There are many different options currently available to those who want to continue their education. Trade schools, 4-year colleges, 2-year community colleges and certifications are some of the most popular means of achieving a higher education. Some people even choose to go into the business world right after high school, and pursue their degrees at a later time in life. For the ‘unique student’ (someone who has been out of school for 4 or more years) pursuing an accelerated education can sometimes be the best decision for them
An ‘accelerated degree program’ is when a program is designed to be finished in less time than is usually required. For example, some programs allow you to get a 4-year Bachelor’s degree in 2 years or less. This is perfect for people who area coming back to school after an extended period of time and have gained a lot of work experience. The experience they have from their careers help them to move through classes more quickly. They are able to apply concepts they have learned first-hand to the material that they are reading. It is also a good alternative for those people who already know what kind of career they plan on pursuing. Sometimes, entrepreneurs just want to get through the foundation that they need as quickly as possible, so they can begin pursuing their dream of being a business owner.
Pursuing an accelerated degree isn’t for everyone who fit the above criteria. In most of these programs there are no holiday breaks and classes are continuous throughout the year. Most of the time, those pursuing these types of degrees also have a full-time job that they have to balance with making sure they keep up in class. Those with families have to juggle even more responsibility and it can be a very stressful situation to be in. Every free moment becomes precious as you attempt to get through chapters, quizzes and finals as fast as you can. There are programs that are completely self-taught and you only have advisers who are available for occasional guidance. It feels like a race but essentially it’s more of a marathon. You have to find the pace that’s right for you and stick with it to stay on track. This takes a highly motivated individual with a strong desire to succeed.
Deciding what kind of education to pursue is best left up to the individual. If you have the time, willpower and drive to get an education and get it done quickly, I would highly recommend pursuing an accelerated degree program.
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Any business, whether online or off-line, eventually needs office furniture. From a small private company with no employees, all the way up to multinational, you need office furniture. Whether you are selling bridal sets online, or you are in the manufacturing business, there is no getting away from it.
Buying office furniture does not have to be painful or expensive, and are planning a way to saving money, particularly if you go to somewhere like eBay, and buy used or remaindered furniture. With the current financial situation around the world, most supplies are even prepared to finance the purchase for you, which makes things easier.
I helped set up an online jewellery business recently, which is why I mention the bridal sets, and even though there was a minimal requirement for furniture is still turned out to be a substantial expense. We saved a lot of money by buying used furniture, and even now there are only 4 employees, we still needed a fair amount of furniture. 5 desks, 5 chairs, filing cabinets telephone stations and goodness knows what else meant spending a substantial amount of money.I must admit I know more about the jewellery business than I’d intended now, but that’s always one of the benefits of working with a new client.
I did find the manufacturing process interesting, and it’s absolutely amazing the amount of work that goes into producing even an expensive diamond ring; and some of the more expensive complicated ones are really quite fascinating to watch being created. Obviously the manufacturing process also requires a certain amount of machinery and equipment which is nothing to do with the office furniture, and my only real involvement must help finding office furniture so I was more of a bystander for everything else.
But still really interesting, just exactly how much goes into and how many different variations you can get with diamond rings. Even at my age–you learn something every time you deal with a new client. In fact, I found it so interesting, this is a video worth a look:
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As a small business owner myself, I have seen enormous changes in the way businesses are run, and it seems to me the most successful businesses are the businesses that are capable of adapting to changes in technology, which are coming thick and fast and seemingly never-ending. In fact, the last few years since the Internet was invented have seen probably some of the most dramatic changes ever experienced in business. If you think back just a few years, there was no such thing as the Internet, E–commerce, mobile phones and numerous other technologies that have affected the way a business will run. Even being able to work from home has made a dramatic impact on the way businesses function.
Most good managers find that the key to efficiency is to embrace technology. This could be applied to various aspects of day-to-day office life. Whether you issue out the latest batch of smartphones to your employees, or switch to online payroll services to cut costs, the evidence is clear—technology is responsible for making office life operate more smoothly. Generally – trying to resist these changes will result in a business failing. When 50% of your workforce can save money by working from home instead of commuting into an office, this can result in substantial savings, and perhaps even make the difference between making a profit or going broke.
Not only can some of your workforce work from home, numerous other tasks can be undertaken online, resulting in increased efficiency and decreased costs. Businesses that embrace these services and technologies have an immediate advantage over their Luddite counterparts and competitors. This is – literally – evolution in action as applied to the business environment. “Adapt or die,” has never been more appropriate than nowadays. Most businesses that are successful have adapted to changes in technology and work approaches. This applies in almost any industry as well. With very few exceptions, such as perhaps shoeing horses, everybody in every industry needs to adapt.
When we think of productivity we often think of to do lists, mind maps, timelines and goal lists. Rarely do we think of our task/office chair and what role it plays in our productivity and well being.
A common trend, especially in our aging workforce, is many office working folk suffer from lower back pain. This is primarily due to poor posture and too many hours sitting hunched over a desk and computer monitor.
If you’re uncomfortable, tired or in pain then your productivity is going to go down. However there are a few solutions to this that both employees and employers can implement to improve workplace wellness and productivity.
Quality Office Chairs
Without a doubt a good task chair with proper ergonomic design will go a long way to improving an employees posture and comfort. With better posture you can work longer without feeling fatigued and lower back pain.
It’s true office chairs can be expensive, often costing as much as $500-$600. Often businesses will skimp on furniture assuming they’re saving money. However I’d argue but not spending the money up front they’re losing money hand over fist via unproductive and uncomfortable employees.
Work Place Wellness
Quality office furniture is just the first step. Other workplace wellness initiative that can be implemented are workplace yoga, encouragement of breaks every 2 hours to get up and move around and incentives given to employees who want to participate in active and physical lifestyles outside the office (e.g. health club memberships, sporting events etc.).
Employees can also make small changes such as strengthening their back and core muscles to improve posture. This can be done through regular exercise or the use of an ab toning device such as the Flex Belt (see here for flex belt discount codes).
Employees should also pay attention to how long they sit still and take scheduled breaks every two hours or so to move around and give their back, shoulders and neck a rest from working at the desk.
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Many people toil away at their jobs, month after month, year after year bored and unhappy. Some people work at jobs that pay the bills, yet provide no other satisfaction. On the other hand, there are millions of people out there who are happy in their professions, working independently and finding their own job satisfaction by working for themselves. The difference between these two groups is striking. Motivation, determination and persistence are the key factors that distinguish those who work for a living and those who live for their work.
In many cases, the aspiring entrepreneur can’t live without his opulent home, luxury dressing tables in every bedroom, brand new car and expensive vacation, so it’s off to another boring day at work. Entrepreneurs have a different mindset. They know that if they can stomach the uncertainty of independent work, they may be able to enjoy the trappings of wealth someday without toiling at a job they hate. The idea of staying in the same rut forever is enough to propel them out of their cubicles and into their own business.
Entrepreneurs can deal with failure. They understand that a certain amount of failure is to be expected when striking out on your own, and they see every failure as a learning opportunity. They take the failure and turn it into a positive, trying again and succeeding. They don’t work just to get a paycheck. They work for the satisfaction of creating something from nothing and owning it. Being an entrepreneur is about more than just starting a business, it’s about being a pioneer.
There is no need to live life in a state of quiet suffering, spending hours out of your life doing work that is dull and unfulfilling. There is a world of possiblity out there, and the successful entrepreneur will find his place and stake his claim.
Have you grown tired of being on someone’s beck and call or having someone snoop around your back checking on your work from time to time? If yes, then may be its high time that you consider firing your boss and setting up your own business where you can call the shots.
Anyone who has had to work for someone will naturally long for the freedom that self-employment gives. Taking the leap to create your own business, however, is no easy task. It involves tons of hard work, patience, and commitment in order to get ahead.
If you are on the lookout for self employment ideas that can help you achieve financial stability without having to rely on monthly paychecks, then here are a few ideas that can inspire you.
If you love to cook and good at it, then might as well put this talent to use by opening up your own catering business. If Patty Dean was able to turn her simple hobby into a multi-million dollar business, you can do too. The key here is to cook with passion and dedication.
You can start out with simple catering jobs for your neighbors, family, and friends and slowly expand your network with every job assignment. The good thing about this business is that it can snowball on its own. With positive word of mouth, you can instantly grow your business without spending hundreds of dollars on marketing or promotional campaigns. As your business grows, you can begin to add large commercial equipment and transportation from websites that specialize in commercial vehicles like these used heavy duty truck sales.
2. Cleaning Service
If you live in the city where homeowners no longer have the time to tend to their own homes, then opening up your own cleaning service can prove to be the perfect solution. Setting it up is simple, get in touch with the people that you know who can refer you to homes that may need your help. You do not even have to do the actual cleaning yourself, you can hire somebody else to do it for you. Keep in mind though that in this kind of business customer satisfaction is your lifeline so always make sure to supervise each and every job.
When you get to the point of needing a small fleet of business vehicles, make sure to check new and used pricing on the business section of NADA.com, so that you can begin to plan your expansion and add it to your budget.
3. Home Day Care
Running a childcare business in your local community can yield high returns. You can always count on busy parents to be on the lookout for credible child care services and by tapping into this market, you can easily earn big money. You can opt to start out small and then gradually expand your business by taking in more children. Just remember to first familiarize yourself with the ins and outs of running this business before shifting it into full gear.
4. Pet Sitting Services
The American household is growing rapidly to include a number of pets into their household and oftentimes, they need someone to care for their beloved animals while they are away. This is where you can come in, by setting up your own pet sitting services, you can welcome these pets into your home and earn good money in the process.
Transition from being employed to becoming self employed can be quite daunting and challenging but by choosing a business that you are passionate about, you are sure to find fulfillment and success every step of the way.
When you are running a business, you will have to deal with information or data on a daily basis. Information comes in the form of documents, presentations, emails, audio files, spreadsheets and others. These stored documents will accumulate over time and you may need to find document storage services.
In order for a business or office to run smoothly, the records and documents should be stored properly, especially when you are handling sensitive documents. Sensitive documents shouldn’t be left lying around considering the many cases of identity theft in the country. If the file cabinets in your office are already overloaded with documents, the solution to this problem is to hire companies, like Vanguard, that offer document storage and data protection services.
Even with the wide use of computers and advanced technology in businesses, there are still companies or businesses that make use of paper records. How can an off-site document storage service help your business? If your business or organization already has too many documents, it may be difficult for the office to run smoothly and efficiently. Rather than remodeling the whole office to free up more space for these documents alone or spend money for expansion, your company may be able to save more money in the long run by hiring document storage services.
How do these document storage companies work? Usually, your documents and files are stored and packed in numbered archive boxes. These numbered archive boxes will then be collected and stored by the document service company into a secure storage facility. Whenever you need the files, the company will simple retrieve the box containing the files and have them delivered to your office or you can also retrieve the documents from the company yourself. It is an efficient and practical way to handle documents particularly when your office usually files too many paper documents.
Document storage services are not just for large companies. Small businesses can also take advantage of this type of service. Document storage and data protection services are utilized by businesses and organizations of various sizes. However, when you choose a document storage service, be sure that you choose a company that can be trusted. For something as important as your documents, you don’t want to leave them in the wrong hands. Security is important in these types of services to give you peace of mind in knowing that your documents are safe and secure.
It is easy to just go into work every day and try to zone out until the bell chimes and it’s time to go home. I propose invigorating the work day by injecting some life into your work place. Of course, you can go the route of everyone else and fill your cube with trinkets and “fun”, but I much prefer to work in a classy environment.
Get some classy wallpaper and hang it on the walls of your cubicle. You don’t have to do more than tack it up. If you want to go the full nine yards then you should get some molding for the upper edge of the cubicle walls to cover the tacks and really complete the look.
If you have the room on your work space, then I suggest getting a globe. You should get one with an ornate base and swivel. If you don’t have the room for that, then get a map in a classy frame. Make you cubicle look like a classy den or a smoking lounge. You may not be able to actually enjoy it as the lounge you want it to be but it can feel like it.
Speaking of lounges, you should replace that junky chair that the office provided for you with a nice leather and hardwood rolling chair. See if you can match the style of the wood to the style of the globe to tie it all together. You may not be able to fit an actual desk into your cubicle but you may as well sit at that plastic desk with your globe and your classy trinkets.
Once you have the basics established it’s time to start to start filling it with smaller, personal items. Just make sure to stay with the theme. Get some classy lighting in brass and copper if you can.
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If you are in the start up phase of a business, or you are planning to start one up, then you need to really think about every expense you have and if you can cut it. The fact is, many businesses are doomed to failure before they even get started because the owner doesn’t understand the need to conserve capital. That is, he or she thinks the trappings of a successful business are more important than the business itself. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
Especially if you are starting an online business, you don’t need to worry about anything fancy for an office. Think about it, if all your work is online then no one will ever see your great looking solid walnut desk anyway. So why not take the money you would spend on the desk and instead spend it on better content on your site or a more aggressive link profile? In the end, this is the sort of action that will make you money, not buying fancy curtains or file cabinets.
I first heard about this idea when I was reading about “kitchen table millionaires,” these are men and women who built million dollar businesses that they ran from their kitchen table. If that was good enough for these millionaires, then it is good enough for me to get my business off the ground.
I am planning to build a bullet proof business that will increase in sales every month. This will take a lot of capital that I don’t want to waste on frivolous expenses, and you shouldn’t do it either. Every penny you make needs to be reinvested into your business so that it can grow. That means you will have plenty of time for office furniture later on. Now you need to concentrate on increasing customers and increasing sales. That should be your only focus.
If you are like me, you get extremely restless by sitting in a cubicle all day. In addition, you may suffer from what I call ‘cubicle back pain’ – i.e. back pain caused by sitting in a cramped office space, on a semi-bad office chair, with little or no exercise throughout those long nine hour days. However, one of my best co-workers recently introduced me to what is now the biggest thing I have ever put in a cubicle (but couldn’t live without anymore) – my inversion therapy table.
So, let me tell you a little bit about why you need to go out, read some good inversion table reviews, and purchase one for yourself RIGHT NOW! That’s right, don’t wait, just go buy. Essentially, the reason can be summed up in two words – instant relief. Seriously, after using my inversion table for just 3 days (every 4 hours for 5 minutes) my ‘cubicle’ back pain is gone completely. I no longer am extremely tired when I get home from work, and my kids and husband in turn love me even more ! Here is a video that I watched that helped me understand the benefits even more:
One other advantage – since you are in a cubicle no one can see your face while you invert! Yes, you will get several weird stares the first couple of times from people wondering why they see your feet hanging there, but after they see the improvement it makes on your cubicle life they’ll probably be coming around wanting to try it out for themselves!
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