Top Tips for Building Success

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Starting your own business is equal parts exciting and daunting. Not knowing whether the path you’ve chosen is the right one and if it will lead to success can be scary at times, but it’s important to stick with it and see where it takes you. There is no single trick to transforming a budding business into a successful one – it takes years of perseverance, patience and hard work to get closer to reaching your goals. However, here are a few useful tips on setting yourself and your business up for success.

Making Sales

Whatever it is you’re selling – whether it’s a product, a service, advice – you and your employees need to have the skills of a salesperson. Even the greatest product in the world won’t leave shelves if the company producing it doesn’t have a strong sense of salesmanship and convincing marketing. There are several key elements involved in making sales and here is a brief list to guide you: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 Prepare for Healthcare Entrepreneurship as a Registered Nurse

Portrait Of Medical Team Standing Outside HospitalContributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Many nurses who are tired of working hospital shifts and dreaming of becoming their own boss will pursue the pathway of becoming a nurse entrepreneur. But, for many nurses who are working full-time for employers such as hospitals, clinics, and care homes, taking the plunge and becoming self-employed or launching a new business in the healthcare and nursing fields can often be a very daunting idea. However, if you’re a nurse who’s hoping to leave your day job and become your own boss in the industry that you love, there’s no need to up and leave everything behind straight away. In fact, many successful nurse entrepreneurs will spend a lot of time building the foundations for their new business empire whilst still working in full-time employment.Continue reading

Leadership Training Every Startup Should Consider

A help button on a rusty old bear trap. Credit risk concept. Very high resolution 3D render.Contributed article in our entrepreneurial series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Every day there are literally tens of thousands of companies starting up around the world and many of them do well while many fail. Part of the reason for this is because some entrepreneurs have had thorough leadership training while others have a great idea but don’t have the skills to start and run a company. Those entrepreneurs who have no experience leading a team should seriously consider leadership training that will help them get their company off the ground and on the road to success.

Join Professional Associations within Your Industry

Many times joining a professional association will provide leadership training in the form of a mentor. Continue reading

How to Ensure Your Employees Remain Safe at Work

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Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

In all types of workplaces, there are various types of equipment and machinery that is used to carry out necessary tasks. As all work machinery and equipment has the potential to cause damage and harm, it is important that all employees are fully aware of its correct and proper use and how to avoid accidents occurring in the workplace. All employees in a workplace should be responsible for ensuring that the equipment remains safe to use, reporting any faults accordingly, and making sure that nobody is at risk of harm from faulty or damaged machinery or equipment.

How to Make Sure That Work Equipment is Safe

Work equipment is any equipment used at work, such as forklift trucks, vehicle hoists, lifting slings, hand tools, vans and other vehicles, and display screen equipment such as computers. Some workplaces may also use equipment such as respiratory protective equipment and personal protective equipment. If you have control over any such work equipment, it is your legal duty to ensure that it is safe to use at all times. In order to do so, a number of measures can be taken including regular equipment checks and tests, carrying out risk assessments, following the manufacturer’s guidelines for maintenance and use, and establishing and ensuring that a system in place for reporting any equipment faults. You can buy safety equipment from autobodynow.com.

How to Deal with Faulty Equipment

If you discover any work equipment or machinery that is faulty or damaged, you should immediately label it unsafe for use, and report it according to your workplace’s specific guidelines. Any broken machinery or equipment should be repaired as soon as possible and tested for safety before any further use. For example, a truck bed liner that is in need of replacement should be replaced as soon as possible, and the truck should be out of use until this is carried out.

Should Employees be Trained?

Legally, any work equipment should only be used by employees who have received adequate training and are authorized to do so. Allowing untrained or unauthorized employees to use work equipment can be dangerous, and could result in accidents leading to insurance claims or worse. Depending on the equipment being used, different levels and types of training will be required. For example, equipment such as forklift trucks or vans will often require employees to have passed a driving test, whereas more basic equipment such as personal protection equipment or display screen equipment will only require employees to undergo some basic training. It is also recommended that employees who use work equipment are enrolled in regular refresher training to ensure that they stay on top of how to use the equipment and the various risks involved with doing so. Any changes to equipment also require employees to be retrained in its use.

How do you keep your employees safe at work? Which work equipment and machinery are they required to use? We’d love to hear all about it in the comments section below.

7 Deadly Sins of Global Biz Leadership Development

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Originally published in collaboration with Yuko Shibata, executive at ALC’s Global Leadership and Talent Development Group, in a series of articles in KIGYOU TO JINZAI 企業と人材  Magazine.

Thomas Friedman said The World is Flat, and I certainly feel that the business world is getting smaller.  Many companies today are looking overseas for new markets and new customers in order to sustain the profitable growth of their businesses.  New behaviors, skills and thinking are required to succeed globally, and companies must act strategically in order to secure the talented people required to fulfill their increasingly global vision.  This has led many HR departments to pursue what they often call global leadership “training” programs, but you don’t “train” humans to be global leaders.  You train dolphins to do tricks in a swimming pool to earn fish treats.  Continue reading