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Updated: 2017-05-22T01:55:35Z

 



What Do You Do? 4 Unusual Work From Home Opportunities

2017-05-22T01:55:35Z

Lots of people are working from home these days, but many are remotely employed – they hold down a traditional job from a non-traditional location. But what if you could work from home doing something totally out of the box? If there were ever a time when unusual businesses could thrive, now would be that moment – so give it a go! These 4 unusual jobs are perfect for people who are ready to break away from the office. The post What Do You Do? 4 Unusual Work From Home Opportunities appeared first on Business Opportunities. What Do You Do? 4 Unusual Work From Home Opportunities Lots of people are working from home these days, but many are remotely employed – they hold down a traditional job from a non-traditional location. But what if you could work from home doing something totally out of the box? If there were ever a time when unusual businesses could thrive, now would be that moment – so give it a go! These 4 unusual jobs are perfect for people who are ready to break away from the office.   Use Your Language Skills Whether you grew up abroad or majored in a foreign language in college, translation is a high-demand skill with applications in a range of industries, including science and technology, government and education, and healthcare. And though you may have to wrangle tight deadlines, you can do it from home in your pajamas and choose how many clients to take on. Search them out on sites like Upwork.com or Freelancer.com for one time or repeat assignments. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 20% of translators are self-employed, but if the gig economy continues to grow, you can expect this number to expand as well. Added bonus: the pay is good, especially if you speak Arabic, Russian, Chinese, or another uncommon language.   Work for Amazon While many of Amazon’s employees work in warehouses or office buildings, the company has been hiring more home-based workers to do customer service jobs and recently announced plans to hire another 5,000 team members with more openings in the next 18 months. For now, they’re hiring in 26 of 50 states – California and Texas aren’t included – so check and see if you’re eligible. The Amazon gig, like most, has some pros and some cons. The main bonus is that you can work from home and if you put in over 20 hours a week, you get benefits including vacation time, health insurance, and tuition assistance. On the downside, the pay starts at $10 an hour even if you live in a major city and you’ll almost definitely be working at night. Consider this a job for night owls only.   Get off the Grid One of the most interesting things about working from home is that it’s something of a misnomer – you don’t actually have to work from your house, or from a fixed location at all. That’s why it should come as no surprise that, equipped with a wireless hotspot, some are taking to the road (or the sea) full-time and seeing the world while they work. So what do people who work from an RV or boat do exactly? Consulting and software development are hot fields because they pay well and don’t require much equipment, but you can also do a lot of writing work on the road, writing features about the sites, reviewing products, or just pitching the same types of articles you would write if you worked from home. If you’ve got wanderlust on a limited budget, a mobile work setup could benefit you.   Set a Trend An eye for fashion is a valuable thing, so if you’ve got that flare, why not monetize it? Market yourself as a virtual stylist and help people dress for interviews, choose makeup, and prepare for business events. Presentation is so important in the professional world that those who lack fashion sense can be at a real disadvantage. They’ll be happy to benefit from your services.   By working from home, you get to skip the commute, ditch the suit, and embrace a more flexible way of living – and while the lack of structure isn’t for everyone, it can open up new options for those who need to supplement their income or who are just tired of tradi[...]



5 Ways to Get a Franchise to the Top and Keep It There

2017-05-22T01:50:53Z

Franchising has become a popular investment concept, judging by the big names opting to take this route. Recently, several brands have chosen it as their preferred means of expansion into various parts of the world. What, then, makes for a successful franchise? What characteristics do thriving franchises have in common? The post 5 Ways to Get a Franchise to the Top and Keep It There appeared first on Business Opportunities. 5 Ways to Get a Franchise to the Top and Keep It There Franchising has become a popular investment concept, judging by the big names opting to take this route. Recently, several brands have chosen it as their preferred means of expansion into various parts of the world. As presentable as you may look in your custom suit and your perfectly coiffed hair, those enhancements will not make up for lack of dedication and a hunger for success. That is to say, not all franchises will work well, and even if they do, not all branches will report positive results. What, then, makes for a successful franchise? What characteristics do thriving franchises have in common?   A Lucrative Business Model Your business model has to be right for the people you are targeting. Looking at McDonald’s and KFC, for example, they deliver reasonably priced meals in locations that are easy to find. They also offer fast service to people who are likely on their lunch break with little time to burn. This is in comparison with pricey restaurants that need to prepare meals as the client waits. Franchisees with the Right Attitude You cannot just accept any potential franchisee who walks into your office and allow them purchase the rights to your franchise. You will need to choose franchisees who have the right attitude. Your franchise should be all about business, and so you want to choose franchisees who are hungry for profits. You’ll need franchisees with business acumen in order for your brand to survive. Simply bearing the biggest name in the fast food business does not guarantee you success. Location Is King Franchise locations matter. You want your franchise branches to be close to your niche clientele so that they can be competitive. If you are going into a new country where there are no other brands similar to yours, you will have the advantage of securing the best locations. If you’re franchising fast food joints like McDonald’s, you’ll want your branches to be in central business districts where most people will access your products and services during their lunch breaks. Pay Attention to Market Saturation It goes without saying that the lower the degree of market penetration, the higher your chances of growth. Those brands that are just getting on the market have a greater chance of succeeding than those names that have been around for decades. Train, Train, and Train Some More! Training is the undoubtedly the most important ingredient for success. You want to be certain that your franchisees are on track with updated systems and processes, as well as any new products your branches can offer. As a brand, you stay ahead of the competition by bringing new items to the table. Every branch of your franchise should be aware of changes and able to implement them simultaneously.   Build a Family and Stay Connected The entire franchise is one big brand, so staff members at the home office and franchisees should stay connected. None of them should have to feel as though they do not belong to the larger family. Even though the branches are essentially owned by separate entities, they all remain under the umbrella of the franchise. The post 5 Ways to Get a Franchise to the Top and Keep It There appeared first on Business Opportunities. [...]



Self-Driving Cars Are Just Around the Corner

2017-05-22T01:48:25Z

Does the success of your business depend upon fast and accurate deliveries? Does your business own an automobile—or a fleet of them? If so, you know how important it is to have reliable drivers and delivery people. Just imagine, then, how your business would transform if its fleet of cars or trucks were self-driven! It’s not such a far-fetched fantasy, after all, as self-driving cars are (ahem!) just around the corner. The post Self-Driving Cars Are Just Around the Corner appeared first on Business Opportunities. Self-Driving Cars Are Just Around the Corner Does the success of your business depend upon fast and accurate deliveries? Does your business own an automobile—or a fleet of them? If so, you know how important it is to have reliable drivers and delivery people. Just imagine, then, how your business would transform if its fleet of cars or trucks were self-driven! It’s not such a far-fetched fantasy, after all, as self-driving cars are (ahem!) just around the corner. Several companies, notably Google, Tesla, and General Motors, have been working on prototypes of these cars that will soon amaze us all. None has made theirs available yet, as the testing continues, and engineers are striving to harmonize all that hardware and software into smoothly driven machines. Tesla’s Elon Musk has predicted self-driving cars on the market as early as this year, but most expect that development no sooner than 2020. But how will that work, having self-driving cars on the road? Certainly, the rules of the road would have to adapt to the changes, for one thing. Another of the questions raised is over insurance, especially since Mercedes has announced that its prototype would choose to save the passengers before bystanders in the event of an accident. Here are some things you need to know about driverless cars before they hit the streets near you.   Sooner than You Know Depending on where in the world you live, you might have already been surprised to see a driverless prototype on the road. The target for mass production is 2020, but road trials with prototypes are already in progress.   We’ll All Be Better Drivers At least at first, “driverless” cars won’t be 100% self-driven, and manufacturers are employing technologies to give human drivers more visibility should they decide to take over the wheel. Internal and external cameras will show people or objects several meters ahead of the car so that the driver can choose to make an informed decision. Some say that in a way, driverless cars will make all drivers better on the road.   Driverless Cars Could Be Safer When you think about the causes of accidents on the road, human error reigns supreme. Think of drunken or distracted drivers, speeding maniacs, the very elderly or inexperienced drivers. The roads could be safer with the robotics of self-driven cars instead of these impaired drivers.   Electric-Powered Transportation Is the Wave of the Future Manufacturers in Germany, Japan, and the US are looking at making their cars electric. Other manufacturers in the world will most likely eventually also follow suit, even though oil-based transportation continues to lead the way for now, for economic and political reasons. By 2030, when manufacturers hope that the driverless car will dominate the roads, most companies will probably have gone electric all the way.   Relax and Watch the Scenery Roll Past Forget the wheel for a moment and think about the road trips you could take in a driverless car. Passengers can prepare for business meetings, catch up on their reading, enjoy beautiful scenery, or hold meaningful conversations with friends. Not to worry—your car will get you home safely, so chat or read away. That is the future of automobiles. For now, at least, driverless cars allow the option of a human to intervene if that person should choose to. And since Mercedes has made it clear that their self-driving car will choose to save its passengers as opposed to bystanders, this option sits well with some criti[...]



New York Is the Place to Start a Business: 5 New Businesses Making Waves

2017-05-22T01:42:32Z

New York City is still an ideal place for starting a business. The economy is strong, and there are millions of residents in this metropolitan area. There’s also a strong tourism economy, thanks to the many things to do and see in the big city. This brings new companies and jobs from all over the world. Right now, there are thousands of startups in the Big Apple aiming to rise above the competition. Here are some of the most exciting startups for 2017. The post New York Is the Place to Start a Business: 5 New Businesses Making Waves appeared first on Business Opportunities. New York Is the Place to Start a Business: 5 New Businesses Making Waves When hundreds of thousands of immigrants made their way to New York City, they sought the American Dream. Their goal was to start a business that could help them go from rags to riches. Many achieved this goal, helping New York grow into the massive and diverse city it is today. New York City is still an ideal place for starting a business. The economy is strong, and there are millions of residents in this metropolitan area. There’s also a strong tourism economy, thanks to the many things to do and see in the big city. This brings new companies and jobs from all over the world. Right now, there are thousands of startups in the Big Apple aiming to rise above the competition. It’s a dog-eat-dog world, but many are finding success that both budding and experienced entrepreneurs can learn from. Here are some of the most exciting startups for 2017.   Thrive Global Arianna Huffington, former editor-in-chief and co-founder of the Huffington Post, left her role with the major online publication to start a corporate wellness business. Thrive Global is essentially a set of programs, workshops, seminars, and e-courses that teach corporations about wellness in the workplace. They also sell a variety of products like scented candles and pillow cases. So far, Thrive Global has raised over $7 million in Series A funding. They have the support of Blue Plue, Greycroft Partners, and more. The idea is innovative, and they have the funding to make it work. This consulting and ecommerce startup is likely to set a new standard for wellness that extends beyond New York City.   Ellevest This online financial advising software was founded by Sallie Krawcheck, who was once a major financial guru for Citigroup and Bank of America. Ellevest caters to women with personalized advice and consulting for the best ways to invest their money. Their gender-specific business model sets them apart from others in the industry. Krawcheck argues that there are vast behavioral differences between men and women, which makes it important to differentiate investment advice. It might seem a little odd at first, but it’s working for this rapidly growing investment firm.   Cadre Cadre is a tech startup that’s all about the real estate investment world. Its founders come from major tech companies like Facebook, Square, and Google, and they bring intimate knowledge of those companies with them. Here’s how it works: Investors can purchase a small share of a commercial property. They make money from the profits, and Cadre charges them a small annual fee as well as a percentage of the additional profits. Their business model is smart because everyone wins. New investors have a way to get their foot in the door, and Cadre makes a profit too. Since New York City is the investment capital of the nation, it’s no surprise that they’re doing well in this space.   WeWork One of the biggest challenges for those who work from home is finding the motivation and desire to work. WeWork picked up on that and offered a solution. For a subscription fee, they provide a network of 98 co-working spaces that expand beyond the big city. They’re in 32 cities across the nation with more than 74,000 paying members worldwide. WeWork has already raised nearly $700 million, and their company is valued at $17 billion. This is an impressiv[...]



3 Highly Profitable Business Opportunities You Won’t Find on Craigslist

2017-05-22T01:39:15Z

Building a new business is exciting. You’ve got a blank slate to be creative and innovative, along with the potential to become highly successful. With so many available options, how do you choose which type of business to start? Do you need to create your business from scratch, or can you find success in a franchise? While you don’t need to start from scratch to be successful in business, you do need to start with a product or service people want or need. If you’re looking for some profitable business ideas beyond the usual pizza joint or a taco stand, here are some unique opportunities to consider: The post 3 Highly Profitable Business Opportunities You Won’t Find on Craigslist appeared first on Business Opportunities. 3 Highly Profitable Business Opportunities You Won’t Find on Craigslist Building a new business is exciting. You’ve got a blank slate to be creative and innovative, along with the potential to become highly successful. With so many available options, how do you choose which type of business to start? Do you need to create your business from scratch, or can you find success in a franchise? While you don’t need to start from scratch to be successful in business, you do need to start with a product or service people want or need. If you’re looking for some profitable business ideas beyond the usual pizza joint or a taco stand, here are some unique opportunities to consider:   Kona Ice Kona Ice isn’t your average shaved ice business. It’s a mobile franchise that gives you the opportunity to set your own hours while providing a fun experience for your customers. While most mobile franchises require you to purchase your own truck and figure out how to set it up, Kona Ice provides one for you. Their truck, called the “Kona Entertainment Vehicle” (KEV) is approved by the National Sanitation Foundation, which means no matter what state you live in, you’ll have an easier time meeting health code standards. Part of what sets Kona Ice apart is their commitment to high quality ingredients. Their products meet nutritional standards required for US schools, and they don’t use chemical sweeteners. They also provide outstanding corporate support along the way. The most interesting benefit to owning a Kona Ice franchise is their fixed royalty. Most franchises charge a set percentage of sales, and the more successful you are the more you have to pay. Kona Ice charges one fixed royalty amount, allowing you to be as successful as you want without having to give up more of your profits. Read more about what makes them different and see if it’s the right choice for you.   FedEx Contractor While FedEx isn’t franchised, some of its delivery routes are owned by independent contractors. In those cases, contractors are paid weekly by FedEx, which decreases the need for working capital and eliminates the need to chase down late payments from customers. How FedEx Contractor Delivery Routes Work First, corporate FedEx employees sort packages destined for local delivery. Then contractors come to the local hub to pick up the packages for their delivery routes. It’s that simple. Delivery routes are purchased from existing FedEx contractors, and not directly from FedEx. Going with a Trusted Brand FedEx is one of the most trusted mail carriers in the US, and it’s loved for its guaranteed service as well as its low prices.   Sears Franchise By now, everyone’s heard of Sears department stores, but did you know they offer five different home service franchise opportunities? You can franchise the following home service businesses with Sears: Maid services Handyman solutions Garage solutions Carpet and upholstery cleaning Air duct cleaning Sears has been a trusted household brand name for over 125 years, and you can use that to your advantage when selecting one of these franchise opportunities. Sears’ home services are currently a multi-billion dollar business, as they r[...]



3 Conferences You Need to Visit in 2017 to Expand Your Small Business

2017-05-22T01:22:54Z

Scaling up a small business is not easy; if it were, we wouldn’t have any small businesses because they would all rapidly grow. As simplistic as that analysis may be, we probably all know at least indie store that would love to grow into a chain, or an online company that can’t expand past a handful of core customers. Take your pick of reasons: lack of money, lack of confidence, bad luck, or poor decisions. So, where can we find inspiration and ideas? It’s easy to believe that the internet will solve everything and give us contacts that will take us to the next level; easy, but often wrong. We need to meet people and see them face-to-face, in a way that even Skype and Google Hangouts can’t deliver. Hence the need for conferences such as the 3 below, that can help you make that move to the next level. The post 3 Conferences You Need to Visit in 2017 to Expand Your Small Business appeared first on Business Opportunities. 3 Conferences You Need to Visit in 2017 to Expand Your Small Business Scaling up a small business is not easy; if it were, we wouldn’t have any small businesses because they would all rapidly grow. As simplistic as that analysis may be, we probably all know at least indie store that would love to grow into a chain, or an online company that can’t expand past a handful of core customers. Take your pick of reasons: lack of money, lack of confidence, bad luck, or poor decisions. So, where can we find inspiration and ideas? It’s easy to believe that the internet will solve everything and give us contacts that will take us to the next level; easy, but often wrong. We need to meet people and see them face-to-face, in a way that even Skype and Google Hangouts can’t deliver. Hence the need for conferences such as the 3 below, that can help you make that move to the next level.   Fintech Week, New York, August 21-25 For the young company dealing in financial technology matters, these eclectic conferences are well worth a visit. Such is the regularity and geography of the events, they’re fairly easy to reach no matter where you are based. Throughout 2017, you can attend Fintech Week events in venues as far afield as London, Tel Aviv, Washington, Silicon Valley, and New York. It’s now the fourth year of the events, but this year, it’s being held in New York for the first time. Therefore, one can expect the multi-day conference/exhibition/workshop/meetup to attract everyone from investors in multinational banks to business owners and academics. So why would you want to attend this conference? Simply put, the world financial market is constantly evolving and changing, and the technology that enables that to happen is doing the same. At a personal level, we take payment through card and smartphone for granted now, but these transactions were once disruptive—and other innovations will someday take their place. So if you deal with money—and what business doesn’t?—this could be your year to attend and get ahead of the curve.   TedTalks, Various Venues Ted conferences and talk events are completely different from the other two suggestions on this list. You might learn about marketing techniques and business acumen, but none of the talks will specifically teach you analytics. More likely, you’ll learn about life and how to enhance it and change it. Titles from wildly popular Ted talks on YouTube include “How to stay calm when you know you’ll be stressed,” by neuroscientist Daniel Levitin; “How to stop screwing yourself over” by criminal lawyer, broadcaster and mom-of-three Mel Robins; and “How to become a Millionaire in 3 years” by Daniel Ally, who went from drug abuser to millionaire by the age of 24. Pick any topic and you can bet that an interesting person will have spoken on it, whether it’s dieting, travel, astrophysics, marine biology, or successful marriages. But don’t be fooled into thinking that a Ted talk is passive. The[...]



Your Home Office on the Road: A Converted Mercedes Benz Camper Van

2017-05-22T01:02:23Z

Are you self-employed? Do you dream of taking your life—and your business—on the road? Do you see yourself traveling from town to town, living as a troubadour of old, except for the fact that you use your phone as a hotspot so you can do freelance work for clients at will? Well, here’s an idea that could put you a step closer to that dream: a plan for converting a Mercedes Sprinter into a luxurious camper van. (If you’re going to dream, you might as well dream in Technicolor, right?) Read on for more details. The post Your Home Office on the Road: A Converted Mercedes Benz Camper Van appeared first on Business Opportunities. Your Home Office on the Road: A Converted Mercedes Benz Camper Van Are you self-employed? Do you dream of taking your life—and your business—on the road? Do you see yourself traveling from town to town, living as a troubadour of old, except for the fact that you use your phone as a hotspot so you can do freelance work for clients at will? Well, here’s an idea that could put you a step closer to that dream: a plan for converting a Mercedes Sprinter into a luxurious camper van. (If you’re going to dream, you might as well dream in Technicolor, right?) Read on for more details.   Go Small but Make it Deluxe Mercedes Benz is known for manufacturing some of the most iconic vehicles around, and its Sprinter van is no exception. It’s not only spacious inside, but it’s loaded with features that make it worth every single penny of its cost. You’ll be able to fit all the cargo and as many passengers as you’d care to bring along. As a matter of fact, Sprinter’s features make it perfect for both commercial and personal uses. Why Sprinter? The Sprinter offers good head room, easy cargo stacking, low ownership cost, rear parking assistance, integrated phone connectivity—essential for your dream business—and excellent fuel economy. We’ve included tips here for converting your Sprinter into a suitable work and living space, even if you decide to do it yourself.   Should You Do it Yourself or Buy a Finished Vehicle? If you know your way around a toolbox, you might want to tackle your van conversion yourself, but if you’re more of a literary type, that might not be the best option for you. The last thing you want is an unfinished project rusting away in your driveway. So be honest: If you start your conversion will you really—and I mean really—follow through? If not, you’d better plan on going to someone who specializes in these conversions.   Make a Plan Make a list of your preferences, and since space in your customized van will be limited, order it by priority. Of course you’ll need a nice bed, a bright interior, space for working, a small kitchen area, and room for whatever comfort items you feel you can’t live without.   Do Your Research Go online to get ideas of what others have done with similar projects. Start by mocking up layouts by using tape and cardboard and installing the prototype into your newly purchased van to see how it will look. If you do things right and implement everything in stages your personalized build will turn out better.   Emphasize Quality over Quantity Make compromises where you must to keep your conversion affordable, but where you can—and where it makes the most difference to you—choose the luxurious over the penurious. After all, you’re going small, so you can probably afford to splurge on some items. For instance, you could save plenty by building your bed platform yourself so that you can afford to purchase a stellar mattress. Go for a pressurized solar shower instead of a hydronic hot water system for more savings, and choose a propane camp stove instead of a diesel stove for the same reason. Look for other ways to lower upfront costs and outlays for ongoing maintenance.   Opt for Solar Energy Why should you buy expensive generators for you[...]



3 Alternative Ways to Fund Your Start-Up

2017-05-22T01:02:02Z

The market has changed beyond all recognition in recent times, regardless of which industry or sector you care to analyze. One of the universal changes revolves around how business owners and entrepreneurs fund their operations, as traditional bank loans have become increasingly inaccessible to households and commercial ventures alike in recent times. With this in mind, entrepreneurs would be well advised to seek out alternative funding methods in the modern age, including the suggestions offered here. The post 3 Alternative Ways to Fund Your Start-Up appeared first on Business Opportunities. 3 Alternative Ways to Fund Your Start-Up   The market has changed beyond all recognition in recent times, regardless of which industry or sector you care to analyze. One of the universal changes revolves around how business owners and entrepreneurs fund their operations, as traditional bank loans have become increasingly inaccessible to households and commercial ventures alike in recent times. With this in mind, entrepreneurs would be well advised to seek out alternative funding methods in the modern age, including the suggestions offered here.   Access Equity Crowdfunding Since its emergence in 2005, crowdfunding has helped to fund and sustain numerous independent ventures. Despite its success, it was once eschewed by serious investors, many of whom balked at the lack of tangible reward for their financial assistance. The platform has evolved in recent times, however, meaning that businesses can now offer an equity crowdfunding model to potential investors. While this may require entrepreneurs to sacrifice a predetermined amount of equity in their business, it effectively targets serious investors who are in the market for genuine returns. The key is to understand the precise amount of capital that you require, while placing a fair value on your business and determining the maximum share of equity that you are willing to sell. Then you can leverage equity crowdfunding to set up your business without incurring significant long-term debt.   Embrace Factoring by Selling Your Accounts Receivable The issue of minimizing your business’s long-term debt burden should always be at the forefront of your mind, which is why factoring represents such a progressive funding vehicle. Factoring allows businesses to successfully leverage their accounts receivable by selling them to third-party investors. The main advantage of this approach is that it enables businesses to secure payment once a specific product has been completed and invoiced, rather than being bound by 30-, 60-, or even 90-day payment terms. This optimizes the level of working capital that is accessible through your business at any given time, while also reducing its long-term debt burden. You can simply repay these funds once the client has settled their invoice, before repeating at the process at any time as and when required.   Build a Personal Store of Wealth to Invest in Your Business In some instances, you may want to eliminate the debt burden from your business entirely, particularly as the post-Brexit climate continues to worsen. One of the best ways to achieve this is to build a personal store of wealth, which you can subsequently reinvest into your business as you choose. Of course, the challenge here is determining the best methods of building personal wealth, but one of the best options is to trade on the financial markets. This offers you access to a diverse range of markets and asset classes, from physical commodities and secure wealth stores like gold to derivatives in the form of currency. Through the type of online trading platforms that exist today, you can manage multiple assets simultaneously while creating a diverse portfolio that offers genuine returns. You must remember that knowledge is your primary weapon as a financial market trader, howe[...]



What Is a VPN and Does Your Business Need One?

2017-05-22T01:02:42Z

What Is a VPN and Does Your Business Need One? Every business needs a strong and fast internet connection, but what about security and privacy? A reliable virtual private network, or VPN, can give your business online anonymity as well as protect it from hackers, snoopers, and malware. In addition, a good VPN can ensure […] The post What Is a VPN and Does Your Business Need One? appeared first on Business Opportunities. What Is a VPN and Does Your Business Need One? Every business needs a strong and fast internet connection, but what about security and privacy? A reliable virtual private network, or VPN, can give your business online anonymity as well as protect it from hackers, snoopers, and malware. In addition, a good VPN can ensure that you’ll be able to access any website in the world, including those that restrict access based on the user’s geographical location. If all of this is new to you, as it is to many of us, you might be wondering, what does a VPN do? Read on to find out more. If online privacy is important for your business operations, then you’ll want to look into having a VPN. With a VPN, for instance, you can disguise your computer’s IP, or the address of your computer’s networking software. You’ll have complete privacy and be able to browse the web anonymously. Additionally, you’ll be able to evade certain online controls, including censorship, from governments, educational organizations, and other sources. If you have a good VPN, you’ll be able to cloak your location, too, allowing your business to gain access to geo-restricted websites and apps, those sites and apps which restrict access based on the user’s location. You’ll also be able to safely upload and download files. Additionally, if you use BitTorrent technology, you’ll be able to do so with speed and ease, even if you’re streaming a lengthy video. One of the best features a VPN offers is complete internet safety while you’re using public Wi-Fi hotspots. These places are known to be dangerous, as savvy hackers are looking for easy victims there and, as a result, users’ sensitive data can be at risk.   What to Look for When Choosing a VPN Provider When it comes to finding a VPN provider, you have plenty to choose from. Here are the essential things to look for when you’re choosing a VPN provider: You’ll find some free services out there, but remember you get what you pay for. The free services won’t always give you the anonymity and protection you need, so it’s wiser to pay the fee to ensure that you get the quality you need. Most of the paid services have budget-friendly policies anyway and are affordable for practically everyone, so don’t try to save money on your online safety. Make sure the provider you choose has a sufficient number of servers to allow for good speed and a high quality connection. Look for a provider that delivers good customer support so that you can contact their specialists at any time in case of any difficulties. You most likely won’t find good customer service with free VPN. Does the VPN provider offer a money-back guarantee? You might find, after using their service for a little while, that what they offer is not suitable to your needs and requirements, in which case you’ll want to get your money back. How many simultaneous connections does the VPN provider allow? The normal range is 2 to 6, and obviously, the more the better. Carefully study and read reviews regarding your chosen provider as this will you help to make a good decision. The post What Is a VPN and Does Your Business Need One? appeared first on Business Opportunities. [...]



How to Make Your Workplace Safer and More Attractive

2017-05-22T01:03:20Z

If you’re looking to give your business a much-needed boost, you might want to consider making it both safer and more attractive. The happier your employees are, the more productive and motivated they’ll be. Here, you’ll discover the best ways to make your business safer and more attractive. The post How to Make Your Workplace Safer and More Attractive appeared first on Business Opportunities. How to Make Your Workplace Safer and More Attractive If you’re looking to give your business a much-needed boost, you might want to consider making it both safer and more attractive. The happier your employees are, the more productive and motivated they’ll be. Here, you’ll discover the best ways to make your business safer and more attractive.   Making Your Business Safer Health and safety should be a number one priority for your business. Making your workplace safer won’t just lower the risk of injury-related absences, but it will also save you a lot of money and provide reassurance to your employees. There’s a range of things you can do to increase workplace safety, including: Regular safety meetings Provide equipment safety training Provide the right equipment and tools Create clear safety guidelines Invest in high-quality components and equipment Regular safety meetings are something the majority of small businesses don’t do, yet they can prove extremely beneficial. Not only do they give you the chance to ensure your staff are up to date with the latest safety guidelines, but they also allow you to address any immediate safety concerns and follow up on recent safety changes. Training is another effective way to ensure workplace safety. If your employees aren’t properly trained, how can you expect them to know how to work safely? As well as initial safety training, you should look into adding a regular training program; especially if you introduce new equipment and machinery into the workplace. Similarly, it’s important to ensure you’re providing the right tools and equipment for the job. These should also be created to a high standard. While it may be tempting to seek out cheaper materials, you should never compromise quality for cost. Take your stairs for example. Even the components used to secure the staircase should be made to a high standard. Therefore, you should choose a company renowned for their top quality, their safe and attractive range of components. Finally, having in-depth safety guidelines will help employees know what is expected of them. All businesses, regardless of which sector they work in, should have clear safety guidelines that have been handed out to employees to be reviewed at any time.   Making Your Business More Attractive So, now you know how to make your business safer, what about ways to make it more attractive? Take a good look around your work premises. Does it make you happy? Does it inspire you to work hard? Do you look forward to coming to work every day? If not, it’s time to remodel! Reduce the number of desks. In office environments, it’s recommended you have fewer desks than there are employees. But this doesn’t make sense; surely every employee should have their own work desk? Well, according to research, having fewer desks actually benefits employees, and your business, as it encourages more collaboration and social interactions between colleagues. It also prevents employees sitting and staring at a computer screen for hours on end. This is much better for their health and will boost productivity. Pay attention to lighting. Another thing you’ll want to focus on is the lighting. Did you know that artificial lighting can cause all kinds of health-related issues? If you’re not already using them, be sure to switch to energy-saving or daylight light bulbs. These won’t just make the workplace look better vis[...]