Motorcycle Shipping Rates With Crates

The world of freight is always changing. Fuel prices and truck availability are just a couple of factors that constantly manipulate freight rates. Carriers are prohibiting more and more items that present too much liability than it is worth for them to handle. How does all this changing affect motorcycle shippers or individual shippers?

Price and policy fluctuations have changed things but have opened new avenues for benefit.

People used to be able to put bikes and even more fragile items on pallets and be fully ready to ship. After damage claims ratios soared on these types of commodities, trucking carriers have had to raise their standards for shipments or refuse some types of freight altogether. Some people take this as an insult to the business they have to offer to trucking companies, but in reality, the heightened standards have supported a better overall experience for shippers. Seriously, would you like your uncrated Harley Davidson getting all scratched up next to someone’s tool chest? Think about it.

Since carriers have revised what types of freight they accept without a crate, the rates have changed in a way that reflects this. Crated freight almost always receives a lower (better) freight class, which is a less-than-truckload (LTL) density measurement. For example, an engine block on a pallet receives class 85; whereas, a crated engine receives class 70. Another benefit of having a crate is that carriers are much more likely to insure it, as it is properly protected. Things like antiques and mirrors (and motorcycles) are typically no longer accepted by most LTL carriers without a crate, but you can find specialty carriers that have unique trailers designed for transporting motorbikes. It just costs more.

Since crating provides such protection and opportunity for discount, it warrants investigation into how shippers can obtain these fancy boxes for use. Motorcycle crates are sold online from various suppliers. Vendors usually have a few different size options, so choose the one that closest fits your motorbike. Many times, this type of crate can be disassembled after it has served its purpose. On the other hand, all regions except the most rural ones have local packers and crating services that will prepare the bike for shipping for a nominal fee. Better yet, some prefer to handle the task of preparing the crate themselves! If you intend on building one on your own, then keep the following pointers in mind:

-A crate is a plywood box with a forklift-ready bottom.

-There should be two slots at the bottom, making a “tongue” that a lifting device can easily access.

-A motorcycle should be strapped down inside the box, or the wheels should be prevented from moving.

-If the mirrors or any other part impedes the crate from sealing shut, remove them and place them elsewhere inside.

Top Mistakes In Advertising & How To Avoid Them: Part 1 of a 10 Part Series: Ad Testing & Tracking

It strikes me that there are quite a number of opportunities out there for you to showcase your product or service using just about any form of media, and that’s fantastic. There is, as you have probably discovered, certainly no shortage of media players and opportunities to pick from.

What I found the most powerful is utilizing all of those resources to their respective individual and then collective advantages.

Sometimes things work wonderfully well using the more traditional radio, television, newspaper, magazine, maybe out of home advertising. More recently some advertisers have had some success with one or more of the social media platforms and that’s terrific. I think they should all be embraced and all form part of your media mix.

Please make no mistake that it should genuinely be a mix of media because you never know exactly which particular component is going to pull the trigger and get your target group to say… That’s for me, that’s the product that I want!

Your service is exactly what I’m after. You want to make sure you give yourself every opportunity to be seen and to be heard to promote whatever service or product you have out there. You want to stand head and shoulders above the crowd, in front of as many of the right crowds as possible.

So, what I’d like to share with you starting today is a series of ten of the Top Ten Mistakes in Advertising that I’ve seen through these three decades of being a professional media planner and buyer, and share some secrets and some tips on how to avoid getting into those very same advertising challenges.

This is my print version of the videos and audio of the same series.

Mistake Number One in our series follows:

The single biggest mistake I see repeated over and over again is the failure to test and measure your ads. All too often too many advertisers simply write a cheque for the ads in the newspaper, online, TV, radio, regardless of the media and simply hope for the best.

As many of you will attest, hope marketing really doesn’t pay an awful lot of bills. You wouldn’t put your own product, table lamps, lawnmowers, keyboards, post hole diggers, floor tiles, into the marketplace without putting them through an extensive battery of tests to see if they can live up to your standards.

You’re testing the ad that sells the product and, unfortunately, maybe you’ve encountered this yourself, or you know friends of a friend of a friend who had this happen to them.

They put all of their marketing muscle into one media without finding out how effective it could be on a smaller scale, and all they heard was crickets. That’s a devastating sound when you’re in advertising, so here’s what I want you to do.

Here is how you fix this: You identify each and every ad you place in any and all media.

What? Dennis, identify everything? Absolutely!

You see, what you want to do is learn how well every single piece of creative is performing in each magazine, website, leaderboard, big box, outdoor ad, in every radio commercial. You should have an identifier, a tag of any description that’s exclusive to that ad. Then you can go back and say we invested X number of dollars in this media and it brought us two returns, five returns, a thousand returns, whatever. The performance helps you to know exactly how well that ad worked.

What it also does is it helps you on the future campaigns by showing definitively what has been your best performer. It challenges you to come up with even better ads, better media mixes, better dollar spending, because now you know what’s performing.

This is not new. Nor is it rocket science. But it takes time and energy

and patience which is, unfortunately, a little bit lacking in too many arenas.

When you’re preparing your ads make sure that all of that creative excellence that’s been developed has a chance to be evaluated and measured. You want results so you can go back and track it. You can see how engaged your audiences are, how many times did they purchase the product, how many times did they go to the website, how many times that they raised their hand to say,

More. Hey I’m over here. I really like what you’re selling.

Show me more, tell me more. Give me some more information.

That’s what you want to deliver. So code your ad with the coupon exclusive to that campaign or magazine. Create a different URL or even a 1-800 number that can be tracked and monitored for every single ad.

You want to see how each ad is doing. Then, only then can you tell if it’s working and giving you a return on the investment.

If it sounds like an awful lot of work, well you’re right. Yes. You’re right, it is. But you are setting a template that will help you refine every ad moving forward. And if you get it right, right out of the gate, then kudos to you and Congratulations.

But in the majority there’s going to be some refinement, some improvements, some opportunity to tweak subsequent ads that says, we know we’ve got to improve this line or this copy.

There is a famous advertising gentleman by the name of John Caples who was an aggressive and prolific advertising tester, way before the Internet came onboard. He did one thing to make the ad better. He discovered that through all of his testing, one ad, by changing the headline performed 19 and 1/2 times better than every other ad that he had produced.

Same product, same newspaper, same service, same price point, all he did was change the headline and by changing it multiple times he found one that struck gold. You want a good return? Two times, three times better? Try nineteen and a half times better! That’s the difference that testing delivers.

Please remember when you’re testing there is no failure, there’s only results.

So here’s the strategy you might like, to give yourself a better return on investment. One enterprising client in my history treated it this way.

Because he came from a financial background each ad to him was considered a different mutual fund in his portfolio and he named them before they went into the media. Because they were coded in names he liked, he was able to remember them and he was able to soon see how well each of his investments, as he put it, was performing.

He put more money against the ads which were delivering, and changed any ads which were underperforming to a new one, to keep testing. To make sure of any money coming in he watched very carefully all of the money that was going out.

My message to you to avoid Mistake Number One is to Track Every Single Ad you prepare. It’s the only way to accurately measure what’s working.

How Can I Start a Gold Business in Dubai?

When Dubai is mentioned, their gold and diamond collection is one of the first things to come to mind because it is a trend in the emirate. Referred to as the “City of Gold”, the place offers a cheaper cost of gold than most tourists’ home countries. Since Dubai is a popular international vacation destination, the influx of the wealthiest customers can be significantly considered if you want to start a gold business.

Indeed, gold is an investment in Dubai as it drives foreign capital in the country. Unknown to many, it is the most profitable business since the precious metals keep their value, and the demand has been continually working every year. While Dubai has historically been a hub for gold traders, they also continuously contribute a significant share in the gold trading business in the UAE. If you are an investor, you should definitely consider setting up a gold trade business in Dubai. If you are not sure how, this article will help you delve deep before the onset of your gold business. With more knowledge and understanding, you can start making a profit out of gold, even in different departments.

Where exactly in Dubai?

There are different authorities and jurisdictions that highly support gold trading licenses in Dubai. Most of them can be found in Mainland and Freezone. Although there are many, there are three jurisdictions that stand out in Dubai where the highest concentration of gold traders can be found.

First on the list would be the Gold Trading License in Dubai’s Department of Economic Development (DED), wherein the heart of the UAE’s gold market is established. This authority is how you incorporate a business in the most famous gold markets in the world, the Gold Souk in Deira. The mainland jurisdiction offers a local license via the DED if an investor opts to form a retail outlet in this area. They can have an opportunity for investors to open up a stall or even a kiosk in Dubai’s most popular tourist areas. Investors must keep in mind that before applying for another commercial license for gold business via the DED, they have to find a local partner who will hold 51 per cent of the shares in the company.

The second choice for setting up a gold trade business in Dubai would be in the Gold and Diamond Park located along Sheikh Zayed Road. If you are an expat wanting to own 100 per cent of the business, this place is perfect for you as it is a free zone company setup. You can own 100% of your company with no taxes and have total resettlement of profit. The Gold and Diamond Park is one of the most famous retailers of gold and jewellery with over 90 stores, 118 purpose-built manufacturing blocks, and 350 offices. It is a convenient spot in Dubai City Center, with convenient access to all areas. You can incorporate a gold business company in this area by getting a license from Jebel Ali Freezone Authority (JAFZA).

The third choice for your gold business in Dubai is through Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC), another Free Zone Authority. DMCC is famous for its Dubai Gold and Commodities Exchange (DGCX), DMCC Trade flow, and overall gold value chain.

What are the steps?

The next thing you need to know is how you will make your gold business in Dubai happen. Different authorities and jurisdictions require other processes and requirements, so it is not easy to have one. Although the gold and jewellery business is popular in Dubai, the government has created specific regulations. It imposes rigorous checkups on those who bring gold or other precious metals in the emirate to have a safe business environment. To guide you, we have listed some of the essential steps you should do to form a gold business company in Dubai..

Come up with a Trade Name

Before you can obtain a license, part of its statutory requirement is to have a trading name. Having a trading name is a way for the government to know the business activity you will be carrying.

Obtain a Business License

There is no way to start a business in Dubai without having a business license. As mentioned above, you can choose to start your gold business in Dubai with the three different authorities like DED, JAFZA, and DMCC. They all require investors to have their business registered before carrying out their business activity. Unlike JAFZA and DMCC, which is in the Free zone, DED requires a particular requirement of having a local sponsor who will own 51 percent of the shares before he/she can obtain a business license. Usually, getting a license requires some of the primary documents:

Completed Application form

Passport copy of the proposed owner(s)

Two copies of coloured passport photos

Choose your Business Premises

There are various premises to choose from, especially if you opt to set up in the free zone area. They can offer you different offices or facilities that will best suit your business requirements. This process can be done right after you have secured your business license.

Obtain your Visa

Obtaining a visa can be achieved with the help of your service provider. Visas are required, especially if you have to hire an employee. As the holder of a UAE business license, you also have the power to sponsor others for their visa too. The number of visas you can apply for will depend on the size of your company or business, the type of company you choose, and your earnings.

Since Dubai has proven itself as a healthy and sustainable environment for jewellery and gold business both local and international investors, it is safe to say that starting a gold company in Dubai is highly profitable and can provide growth for the business.

Given all the information above, you may think that starting a gold business in Dubai is not overly complex. Doing it alone may still lead you to troublesome situations and unexpected expenses; that is why it is essential to seek professional help. In IBG Consulting, we guide you based on knowing the legal proceedings and business structuring in Dubai. We have a pool of talented consultants that will help you start your gold business in Dubai or anywhere in the UAE. If you want to know more about how you can create a gold business in Dubai, contact us or visit our website for a consultation.

5 Tips to Choose the Best Courier Service

Are you looking for a good courier service? Have you had bad experience with your previous provider? If so, we may help. If you are a business owner, choosing the best service provider may have a great impact on the productivity and efficiency of your business. So, if you want to boost the efficiency and productivity of your enterprise, we suggest that you choose the right courier service based on the 5 tips given in this article. Read on.

Immediate Availability

The first thing that you want to keep in mind that the service you choose should be available at all times. This is to make sure that the package will be picked up and delivered in time. You don’t want a service that won’t provide the services it claims or one that is not reputable.

Weight and size Limitations

Secondly, you need to find out what the weight and size limitations are for the packages the company can deliver. This won’t be a big deal for a law firm that delivers files back and forth; however, it can be a very important consideration for a good furniture retailer.

Proof of Delivery

You don’t want to hire a provider that won’t deliver your packages and shipments to the destination on time. In other words, you may want to use a courier service that will give you a proof of delivery. This way you can easily check if your package has been delivered or not.

Aside from this, tracking will be more useful if you have been thinking of sending goods through a courier that needs several days to get the package delivered. On the other hand, if the courier takes a few hours for delivery, you won’t benefit a lot form the tracking service. You can ask the company as to how you can get the proof of delivery. Usually, you can get the proof via email, phone, fax or the company website.

Cost and the Value

Your next step is to take into account the fees and costs of the courier service. Keep in mind that the lowest cost should not be a factor that your hiring decision should be based on. However, if you know that the inexpensive service that you are considering provides all the services you need, then you go ahead and try out the service.

Insurance

Again, this factor is very important if you are looking for a good service. If your shipment or package doesn’t get delivered to the given address and the goods are very valuable or confidential, then make sure you choose a service that is insured. Insurance will give you peace of mind that your goods are secure and that you can file a claim in case your package gets lost or damaged during transit.

Long story short, if you have been looking for a good service provider, we suggest that you take into account these factors first. This will ensure that you will get the best service provider for your money.

Skills You Need to Know to Land a Virtual Assistant Work

As a Virtual Assistant, you face a computer majority of your working hours. Working most of the time in front of your computer, you must know how to operate the basic programs and applications since your computer is your primary work tool for Virtual Assistant work. You may also need to know a little basic computer maintenance as well. These are important because if your computer goes down, both you and your client’s work will face a significant downtime.

One primary job of a virtual assistant is as a Content Contributor. It is either as a ghost contributor, creative writer or layout artist. With these tasks, you need a web publishing tool like Microsoft Word, Microsoft Publisher or Wordpad. Knowledge of the basic to intermediate functions of these applications would be your magic wands to do good as a virtual assistant. These tools allow you to produce a wide array of jobs. The list is endless: from creating books, brochures, business cards, calendars, letterheads, logos, magazines, newsletters, postcards and even websites

From basic web publishing, you can also learn advanced graphics applications to have a better grasp of the interactive design space. One of the most sought-after skills for Virtual Assistant work is being an adept in Photoshop, Corel or Quark. Being equipped with skills on either of the three makes one virtual assistant a prized asset. Having control of your interactive design space is very easy when you have skills using graphic design applications. Like the palm of your hand, design, manipulations, and conceptualization are easy to complete.

There are also a lot of clients in need for people to do Data Entry work. In reality, the competition is very high for this gig. However, it is an additional armament of an online services provider if you possess the skills needed for data entry. Data entry tasks require typing and entering data into forms. Some data entry work needs verifying and then editing current information. Some need to do proofreading and updating databases. Knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Google Sheets, and other spreadsheet applications is vital for this role.

On top of having proficiency in specific applications and programs, it is also important to have good communications skills and a good grasp of the English language if you want to excel as a VA. It is imperative for a virtual assistant to have good communication skills, both written and spoken. Being away from your client, the medium for communication is mainly through email, web talk and instant messaging. You may be required to communicate to customers and your client constantly for feedback and follow-ups. Your client may also ask you do tasks on his behalf like calling customers for appointments, confirm meetings or relay messages of customers to the “boss.” The understanding and delivery of messages are vital for Virtual Assistant work. One miscommunication would hamper trust and credibility. Therefore, your writing and verbal communications skills should be excellent.

Core Values: Integrity Is a Priority

Early in the career of a young man, the dream job of traveling the world and learning about a high-tech industry happened. The imagined opportunities to experience different cultures, stay at the finest hotels, eat exquisite cuisine, and get paid to do it became a reality! An added benefit was that the three other men in this field engineer group were all older and experienced and willing to train and guide this young man. Does it get any better than this?

The new trainee accompanied each of these men on at least two trips and soon realized most international travel was not fun for them. Guess who happily volunteered for all the overseas trips? The technical and administrative parts of the job were just a matter of textbook learning, but other “gray” areas arose that employees had to determine for themselves.

One of those gray areas was expenses. Maximum amounts for meal costs were predetermined for each day and did not require receipts. All three men gave the same instructions on what was to be recorded as the daily per diem for meals – overcharge to get some extra cash.

The new guy in the group was uncomfortable with lying about the cost, but wanted to fit in so gave in to the peer pressure. Compromise in one area soon led to a decision to continue down that path or make integrity a priority. When confronted by the manager about the meal expenses, the young man admitted to overcharging on the expense report. Fortunately, the manager was understanding and challenged the young man to be honest and not give in to the outside pressure to conform.

A valuable lesson was learned because that young man kept integrity a priority from that point on. Verification of this story is easy, because that young man was myself. The beauty of being a person of integrity is that it is simple. Just be honest and a person that keeps their word. However, simple does not mean easy.

There is a price to pay for being honest. Some property damage was done in a camping area by the boys in a program I supervised unknown to my staff or the camp ranger. Later after leaving the camp ground, one of the boys confessed. The right thing to do was report the incident even though it was likely the privilege to camp there again would be lost. A very convenient place to camp was gone, but personal and organizational integrity was maintained.

The price of losing a convenient place to camp was minimal. The cost of not being able to look troubled boys in the eye and say, “do the right thing” would have been huge. These contrasts are a matter of core values. Building a reputation of integrity takes years and is solidified when the right thing is done despite paying a price of inconvenience, monetary loss, or embarrassment.

Reality TV has good and bad examples of integrity. Survivor involves lying, cheating, back stabbing, and people selling their soul for a million dollars. The winner is determined by the participants already voted out. Ironically their decision is based on the person that could be trusted… at least a little.

Contrast that with Undercover Boss where owners of companies are disguised as regular employees. The most touching moments occur at the end when the boss is revealed. Owners of companies are deeply touched by people with integrity and who do a fantastic job even when seemingly nobody is watching. The workers are moved because somebody, especially the boss, recognizes their integrity and hard work.

Establishing virtuous core values at an early age is the ideal, but anytime is a great time to work on integrity. A key part of integrity to start with is honesty. Your word is the only thing you can both give and keep. Be faithful and honest in little things and people will trust you with bigger things.

These simple, but not easy core values serve society well and lead to a conclusion. Integrity is not only a priority, but a necessity that cultivates authority and authenticity as well.

Revenue Management

Revenue management is the application of well-organized analytics that forecasts consumer behaviour at the retail level and boosts product accessibility & price to enhance revenue growth.

In an internationally competitive business environment, firms are constantly trying to enhance their profitability.

A revenue management system is an effective tool to accomplish the objective with comparatively low technological investments and at present, has extended to several sectors.

The way revenue management instills within the organizational framework relies on the kind of sector and the particular organization. Certain firms have it as part of the marketing department while some place it within the finance department.

In certain organizations, a Chief Revenue Officer manages various functions – marketing, product development, and brand management.

Supply chain management and revenue management have many basic harmonies. SCM is a crucial process in several organizations and is getting interfaced with a revenue management system.

Business Intelligence systems have also been combined with this process. These platforms provide data that can be used for informed decision making.

An organization must evaluate its demand structure and segment its clients on the ability to pay. After the segmentation, the pricing strategy for each segment must be determined, and then the statistical demand for distinct segment must be estimated.

The operating scenarios of production and services sectors differ to a large extent.

For several financial personnel, managing revenue efficiently is extremely challenging. In the context of the amalgamation of uncontrolled regulations, changing guidelines and stringent penalties for noncompliance, revenue management can be very complex for the capabilities of finance personnel.

In the context of these obstacles, firms are thinking about automating revenue management processes to enhance efficiency, augment compliance, and improve transparency.

The strategy to simplifying it begins with processes developed from the top down method, on the basis of information from various stakeholders and activities.

The capability to establish the technology that simplifies and centralizes the revenue management process is also very critical. Cloud-based technology enables finance personnel to link with systems, automate processes, and review business performance.

The four critical complexities are as follows:

Regulatory Compliance

The regulations are complex and difficult to infer because firms implement multiple non-standard agreements with the clients.

Internal Controls

According to experts, revenue recognition is one of the most prominent Sarbanes-Oxley Act Section 404 internal control issues reported by auditors.

Forecast Visibility

Revenue forecasting is not easy to determine. Again, a normal income statement cannot differentiate between once and frequent revenue.

Employee Productivity

Currently, several organizations are utilizing user-friendly spreadsheets for key revenue accounting activities. Simple and complex spreadsheets used by one person need extraordinary endeavour to construct and manage. Even then, all advanced spreadsheets have errors. They are not easily auditable.

In certain sectors such as IT, this system is very complex since it is difficult to allocate revenue across elements and the duration of revenue recognition.

Currently, vendors and buyers are leveraging the software as a service (SaaS). Revenue recognition issues happen when various components and discounting relate to a SaaS contract.

SaaS firms depend on metrics like monthly recurring revenue, which are different from normal IT businesses.

In service-oriented businesses – technology execution, law, and accounts, this system is affirmed on specialised contracts and distinct terms.

In these cases, project-delivery results are connected to recognizing revenue. The revenue recognition method requires the firms to document billable time/expenses and monitor project performance to link proceedings back to the contract types.

Hence, firms are seeking to automate revenue management to accomplish enhanced compliance, better visibility, and reduced costs. It encompasses every function in an organization, the process automating does not begin with IT.

The process of automating the revenue accounting management can deliver substantial results – quick period closes and cost control.

In order to streamline and optimize the system, firms must leverage the technology that enables the finance personnel to link systems, automate processes and evaluate the business on time.

Interface Systems

Streamlining the process eradicates data duplication that occurs between finance and other departments, thereby decreasing errors and reducing time.

The most optimal accounting systems link key business systems – CRM, services management to develop a robust ecosystem for revenue management.

Automate Processes

Every organization’s revenue recognition process differs based on the distinct business model, products, and market conditions.

In order to automate the rigid process, revenue stakeholders must have the capability to arrange the relevant procedures that replicate the complexities of the business operations.

The automation of revenue recognition process can significantly reduce workload for personnel, decrease spreadsheet errors, and enhance efficiency.

Business Performance

Top-notch revenue management systems deliver an insight into both existing/deferred revenues by projecting accurately the future revenues. They enable organizations to evaluate the effect of changes to products and pricing on revenue.

The process of comprehending the system begins with efficient top-down processes. It is only afterwards that technology should be used to automate the revenue management process.

Bid Results / Sgt. Joe Friday

From 1951 to 1959 Dragnet was a defining police series that featured Jack Webb as Sgt. Joe Friday. Joe was famous for an interrogation line he often used: “Just the facts, ma’am!”

Bonding companies need to gather facts too, when a bid bond has been issued. It is an important process with implications for both the surety and the contractor.

So here are the facts, ma’am!

Bid results are the various proposal amounts submitted by contractors pursuing a particular project. The bids are submitted at a designated time and place. The list of low bidder, second, third, etc., including the company name and $ amount, are the bid results.

The first party to know this info may be the contractor. They often attend the bid opening and write down the results. Remember, they have a vested interest in the outcome. They’re hoping to acquire a new project.

It is important for them to report the results promptly to the bonding company. Here’s why:

Timely Issuance of Performance Bond

If the contractor is low bidder (offering the most favorable price to do the work), an award can be expected. The performance and payment bond will be needed by a set date to avoid loss of the project. Reporting the bid results is the first step in this process.

Excessive Bid Spreads

A “bid spread” occurs when there is a significant (>10%) difference between the low and the second bidder. This is a red flag for the surety and contractor. All the bidders wanted the work. They spent time and money developing their proposal. An excessive bid spread means the low bidder has a unique advantage (better expertise, prior experience, special equipment, lower material prices, etc.) over the other bidders OR they made a bid mis-calculation and are underpriced. (*Why is this a concern?)

If the contractor has a special advantage, they must share this info with the bonding company in order to obtain the P&P bond when required. The surety must be confident that the project will be completed properly.

If they made an error, they must notify the obligee / project owner that they wish to withdraw their bid. If done promptly, they may avoid having a bid bond claim (for failing to move forward.)

Restore Capacity

When a bid bond is issued, underwriters consider a portion of the contractors surety line to be in use – under the expectation that they may win the project and need a P&P bond. If the contractor / bidder is not the low bidder, the capacity is restored to their surety line to support another project – as soon as the surety is notified.

For all these reasons, the prompt reporting of bid results is necessary. A tight bid is a win for the contractor and surety. The bidder acquires additional sales volume and the surety books a premium. It’s how we all make money.

* Why is an excessive bid spread a concern?

If the contractor proceeds with a project that is underpriced, they may end up losing money on the work.

It’s an issue for the surety too, because they are the guarantor of the project. They must complete the work if the contractor defaults, and they rely on the fact that the contract amount is adequate to accomplish this. If it is not, the surety could face a net loss.

Excessive bid spreads are bad for everyone, even the obligee. If they award an underpriced project, they may end up with poor workmanship, missed deadlines and possibly a defaulted contract, ma’am!

What Are the Things That Office Removalists Include in Their Work Checklist?

To make the relocation smoother, office removalists include several things in their checklist and here we will take a look at some of them in detail. If you are in Sydney and are seeking office relocation, make sure that the removal company follows their checklist comprehensively.

  1. The Relocation Plan

Planning the relocation is always included in the first point of the checklist. The removalists focus on the tasks that they need to complete. By developing the plan they save many hours of prep time. This helps the clients as well since their relocation work can be completed within a shorter duration than expected.

The plan also includes the budget that is required for the move and this point is included as a sub-heading. Apart from these two, the plan comprises the actual tasks that have to be completed such as assessing the space for the placement of the items in the new office, reviewing the lease terms of your existing office, etc.

The list includes the furniture that has to be moved since they need to be handled with care. For this reason, this point is considered very important even in cheap furniture removals in Sydney.

Thirdly, in the relocation plan, the tasks of every removalist are included so that the entire relocation plan can be carried out smoothly. The work is divided according to their skills.

  1. Things to Consider in the Office Space

In the second part of the checklist, everything will be about office space. After the removal is completed the removalists need to ensure that they place everything in an orderly manner in the new office. They will sometimes also include blueprints that will help them to understand the area and where each item will go so that it looks attractive.

The office removalists in Sydney will also plan out the things such as transportation, packing, items that need to be discarded, and so on that make the entire relocation process easier for them as well as their clients.

  1. Legalities

The legalities are included in the last part of the checklist. Since the removal deals with high valued items, it is necessary to consider the legal aspects in this area. The legalities deal with the permission, and the rules laid by the landlord and the local competent authorities.

The reason that these legalities are considered as a high-priority point is that there are several risks associated with them. At times the removal companies discuss everything with lawyers to ensure that there will be no troubles later.

If there are any on-going legal issues, the movers will discuss it with their clients and then plan everything.

  1. Miscellaneous

In the last part, there come the miscellaneous things that need to be managed such as the number of containers that will be included, the local deliveries, storage items, types of packing, important documents, personal belongings, special packaging for the fragile items, etc.

So, these are some of the things that are included by the office removalists for cheap furniture removals in Sydney and to make the process of relocation easy.

The Art Of Disruption

Today in business there seems to be a theory that “if it ain’t broke, then no need to fix it”. Whilst I agree to a point, the issue really becomes, why do things the way they have always been done just because they have been done that way?

This is where the art of disruption comes into play.

Who says you can’t reinvent the way that you do things?

Who says there isn’t a better and more effective way to run your business or engage with your clients?

You see as it is YOUR business… it’s YOUR rules!

The disruption model is how I have naturally done things in business right from day one without even realising.

Firstly, with my first brand, by me starting that with only $50, not spending a cent on marketing or advertising and then having a global brand. I didn’t have the “experience” or “business knowledge” at the start but I knew that I had a great product that people loved and that was all I needed but I never wanted to do it the traditional way. When it came to the proper business issues, I ensured they were molded into how we were already doing things and not the way everyone else was doing it. Our procedures had personality.

And now with my new business, what we have managed to do is to disrupt the “norm” when it comes to the whole referral process and word of mouth. Who says it always has to be done the way it always has? Not me!

We as a company are always looking internally as to how we can disrupt the normal way that we do things. It creates a culture of creativity and your industry thrives on creativity so this should be an easy way for you to think.

Running a business, the same way everyone is doing it or the way you always have doesn’t mean that it will work out. You see, when you add a bit of flare, a sense of cheek, a bit of mongrel into the mix, now your business has a personality of its own mixed with you, the owner’s DNA. Your personality, your desired personal outcomes HAS to be put into the business.

I am constantly looking for different and better ways to do things within my businesses. That way it makes running the business more fun (as that is what we should be having every day) and it actually makes you more present and deliberate in what you are doing and not so much on auto pilot mode.

It is very easy to just go with the flow, especially when things seem to be running smoothly. But as the business climate can constantly change, we as business owners need to ensure we are ready to change just as quickly.

So how do you add the disruption model into your business I hear you ask.

Well pretty easily actually. The next time you need to reach out to your customers, market your business or even look at new models to enhance your business growth. Just STOP and take a look at what you are about to do and how you were going to do it. I guarantee you that you would have just done it the same way you have always done it. Sure it may work for you but what if… just what if there was a better way, a cheekier way, a more fun way to do the same thing but due to you applying the disruption method your customers reacted in a better way, the marketing was received better or even your business ran smoother purely because you decided to have fun with the process not just the outcomes.

The “disruption” model enhances our ability to focus on either our systems, procedures, training and even the interaction we have with our clients. It forces you to really look hard at not just how things are done, but more so on whether you are getting the desired results that you were hoping for. I mean let’s face it. How many of you reading this right now have been working your butts off to only “survive”? that’s why maybe chucking a bit of disruption theory into the mix may just be the ting that is needed in your business right now.

1 2 3 4 10