The Importance of IT Security for Every Business

Contributed article in our leadership series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Not only is it reckless to build a business without security precautions, but it can also be illegal. For instance, users in the EU must now agree to the cookies and data you take from them for whatever purpose (usually to offer a seamless and customized experience). As for your company, not investing in your IT security will put you in danger of having your entire company held hostage with what is known as ransomware. There are so many reasons why IT security is important for small, medium, and large businesses alike:

1.    Your Customers Expect Secure Transactions

Mobile purchases and online shopping is more popular than ever, but that doesn’t mean that every online store gets a piece of the proverbial pie. You need to have a great looking site that functions well and looks great. You also need to offer the right levels of security and encryptions in order to protect said transactions for both party’s sakes.

2.    Malware Can Ruin Your Company

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What You Need To Do To Be A Great Leader

Contributed article in our leadership series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

If being a great leader in the workplace was easy, everyone would be doing it. The good news is that there’s always an opportunity to improve your abilities and overcome your fears so you can develop into a successful boss and mentor.

What you can’t do is give up on yourself or stop trying to advance in this area if it’s a goal you want to accomplish. There are a few areas you’ll want to put most of your energy into so you can become the leader you always knew you could be. Enjoy the challenge and watching yourself grow and learn over the years.

Listen Carefully

Great leaders know when to talk, when to listen, and when to understand the importance of lending an open ear, even to their subordinates. You not only need to be able to give out and communicate directions clearly, but you have to be attentive to and comprehend what others are trying to tell you.Continue reading

What Makes a Good Workshop Facilitator: Tips and Tricks You Must Learn

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Hosting workshops is a brilliant way to share new information, discuss concepts, and encourage social learning. Every workshop needs a brilliant facilitator who can ensure that every participant is on the same page. The facilitator also makes sure that the attendees pick up a new set of skills or learn more useful concepts after the workshop.

Anyone who has tried assuming the role of a workshop facilitator will say that it’s a hard job. If you are about to take on the responsibility of a workshop facilitator, you must learn essential tips and tricks such as defining the goals of the workshop and using the right type of visual.

Define the workshop’s goals

Every workshop needs to have smart and achievable goals. A lot of workshops fail because they do not have a clear set of goals. Before you start, you must determine what you want to achieve with the workshop. What do you want your audience to learn? How do you intend to meet your goals? By defining the goals and creating your execution plan, you can create a more concrete agenda, plus produce more helpful activities and workshop materials for the attendees.

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Factors to consider before purchasing a business in San Diego

Contributed article in our small business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

There are several reasons why a person may sell his or her business. In most cases, the process of parting with your business is quite a challenge, especially when the business has been your lifetime investment and you have bonded with it. However, there comes a time when many people decide to sell their businesses for reasons such as continuous loss making, a desire to change the area of investment and other personal reasons. There are many individuals willing to sell their businesses because of one of the above reasons or for other reasons. Therefore this means that finding a business that is available for sale is quite easy. However, you must take precautions and not to get too excited and end up investing in the wrong field.

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When choosing a business to purchase from the available businesses for sale, there are several factors that you ought to put into consideration. These factors include the following:

  • Location of the business

The location of the business plays an important part when it comes to selecting a business from the huge list of businesses for sale. It is because, the location of any business determines the number of customers you get. Consequently, when looking for businesses in a large area, such as business for sale in San Diego , it is wise to pick the business that’s located in a place which is easy to access and also connected to a good transport system.Continue reading

Book Sample: Chapter 1 of “Jake, Lucid Dreamer”

Contributed article in our author’s series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

12-year-old Jake has been suppressing his heartbreak over the loss of his mother for the past four years. But his emotions have a way of haunting his dreams and bubbling to the surface when he least expects it. When Jake learns how to take control in his dreams, he becomes a lucid dreamer, and that’s when the battle really heats up.

Using his wits to dodge bullies by day and a nefarious kangaroo hopping ever closer by night, Jake learns about loss, bravery, the power of love, and how you cannot fully heal until you face your greatest fear. This uncompromising novel is a magical yet honest exploration of emotional healing after a devastating loss.

CHAPTER ONE

Few experiences are more exciting than your own dreams. Even fewer are more tiresome than listening to someone else’s, but hang with me for a sec. This isn’t what you think.Continue reading

The Importance of Building Credit at an Early Age

Contributed article in our financial series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Finances are a crucial part of a person’s life if he wants to be successful. One of the best ways to secure your finances is to practice good habits while you are still young. You may possibly now know how essential it is to live within your means and save money for the things that you want but the concept of building a good credit at a young age might still be not on your mind.

Nevertheless, building your credit score early is an important factor in achieving financial success. Here are some reasons why you have to establish good credit while you are still young:

Can Qualify for Future Loans

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3 Financial Tips for New Entrepreneurs

Contributed article in our entrepreneurial series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

As a new entrepreneur, you’re likely learning a lot about money. This is because as opposed to working and earning a salary, you’re actually the one who has to hire workers and pay their salaries amongst other things. As a new entrepreneur, it’s imperative that you get good at finances whether you happen to be an accounting major or not. This is because knowing where your money is going, how much value it’s bringing you and how to make it work in your favor is essential as a business owner. On that note, this article is going to explore a few financial tips for new entrepreneurs.

Learn to Budget

When it comes to successfully managing finances, budgeting is key. It’s imperative that you’re able to work with what you have without continuously going over your budget. Continue reading

How to Keep Safe & Well at Work

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Health and safety should be at the forefront of every business’ priorities. Not only are they legally obligated to offer their employees a safe working environment; improving the company culture can boost their workforce and help increase employee retention for years to come. You need to take advantage of all the benefits that are offered to you because it is only when both you and your employer prioritize your safety and wellness can you truly thrive in the working environment. To help you love your job, start by following these steps.

Listen and Follow to All Safety Guidelines

If there are safety rules and guidelines at your workplace, it is important that you follow them and that you do your part to maintaining the overall safety at your workplace. If it your job to check the state of the machinery on a certain day, and you don’t do so for whatever reason, you could be liable if any injuries occurred on that day. Do your part to keep your workspace an enjoyable and safe environment for everyone.Continue reading

5 Tips for Running an Efficient Legal Business

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

The first thing to do, whatever type of business venture you have your heart set on, is to have a plan in place. It can be long and detailed or concise and to the point. The important things it will need to cover will include how you’re going to start and then run it. It should include a profit-loss forecast, a cash-flow analysis, and a break-even analysis. Once you’re up and running, there is a variety of things you can do to make it more efficient. Running a legal business is not the easiest of ventures to choose. The hours are long, and you’ll have the problem of juggling several responsibilities. However, with these five tips in mind, you will be the proud owner of an efficient, successful legal business.

Automate Your Processes Where Possible

There’s a large amount of paperwork constantly floating around in a legal firm. A great way to save time and speed up some of your processes will be to use software that can be used for merging data into document templates. Using cloud storage for client and court documents, bookkeeping and internal processes will mean everything is available whenever and whoever needs it, whether they are in the office or not. Continue reading

How to Fund Your Start-Up

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Start-up culture is something that has been defining the business world in recent years. With hundreds emerging every day, people are quickly discovering what it is like to take the reigns in their own business. Unfortunately, lots of these start-ups don’t make it past the first year. This is usually down to a lack of funding to kickstart their business. While it can be easy to give up when this happens, you shouldn’t let finances get in the way of owning your own business. Luckily, there are many ways you can find this funding that is more sustainable than taking out countless loans, which will soon see you on the way to success.

Personal Savings

Lots of people choose to finance their start-up with their personal savings, which can give them a great sense of achievement and independence. However, not everyone is in a position this fortunate. When this happens, you can top-up your savings until you have enough to fund the first few months of your business. Keeping your day job and following savings plans are a great start, but you can free up more time to spend on your business by investing. Currently, stock trading has become the go-to, where copper trading is on the up again. The best copper stocks should be easy to navigate when you become used to the world of trading.Continue reading