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Sunday, 15 September 2013

Disposing of Confidential Business Waste

According to some reports, around £2bn is lost every year in information fraud and identity theft. This is usually carried out by criminals who know their way around banking systems and the internet, and can often clone identities and access accounts with the minimal amount of information – in short experienced fraudsters who know how to work all the angles. Whilst these unscrupulous people usually like to target individuals, they also are known for going after bigger money in the form of companies and businesses. They often source the necessary information required to help them commit their crimes from waste bins where important and sensitive company documents may have been thrown away, However, with the right kind of confidential waste management strategy you can avoid letting your valuable company information fall into the wrong hands.

What Is Confidential Waste?

The best known form of confidential waste is paper documents that contain sensitive information. This could be anything from company bank statements through to order forms that list credit card information and bank billing details. It may well be appropriate for you to label all paper waste produced by your company, including hand-written notes, as confidential waste, ensuring that no documents escape your internal systems. Although fraud costs businesses and banks billions every year, it is also important to protect your business from corporate espionage. Client lists, credit information and even old invoices, which could give a competitor an idea of your clients' requirements and pricing structure, should be kept confidential.

Shredders

If you want to manage your confidential waste on site, then the best way to do so is with paper shredders. These are now available in a number of different types, some of which can really ensure that any document you put into their jaws is lacerated beyond the point of recovery. In the past shredders used to only cut documents into long strips. However, this could create problems as the strips would often form a ball, which could then be turned back into a readable document with a little bit of effort. Now it's possible to get all kinds of different shredders, including types that use a special dual blade system that cuts documents into little diamonds. If you do not want to spend a large amount of money on an industrial shredder, then it is possible to hire a shredder kiosk on a needs basis from one of the growing number of confidential waste handling companies.

Lock and Key

Obviously with every business there are large amounts of sensitive documents and files that have to be retained for legal purposes. These should be kept under lock and key until such time as they can be destroyed.  Larger companies often have a secure storage unit for their confidential waste on site, where confidential waste can be stored until such time as it can be processed. If your business creates a lot of waste paper then you may want to install different types of bins – those that can handle general paper based waste for recycling, and those that are for confidential waste. It is important here to use different types of bin bags so that the two different types of waste are never mixed up, and the confidential waste always finds its way to the proper disposal unit.

Identity Cards

In addition to sensitive documents companies often issue trusted workers with credit and debit cards linked to the company accounts. When such workers leave their jobs, these cards need to be effectively destroyed. Many modern shredders actually have the power to not only work their way through paper, but can also chew up bank cards into unrecoverable strips or squares, which will also destroy the chip that holds any sensitive card  information. This can also be especially useful if your company uses an entry card system or on site identity cards, as these can be similarly destroyed whenever someone leaves the business.

Hard Drives

According to an article published by the BBC back in 2009, engineers were able to pull around 22,000 deleted files off hard-drives that had been sold with computers purchased on eBay. With so  many different types of disaster recovery software available now, it's very easy for even the most amateur users to recover data from a hard drive. It's incredibly important that you make sure that you dispose of all your old hard drives properly. Don't let your staff take home old computers, as you never know where these might end up. Instead you should be able to find software freely available on the net that will allow you to wipe your hard-drives to the point where any data you've stored on them should no longer be recoverable.

Management Services

If your company produces large amounts of confidential waste then it may be difficult for you to process it all using shredders and other machinery on site. In this case it is possible to employ a confidential waste management service who will supply you with special bins and bags into which you can put any paper that needs to be disposed of safely. They often also supply an extra large bin with a one way flap or lockable door, which can be used to store full bags and bins before collection. These companies always use workers who are fully CRB checked to ensure the security of their service.

An Attitude Of Vigilance


The final part in any confidential waste management strategy is making sure that your staff adhere to whatever plans you put in place. It is essential that they realise the value of your company data and banking information and how important this matter is to their job security – after all, if the company loses money and business due to data leaks, then this can have a negative knock on effect. You need to instigate a program where everyone, from the company directors down to your part time temps, understand and fully adhere to its parameters. It only takes one person to forget the rules for a serious breach to occur. 

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Top 5 eco-friendly companies across the globe

Many companies are no longer just looking after number one – today there are a wide variety of organisations which have adjusted their operations in order to protect the planet they inhabit.
While there is simply not enough space to list every company who has become greener over the past few years, here is the top five eco-friendly firms and why each one has made it onto the list:


5. Munich Reinsurance Group
The Munich Reinsurance Group first began to look at how to limit the effects of climate change back in 1974, despite the fact that there wasn’t that many people looking into that issue then.Such keenness has certainly paid off for the firm, with the company’s headquarters in Germany achieving complete carbon neutrality in 2009. On top of this, the Munich Reinsurance Group currently recycles at least 75 per cent of its waste paper.


4. Natural Discovery
Natural Discovery has looked to make the travel industry more environmentally friendly. Book a holiday with the firm and they will reward you for your commitment by donating energy-efficient light bulbs to the hotel you have booked. There are also Discovery Breaks, which guarantee that you will be booked into eco-friendly accommodation whether you are enjoying a staycation in England, Wales or Scotland.


3. Microsoft
Technology giant Microsoft is known the world over, but consumers may not realise just how committed they are to protecting our planet. Did you know, for example, that the firm is striving to reduce the carbon emissions of every one of its revenue areas by at least 30%? How about the fact that every piece of software and hardware developed by the company is created with green ideas in mind? Then there is the Microsoft Environment part of the firm’s official website, which gives you a long list of advice on how to become more eco-friendly in your everyday life.


2. IKEA
You may question how IKEA has made it onto this list, seeing as though so many of the products sold at its stores have been created using timber.

However, the furniture manufacture has balanced this approach with some standout achievements. For instance, one of its Swedish stores is currently being heated using a ground source heat pump – a feat that means the building has cut its energy consumption by a mammoth 80%.

Fact fans will also want to take note that IKEA was the first major retailer to refrain from using incandescent lights in all of its stores.


1. IBM
The fact that IBM has been looking at greener strategies since way back in 1971 is one of the reasons why it has topped our list of top eco-friendly companies. Then there is the matter of the firm being able to reduce its electricity consumption by a staggering 5.1 billion kilowatt hours between 1990 and 2000 – no easy feat – and is now committed to cutting traffic congestion in the busiest cities across the globe.
As if all of that was not impressive enough, IBM has also managed to reduce the energy consumption of its stock by more than 30%, as well as currently using recycled plastic for the development of 80% of its products.

This article was submitted on behalf of Viking UK, a specialist provider of  furniture and office furniture and technology products.

Monday, 12 August 2013

Improving office efficiency for higher productivity

Improving office efficiency for higher productivity
Businesses are increasingly looking for techniques that allow them to boost the productivity of their workers, with this being an effective strategy for minimizing staff costs while maximizing profits.Many companies are adopting business intelligence software solutions which enable them to recognize inefficiencies at the supply chain level, and putting similar scrutiny on office operations can be extremely valuable.

Personnel structure

Ensuring that all employees use their time effectively is crucial to ensuring optimal productivity, and getting the personnel structure right is a crucial foundation to achieving this aim.A clear staff hierarchy, whereby each person is designated specific responsibilities, is crucial to ensuring that workers know who to turn to in different situations.Employees who do not know which colleague to ask about finances, for example, will waste their own and other’s time in trying to find a solution to their problem or question.Detailing clearly in a staff handbook who should be reported to in certain scenarios is a simple way to improve efficiency in the office and to facilitate better use of working hours.

IT systems

The fast-paced nature of technology means that many organisations are being left behind when it comes to their IT operations, a problem which is likely to have repercussions on the entire workforce. Dated hardware and software can result in loss of productivity through lack of functionality, the necessity for frequent maintenance, and lower staff morale.Investing in IT could therefore be a crucial step when it comes to making the office more efficient, particularly if these systems are heavily relied upon by a range of employees.

Facilitate flexible working

By implementing mobile working policies, companies are better able to attract and retain top talent through provision of flexible job patterns, and can increase productivity.Utilizing cloud computing and equipping staff with smartphones, for example, prevents working hours being lost on business trips.Research even suggests that employees will conduct work in their personal time given the right tools, with many willing to respond to job-related emails or calls at the weekend or even on holiday with the use of connected mobile devices.

Office organisation

A disorganized office results in information mismanagement, low staff morale, decreased productivity and can even increase the risk of workplace accidents, making it a key area for investment.Purchasing something as simple as filing cabinets from an office supplies specialist like Viking IE can boost practicality when it comes to locating important documents in an office, and can even increase security.It is also crucial that the layout of office furniture is optimized for efficiency, since creating an environment that is intuitive and natural to navigate and work in can boost productivity and staff satisfaction considerably.
                                                               
                                                               
                                                               
                                                               
                                                               
                                                               
                                                               
                                                               
                                                               
                                                               

                                                                

Monday, 3 June 2013

5 Key Advertising Techniques for Maximum Success

5 Key Advertising Techniques for Maximum Success Advertising is one of the many ways used to promote and increase market for products and services, maybe the products of an insurance company, colleges or organizations. Advertising departments and units have been established for the sole purpose of product consumer awareness. Since people tend to forget and most of them lack the knowledge of specific products and what a company deals with advertisements help to input product knowledge to consumers or end users.

In order to ensure your business is running well, keep the people who make you move forward. Your customers; clients play a crucial part to your organization. Consumers need to be aware of what you deal in, new products and alternative products that will help them improve their life. Simply grab their attention through an advertisement. Select a great team that will produce a catchy and unique advertisement different from the rest. Ensure the advertisements reach to a particular group of consumers you deliver your products and services to. Some of the great ad techniques you could come up with to ensure your advertisement gets to serve its purpose to the business include:

Choosing the right channel

People are so busy doing their own stuff and almost all of them have no time to check out for such things such as advertisements. Choose a unique and popular medium that most of the people access everyday. Internet has gained much popularity and choosing to advertise through it will be a great success. A large population is now using computerized system therefore may assist to create huge awareness to consumers. There are also some good channels for advertisement such as billboards, leaflet printing, social media such as Facebook, twitter with which many businesses are using.

Message advertisements relay

Create an advertisement that carries with it some message. Let it educate the public; create some anxiety that will leave them with the curiosity to get to know what your product is all about. Consumers will be eager to know more about it and how it will benefit them. We are aware that so many ads are floating in the media but most of them don’t get attention due to the lack of message and meaning.

Emotional technique

For the audience to be persuaded actors should expose their deep feeling and emotions for a certain product, be clear and realistic on what the product does and the benefits .They should not be shy or unreal as they will extend it to the advertisement. For someone to get to love your advertisement something interesting was incorporated in it. Be lively, include some humor and be realistic. Sometimes it is the little humor that drives customers to watch it on TV.

Inclusion of specific characters

This is a technique organizations can use when they are beginning to grow in the market. Using a person who is a public figure in your advertisement forms a lot of audience from the public. Though many might
watch because of the celebrity, be keen to ensure the message is passed and what goals has it helped the organization to achieve. If not you could use ordinary people who have great personality.

Internalization technique

Come up with an advertisement that puts your consumers in that position. That ad will create the relationship between the people to start imagining that they are in the same position as that what the advertisement brings out.






Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Dhaka Disaster Highlights Importance of Responsible Outsourcing

Dhaka Disaster Highlights Importance of Responsible Outsourcing The real cost of cheap fashion has been a hot topic for many years, and one which has been thrown back into the public eye recently following the tragic events in Dhaka. Around 400 people lost their lives when a factory, linked to many UK high street names, collapsed, injuring many more.
Retailers such as Matalan and Primark have taken steps to compensate those involved. While they cannot be held directly responsible for the incident, they have been neglecting certain responsibilities. If not in the eyes of the law, in the eyes of the consumer.

War on Want, a pressure group fighting poverty, has since held a demonstration outside Primark’s flagship Oxford Road store. With a petition of around 70,000 signatures demanding more rights for supply chain workers, it would seem the damage to their brand has already been done.

Even before the issue of health and safety was thrown into the equation, the living and working conditions of employees was a recurring theme which dogged many high street brands. While there was a highly vocal minority, everyone else did not seem fazed by this, the lure of bargain prices overruling any moral objections.

The recent months have seem Primark’s income break the £6bn mark. Suggesting that consumers, first and foremost, still look at price, the issue of worker’s rights remains a seldom mentioned elephant in the room. Recent events however, have made the elephant a bigger threat, there has been a shift in public perceptions, whether this is permanent remains to be seen. So how should the high street react to this?

The horse meat scandal earlier this year taught us that, even if your intentions are good, it can be pretty much impossible to vet everyone to whom you have a working relationship. Yes, your suppliers may seem legit, but what about their suppliers. Chasing up your entire supply chain, will just drive up your prices.

Another issue lies in the consumer’s excuse ‘if we didn’t buy then these people wouldn’t have jobs at all’. Moving production could leave millions in the developing world out of work, while stringent controls could be seen as anti-competitive and unfair on the suppliers.

Finding the right balance is key, it is likely that Primark and co. will make highly visible steps towards improving the lives of their workers, but they can only do so much before the price is passed on the their customers. With a price lead strategy, their options are limited, but it would seem their customers are likely to be forgiving in the long term.

The decisions they make now will have a huge impact on their future success, they have to dedicate the right amount of resources to vetting their suppliers. Too much control will increase prices and permanently move their position in the marketplace, while too little will leave them vulnerable to a more permanent change in public perceptions.

War on Want claims that the disaster was a calamity waiting to happen, this cannot be disputed, in terms of both human lives and brand image. The length of time this issue has been swept under the carpet has bought many companies the time to address it. For too long they have been relying on the public’s tendency to ignore such issues, choosing to ignore them alongside.

By employing responsible outsourcing practices, having more stringent visible checks on their suppliers, while acknowledging their effect on the local economy, they would have effectively insured themselves for such an incident. We cannot expect any retailer like Primark to roll out philanthropic measures throughout their whole organisation, but a little more transparency and foresight would have paid off.


Friday, 24 May 2013

Online Business Strategies

Tech-savvy world, online marketing strategies

In the present tech-savvy world, internet has become a very practical tool for both shoppers and business owners. Business entrepreneurs use internet as a platform to promote their services and products. While shoppers use it to find the best shopping deals. It is not a surprise that many businesses use different online tactics to drive customers to their websites. Most of the small business use internet as their online tool for effective marketing strategies to compete with the international companies without the need to develop budgets for marketing and advertising strategies. Traffic can be easily generated with good marketing strategies and encouraging returns on the investments can be easily made.

Search Engine Optimisation: It is the process done by popular search engines like Google, Bing etc. Search engine optimisation by short is called as SEO. In this most of the businesses optimise websites promote their product and services. In search engine such as Google you will find natural as well as paid results and SEO is part of the natural results. If you are on top of the search engine results page for your keywords then you are more likely to get good business. To get on the top of the search engine results page you need to increase your page rank by performing both on-page and off-page optimising. Under on-page, take care of keywords, titles, description and create unique content for all the webpages of your site, as fresh content is very important for search engines for ranking websites. Do active off-page optimisation such as link building, directory submission, social bookmarking, blog writing etc.

Pay Per Click: Pay per click can be simultaneously done with search engine optimisation, where you will pay for the clicks and leads to the successful online transaction legal matters. PPC is done mostly for newly created small business websites. Here keywords and keywords phrases play vital role in bringing traffic to your site, so research quality keywords which can drive potential customers to your business.

Social Media Optimisation: These days many of the customers are relying on social networking sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter etc. for purchasing products. So it is important for you to have a business account with the social media sites and participate in conversations with the customers by solving their queries. By tweeting on topics related to your business can increase your business visibility bring good business revenue. Develop a good strategy for being active on social networking sites and respond to your customer’s queries. The right time to obtain a payday loan merely depends on how much you know about the kind of business that you are about to venture

IP address location and Domain Name: Location of your website IP address will have an impact on your traffic. Search engines will know from where a user is searching so at such instances they give priority to regional sites and filter by the relevancy by IP address. While registering your domain name if you have opted for one year, Google may not give much importance hence choose for longer term like 5 or 10 year period.



Sunday, 14 April 2013

Four steps to improving your business’s productivity

Four steps to improving your business’s productivity
Four steps to improving your business’s productivity

You don’t have to be Alan Sugar to realise that business productivity has a huge impact on whether your company will be successful.

Although hard work is important, there are other ways to increase your productivity and some are easier than you’d think. Check out our four step guide and boost your profits today:

         Assess the situation: In order to increase productivity, you need to understand where your business is at the moment. Any measurement of efficiency should focus on goods and service produced from raw materials – check out this guide to measuring productivity if you need help.

2      Identify problematic areas: Don’t waste valuable time trying to fix something which is working well in a company-wide overhaul. Instead, identify the areas which will improve your bottom line.

Is it your outdated communications system or your clueless online strategy which is holding you back? Ask employees what they think is being done well and what could be improved. They will appreciate being asked for feedback and you will gain valuable insight.

3      Get training: New or even old employees who have not been properly trained can often impact negatively on company productivity. Whether they’re uncertain on how to prioritise work, use equipment or implement procedure, they could be holding their team back.

Make sure all new employees are adequately trained and schedule refresher courses for existing staff.

4      Outsource where it makes sense: Most small businesses could easily save money through outsourcing at least some tasks, at no risk to results.

Top of this list is payroll, which can be extremely time consuming – check out this guide to in-house vs. outsourced payroll, by UK company Moorepay, for help understanding whether or not their payroll services would work for you.

Similarly, it might pay to outsource IT and technical assistance – if your employees are wasting valuable time trying to handle something beyond their capabilities.

For more info on what services you can realistically outsource, without compromising your services, check out this blog post.

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

How an ordinary person can use creativity in business.

How an ordinary person can use creativity in business.
Not everyone is gifted with Da Vinci’s ingenuity and Shakespeare’s imagination. You can, however, develop creative thinking techniques  with the right mind set. Ways to think outside the box innovate and challenge ideals which can make your business great again.  Encouraging creativity is a vital function of strong leadership in any organization. Creativity is increasing becoming a factor in job descriptions as people seek new business opportunities. 

One you assess the leadership characteristics of your staff you may have traditionally thought, integrity and intelligence were the most influential factors, however a recent survey from IBM’s 1500 employees revealed ‘creativity’ was ranked as the most prominent attribute. Creativity is not just important for developing new business opportunities but maximizing the potential of your staff. So how do you build skills in creativity and innovation?

1.       Ask Questions. Being inquisitive by asking the right questions can lead you to ideas that you never considered before.

2.       Read Up. Reading allows you to absorb various facts that might be beneficial in the future. It opens your mind to new dimensions and perspectives.

3.       Research. Look up previous approaches and solutions to the problems or issues at hand. This allows you to get an idea of how to build an approach of your own. Learn from the strengths and weaknesses of those before you.

4.       Develop Alternate Plans. If plan A does not seem right, you can always move to plan B. If it still seems mediocre, you do not have to worry since the letter Z is a long way ahead.

5.       Brainstorm. Sit with a group of people to generate different ideas about a problem at hand. Share thoughts, debate, and challenge each other in a constructive way.

6.       Listen. Consider other people’s thoughts and opinions. Their light bulbs might be brighter than yours. Never assume that people are superior and inferior.

7.       Criticize. Do not be afraid to speak your mind about something and share your criticisms. This helps point out the negative points in a discussion. Just see to it that you do it in a polite and professional manner.

8.       Appreciate. Be thankful for the criticisms you receive and also be appreciative of other people’s input.

9.       Rest. Do not force yourself to overthink when your mind is already tired. It helps to get some rest to give your brain a brake. Take a nap, exercise, or grab a bite to replenish your brain cells. Freeing your mind allows it to recharge and replenish its creative ability.

10.   Avoid Loyalty. Loyalty to a single idea can lead you into a dead end. Explore all options and avoid bias in supporting your original thoughts.

11.   Take Down Notes. Oral discussions are great but there might come a point wherein the information might bombard you. To avoid missing significant facts, jot down the things that you find essential. This allows you to look back and review your progress later on.

12.   Take Your Time. Ideation does not come in a snap. The best idea might not be realized right away. Forcing it to come out would only make it more difficult on your part. Take some time to give it a break and relax. There are plenty of instances wherein the best thoughts come at the moments wherein we expect them the least. For instance, the “Aha!” moment that you have been waiting for in the discussion room might hit you while you are already driving on the way home.

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Experiential inspiration: 5 essential strands in an experiential campaign


Marketing methodology is shaped around the way consumers process communications and respond to messages. TV adverts, direct mail, email marketing, SEO and print strategies are formulated based on the way the consumer thinks, behaves and makes decisions. We analyse human behaviour and psychology to generate campaign success in these areas. On the surface experiential marketing works a little differently; in reality it marries these different methodologies and can act as a catalyst for multi-channel success.
Experiential marketing can be used to support above and below the line techniques or be the icing on an integrated cake. When it comes to the customer, experiential marketing seeks to dictate and enhance the customer journey, accelerate the decision making process and bring the campaign directly to the target audience.

Creativity and customer awareness are key when planning an experiential campaign or event, but there also other essential strands you should consider during the planning stages. The following five campaign components can be seen as benefits of experiential marketing and also be used as key performance indicators.

1) Offers product experience

At the most basic level, many experiential campaigns take the product directly to the customer and ask them to experience it first-hand. This might be through innovative product launches and demonstrations or through more interactive events such as public competitions and social events. Whatever the tactic, this ensures the target market come into contact with the product and removes many of the common barriers to trying it for the first time.

2) Brand extension and differentiation

The type of experiential campaign helps to differentiate the product in the market place and can help shape the perceived brand persona in a number of ways. For example, a drinks company could work alongside a band to set up a one-off club night to promote a product launch and offer tickets to the event as competition prizes.  The type of band, the venue and the likely competition entrant all help to set the tone for the product and act as an extension of the brand, which is differentiated in the market by this approach.

3) Direct relationship building

Whether it’s signing up for an app that allows guests to guess the ingredients in a restaurant’s new menu as they work their way from course to course or leaving an email address in exchange for a carry away sample, experiential marketing offers plenty of opportunities for data capture.  Relationship building also becomes a more organic process as questions are more easily answered on site with products on hand to offer proof in the pudding.

4) A moment to remember

 The ability to build a positive product experience in advance of purchase gives brands the ability to shape the consumer’s view of them and their product from the off. Building a campaign around an experiential event and offering it up as a prize or an extra in relation to a product or service gives the consumer a reason to come into contact with it and ultimately, a moment to remember too.

5) Shareable subjects that generates social signals

In experiential marketing, the campaign often carries itself. Create an experience that consumers want to take part in, talk about and engage with and they will share it and positive information about your product for you. Good experiential marketing is a great support to other offline and online strategies because it encourages sharing, sharing that generates social signals, content, site visits and hopefully, purchases. With careful planning shareability can be built into your campaign and channel your target audience across platforms to purchase.

One example of a brand that continually implements effective experiential marketing campaigns is upmarket sandwich chain Pret A Manger. One particular experiential marketing campaign, which was the brainchild of experiential marketing firm Kommando Ltd, aimed to reinforce Pret A Manger’s core values of providing stylish, fresh and natural produce and service, by transporting customers to their new stores on Pret branded pedicabs, and dispensing free helium balloons, brownie samples, and money off coupons.


Wednesday, 23 January 2013

What A Small Business Can Outsource Without Affecting Results


What A Small Business Can Outsource Without Affecting Results

At some point in your business ownership, you’ll need to start making decisions about what tasks to keep and what tasks to outsource. This becomes worrisome for business owners, because so many tasks that are outsourced can (and do) affect the quality of work, which also affects the quantity and quality of sales.

If you would like to know of some things you can outsource without risking your results, keep reading. Following are a few great ideas of some tasks you can relieve yourself of with no risk or worry.

Payroll

Payroll is number one on the list because it’s typically the most practical solution. How much time do you spend dealing with your company’s payroll that you could spend doing something more beneficial to raising your bottom line? Payroll has no ties to your company’s income, which means that you won’t risk affecting results.

Invest in a payroll company that will be able to take over your payroll needs at an affordable price. There are several companies that will work with your budget and any number of employees you have. They will also work on your standards. Perhaps you don’t want to lose total control, or maybe you feel secure enough to let the Payroll company handle every aspect, and all you want is a report to keep on file every cycle. The companies you can choose from will have all of these options available for you. All you have to do is decide. Contact a couple of companies and see if they seem right for you, searching for payroll companies brings back a wide selection of companies the likes of Moorepay.

Technical

IT work can be bothersome and time consuming, especially for those who don’t know how to handle it. Hire a professional IT company to handle your in-house IT needs, so that you can free up some time and resources and dedicate them to growing your business.

Accountant

If you spend too much time dealing with your books, hire a tax specialist or an accountant. The only job they will have is to keep track of your numbers, and file the papers for you during tax time. This is a fantastic resource to free up your numbers day. All you have to do is go over the report at the end to be sure that everything looks right.

Menial Tasks

Menial tasks include, but are not limited to:

·         Scheduling either your employees or your self. You can outsource this part of your life by hiring a virtual assistant that can be in charge of taking phone calls and inquiries that are related to scheduling. They can also be put in charge of creating an in-house schedule for your employees every week.

·         Research can also be outsourced. If you need any kind of information, hire a virtual assistant that specializes in research. They will be at your beck and call to provide any information you need, and they will be good at it.

·         Data entry of any kind should always be outsourced. It’s very straightforward and doesn't affect your company’s results at all. It’s also quite time consuming. Outsourcing data entry tasks could be the best option for you.

·         General administrative tasks could be outsourced as well. Hire an assistant that can do any administrative task for you, from checking, organizing, and responding to your e-mails to sending your thank you notes, get the menial tasks outsourced and see how much time you free up in your day to dedicate to more meaningful work.

Outsourcing can be extremely beneficial to any business owner, and it should be done. However, you should do it right. Be sure to outsource the right way by hiring a company or person to do a job that won’t be affecting your company’s results.