomnia!
I always like those vendors for ion bracelets that have a bigger selection because it’s then easier for me to find the right one depending on whom I want to give it to. Infinitypro is my favorite one but if you look around you may be able to find similar good and reputable vendors for power bands.
Ebay, Gumtreee and similar “second hand” websites are always great for finding the one or the other bargain or rare treasure. Then again, if you love to shop on such websites, caution is always advised.
Did you know that Gumtree alone is hit by 250 fraud claims each end every week? Websites where private individuals can offer and sell goods on the internet are always appealing for scammers and those large sites such as Gumtree are especially liked by those criminals.
One rather common scheme on Gumtree would be that a property is offered up for rent and the alleged “landlord” is asking for a hefty security deposit in advance. When you then finally want to inspect the rental in question you will find it’s not even up for rent and then your money will be long gone. Always use common sense if you do business on such websites and most importantly don’t ever pay money in advance. Be aware that if something sounds to be good to be true it more often than not really is.
Purchasing furniture is rarely ever something you do on a whim. Most of the time, a piece of quality furniture such as a new bed can cost quite a bit of money but that’s often accepted seeing that furniture is often an investment for decades to come.
On the other hand, people can make mistakes when they buy furniture.
Let’s take beds as an example and let’s talk about what a major role they can play when it comes to your budget and your home’s available space and layout.
It might well be you have a number of children and chances are that space in your home is not exactly infinite.
If you happen to have two or more children, space will quickly become scarce since their beds will sure tie up the biggest part of their room.
Now imagine a situation where a family has three, four or even more kids. You will basically end up with needing two extra rooms just for your children’s beds.
With bunk beds, none of the above problems would come up. Since a bunk bed is multiple beds stacked up vertically they will not take up any more space in a room than one single bed. For families with many children that can be the optimal solution!
Better even, if you compare the cost of a modern bunk bed with a number of separate beds you will quickly realize that something like a triple bunk bed will come you a lot cheaper than having to purchase three individual beds.
However you want to turn it, bunk beds have a plethora of benefits not only for your home but also for your wallet! What’s better, not only can a bunk bed save you space and cash, there is hardly a kid today who wouldn’t love a bunk bed over a “normal” one.
If you happen to live in the UK you can read here about furniture shops available in Devon where you can find a good selection on modern and affordable bunk beds for your children.