15 07 13

I have added a couple of plug ins to my blog to stop the tedious work of checking spam messages and users against the real deal.

How do I know the difference?

Spammers comments are jibberish for the most part. Phrases and full paragraphs do not relate to the topic they comment is linked to.

Membership spam is the same. Automated and not real email addresses.

For my real life people, I know it can be tedious. Drives me nuts when I get the code wrong. But I always complete it. I hope you do the same. As a blog owner I understand the need.

I have held out long enough.

With comments, once you are approved you will never have to enter the code again. Same with once you become a member. 🙂

Have a great day. More to come.

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11 07 13

In the past, many business owners were able to completely trust their employees. However, we live in a society where trust and honesty are two qualities that are difficult to find. Instead of getting yourself into a bind, use these tips to protect yourself before problems can even begin to grow.

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Follow The Process
When you hire someone, you need to go through an official process. This might include a formal interview, a contract employee agreement and other procedures. Sometimes, you might be tempted to skip over a step or two, and this is especially true if you already know the employee. However, you never know what could happen in the future, and you want to be prepared.

Know The Legalities and Rights
Before you start to staff your new business, you definitely need to be certain that you know all of the employees’ rights and your rights as well. Browsing on FindLegalForms.com and speaking with your own lawyer are two ways to ensure that you know this important information. Failure to do so could mean that you have legal troubles in the future. When you know what could happen before hand, you can be aware of the potential problems that may arise.

Keeping Track of Time
In some businesses, workers are paid a salary, and other employees are hourly. However, in either case, employees might be required to clock-in and clock-out. You need to find a system that protects against time theft. For example, some employees might ask others to sign-in for them. In fact, in a large business, some employees might even say that they were working at a time when they were not. You should use a system that requires employees to sign-in with a personal password so that only they are permitted to access the system.

Password Protected Information
You probably have some information about your company that you do not want everyone to know about. This information can be provided to people who have access to it only. Be sure that it is password protected. When employees log-in to the website on a daily basis, they should have different applications available or something of that nature. Allow the applications related to sensitive material to appear only on certain screens. You can certainly choose some people to have full administrative access. Remember, this business belongs to you, so you have the final say on who can say what.

The Security System
Giving out the pass code to your security system needs to be done with a selective mind. You should not provide this information to all of the employees. Instead, you should limit the number of people who have the information to a very select few. Otherwise, someone could disable the security system and steal from the company. You must set up video cameras around the perimeter of the company so that you can protect against these types of issues.

Living in a world where employees cannot be fully trusted is difficult. However, your life will become even harder if you do not take precautions against these issues.

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Annabelle is currently a loving and caring mother of two children. She lives outside of Milwaukee, WI and loves cheering for the Bucks and Badgers. She is a blog enthusiast and loves writing, if she is not writing she is cleaning up after her two lovely angels.

Email- Annabellesmyth at gmail dot com

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24 06 13

Everyone starts out as a beginner.

But not everyone’s experience as a beginner is the same.

There are basically 2 types of beginners.

There are “newbies” as they are affectionately called.

And there are “smart beginners.”

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20 06 13

Phone service can be one expense small businesses should not have to endure. Land line phone services offered to small businesses are expensive. A newer solution is VoIP, Voice over Internet Protocol. You get all the bells and whistles, same services as a land line company for 25 to 50% the cost, in some cases even less.

Before selecting a VoIP service provider there are a few considerations.

1. VoIP requires cable or broadband internet connections. Dial up and satellite are too slow. Even with the higher speeds of broadband satellite you will use your monthly quota fast.

2. Not all VoIP phone companies are created equal. Read the small print.

3. Equipment is an important consideration. Will their equipment work well with your modem or router? Do you have to purchase special equipment?

4. Pricing is another consideration. I usually make it number one, but these days there is a great deal of competition for your business. Find the price that works well for you.

When deciding on aligning myself with companies to provide referrals and special offers to my readers I follow the same guidelines. Read, check them out and define the small print.

One company has made it to number 30 in the INC 500 as the fastest growing private company in America. PhonePower Communications.

When you check out remember to get an extra $5 discount off your initial purchase, use this coupon code: 969695692

PhonePower Communications offers a monthly package to suit your needs. If your budget can support it, pay for a year in advance, and get the second year free. Plus use the coupon code: 969695692 to save another $5 off the initial cost.

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19 06 13

Maybe you’ve just started a new business and you’re looking for ways to budget the company money and do things right the first time to avoid a future disaster. Maybe your business is struggling, and you’re looking for ways to get it out of that financial danger zone. Whatever the case, learning to budget your business’s money is critical. It will help you develop the discipline to make sound financial decisions, and it will reap attractive benefits for your company in the future. These are five steps to wisely budgeting to keep your business afloat.

    1. Get In There and Just Cut Costs
    Of course, the obvious answer to strategically spending money for your business would be to cut costs. However, when business owners are directed to do this by financial advisers, they stall and have a hard time choosing what areas they should be cutting from. However, to save money, you just have to do it. Find the least pertinent expenses your business has and start slashing. Maybe you pay for a telephone service that you don’t even really use. Discontinue it and direct calls to your cell phone.

    2. Seek New Suppliers
    If you find that the cost of supplies is seriously difficult for you to work with, consider ending business with your current suppliers and find new ones that offer the same items, but at more affordable prices. If you’re worried about breaking relationships with your suppliers, don’t take it to heart. It’s not personal; it’s business.

    3. Repair Your Business Credit
    Having good business credit can open the door to many opportunities that businesses with bad credit can’t access. For example, to obtain a loan for your business, you’re going to have to exhibit good business credit history. Consider consulting a credit repair agency to find out more about credit repair and what it can mean for your business.

    4. Visualize Your Costs with a Spreadsheet or Software
    For some people, it’s easy to plainly see where they’re fumbling if they plug their numbers into software or a spreadsheet so that they can visually acknowledge what’s going on. Some software will even make intelligent recommendations on where you can cut costs.

    5. Speak with Other Business Owners
    This is a somewhat risky tip as it will be easy to ask the wrong people for advice. Look for a business owner in the same niche, and ask them about their costs and budgeting style. Try to find someone that is too far away from you to be considered a competitor. These people can be goldmines for information on how to keep your business afloat, especially if they’ve been in the business for a long time.

Author Bio

Annabelle is currently a loving and caring mother of two children. She lives outside of Milwaukee, WI and loves cheering for the Bucks and Badgers. She is a blog enthusiast and loves writing, if she is not writing she is cleaning up after her two lovely angels.
Email: Annabellesmyth@gmail.com

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