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How Interim Management Can Help Your Business

Interim Management is one of the fastest growing sectors of employment, but it’s still poorly understood overall, with many business owners not seeing how it can help them. This problem is especially pronounced for small businesses and start-ups, who find it hard to justify the extra investment necessary to bring Interim skills into their business without a clear understanding of how that investment will pay off.

There are two main reasons to bring Interim talent into your business: firstly if your business is in trouble, and needs turning around and secondly if you’re trying to achieve a specific, clearly defined goal and need additional skills to get it done.

I’m going to leave the ‘business in trouble’ reason to one side for now and focus on the ‘specific goal’ aspect to Interim Management, as this is key to the early days of many small businesses, and it’s where they can see the most value from a relationship with an Interim Recruiter.

All small businesses face challenges in their early weeks and months: it’s part of the nature of running a small business that you have to be both a specialist and a generalist. You have to specialise in the unique USP of the product or service that you’re selling, and also keep every other aspect of the business running, from coordinating employees sick time, and holiday to making sure you have enough office supplies.

One of the most important things about Interim Management is that they introduce skills and systems into your business and those stay behind, enriching your employees and improving your business long after the interim contract has come to an end.

If you’re just starting out and beginning to grow your team, for example, getting an Interim HR Manager to work with you could make your life a great deal easier over the initial years of your business: they can help with your hiring process, ensuring you take in your first tranche of employees on a firm footing, bringing their experience of interviews and employment contracts to the table – something you may well lack if this is your first business, and establishing systems to regulate sickness, holiday and overtime that are tried and tested rather than improvised by a business owner with seventeen other priorities.

This is only one example of how Interim talent can contribute to a young and growing business. It’s worth thinking today about how Interim can help you.

Choosing the Right Conveyancer

On average we sell and buy a property a few times in our lives. It is also true that some people will never buy or sell a property, while some will do it on several occasions more often than others. The bottom line is that there is a lot of property trading going on all the time and for this reason it makes sense to compare conveyancing quotes online before finding the conveyancer that is right for you and also affordable at the same time.

I know that some people choose DIY conveyancing. By this I mean that they choose to do everything themselves. There is a flaw in that type of thinking though. Buying and selling a property is a complicated process, probably even more complicated than any other matter that normally lawyers deal with. Unless you are a conveyancer yourself, you will find it rather difficult to close a deal yourself because the amount of knowledge required for this can be rather tremendous. Only those who close such deals are guaranteed to do everything the right way.

If you are not sure which conveyancer to hire for your needs, you might want to try to look around first. I am sure that you already know by now that the list of conveyancers in your area is probably very long. The trick here is to find somebody who has a lot of experience and will do everything the right way, but at the same time won’t charge you more than other conveyancers in yoiur area. As a matter of fact, you might want to find somebody who will charge you less than the lawyers in your area. Comparing the quotes online is one of the ways to ensure that you don’t get ripped off, but that you pay the right price for the right quality of service. My advice is to compare the offers of at least five conveyancers in your area to ensure that what you will be getting are some competitive rates. Only because you want to hire somebody experienced doesn’t mean that you have to spend too much on it.

Vital Professional Services When You’re Running a Small Business

When you’re running a small business, you need to be both an expert and a generalist. You need to be the expert in your product or service. You’re the face of your company, and you’re the best person to sell it to your customers and clients, especially in early days when you don’t have any dedicated Sales staff.

You also need to do all the administrative plate spinning for your business: looking after rent, employees’ wages, developing your staff to ensure you’re getting the most from them and any other matters arising. In military terms you’re dealing with both strategy and tactics: the broad overview (“we need to capture that castle”) and the moment to moment specifics (“how are we going to capture that castle?”).

This can be a heavy burden, one of the biggest factors that makes running a small business stressful. You can lighten this burden by making sure you use all the support available to you. There are plenty of professionals and businesses that can take some of that rote work off your hands, leaving you clear to focus on the aspects of your business you really care about. Lawyers

Whether you go to a high street lawyer in person or find a reliable internet based lawyer to work with while saving some time and money, the services of a lawyer are vital, especially in the early days of your business.

They can ensure you’re compliant with the law when you set up and register your business and review contract terms before you sign agreements to rent premises, hire staff and buy in products to make sure you’re getting the best deal and avoid unpleasant surprises down the line.

While it doesn’t make sense for a small business to keep a lawyer on a permanent retainer, not using one at all is a false economy that could prove very damaging to you in the long run.

Temping and Interim

There are some aspects of running a business that require specialist knowledge and experience to optimise, and one way to get the best results is to temporarily hire people with this experience to set up systems that can then run independently of them.

For example, as your pool of employees begins to expand, hiring an Interim HR specialist to set systems to track holiday and sickness and begin a review programme to make sure your employees are performing well and developing their skills.

These systems can then be used by people who are less experienced but they can still get great results for your business.

Storage for Businesses

Having a business means that you face many challenges on a daily basis. First, you need to start your business, which is probably the hardest, but even once your company takes off you have daily tasks to deal with. One of those challenges is being able to handle all the stuff that is located on your premises.

I keep hearing that many small and medium companies struggle with being able to store furniture such as chairs and desks on their premises when they don’t always need them.Imagine that you have a set of table and chairs that you only use occasionally, but when you don’t need them you don’t want them to cause problems by blocking your way where the way should be cleared. This problem and challenge can be solved completely by hiring a self storage unit to store there those things you don’t need every day, but you only need access to them occasionally.

You will find many storage facilities all across the United States and Canada. The facilities, such as storage units Colorado Springs, lease space to those individuals or businesses that want to store their excess inventory in a safe place and that do not want to resort to buying a new house, apartment, or renting another office. Household goods and archived records are the most common examples of goods stores in self storage facilities, but you can store there almost anything as long as it doesn’t pose a threat to other users. You might want to check first what sort of items you are allowed to store in the storage unit, and if this is allowed you are ready to proceed. You might have problems if you want to store some dangerous goods such as explosives for example, so make sure that you check with the right storage facility to avoid any problems.

If you have been interested in self storage you might have also come across the term “unit”. A “unit” is space rented to people or businesses in a storage facility. Virtually anyone such as an individual or company can choose to rent a unit provided that they are ready to pay all the necessary fees related to it.

Using Storage to Help Your Business

Self storage facilities are a growth industry across the UK: they’re springing up on the outskirts of towns, or in pockets of free space across cities wherever anyone can secure the space needed. They aren’t just used by people moving house: while that’s the most obvious reason people often think of when they consider storage facilities, they have a host of business applications, especially for start ups and small businesses.

When you find out some of the ways self storage facilities are helping small businesses, you might join the ranks of people getting involved and making sure you have a storage unit ready when you need it.

Stock and Warehousing

If you’re running a small business, your needs can vary rapidly. If you’re selling seasonal products for example, you could go from running the leanest possible operation in October to needing hundreds of square feet of space for stock and processing in December.

It doesn’t make sense to maintain all this warehousing space full time when you’re a small operation: one of your main virtues is your agility. Self storage facilities have short notice periods and greatly variable capacity: this means that you can quickly move from unit to unit to accommodate your needs. Also, storage units come with council tax and all other costs included in the overall price, making budgeting much more straightforward.

Finding the Right Facility

If you’re looking for storage London has a lot of choices for small business owners, so you’re not going to find yourself short of options. As with any other business decision, try to get multiple quotes from different facilities – you need to be making an informed choice when you sign the contract.

Also, make sure you make your needs clear: if you’re planning on staying with the facility for a long time make that known upfront and ask to discuss business and long-term rates. There may also be additional insurance costs if you’re using the facility in a business capacity, but ignoring these could prove to be a false economy. If you’re paying the facility for insurance, this should give you peace of mind, as they are taking on responsibility for any problems that could occur: if your inventory was damaged in a warehouse you own yourself, you would have nowhere to turn, but with the responsibility for security on the Storage Facility owners, this is one less thing for you to worry about.

John Wooden: Success Is Becoming the Best That You Are Capable of Being

John Wooden won 10 national championships in a 12-year stretch as the head coach of the UCLA basketball team.

However, he wasn’t always successful. Prior to UCLA, Wooden had only two conference championship seasons in 18 years. Through consistent application of the philosophies he shares in his book, Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court, he became one of the best and most accomplished basketball coaches of all time.

Wooden’s book provides a thrilling peek inside the mind of an incredibly high achiever. He approached work and life much like a Stoic — focusing what was in his control, not overreacting to positive or negative experiences, and learning from failure.

The philosophies he shared are applicable far beyond basketball. What you think influences how you feel and perform. This is true for life on and off the court.

This article shares five lessons I learned from his book and how you can apply them to your life.

1. Focus on what’s in your control

Wooden stayed focused on what he could control, such as how he prepared for the game, and ignored what what was out of his control, such as the outcome of the game. He didn’t worry about how much the other team prepared, whether he won or lost, or the media’s opinion about the team’s performance. Instead, he focused on the process.

“The more concerned we become over the things we can’t control, the less we will do with the things we can control.”

Wooden highlights two things that he believes you can and should control: the actions you take each day, and your emotions.

“Tomorrow is in large part determined by what you do today. So make today a masterpiece. You have control over that,” he wrote. The past is in the past and the future is in the future. Take action today to make your future brighter.

Regarding emotions, he said “while you can’t control what happens to you, you can control how you react.” Wooden maintained a steady emotional state. He even avoided highs because he believed peaks inevitably lead to valleys, and he didn’t waste his time on worrying or complaining:

“Does worrying about it, complaining about it, change it? Nope, it just wastes your time.”

2. Success is doing your best

Wooden’s definition of success is different than what you’ll find in most dictionaries. “Don’t measure yourself by what you’ve accomplished, but rather by what you should have accomplished with your abilities,” he said. Instead of measuring success in terms of outcomes, he focused on something that was within his control:

“True success is attained only through the satisfaction of knowing you did everything within the limits of your ability to become the very best that you are capable of being.”

Wooden believed that making one’s own best effort was the best route to happiness:

“Happiness is in many things. It’s in love. It’s in sharing. But most of all, it’s in being at peace with yourself knowing that you are making the effort, the full effort, to do what is right.”

Wooden’s philosophy differs from what you read in many personal development books. Instead of “thinking big,” he preferred to keep expectations in line with reality:

“We should keep our dreams within the realm of possibility — difficult but possible — and make every effort to achieve them.”

If your dreams are too far beyond what’s realistically achievable, you will inevitably be disappointed. If you maintain reasonable expectations, and put in the work, you might surprise yourself.

3. Be patient

Wooden believed that in addition to hard work, meaningful accomplishments take time. “The young must remember that all good and worthwhile things take time (and that is exactly as it should be),” he wrote.

It’s tempting to look for shortcuts and “hacks” to speed up progress. Wooden advises against this approach:

“Don’t look for the big, quick improvement. Seek the small improvement one day at a time. That’s the only way it happens — and when it happens, it lasts.”

Instead, he believed that “there is no substitute for work. Worthwhile things come only from work.” It’s important to understand that anything of significance has a price and you must be willing to pay that price.

4. Enjoy the journey

Wooden found enjoyment and accomplishment in the work itself rather than just the end-result. “A successful journey becomes your destination and is where your real accomplishment lies,” he wrote. Despite winning ten national championships at UCLA, Wooden said he earned more satisfaction from the preparation:

“Though I was pleased with the titles and championships, I mainly derived satisfaction from the preparation and knowing that I had done everything I could to get the team ready.”

He didn’t set goals that were oriented around the end result (winning). Rather, he focused on the process of putting in the work to improve.

“It was pleasing, all of it, but not a goal. My players will tell you I never said to them, ‘Here’s our goal: a championship! If you don’t do it, you haven’t succeeded.’ They understood very well what I considered success. They understood the difference between the journey and the inn.”

5. Learn from failure

In the process of working and achieving success, you will inevitably face setbacks. Wooden believed failure to be an important part of that process. “…Mistakes come from doing, but so does success. The individual who is mistake-free is also probably sitting around doing nothing,” he wrote.

It’s ok to make mistakes as long as you’re doing your best and learning.

“…losing is only temporary and not all-encompassing. You must simply study it, learn from it, and try hard not to lose the same way again. Then you must have the self-control to forget about it.”

To Wooden, you can never achieve perfection, but you can work towards it. Learn from the mistakes you make along the way, but don’t let them debiliate you.

This article was originally published on Medium.

Mike Fishbein studies the strategies and philosophies of top performers and writes about how you can apply them to your life and work. You can read his best work at mfishbein.com.

 

Dealing with Bankruptcy

Investing some time in reading about bankruptcy as well as other related topics such as Columbus bankruptcy attorneys might help you learn how to avoid bankruptcy, how to get out of debt, the differences about chapter 7 and chapter 13 bankruptcy, and many more. You do not need to have a degree in finance or law to understand such things. All you need to do is to be open to learning. I know that learning about many financial topics can be tedious, buy if you know how to use the knowledge to your advantage, you can avoid making serious mistakes.

One of the problems with bankruptcy is that it is often hard to find anyone who would be interested in helping those who are close to filing for it. There are many lawyers out there, but many of them only care about the money they earn. I strongly believe that in order for a lawyer to help you, he should have enough compassion and a desire to help. His expertise along with the desire to help should be enough to assist you with your financial life. If he is only interested in money, you might be in trouble. I know a person who was inspired to help others with debt relief and bankruptcy-related topics. He was a person who referred me to this particular bankruptcy lawyer. He believes that bankruptcy lawyers can help people avoid bankruptcy. He is the one who can sympathize with you if you go through bankruptcy, as he knows exactly what you are going through. I know that going through bankruptcy is not easy. Some people do not realize this. I believe that if you have competent people helping you, you can stop thinking about filing for bankruptcy. You can always read chapter 7 bankruptcy for more details on how to avoid bankruptcy, or contact the lawyer to get some help.

How to Hire the Right People Through Recruitment Agencies

If you want to avoid sifting through a huge stack of poor-fit resumes, you need to do things differently. You need to embrace creating recruiting that’s being applied by bigger companies and start-ups with a clear grasp of the attitude for the new generation of applicants.

Here’s a quick list of ways companies are innovating their hiring process. While these methods can be easily learned and acquired via human resource management services, you may also try to do it with your current team.

Self-selection for sorting out interested applicants. To help you quickly separate applicants, try adding another layer between resume submission and interview. One option is to invite all eligible applicants to an open group event. It’s easy to apply for anything but many won’t take the first step, lowering the screening process. Group events will also let you see how people interact in groups.

Interactive interviews can be done in many ways, but the essential feature is inviting select candidates in for a group session, where you and current employees can engage with them. Or you could take a more creative approach, and set up various activities that will give you a better idea of each individual’s knowledge and passion for the industry, as well as their personality.

Group interaction strategy. Interacting with potential hires in a group setting is a good way to see their level of interest, character, communication skills, and working knowledge. It allows you to see if they’ll be a good fit with your corporate culture.

You can conduct interactive interviews in many ways, but the fundamental feature is to invite select candidates in for a group session to engage with them. You could try a speed-dating style interview or for a more creative approach, set up unique activities that’ll give you a better idea about each individuals passion and knowledge of the industry, as well as their personality.

Handpick your candidates and show effort. Your dream hires are most likely those passive candidates (already employed and not actively job hunting). The thing is, you can’t attract them without letting them know that you really want them. Reach out in a personal manner to demonstrate that you’re willing to go the extra mile to get their attention.

Find talent in unlikely places. How do you do this? There was once a company that conducted a “blitz” of local restaurants and retail stores, sending out their employees to interact with workers and offer interviews to those who stood out.

Publicise referral incentives. Referrals can be an excellent source to get the right hires. You simply need to let people know what you’re looking for and then offer an incentive when they send someone your way. A financial reward is standard if you happen to hire their referral; if the referrer is an employee, you can also make use of non-monetary perks.

Using the strategies in this article will help you find the right hire for your company. Remember, you can always take advantage of human resource management consultancy to easily plan out a hiring strategy and execute it so your business can quickly obtain the people it needs for growth and success.

Bars and Restaurants Seek Help Navigate the Complex Texas Alcohol Laws

Becoming a licensed bar and restaurant in the state of Texas is far from easy. In fact, it can be quite difficult to know what to do in light of laws that are almost constantly changing. The truth of the matter is that most people who are running bars and restaurants are just experts at plating the best food and putting out the best drinks. Most have not gone to law school, and they are in no position to understand how to navigate the difficult world of alcohol laws and permits. When it comes time to get a TABC permit, many companies today are using the help of experts and consultants to get the job done.

The TABC, or the Texas Alcohol and Beverage Commission, is an organization that has the duty of protecting the public. The commission makes it hard for companies to get an alcohol permit because they want to know that the company is operating the right way, has the right controls in place and is located in a zone where alcohol consumption is appropriate. They also levy a fee for this permit to ensure that only serious companies are able to get a license. This is a good thing for protecting the public, but it also creates some difficulty for those who might want to get up and running quickly. Rather than being able to open a bar or restaurant right away, a company has to wade into a difficult space.

While it might seem difficult, it is not impossible for organizations to get the permits they need. Rather, with the help of a consultant, many businesses are able to get their liquor licenses today. These consultants help their clients understand the rules. More than that, they help their clients apply for the necessary permits so they can ultimately serve people alcohol in their restaurants. This application process can be difficult and cumbersome for those who go through it without help. This is why so many restaurant and bar owners feel it’s worth the cost to have an expert on their side as they are going through this process.

When it comes time to get a permit from TABC, many today are deciding that it’s not worth the hassle to handle things on their own. When their business depends on getting that permit, having a solid team to help is the right choice. The consultancy business has grown by leaps and bounds as a result of this realization.

How Translation Services Can Help Your Organization

As a global business, there are likely a range of translation requirement for your operation. No matter how large the need is, there are companies that offer services that can solve your language problems. In addition, almost every spoken language in the world has translators working for an interpretation services company. The following are a few ways a translation service company can help you.

Machine translation services
Machine translation, simply refers to a program that will translate one language into another one. There are many examples of this online that can be accessed free of charge, but they usually translate a sentence or two. You may have even seen some software that is available that will translate an entire document. However, these programs are limited in the amount of documents they can translate, and the quality is less than satisfactory. There are translation services that offer robust machine translation that have the capability to translate a large number of documents in all of the popular languages that business is conducted in. Not only that, but theses machine language programs can be modified for your particular application to increase the accuracy of the of translation.

Video conferencing
This has become an important tool for meetings between businesses that are separated by great distances. With today’s technology, meetings between two companies that are located in two different parts of the world can come together and discuss important issues between them, even negotiations for deals between the companies can be made. Of course, the one barrier is often language. With special equipment, translators are able to work in real time and translate exactly what is being said. It is possible to feed the translation directly to the other end of the meeting, so only the translation is heard and not the original language.

Translation equipment
Large translation service companies will offer a full range of equipment to augment the services of their translators. There are many examples of this type of equipment, but most of the equipment finds its greatest benefits in a large convention or conference setting. Here, portable translation devices can be used for speakers of another language and get a direct translation of speeches in the main language being spoken at the conference. You can find simultaneous interpretation services atlanta and in other cities to help you with your next big conference.

Don’t let foreign language hold your company’s global ambitions back. Everything you need to succeed is available. You need only to take advantage of it.

I am discussing all kinds of business and finance topics on this blog and I hope that the information I provide will prove to be useful.