Comparison Sites: Do they work?

Your quest for most products or even services is made simpler by aggregator websites, also known as comparison sites. You may want to buy a smart phone or a desktop, you might be looking for life insurance or a home loan, you may need to rent a car and there are comparison websites for airfares, hotels and most things you can think of. These comparison sites are great as they make your research a cakewalk. They save time, offer a ton of information in a jiffy and you get to make an informed decision.

Let us consider an example where you want to find  a cheap international parcel shipping company. You may have to send parcel to France so you get to a website that lists multiple companies with their charges and services. You can compare the propositions and make a decision. One of the most competitive courier comparison sites is Courierpoint.com. Here you will enter all the information about your needs, the size and weight of the item that you are sending and the delivery address that it is going to.

They then check with many of the large branded courier services to find the best deals for you. You get to review all the information about each offer, not just price but other information that is important such as the transit time, the sum the goods are insured for in the event of an accident, when collection is possible etc.

For the user this has many advantages, firstly you only have to enter your information in once. Then the information you have provided is used to generate offers for multiple services saving you lots of time by not have to visit each website individually and enter all the duplicate information separately into each one. Some of the large motor insurance comparison sites compare quotes from over 50 insurers.

This helps you to find not only a very competitively priced deal, as all the companies are competing against each other but also to be able to compare the features of each offer in real time so that you can select the perfect offer for you.

They also offer loyalty schemes when are you by multiple offers from them, which can be nice. But the main reason you will use them is for the cost savings that are often achieved. I have seen car inured premiums halve from previous insurers by uses one of these sites. So they are in the consumers interest and do a great job.

Dynamic Structures’ wild ride from steelmaker to theme park innovator

Crowd in an IMAX-style theatre with moving seats

“This dumps you down. You feel like you’re falling,” Guy Nelson says, pointing to a five-storey-high roller-coaster switch under construction in one of the cavernous sheds at Dynamic Structures’ dusty six-acre yard in Port Coquitlam, B.C. “We stop you, and then we reverse you. You go backwards and roll off down another track. There are 300 features we put you through.”

Once finished, the coaster parts will be disassembled, packed into containers like a set of Ikea drawers and sent to China. The one being assembled in the next building, Nelson says, is bound for Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi. In both cases, the actual track—which is less knowledge-intensive to construct—will be made by Dynamic’s joint venture in China.

“It’s high labour content per tonne,” explains Nelson. He’s tall and still brawny at 60, with a deep, gravelly voice. “The switches, all the controls, all the design—that’s what we do in Vancouver.”

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It takes imagination to conjure up how these towers of naked steel will become some of the world’s leading-edge immersive rides, the kind you find in Orlando theme parks. Dynamic has worked on rides for those market leaders too—in 2014, it built new track for Walt Disney World’s Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, while in 2010, it engineered an immersive experience for the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride at Universal Studios’ Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park—and honed its expertise in the process. But now it’s on the cusp of cracking a larger global market, using its own technology developed in Canada. Over the past 12 months, Dynamic has landed about $100 million in ride contracts, most of them in Asia.

And it’s not just coasters. Last spring, Dynamic announced its involvement in the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope, a $1.5-billion joint venture that includes partners from the U.S., China, Japan and India, to be built on Mauna Kea in Hawaii. When completed in 2018, the telescope will reside in an 18-storey-tall observatory and give astronomers a glimpse of galaxies forming at the edge of the observable universe, near the very beginning of time. Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Canada’s $243.5-million contribution to the project in April; Dynamic is expected to complete a $70 million portion of the work.

It all adds up to a breakthrough year for the nearly 90-year-old company. The windfall is especially timely for Dynamic’s parent firm, Winnipeg-based Empire Industries Ltd., whose other business activity, supplying steel pipe and machinery for the oilsands, has fallen off a cliff. Truth be told, Nelson had no intention of becoming an exporter of precision engineered products when he bought Dynamic eight years ago. But a combination of circumstance and business sense caused him, like one of Dynamic’s coasters, to stop, drop and head off in another direction. He has one word to describe what Empire’s state would have been had he not done so: “Dire.”

The well-travelled Toronto entrepreneur had already owned a 30% stake in Winnipeg’s Empire Iron Works for a decade when, in 2006, he took the company public and became CEO. The idea was to buy up firms across Western Canada and corner the market in steel fabrication for the oil and gas industry, which at the time appeared to be caught up in a long-term commodity supercycle. Nelson figured the severe shortage of skilled trades gave the advantage to the largest operators, so for two years Empire Industries, as it is now called, set about acquiring fabricators from Ontario to B.C.

Nelson first crossed paths with Dynamic Structures while bidding for the steel contract for the 2010 Olympics’ speedskating oval in Richmond, B.C. They were the only other bidder, which forced Empire to come in low to secure the contract. The same thing happened with the ski jump near Whistler, except Dynamic came out the victor.

“They’ve cost me money in two scenarios,” Nelson was thinking when, unexpectedly, he was approached by Dynamic’s local management three months later. At the time Dynamic was owned by AMEC, but new leadership at the Britain-based engineering giant had decided to sell the company. AMEC, which itself ended up with Dynamic as the result of a series of larger mergers and acquisitions, was in the business of consulting and project management, and Dynamic’s more capital-intensive manufacturing operation didn’t fit. Empire was obviously in that business; would it be interested in Dynamic?

“I bought it because they were pissing me off,” Nelson recalls. But Dynamic also had a contract to build the Harry Potter ride for Universal Studios. The multi-year project was backed by performance bonds that would be transferred from AMEC to Empire. In other words, Nelson had to follow through.

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Dynamic had already built and refurbished rides for Disney theme parks, the undisputed leader in the amusement park business. These had been straightforward contracts, using Disney’s designs for the kind of media-enhanced indoor rides that make its venues unique. But Universal had an audacious plan to expand its own $500-million park in Orlando, the heart of Disney country. As a result, Dynamic was developing expertise in designing roller-coasters that do things like stop, drop and switch tracks, and theatres in which the floor drops away, leaving the audience suspended on robotic arms in front of 3D projection screens. This was unfamiliar territory for Nelson, and he had no choice but to go along for the ride.

The purchase of Dynamic dropped another piece of unfinished business in Nelson’s lap. He found himself representing industrial interests, alongside people from universities and the astronomical community, in a lobby group pressing for Canada’s participation in the Thirty Meter Telescope project. In this, he played along, perhaps not realizing this particular sales job would take eight years and countless meetings with bureaucrats and politicians to bear fruit. His wife, Leslie, burst out laughing upon hearing he had been named co-chairman of the Coalition for Canadian Astronomy. He awoke the next morning to find a copy of Astronomy for Dummies on his side of the bed.

In fact, Dynamic’s sideline in telescopes predates its coaster business. In 1975, when it landed the contract to build the enclosure for the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, the Thirty Meter Telescope of its day, the bridge and building-steel maker hoped such projects might help it maintain its heightened staffing levels after completing a spurt of work on bridges for the new Coquihalla Highway—the most technically challenging stretch of roadwork in Canada. Little did anyone know that the advanced engineering experience Dynamic would gain would ultimately propel the company in a new direction altogether.

“David Halliday was the mastermind behind all this,” says Dynamic president Ye Zhou, referring to his predecessor, who saw Dynamic through half a dozen astronomical projects in the 1980s and 1990s. For most recent undertaking, the Keck Telescope, it built not only the enclosure but also the telescope itself. After Empire acquired the company in 2007, “we encouraged Guy to be more interested in this part of our business,” Zhou says. He admits there was some trepidation among Dynamic’s staff at the time. “He [Guy] assured us he would continue supporting this part of the business, but back then nobody was expecting it to transition into a major part of Empire’s business.”

In fact, Nelson didn’t need much convincing. The more he got to know Dynamic, the more he liked what he saw. “Guy had always wanted to move Empire into more modern, higher-margin businesses,” says Steven Judge, a friend and associate who serves as president and CEO of International Breweries.

Meanwhile, the 2008 recession was casting the vulnerability of Nelson’s old business plan into stark relief. As oil prices plunged and companies shelved or cancelled oilsands projects, he was forced to shut two-thirds of Empire’s steel fabrication capacity. He got rid of sites in Winnipeg, Ontario and elsewhere in B.C. “I was in survival mode for four years,” Nelson remembers. Empire was in covenant with four banks, with $50 million in debt and a “bad mix of business,” he says. “It wasn’t a pretty picture.” Against that backdrop, Dynamic’s export business in engineered products offered a ray of hope.

Much of what happened to Empire and to countless other Canadian companies over the past decade can be traced to China. Expected to unseat the U.S. as the world’s largest economy within the next five years, the country’s double-digit GDP growth, exploding manufacturing capacity and need for modern infrastructure in the early years of this century drove a torrent of investment into the oilsands and other natural resources around the world. Today, though, the pace of growth has slowed, as China makes the tricky transition from an export-focused economy to the consumer-driven model of a more affluent, developed country. That’s bad news for resource companies and their suppliers in Canada, which expected China’s growth trajectory to continue. But it’s an opportunity for exporters with hard-to-copy products to serve a new generation of consumers, who demand the same kind of amenities North Americans already enjoy—state-of-the-art amusement rides, for example.

Like the telescope business, demand for amusement rides comes in cycles. When Disney and Universal aren’t building new parks, there’s little work to be had. So in 2011, Nelson created Dynamic Attractions, a subsidiary that would market turnkey ride systems to the other three-quarters of the world’s park operators that did not have their own technology—especially those on a building spree in Asia and the Middle East.

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Selling sophisticated machinery in China is not as simple as selling formed steel. One obstacle Dynamic faced was a 30% tax on manufactured imports. Nelson reasoned that if Dynamic could set up a joint venture with a Chinese partner, it could build the low-cost roller-coaster track there.

Through a personal connection—Zhou’s father had a contact in China—Dynamic went into business with Bill Qiu and his QiGuang Group, a commodity-scale metalworks in Zhoushan, China, in 2013. QiGuang owns 55% of the joint venture, QiGuang Dynamic Steel Structure Co., in addition to a 10% stake in Empire. This way, Dynamic manufactures the formed metal parts in China and largely avoids a tariff that might erase its margin or render its amusement rides uncompetitive. And it keeps the higher-margin design and development work in Canada.

In the fullness of time, Nelson proved to be the kind of boss the engineers at Dynamic were looking for. Where AMEC was cautious, he was decisive. “Guy is a brave man,” Zhou says. “He’s the one who made the decision to enter the general entertainment market. He’s the one who’s been tirelessly promoting the Thirty Meter Telescope. He’s the one who opened up our manufacturing facility in China. I don’t see all of this happening with AMEC.”

Judge credits Nelson’s leadership and “positive energy” with getting Empire through its darkest hour. “He managed to rally the management team to reduce costs, compete for all business available and look for new opportunities around the world,” he says.

“Guy is very creative,” says Terry Quinn, a mergers and acquisitions consultant who met Nelson 15 years ago and today sits on Empire’s board as an independent director. “He likes leveraged risks, but with the risk he takes the vendor along with him.” Each deal to expand the company has involved the owner either taking shares in Empire, offering up working capital to finance the transaction or “an earn-out that worked in our favour,” Quinn says, adding that some deals didn’t happen because the partner just wanted 100% cash.

There were multiple voices in the discussion around Empire’s pivot from its old-economy focus to the new one, Quinn says. “We had a few people drop off the board because they didn’t like the strategy.” Today, that change in strategy looks inspired.

Across the street from the metalworking sheds and the patch of ground where the dome of the Thirty Meter Telescope will rise—at 18 storeys high, it has to be built outdoors—an open-plan office building houses Dynamic’s engineering division. This is the company’s real competitive advantage, Nelson says. He introduces Amir Hadi Hosseinabadi, dressed in coveralls and standing in front of a large robotic arm. Hadi explains how he is developing an automated system for the zero-force optical polishing of the mirrors used in telescopes. The machine employs a laser to map the microscopic topography of the glass and determine whether it needs polishing. It can shift itself around any size of mirror array; existing machines for polishing can do only one segment at a time.

For Dynamic, this is pure R&D, with no guarantee of a payoff. But the potential is significant. Polishing mirrors and lenses is a major cost of maintaining telescopes, and using an intelligent robot could cut expenses dramatically. “The cost of this machine is $200,000,” Hadi says. Existing contraptions sell for anywhere from $600,000 to $1.5 million. If the project is successful—and it’s hit all its milestones so far—every major observatory in the world will want one of these machines. There might also be applications maintaining military hardware.

On top of Empire’s overall shift to precision manufacturing, Mark Senn, western vice-president for Export Development Canada, identifies two smaller things the company has done right in cracking global markets. First, it chose its niches. “When you’re the size of most Canadian companies, you really have to be focused,” he says. Senn points to the example of another B.C. company, MacDonald Dettwiler & Associates, which built a commanding presence in the small market for satellite ground stations before expanding into satellite hardware and software. There are only so many customers for such things, but if you can establish a reputation as a reliable supplier, you can bank on that for years.

Second, Senn applauds Empire’s decision to establish a joint venture in China rather than just a supplier relationship. “Most of the business Empire is going to do is lumpy and contractual in nature,” he notes. So when the order for, say, a big coaster comes in, the company has to know it can get track made in volume and on time. “The strategy of having a deeper business relationship adds certainty,” he says.

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By shifting the repetitive, labour-intensive welding and fabrication work offshore, Empire is doing more than simply keeping its costs down, says Zhou. “We also manage to elevate the skill set of our Canadian employees, which has turned out to be a very successful configuration.”

Nelson is the first to admit he’s no Steve Jobs. He did not have a vision of this future. But he did have the situational awareness to see which way the economic winds were blowing and to what his own employees and cash flow statements were telling him. What’s more, on the basis of that information, Nelson had the intestinal fortitude to ditch his old, ultimately doomed business strategy and adopt a new, unfamiliar one.

As Nelson sees it, he had no choice. Canadian manufacturers will continue to struggle if they try to serve the small domestic market or rely on a low dollar to stoke exports. What Canada has to offer the world is its engineering and research smarts. Those qualities may not be obvious from looking at the assorted roller-coaster pieces on view today in Port Coquitlam, but they will be once they begin thrilling parkgoers in China and the Middle East with their death-defying twists and 3D projections of approaching monsters—all made possible by a little Canadian know-how.

Canada’s trade deficit has been a cause for hand-wringing since the collapse of oil prices a year ago. But some experts argue that the export numbers don’t tell the whole story. Empire Industries’ move into China, in which it partnered with a Chinese firm to manufacture parts of its amusement park rides, is an example of what Daniel Koldyk, a senior researcher with Export Development Canada, calls “integrative trade.” In a recent paper, titled “Chasing the Chain,” Koldyk and his colleagues argue that headline trade figures are premised on an obsolete model of trade—that is, companies create products using entirely domestic inputs and then export them. But as trade barriers have diminished and global supply chains evolved, a car rolling off an assembly line in Canada and shipped to a U.S. customer may, in its constituent parts, have already crossed the border several times. What matters more than direct trade figures is the value added in each cross-border transaction. That’s harder to get a handle on.

Today, says Koldyk, the go-to strategy for Canadian manufacturers is to create, acquire or joint-venture on foreign operations. Indeed, sales by foreign affiliates of Canadian companies now exceed the level of direct exports from Canada. Whereas Canadian exports to the U.S. have grown 18% in the past decade, sales by foreign affiliates have grown 187%. Within those foreign affiliate relationships lies a revenue stream that doesn’t show up in conventional trade figures. “When you look at value-added activity, we see we’re less dependent on the U.S. market than we previously thought. We see a lot more going to Asia and emerging markets,” Koldyk says. And while they may not create blue-collar jobs in Canada, those foreign affiliates are creating higher-value research, professional and management jobs here, not to mention repatriating taxable profits. “One of the misperceptions about foreign affiliate activity is that it’s a net loss to Canada,” Koldyk says. On the contrary: It enables Canadian firms to achieve the necessary scale to become globally competitive and to access emerging markets that will continue to grow faster than North America. “Twenty years ago it was about offshoring. Now it’s about tapping into South-South trade,” Koldyk says, meaning the burgeoning trade relationships between, for example, China and Brazil. “How do you tap these fast-growing trade networks? You get inside them.”

 

Canadian exporters are finally waking up to opportunity in Asia

Canada’s exporters may be figuring it out: the future is in Asia.

Policy makers have been trying to nudge Canadian executives to the Pacific for years. Mark Carney, the former Bank of Canada governor, used a speech in 2012 to counter the excuse that Canadian companies were uncompetitive; Carney presented evidence that showed exporters struggled after the crisis because they were overexposed to slow-growth markets such as the United States and Europe. (More than a dozen Asian countries grew at least 5% that year, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The U.S. economy expanded 2.2% and that of Europe effectively stalled.) Former prime minister Stephen Harper signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a free-trade agreement that would bind 12 Pacific Rim nations. The new government of Justin Trudeau hasn’t yet said whether it will stay in the TPP, but it would be a shock if it reneged. Asia is on the mind of Canada’s leader. The only two nations mentioned by name in Trudeau’s mandate letter to Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland are China and India. He referred to them twice. (Neither China nor India are members of the TPP.)

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A pivot to Asia may already be on. Merchandise exports to China continue to grow, and the world’s No. 2 economy now is firmly Canada’s second-largest trading partner after the United States. Shipments of goods to India surged to a record in the third quarter, according to data released by Statistics Canada last week. Asia’s third-biggest economy is on track to leap over France, Germany and the Netherlands to become Canada’s seventh-biggest market for merchandise exports. South Korea, with which Canada signed a free-trade agreement that went into effect in January, is on its way to securing its place as a more important economic partner than any of the big countries of continental Europe.

The U.S. still matters most to Canadian traders: Americans purchased 76% of the $134 billion worth of goods that Canadian companies sent abroad in the third quarter. The United Kingdom is the third-biggest destination of Canadian merchandise exports after China. Japan is No. 4 and Mexico is No. 5. The reshuffling occurs in the bottom half of the Top 10. When the books close on 2015, India and South Korea likely will have supplanted continental Europe on Canada’s export league table. Canada shipped goods worth $1.45 billion to India in the third quarter, a 78% increase from the previous quarter and almost double the year-earlier amount, as back-to-back droughts increased demand—and prices—for lentils and other pulses. Through the end of the third quarter, Canadian goods exports to India were valued at $3.16 billion, slightly less than the $3.19 billion of stuff sent to South Korea.

Is the shift permanent? Probably, if only due to gravitational pull of growing demand. But there still is reason to the ability of Canadian companies to take full advantage. As I’ve argued previously, Corporate Canada is notoriously timid. Glen Hodgson, a former Finance Canada official who now is chief economist at the Conference Board of Canada, calls Canada’s trade performance over the last decade “mediocre.” That’s problematic because the trade winds have changed since Carney’s speech more than three years ago. Hodgson calls it the “next trade era.”

The real money over the longer term still will be made in places where English isn’t the first language. But the emerging-market superstars of a few years ago—Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa; the BRICS—no longer are growing in a straight line north. China is slowing as Beijing attempts to orchestrate a soft landing from years of unsustainably fast economic growth. Brazil and Russia are in recession; South Africa’s GDP will expand a mere 1.3% in 2016, according to the IMF. These three countries were hit hard by the collapse of commodity prices. India alone retains some shine. It now is the world’s fastest-growing major economy, advancing at an annual rate of about 7.5%.

The collapse of oil prices and other commodities hasn’t helped Canada, either. It has wiped out wealth that could otherwise be used to finance expansion and technological upgrades. The Canadian dollar has weakened to about 75 cents against the U.S. currency, making Canadian goods and services relatively cheaper on the world market, but boosting the cost of investing abroad. The U.S. economy won’t startle anyone with its vigour, but it does seem to found decent momentum. That’s good for Canada, at least in the short-term.

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This is a tricky environment. Hodgson and the Conference Board are in the midst of an assessment of whether Canadian companies are up to the challenge. “Our preliminary assessment is they are not,” Hodgson said in a commentary earlier this month. He laments the dismal amount of money Canadian executives spent on their companies in recent years. Now they either are struggling to keep up with orders or unable to approach new markets. “It is primarily the responsibility of businesses, not policy makers, to up their game through investment,” Hodgson said.

 

6 reasons why Singapore is the best destination for entrepreneurs

If you thought Singapore is just another place with no scope and future for business minded people, then you were all wrong. Singapore, which is already a commercial hub, is soon going to be the financial nerve center of Southeast Asia, and maybe Asia too. And that day is not far when we see it making to the list of top financial centers of the world. Entrepreneurs from across the world, head to Singapore for setting up their business.

Now, the question that must be staring at you is how to incorporate in Singapore? But before you understand that, you must knowwhat makes Singapore a magnet for business enthusiasts? Below are eight reasons that will bring to you that ‘aha’ moment.

  1. The first noteworthy point is that the strategic location of Singapore is highly conducive. It is in the Southeast Asia’s heart, which could makea business’s access to some 2.8 billion people easy. Besides being considered an important International Maritime Center, Singapore has a busy port. In fact, its port is one of the busiest in the world. Besides, Singapore’s popular Changi Airport has been providing access to businesses for long.
  2. Another important thing to keep in mind is that Singapore is famous for its business-friendly environment. It has been attracting foreign investments in an impressive way. Although hard to believe, getting a business set up in this country is a matter of a couple of days. It is that easy! Whereas in most other countries, the scene is almost opposite.
  3. You will be glad to know that Singapore’s tax system is simply outstanding. Not only corporate tax rates, even effective personal taxes are low. The tier system,which applies to the personal income tax starts at zero percent. There certainly cannot be a happier news than this.
  4. Up to about $S300,000 of profit, private limited companies are required to pay something below 9% as corporate tax. All profits above $S300,000 are taxed flat 17%. There are many other benefits in the taxing system conducive for entrepreneurs.
  5. Immigration policies observed in Singapore are flexible. As a result, interested entrepreneurs fly in without hesitation. Also, foreign professionals can assume the Singapore Permanent Residence (PR) status without much hassle. Now, who wouldn’t want to build his business in a country which is so welcoming?
  6. Another important factor which is sure to excite you about setting your business up in Singapore is that the work force here is not only productive but also world-class. With such an efficient workforce, you can imagine well how prosperous your business will be. The reason why the workforce here is educated and professionally skilled is that Singapore’s economy is basically knowledge based.
  7. No business can be built or made to thrive without the support of the government. One of the biggest reasons why Singapore attracts entrepreneurs from all across the globe is that it has a political infrastructure which is overwhelmingly supportive. The government here is not only stable but also orderly. And the motto of the government is to make Singapore the top industrialized nation in the world.

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Is a College Degree in Real Estate a Waste of Time?

Deciding on whether or not to invest in a real estate degree is not always easy. There are several pros and cons to both decisions, so the right answer depends quite a bit on a few different factors. You don’t want to find yourself struggling for years to pay off insurmountable debts from your student loans, but you might need the degree if you want to work in a particular market. This means that you need to have a good idea of what your ultimate goals are when it comes to a career in real estate. The life of a real estate agent is very different than that of a real estate developer. So make sure you have a clear vision for your future. Here are some factors to consider when trying do decide if a college degree in real estate is a waste of time for you.

It Depends on the Market

Selling real estate in Malibu is very different from selling real estate in Wichita. You are going to be dealing with a completely different type of clientele, and a completely different type of architecture. If you want to appeal to the Malibu market, you need to know your architecture, you need to know your furniture designers, and you need to be at least as educated as your clients. So, you’ll want to earn your degree from a decent college like University of Cincinnati or Golden Gate University. If you’re selling tract homes in Wichita, you won’t have nearly such a demanding clientele, so you won’t need such a formal education.

It Depends on What You Can Afford

Can you actually afford to pay for a degree in real estate? If you can’t, then you shouldn’t rely on student loans to get you there. The truth of the matter is that you only need to take one class and pass one test in order to earn your real estate license. From there, you will be able to make it if you find a strong mentor and if you are tenacious. Essentially, you can bypass the degree, but you’ll still have to maintain a very strong work ethic.

You Could Get a Head Start Without a Degree

One thing that is great about going the independent route is that if you really are a go-getter, you could get your career started long before the rest of your friends finish college. This way you will be out of your parents’ house and earning real money much sooner, and you won’t have any student loans to pay off, so you will have more seed capital if you want to start your own real estate business.

You Might Change Your Mind

If you do have the money to earn your bachelor’s degree without spending a decade paying off student loans, then you might want to go for it, simply because you might not want to go into real estate after all. A good majority of people end up with careers that have nothing to do with their college major. If you start in real estate and find that you aren’t crazy about it, then you will at least have a college degree, which will open doors for you in other careers that might be peripherally related.

Can You Invest in Real Estate During College?

Investing your money in college can seem daunting and you may not have the capital to invest, but the real estate market can actually be a really safe place to put your funds. What you have to realize is that the real estate market is a multifaceted industry and there are a lot of places to go in high or go in low. You don’t actually need to invest millions into the real estate market to become an investor. If you have inherited a little bit of money, or if you have a chunk of savings, this may be plenty to get going.

However, you need to not only know how to invest, you also need some tips and tricks for investing efficiently. It doesn’t really matter if you are going to USC Online or Academy of Art University; you need to balance your time between investing in real estate and going to school. Here is how to invest in real estate during college.

Create a Balance Between School Work and Investing

When you do start investing, or focusing your energy on the real estate market, you don’t want to take too much time away from your schoolwork. Even though investing in real estate may be exciting, your priority is still to do well in your courses, especially if you are paying a lot in tuition.

Don’t Go All in When You Have Pressing Financial Responsibilities

Sure, you can go to real estate college to start investing in the industry, but there is a good chance that you are taking pre-graduate courses at a college that costs a lot of money. You probably have other expenses as well – from your living expenses to food expenses. You don’t want to invest all your money if rent is due next week.

Make the Right Space for Where You Will Work and Invest

When it comes to having a work space, you want to carve out enough room for a couple of computers and you don’t want to get in the way of your roommates. The last thing you want is to take over the common space at your dorm. Moreover, you may not want to take up too much space in your dorm room. If you have to, you may want to get an office.

Talk to Your Bank About Accounts to Put Your Returns In

When you start getting returns from your investments, you want to have the right bank account to put your money in. You could put your money into a savings account, but you want to be sure that your savings account has a high interest yield rate, which means that your money will grow depending on much you put in the account.

Always Do Your Research Before You Invest

On top of everything, you want to do your research before you invest. This is especially the case if there is a lot of risk involved. Of course, there is a risk involved with all investments, but you don’t want to put money into something that could ruin you financially. In the end, putting money into real estate in college is smart, but only if you do your due diligence.

Top 8 Best Dressed Men in London Right Now

London is famous for its amazing streetstyle fashion, stylish citizens and expensive impeccably dressed escorts London seems to have an endless supply of. Many of the world’s greatest male fashionistas were raised in the British capital or born in Britain. Let me list you our top 8 selection of the best dressed men in London right now. Enjoy!
1. DAVID GANDY
The English model and fashion icon was photographed at the Burberry in this outfit. He is known for his outstandingly coordinated and elegant personal style, he also began to write fashion and lifestyle articles for British Vogue and Telegraph Men. In 2014 he became the face of Marks & Spencer’s lounge-wear, underwear and swimwear.
2. TINIE TEMPAH
Without a doubt he is one of the best men in the music industry. The Nigerian-English rapper, singer and songwriter has his own record and fashion label.
3. ROMEO BECKHAM
We can clearly state that Romeo is the best dressed and most fashionable Beckham offspring. The son of David Beckham, the British footballer has already been the face of Burberry at the age of 10.
4. ROBERT PATTINSON
The Twilight-star is not only a true fashionista, he was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME magazine and the same year Forbes nominated him on its Forbes Celebrity 100 list, as one of the most powerful celebrities many an escorts dream guy!
5. PRINCE GEORGE
Prince George is only 2 years old, but already a fashion icon. The elder child of Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge never fails to remind us how cute he is whenever he attends royal events in all those more and more fashionable outfits.
6. KIT HARRINGTON
The Game of Thrones star is not only a talented actor, but also a fashionista Londoner. He became the first face of Jimmy Choo’s menswear collection.
7. JACK GUINNESS
Known for his dapper personal style, Jack the escorts favorite is definitely one of London’s most stylish and fashionable men. He has modeled for brands, such as Paul Smith, Barbour, UGG and Nicole Farhi. He is also a great actor and dj who can be easily recognized by his manly beard.
8. EDDIE REDMAYNE
The former Burberry model, actor and singer is one of the best dressed men to see in London right now. In 2012 he was featured on Vanity Fair’s annual International Best Dressed list and in 2015 he was ranked number one on GQ’s 50 best dressed British Men list.

5 Simple Hacks to Boost Your Credit Rating

If you want to obtain a mortgage, buy a vehicle, or qualify for a credit card, your credit score is important.  Building good credit isn’t a quick process.  It takes time, patience, and good financial sense.  However, it is possible to improve a credit score that’s not so good.  The first step to improving your credit score is knowing that score.  You can follow your credit score using a free monthly service to better understand your score and any changes that might impact it.  Keeping track of your credit score will also keep you alert to any problems that could surface, like identity theft.

Once you know your credit score, you can improve it using these five tactics.

Pay Your Bills on Time

Perhaps the easiest, most tried and true way to build good credit is to pay your bills on time.  You can also rectify a poor credit history by starting to make your payments regularly and on time.  If you have a hectic life, or are simply prone to forget things, set up recurring monthly payments for loans, utilities, credit cards—any debt you pay on a regular basis.  This will safeguard against missed or late payments, and any fees, penalties, and negative credit impact associated with them.

If you’re worried about being able to make payments, call your creditor and negotiate terms.  You may even be able to formally apply for a different monthly payment scheme, particularly if your debt is in the form of student loans.

Obtain Credit

Obtaining credit through a credit card or small personal loan can help you boost your credit rating, as long as you’re responsible with your credit.  If you have a credit card, don’t overuse your credit and be sure to pay your bill on time each month.  Similarly, spend the money from your personal loan wisely, and be sure to make your payments on time.

If you have a bad credit history and don’t qualify on your own for a loan, consider asking a relative or close friend to cosign your credit application.  They may be hesitant to take on the responsibility, but writing up and notarizing a contract between you may make them feel more confident.

Don’t Overuse Your Credit

While a credit card can greatly improve your credit score by helping you build good credit, overusing your credit card has a negative impact on your score.  Your credit utilization ratio—the amount of credit that you use each month—should not exceed 30 percent of your credit limit.  Many experts suggest using no more than 10 percent of your credit limit each month.

If your credit limit is $2000, for example, and you regularly charge $1000 each month, credit bureaus will look at this as overutilization of your credit.

Pay Twice

Sometimes it’s necessary to use all or most of your credit limit, especially if you don’t like carrying cash or using cash for major purchases.  To offset the negative effect that overusing your credit can have on your score, simply make two payments towards your balance each statement period.  The first payment should be made just before your statement ends.  This will effectively lower the amount that credit bureaus see.  The second payment, made on time right before your bill is due, will help you avoid interest or any late penalties.

 

Don’t Close Accounts

 

Paying off your debt will improve your credit score, but don’t close your credit card accounts once they’re paid off.  Keeping an old account active will actually boost your credit score over time.  An easy way to keep an old account active is to use it for your recurring monthly utility payments.  Just be sure to pay the balance in full before your due date.

 Professional Brand and Signage Company

Having a brand must of course always be remembered with potential customers or who have become consumers. Many products that are less in demand in the market are only because the form of the logo of their products unattractive or difficult to remember the consumer. For those of you who are just about to pioneering efforts, lest when launching your product is not readily recognized by most people. To make your products are sold in the market you need a proper brand logo. Corporate signage is able to assist you in making a business logo, product, or company. They have experience in make a logo for a large company. Many companies have successfully marketed their products with success thanks to the logo is right and good.

In making the logo, they listen to how products are made and how the desire of business owners for their products. No doubt that they are artificial logo favored by many businesses or business owners who just plunge in product marketing. A good logo is easy to remember, unique and capable of representing a product that is marketed. If a logo of the company or product is difficult to remember how your product will be sold in the market? They help you to introduce your company’s goods, so that your new company will be more easily remembered and appreciated by your customers.

Prioritize good communication to companies that work with them, making the results more quickly and satisfactory workmanship. All tailored to the needs of their customers, so do not be surprised if a lot of beginners business asks for help to their product branding issues of the new company. Every step of the process you can even see and you can corrections to your liking. The results of their branding performance are also very satisfactory and even exceed the expectations of the prospective businessmen in the end result.

Manufactures Energy Efficient Appliance Credit

The Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2010 is a modified and extended version of the energy efficient appliance credit for certain dishwashers, washing machines and refrigerators that were made after December 31, 2010. The credit can be claimed as part of the general business credit for each type of qualified energy efficient appliance created by the taxpayer.

Credit per Unit Produced Based on Energy Efficiency

This credit can be used on each qualifying appliance that has been produced by the taxpayer. The credit is based off the appliance type, how energy efficient it is, and when regarding dishwasher and washing machines, the amount of water that it uses. Below we will discuss the applicable amounts for each appliance, which is used to formulate the amount of the credit when it is multiplied by the eligible production for such type.

Dishwasher

  1. $25 for dishwashers that use no more than 307-kilowatt hours annually and 5.0 gallons per cycle.
  2. $50 for dishwashers that use no more than 295 kilowatt hours annually and 4.25 gallons per cycle.
  3. $75 for dishwashers that use no more than 280-kilowatt hours annually and 4 gallons per cycle.

(Dishwashers are referring to residential versions that are subject to energy conservation standards set by the Department of Energy.)

Washing Machines

  1. $175 for top loading washers that are at least 2.2. modified energy factor and doesn’t exceed a 4.5 water consumption.
  2. $225 for top loading washers that are at least 2.4 modified energy factor and doesn’t exceed a 4.2 water consumption.
  3. $225 for front loading washers that are at least a 2.8 modified energy factor and doesn’t exceed a 3.5 water consumption.

(Washing machine refers to residential washers, including coin-operated washers. Top loading washers means that the machine opens on the top.

Refrigerators

  1. $150 for refrigerators that consume at least 30% less energy than the 2001 energy conservation standards.
  2. $200 for refrigerators that consume at least 35% less energy than the 2001 energy conservation standards.

(Refrigerators refer to residential automatic defrost refrigerator/freezer models that are at least 16.5 cubic feet).

Eligible Production

This production is eligible during a calendar year for that credit, which includes only the excess of the number of appliances of such type that are produced during the specific calendar year in the US.

Limitations

Below are limitations on the credit that applies to taxable years after 2010.

Dollar Limitation

The aggregate amount of the credit allowable for any taxable year cannot be more than $25 million reduced by the amount of the credit allowed for all taxable years after 2010. This limitation is not applicable for refrigerators eligible for the $200 credit and washing machines eligible for the $225 credit.

4% Gross Receipts Limitation

This credit should not exceed an amount equal to 4% of the average annual gross receipt of the taxpayer for the three taxable years preceding the taxable year in which the credit is determined.

When relating to the 4% gross receipts limitation all of the following are applicable:

  • All controlled groups that are under common control and are treated as a single employer are also considered single producers.
  • If the entity didn’t exist for the entire three preceding taxable years, the percentage average annual gross receipt is applied on the basis of the period during which they existed.
  • Gross receipts for any taxable year of less than twelve months are annualized by multiplying the gross receipts for the short period by twelve and dividing the results by the number of months in the short period.
  • Gross receipts for any taxable year should be reduced by returns and allowances made during the year.
  • The preceding three-year period includes gross recipes of the taxpayer.

Definition of Controlled Group

Usually, controlled groups are under common control that is treated as single employers for the purpose of the credit. Foreign corporations are not excluded.

Verification

No credit amount is allowed when the taxpayer has not submitted such information or certification as the Secretary, in consultation with the Secretary of Energy, determines to be necessary.

Carryback and Carryforward Rules

Usually, there is a 1-year carryback and a 20-year carryforward for the current year business credits that exceed the limitation. However, no portion of the unused business credit can be carried back to a tax year before the credit was allowed.

Effective Date

This applies to qualifying energy efficient appliances produced after 2010.

Claiming the Tax Credit

Don’t worry about knowing these tax rules and how to claim them, TurboTax asks simple questions and helps you easily file your taxes and get the most credits based on answers to your questions.

They even have a free tax refund calculator available that allows you to know the amount of money that you will be getting back in your tax refund. Their online filing services has the ability to find your W2 information so you can avoid worrying about your forms being delivered via snail mail.

Miller Stark Klein 3

Debt is a serious issue which many individuals may be faced with in their lives. The pressures of paying debt can be very burdensome. Several people in the world today can relate to the emotional, psychological and financial problems which debt can bring about. Having the family to take care of and children’s educational attainment to look forward to, among others obligations, can be a great hindrance on the amount of funds owed to any business. When one decides to stop making payments towards the debts or having accounts that are in default, this is where debt collection takes place. Having a substantial amount of debt can totally ruin an individual’s life. Essentially, being in debt takes away the finer things of life for many to enjoy. There are many reasons which cause people to be in debt including:

  • Termination of employment
  • Illness
  • Divorce
  • Fraud
  • Poor financial decisions.

 

Most individuals can relate to any one of these causes or more. Even the very little activities or priorities which are planned for, can cause one’s inability to pay effectively. Debt can come in a number of ways: credit card debt, student loan, mortgage, car loan, medical bills and so on. It is important to be aware of the high interest rates to be paid back off these debts. It is also more important to organize the monthly salary to adequately pay back these priorities or to let the borrowing company be aware of how to arrange repayments especially the high interest rates. If these matters are just far from possible, have a loved one help to contribute finances so that the repayments would be less than daunting. Life changes instantly with the inability to pay back debts owed. No family plans to go into debt. The fact remains that one way or the other, it happens. To be able to pay off old or bad debts, it is therefore advisable to make a list of the total amount of debts owed, creditors to which the debts are owed, or even get a copy of a credit report. That way, one has an idea of which type of debts are outstanding, the accurate amounts to be paid, and where the debts currently reside. For instance, many companies will sell consumers bad debts to collection agencies for an amount significantly less than what is owed. Clearing out those debts means having these debts paid off.

Many people want to correct their debt issues and ensure that it is all paid off. Without some reliable borrowing agency, an ideal job to make payments easier or the help of a considerable loved one, this almost seems impossible. There is one solid agency which works assiduously to ensure that individuals are provided with the best debt recovery solutions. It is all in a name. That name is Miller Stark Klein and Associates. They are the best choice for relief of any kind of debt. This debt collection agency have over 75 years of experience in debt collection and are knowledgeable on how to help clients go about eliminating their debt levels. With Miller Stark Klein and Associates, it is possible for their customers to become financially secure in the future, without having to be overwhelmed by financial problems. The team of experts at Miller Stark Klein and Associates are at the foundation of leaders who have and are resolving the issues of thousands of customers on a daily basis. The team is dedicated and fully committed to meeting and exceeding clients’ expectations. No matter what the financial debt situation, they treat their clients with utmost respect and due consideration.

In addition, to making the debt recovery even more pain free, Miller Stark Klein and Associates have worked along with other business that are in need of debt collection competencies. Thus, choosing the right collection agency plays a critical role in managing the debt collection process. The task of an account for third party collections creates a sense of urgency with the client, causing them to prioritize and pay the bill. This is why a personalized professional approach is needed, in order to effectively achieve the best possible debt collection. Hence the reason Miller Stark Klein and Associates provide professional and immediate results based on their years of experience, their state of the art collection expertise and a great overall commitment to all consumers. They certainly do understand that in today’s business world everyone needs a partner in quality that they can trust.

Let the friendly, experienced, respectable and knowledgeable staff at Miller Stark Klein pave the way in helping to take care of all of the financial debts that are making life a great difficulty for you. They services are unmatched and unsurpassed among other business out on the market. This is why they operate on a contingency basis with other businesses whose tasks are to collect debts. In order to understand and get advice from the team of experts at Miller Stark Klein and Associates, they can be reached at the telephone number on their website, which is millerstarkklein.com or email them at info@millerstarkklein.com. Do not hesitate! Get the best and most sound advice on how to clear off outstanding debts. Getting the best approach to debt recovery solution is right at your fingertips. Contact them today. Life can instantly change into something new. Make it happen with the professionals at Miller Stark Klein.

 

A Makeover and a New Job

You are not going to get braces from a regular dentist. You need to see an orthodontist. They have received more training after successfully meeting the requirements to become a dentist. They can do things such as put braces on, which is an orthodontics treatment. I got braces as an adult. Most get them in their teens. Most kids are graduating high school with a great looking smile because they have their braces off and the enamel has time to get nice and white again where the braces held. I had to endure them for a good long time as an adult. I was not a candidate for the so-called invisible brand of braces that most adults actually choose. Continue reading →

Installing wall mounted soap dispensers in public restrooms – When hygiene is the first priority

This should never come to you as a surprise that students, industrial employees and restaurant patrons all view their experience in a restroom as an overall  sign of the level of excellence of an institution, whether an office or a shopping mall or a business agency. As per survey conducted by The Soap and Detergent Association (SDA), it has been found out clean and tidy toilets, shiny floors, sparkling sinks, clean countertops and shining mirrors give adults a different feeling of satisfaction and happiness.

Have you ever considered the feelings which you’ve felt once you entered a restroom where the floor is filled with used paper towels, the countertops are all spotted, toilets need a good round of cleaning, the sinks are grimy and the mirrors are dirty as ever? According the SCA Tissue North America’s survey, there is a considerable effect of the conditions of a restroom in shaping customer experience.

Installing soap dispensers in public restrooms – Choosing the best one

80% of the young adults and adults believe that the condition of a public restroom actually speaks a lot about the overall tidiness of the place, including the kitchen. 29% of people don’t return to a business or an office or a restaurant that has an unclean bathroom. Among all sorts of bathroom products, wall mounted soap dispensers for public places are one of the most important one. Here are some types and factors on which you should base your decision.

  • Capacity: Capacity is one of the main concerns before installing soap dispensers in public restrooms meant for business use. You should select the dispenser’s size according to the number of people who will use it in the place where it is being installed. The exact size will ensure the correct supply of liquid and best maintenance.
  • Variety: There is plethora of options when it comes to liquid dispensers and they vary according to colors, size, style and shapes. Dispensers are tailored to meet the decor of any office, business or home setting. They may be push pump, wall mounted that limits the amount of soap available.
  • Convenience: Cleaning and refilling are easy and quick with regards to liquid soap dispensers and they not only diminish chances of wastage but also reduce mess which is idea for business use. When installed at home, they reduce the chances of spreading infections and illnesses among family members.
  • Costs: You nowadays get liquid dispensers online and also at physical stores at discounted prices or wholesale rates. Hence you can make a comprehensive market survey and then compare costs before buying.
  • Eco-friendly: As everyone is joining the green revolution, you should also prefer materials which are eco-friendly. The most popular materials are aluminium, glass, bamboo, paper, wood etc. They are all bio-degradable, recyclable and non-polluting materials.

Therefore, if you’re eager to maintain a good reputation of your business place or office, you have to take care of your restroom. Install some of the best hygiene products so as to ensure best relationship with customers.

What the Proper Defence Lawyer Can Do for You

Everyone has his or her own problems in life and sometimes that includes getting in trouble with the law or being falsely accused of something. In order to fight back against this, you need a proper criminal justice lawyer to represent you in the court of law. Whether it’s something small like a misdemeanour or a charge as intense as a felony, a good criminal defence lawyer can arrange for a lesser charge or have the charges completely dropped.

What to Expect from Your Criminal Defence Lawyer

Criminal defence lawyers are specifically employed to help us understand the charges we face and help present our side in a better light in hopes of reducing the sentence or charge as much as possible. There are a few things to expect from criminal lawyers in Melbourne including cross-examining any witness involved in the court case, negotiating a charge, and more. Even if you’re guilty, they will try to present your side as best as possible to make you look better.

These lawyers wear many hats and have quite a few jobs besides defending your actions. When they take on your case they may make a deal with the prosecution and the judge, which is known as a “plea bargain”. We mentioned before that criminal defence lawyers can get the charges reduced and this is where that possibility comes into play. Charges can also be split up in a way that promises the court you’ll be rehabilitated and won’t be put back into the court system.

For example, if the charges brought upon you were drug-related, your criminal defence lawyer could bargain with the judge into reducing your sentence by half if you promise to go into rehabilitation for the remaining months. Many people who end up in court are often embarrassed about it, no matter how they ended up there, and lawyers can provide a bit of emotional relief in this time of need.

Lawyers can also help you understand legal terms that you may not understand and how your case could play out for you. It is the job of a defence lawyer to seek out regulations you would probably never have found on your own and use these loopholes to get you a better sentence or a lessened charge. They are able to help you navigate through the court system and give you the best outcome possible, no matter the situation.

Choose a Lawyer Over a Book

Representing yourself doesn’t look great in the court of law and you probably won’t be able to negotiate a lesser charge or sentence when you have your own back. Reading a few criminal justice novels won’t put you into the true mindset of a criminal defence lawyer and it won’t help you find loopholes and regulations that you can use in your favour. Hiring someone who knows exactly what he or she is doing will benefit you more than trying to do it all yourself. You’ll also have a less stressful time doing so.

 

Advantages of Tool Renting Companies

As the market becomes more competitive businesses need to have clear objectives. Taking advantage of a tool renting company can help meet operational, business and financial objectives. To fully appreciate the advantages of renting, you need to look at the following reasons as to why smart businesses rent equipment instead of buying and owning them.

Variety of Equipment

When you buy equipment the depth of your pocket often limits you. This means that if you have to buy all the equipment you need, you’ll need a significant capital outlay. Renting prevents this problem. You can choose from a wide range of tools that will help you meet your business objectives.

Flexibility

Some tools will be needed by your business only for a season. This is usually dictated by customer demands that may fluctuate with time. For example, the ice cream section of your business may not have a lot of customers during the cold season. The refrigeration equipment that was meant specifically for this purpose will not be used to its full capacity.

This means that if you bought the equipment it will remain underutilized during this period. With a renting company, you can lease for a limited period of time, then get rid of the equipment or reduce its size. You can lease the equipment again when the peak season is approaching.

Access to Financial Lending

Most people who buy equipment will use the limited financial lending options on the tools. This takes time and the money simply goes to the equipment. Any money left over is channeled to maintaining and repairing the equipment from time to time. This can be bad for small start ups that need constant cash flow.

The smart businesses that choose to lease do not have to face this limitation. Additionally, they can access even more money from lenders. This is because they have a lower asset to liability portion. Therefore financial institutions are more likely to lend money to them.

Maintenance

If you choose to lease, you are freed from maintenance issues. You do not have to call technicians every now and then. You don’t have to deal with unscrupulous or inefficient technicians who will end up impacting on the operations of your business.

A professional leasing company often provides maintenance services. They will send their technicians who they have already established that they are efficient in getting the job done. Sometimes this is done at minimal or no fee on your part. This is another way your business can cut down on expenses.

Downtime

Every time an equipment breaks down, the operations of your business will be affected. You will be forced to turn valuable customers away until you can have it repaired. It is even worse when you don’t know where to get the right expert who can fix it.

Leasing companies can fix these problems in no time. It reduces the impact that it has on the operations of your business. If the problem cannot be fixed on time, you can always get the tool renting company to switch with one that works.

Determine True Cost

If you buy a tool, can you determine the real cost incurred on your business. This goes beyond its purchase price. It includes maintenance and repair costs. Businesses that lease equipment can determine exactly what the true cost of leasing that equipment is.

Storage Space

You do not need to spend more on storage space when your equipment is not in use. This is important since storage space can be expensive especially in urban areas where land rates are high. In short, leasing equipment, cut costs and eliminates the headache that comes with owning it.

Written by Lindsey Rentals. Lindsey Rentals offers the best tool rental in Columbia, MO.

Learn how to re-make your nonprofit into a proficient fundraising machine

Money is as important to nonprofits as it is to for-profit businesses. No amount of compassion and commitment can change the fact that an organization without sufficient operating capital cannot run. non profit fundraising is an essential activity for anyone involved in the field. Such operations must be carried out constantly and in a way that is effective. As the leader of a nonprofit, you must make the most of your donor base. Getting money from these groups and individuals is the only way you can pursue the cause you’ve dedicated your life to.

Managing your donor base is now a great deal simpler. Using a donor management system is the best way to gather and analyze various bits of data and information about the persons who contribute to your nonprofit. The future of sound nonprofit management lies in the ability to discern trends and patterns of behavior in donor giving. A donor management system gives you a unique ability to do this. It ensure your ability to monitor when, what, and how your donors give, which can be a crucial insight on the occasions you need to communicate with them.

As a twenty-first century social entrepreneur, you should not be left behind. You should be in a position to use the same technologies that other executives employ to run their organizations. This is the only way you can be effective in keeping your nonprofit ahead in fundraising.

Donor management systems are easy to use. They offer managers and leaders of nonprofits a robust ability to grasp the scope and properly manage the scale of fundraising campaigns. Rather than depend on luck and hope for generosity you can direct your fundraising efforts according to hard data. Donor management systems allow you to be more strategic in your approach to this activity.

However, it is important to remember that not all the sites offering donor management systems are the same. You should only work with those that have established a sound reputation for delivering excellent platforms and first-rate customer service.

If you have been looking for ways to enhance and improve your non profit fundraising program, then using a donor management system may be the perfect solution. You work hard to deliver results. You should leave no tool that can help you in this endeavor unused. Nonprofits must be as open and amenable to new technologies as any other kind of organization. It is the only way to avoid being left behind in the ever faster pace of the modern world.

Understanding your donors is the key to keeping your charity running—and running well. A donor management system will make this process much more efficient. And the system is designed in a way that will allow your entire team to take advantage of the technology. That means the proper analysis and decision-making can go even when you are not around.

Make your nonprofit more proficient and effective as a money-raising machine. Discover the many benefits and advantages of using a donor management system today.

Are you are looking for a way to increase your non profit fundraising?

One Single Roof Bitumen Product

For many reasons, industry that is related with bitumen is industry of our now modern world. Bitumen emulsifying plant is one to be counted. Our world would not be as it is now without bitumen. Bitumen is a component of asphalt, often known as the asphalt itself for many of the society. Becoming asphalt essentials, bitumen is what connects place to place, city to city, state to state to even this whole world together since whenever it comes to asphalt it must use bitumen no matter where it is. It is not something would be over saying then to say that bitumen is the backbone of this world, or at the very least, the modern world we know now.

Since it is what it is, could be anything said but must be the value ones, bitumen is as well a crucial commodity and an object for more discoveries and innovation. We might not know in what other kind of form we can use bitumen within two, five or ten years later, but one thing is sure that we do not want to lose this material. In one or many ways, this one should stay, and if for one or more reasons it can’t, we at least have been preparing for that to our best. The emulsifying plant is a place where it is prepared; where bitumen and more is made. This is the place where the backbone comes from, and the rest is taken care of. Many components of bitumen work need supporting stuffs, for example like bitumen storage tank. Well, it seems use a very common name indeed; storage and tank. But this storage tank contains bitumen thus it should be made really well. Technical aspect along with its precision of it will affect the emulsified bitumen inside, and further whether its appliance will be made easy or not.

To the very best of it, a product that is related one to another comes from one place. Bitumen with its storage tank is a complementary that will make every process related compatible as it is needed. Getting the source from one source is what making every project both efficient and effective. Of course, it is also not less important to make sure that the sources are the finest one. They do that in globecore.com, where finest bitumen is resulted and its supporting stuffs needed is made available. Considering the global use of bitumen, a single finest standard is necessary to make this core that unites globe together provided in its best version. It comes for sure from the use of high technology and innovation, with years of researches before. One place that has it all is enough to do that and committed to serve the globe as bitumen is universal. A product for mankind, supporting stuffs that are essential in the process and commitment to always stay with the highest standard are what make all of us sure that we would still have and thank bitumen for many generations to come.

Freelance Content writing in India: Contentmart.com A reliable portal for all

Freelance Content writing in India is a professional writing a writer can opt for without getting committed to any particular organisation. A freelance content writer is free to work for more than one organisation at a time so that he/she need not be a permanent employee to any of them. The type of writing can be chosen by the content writer. It can be a creative writing, an article for a ezine or a technical writing, a freelance content writer can make a choice according to his expertise. This is only a short term commitment and can get a variety of topics to take up. But at the same time to find an assignment each time for a freelance writer is difficult. At this stage any freelance content writer goes unnoticed by the content seekers though the writer is an expert and can lose opportunities which could have come his way or otherwise. Also the writer must find a genuine clientwho can do the payment on time.

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The above applies to clients also who seek for a good content provider. The clients do not want to employ a permanent writer due to many reasons. The client may be having a small business wherein there is no need for permanent employee for this purpose or the assignments may not be at regular intervals to appoint a permanent employee. In this situation the client will look for outsourcing a freelance content writer who will complete the assignment in the specified time with a reasonable payment. Even for the client it will not be an easy task to find a good freelance content writer to whom the assignment can be handed over.

Both the clients and the freelance writers in India need a trusted platform to meet their needs. With all these in mind a portal named Contentmart.com was launched in 2015 which helps in bringing both the clients and the freelance content writers together. Firstly, the client and the content writers must get registered to this portal. Registration is free of cost and is simple and easy. The clients will upload their requirements on Contentmart.com. Client will post the assignment with all the details and the end date of delivery. After this the freelance content writers will start the bidding process. Once the client is confident of the expertise of the content writer the client will freeze the assignment and the bidding process stops. The project is assigned to the freelance content writer of the client’s choice. After the assignment is completed by the content writer the payment process will be initiated only after the client is satisfied with thework of the writer. This uniqueness has led Contentmart to gain the trust of both the parties, be it a client or a writer.

Will a Business Degree Give Me More Options?

You may not believe this but obtaining a business degree will open more doors than you can imagine. There are many different industries and companies that will hire a person with a business degree much easier than any other degree you can achieve.

Business degrees come in all kinds of shapes and different courses including finance, accounting, entrepreneurship, and management among others. Business courses according to the university you attend will give you the opportunity to work in the accounting department of a large corporation, manage a sports team, or even become an office manager. You can even attend these types of colleges online so you can decide when you want to attend school, this is wonderful for those that already have jobs and families but wish to increase their success as well as their income. A few of the universities you can attend online include Villanova University, Adelphi University, and Marylhurst University.

You may even wish to receive a degree that specializes in certain factors of business such as marketing or economics. This will also give you more opportunities in the job market and of course wage increases.

If you love the idea of big business or even just your own self-employed business, a business degree can get to go a long way. Even self-employed individuals will learn the information they need just in case they wish to grow their company and hire employees. A business degree will give you a higher status in the community and the job market along with a higher salary. In the US, business careers can be found in almost every industry and business across the nation as well as internally.

Every business needs managers, well-educated leaders, advisors in financial situations, and of course marketers that can get their brand out on and offline. The list of industries that use such individuals with business degrees include careers in consultancy, financial sectors, marketing, human resources, and banking, among several others. What this means is that with a business degree, you can just about choose any business that you love and you will be able to find a position that suits your desires for a career.

You can begin with just small business courses but go forward with your career and obtain even higher education such as Masters in Business Administration, Masters in Finance, Masters in Management, and even Masters in Sports Management. A business degree is just the beginning but will certainly give you more options than an art degree or another degree that is not in high demand. As our world grows, so does the world of business, so a business degree is the perfect way to ensure you are among the employees that these businesses and corporations need to keep their business successful. If you are having difficulty deciding on which type of degree you should consider, it would be a good idea to talk with a career counselor, but with a business degree, you will have more options than you can imagine.

High Quality Dentist in Wollongong

I need to go see a dentist to fix some problems that another dentist caused when trying to do some work on my mouth, and I am not happy about this whole situation. I am not going to live my life with a messed up smile because of some incompetent dentist thogh and so I want to find a dentist in Wollongong that has a reputation for doing really good work. I am not sure how easy it will be to find a dentist that can handle my problems and make sure that everything looks as close to being back to normal as possible. I really do not think that the last dentist should continue practicing their profession, and maybe a career change is their best option, because they definitely did not do a good job on my mouth.

I am not sure the best route for fixing my teeth and making them look alright again. Continue reading →

How to Get the Best Hotel for Your Time in Bali

Do you plan for having the great trip with your family? Do you love your family so much? Why do you love your family? Well, as we know that family are those people who have the close relation with us and they will be always be with us no matter what kind of condition it is. We should be able to give the support and close relation with our family members. We will feel so close and we will have the good motivation in our life if we close to our family. Then, for creating the close relation with our family, we need to prepare for the best holiday ever. Now, let’s prepare for our holiday!

Have you prepared for the best holiday with your family? Have you prepared where you want to go for your next holiday? Well, there are many interesting places that you can visit and you need to set the destination first. If you are looking for the famous place in our country, maybe you can choose Bali. Do you think that Bali is the best place for your holiday? If yes, you need to find out the best hotel ever. You can get the 5 stars hotel in Bali for you and your beloved family. Do you want to spend your nights in this kind of hotel?

For having the good deal of your next holiday in 5 stars hotel, it is better for you to choose the hotel from online booking. Somehow, if we can choose the hotel from online booking, we will really know how the quality of the hotel and also we can compare the rate from one hotel to another hotel. You can choose it easily from Mister Aladin. Have you heard about this site before? Well, you need to click the site to get the best deal of the hotel that you are looking for. Getting the best deal of the hotel especially for 5 stars hotel will be so this easy through online booking. Mister Aladin will offer and give you with the best deal compared to other similar site. Besides, you will be able to find out all of the hotel lists in Mister Aladin. Mister Aladin gives you with all of the easiness for the preparation of your holiday. So far, what are you waiting for any longer time? Get the easiness of your holiday preparation from Mister Aladin!a

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