Utilising The Benefits Of Student Business

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It’s no secret that students often have a lot of free time. With long holidays, lots of days off, and loads of time to spend with friends, the work you have to do is hard, but it doesn’t take up everything you have. Most people will use it for entertainment and social activities, and this makes sense. Of course, though, taking a slightly different approach can often yield some very positive results. To help you out with this, this post will be exploring some of the key benefits of running a business during your studies.

Control: Having control over your time is very important when you’re at school, as you will have to be able to drop things to do work when times are getting busy. Most normal jobs won’t give you this luxury, instead dictating when they want you in, and expecting you to respond to the call of duty. Running a venture of your own can give you full control over your time, while also giving you the freedom to work on projects which you enjoy. This makes it a lot easier to focus on the right jobs at the right times.

Early Experience: Depending on the course you’re studying, this sort of approach could give you an excellent chance to get a head start over your classmates when it comes to experience. Employers will be impressed to see someone who has already worked in the industry, especially when you’ve started the business yourself, and it doesn’t matter if the venture failed. There is a limit to this, though, and you should only talk about attempts which lasted for more than a month or two.

Boosted Learning: Along with giving you things to add to your CV, having a small business can act as a powerful learning tool. Not only will it teach you how to run a company, but it will also give you knowledge related to your field, too. A lot of people taking this approach will notice a sharp increase in their grades, despite the fact that they are working long hours, and this makes it well worth it from this point of view alone.

Extra Income: Finally, as the last benefit to consider, earning money while you’re studying could be a big boon, especially for those on limited incomes. Giving you the chance to use companies like Fortis Student Lettings rather than campus accommodation, along with loads of other opportunities, the extra thickness to your wallet will be very noticable. Of course, though, being a student isn’t just about luxuries. This could also be a great help when it comes to affording things like books.

Hopefully, this post will inspire you to start working harder on the time you put into your student business. An approach like this can often be a great idea when you’re starting out in education, but some people will want to consider giving it a break as they get into their later years and their course gets harder.

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The Ultimate Money Guide For Your Best Summer Life 2018

If you are anything like me, you will notice that your social calendar starts to fill up come mid-June. After that, it’s something of a roller coaster ride all the way through until September. Now I’m not saying this isn’t fun, because holidays, weekends away, and get together with old friends are the best. However, you may be scratching your head and wondering how to pay for all this? Happily, if you check out the advice in the guide below you won’t have too many problems in this area. Read on to find out more.

Are you subscribing your budget away?

Subscription boxes and packages are everywhere these days from Birchbox to Netflix. You can even get you dinners prepared for you with cooking boxes. However, while they are super convenient, and it’s always fun to get a surprise gift to yourself through the post box, you have to ask whether they are they the best use of your money?

Sadly, the answer is probably not, especially when you have multiple subscriptions to pays for. Or even worse you and your SO or housemate are doubling up because one of you forget to cancel it when you moved in together! Arghhh!

Of course, the solution here is easy, and it’s to cancel the one that you don’t need. This means taking some time to work out which one you use and the most and ditch the rest. Then you can save what you would have spent on them for summer revelry.

Claim back what you are owed

Next, too many of us go through life not claiming money that we are genuinely entitled to. It may be in a small way like that bag of Primark clothes you didn’t try and can’t find time to take back a to get or refund, or it may be in a big way like not claiming for a situation in which you suffered medical negligence.

Obviously, in both cases, this is money that could be put to better use living your best life during the summer. To that end, it’s always a good idea to contact professionals like The Specter Partnership to help you with any legal claim you may have. Also, and if you possibly can, get those clothes returned ASAP, or at the very least bung them on eBay and recover some of the purchase cost to put towards your summer holidays.

Go veggie/vegan

Lastly, you can’t have failed to notice how on trend it is right not to be veggie or vegan? In fact, your social media is probably bombarded with all the benefits for your health, for the planet, and your pocket, and it’s this last one that we are particularly interested in.

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Vegan food is not only delicious and healthy, but cheaper too!

Yup, that’s right vegetarian, and vegan diets are on the whole lot cheaper than ones that contain meat and dairy products. There is no shortage of delicious recipes to follow either, so it makes this the perfect time to make the swap. Then you can tuck away the saving you make on your weekly shopping and put them towards summer fun instead.

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How to Source Your Dream Home

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We all know the importance of feeling at home, both within oneself and also with where we live, as a home is much more than the bricks and mortar you purchase when buying a house, a dream home is something you must create.

That said, money does play a huge part in finding your dream property as affordability is a key component, and it’s a good idea to find out more about what is affordable for you before looking into options.

Once you know your budget, it’s then time to hit the internet and do some research into where you want to live and what options are available within your preferred areas. It can be a good idea to create something known as a vision board that will activate the law of attraction, a concept within quantum physics that suggests you will attract into your life what it is you think about most.

However, on a practical level here are three of the best options to source your dream property.

1. FIND AN ESTATE AGENT

The most conventional way to find a property, of course, is to use a real estate agent. This can be a more expensive option than most, as there are considerable fees, yet there’s a huge amount of convenience, insight and value in terms of the return on investment due to the time (and sometimes even money) working with an estate agent can save.

2. PROPERTY AUCTIONS

There can be some great deals found at property auctions, however, it’s worth investigating the reason the property you’re interested in is being sold at auction. It could be as simple as a financial issue where the bank have taken possession of the house and have a policy to sell at auction, or perhaps a relative has inherited the property, and now wishes to sell the house from an emotional distance at an auction.

There are many innocent reasons for selling a house via an auction, however, there are some houses that are going through the auction route more dubious reasons. The house is sold as seen, with limited time to view the property and carry out comprehensive property checks meaning if the seller is hiding something, an auction is a good option for them.

3. GO DIRECT

Another option that is perhaps better than going to auction and cheaper than working with a real estate agent is to find sellers directly and negotiate with them one-to-one, as this way you don’t have a middleman taking a cut or adding on their fees. Today, the internet makes this entirely possible and a pretty popular choice amongst early adopters.

In summary, whether you choose to use the costly yet convenient service of a real estate agent, take a gamble at an auction, or find private sellers and negotiate directly, sourcing your dream home is likely to take some time but it’ll be worth it in the end as there’s nothing better than that feeling of security and safety one has, of owning their own dream home.

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Top 5 Family Friendly Activities to Do With Children in NYC This Summer

Summer is a magical season in New York City, with warm weather and long sunny days making it an ideal time to get outside and enjoy yourself. The summer is a particularly exciting time for families, as a wealth of fun new activities crop up around the five boroughs. From outdoor festivals to exciting museum exhibits, these New York events are sure to keep the whole family entertained.

Go Green! Brooklyn Festival: Teach your kids about the great things they can do to help save the planet with a trip to the Go! Green! Brooklyn Festival at McCarren Park in Williamsburg on June 2nd. At this unique eco-friendly fest, kids can enjoy local food, music, and art, and participate in everything from fitness challenges to demonstrations about eco-friendly living.

Discovery Room at the American Museum of Natural History: Want to foster a lifelong love of learning in your children? All it takes is a trip to the American Museum of Natural History this summer. The museum’s Discovery Room is a particular source of fascination for little ones, who can explore fossils, skulls, minerals, and artifacts, in addition to participating in exciting activities, like putting together a life-sized model of a Pretosuchus, a Triassic reptile.

Summer on the Hudson Pier I Picture Show: Enjoy a fun night out with your little ones in Riverside Park by catching a screening of a beloved children’s movie. Throughout July and August, you can catch some of your kids’ favorite films, like Toy Story 3CocoWALL-E, and Up while hanging out and enjoying a picnic under the stars.

The Jim Henson Exhibition at the Museum of the Moving Image: If your kids can’t get enough of The Muppets and Sesame Street, they’ll be blown away by The Jim Henson Exhibition at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens. This exciting exhibit explores everything from Henson’s work on Sesame Street to Labyrinth, with a massive collection of 300 objects from his career—including 47 of his famous puppets—on display.

Science Saturday at Hudson River Park: If your little ones love science, they’ll flip for Science Saturday at Hudson River Park. This summer, on June 2nd, July 14th, and August 11th, kids can explore the natural world around them, from checking out things they’ve found under a microscope to watching science experiments put on by the event’s educators. Better yet, this exciting event is free, making it a perfect budget-conscious activity for families big and small.

Regardless of whether you’re there for a week or call the city home full-time, summer in New York City can be an exhilarating experience for the whole family. This summer, there’s a fun, family-friendly activity to suit virtually interest—all you have to do is head out.

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Why a Vinyl Cutting Business Could Be For You

Are you looking for a change of business or just something to ignite that passion for designing and creating new things?

Have you ever heard of the wondrous thing known as a vinyl cutting machine? Perhaps you have recently purchased one and are curious as to what you could do with it or maybe you are simply looking for a great business idea.

First things first, what exactly is a vinyl cutting machine? It’s a small machine that can transform regular items around you into artistic products and items of value. As the rather self-explanatory name suggests, it can be used to cut flexible and practical sheets of vinyl into whatever shapes you like. As well as vinyl though, it can also be used to cut a number of other fabrics and materials too.

There is real potential to make a profit if you start a vinyl cutting business. In the following post we will look at some of the extremely cool things you can do with one of these great machines.

Design Clothing and Apparel

All you need is a plain jersey, t-shirt or some other type of apparel. Along with a heat press to set whatever graphics and designs you make using your vinyl cutter onto the t-shirt you can create bespoke and unique products to sell.

Stickers and Signage

You can also use a vinyl cutter to make a wide array of different stickers and signage. You could either make a batch of pre-determined stickers and signs or offer the service of making signs and stickers to fulfil customer orders.

Painting and Woodworking

If you are a dab hand with carpentry and are looking for interesting ways to add a touch of flair and commercial appeal to your creations, you could use a vinyl cutter to cut some fabric to cover that pencil box or trinket box you have made.

Make Wall and Ceiling Decals

another great use of a vinyl cutting machine is designing and making decals that can be sold to stick to your customer’s walls or ceilings or even bathroom tiles. You could figure out who your target audience is and identify the shapes and styles to create decals in.

Make Calendars

Calendars are highly profitable products and can be easily created to target a specific group of your target audience. Everyone likes to stay on top of their day to day life and keep everything they do and with who, organised. You could create a whole selection of different calendars designed to target different people.

Greeting Card Designing and Making

Greeting cards are always needed and if you have a quirky concept or are just really good at vinyl cutting, you could use the vinyl cutter to design and make greetings cards. If you can hit upon styles and themes your audience love; you will be more likely to see a return on your investment quickly.

Protect Your Electronics and Gadgets

You know when you bought your current smartphone, tablet or even widescreen television or laptop and it had that protecting covering that kept it safe from dirt, acids and other dirt and grime? With a vinyl cutting machine and a supply of silkscreen labelling you can create these handy and protective coverings. These are always useful for people looking to reapply protection to their devices or even if they are looking to sell them and want to give them more of a professional layer of protective coating.

As you can undoubtedly see from the above, there are many cool and interesting things you can do with a vinyl cutting machine. This opens up a world of opportunities to either expand an already existing business you may have currently, or to start a completely new venture – especially if you are looking to break out from the rat race and start working for yourself.

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Illegitimate Children in Will Contestation

 

 

The Sanctity of a Will

When a will has been prepared and the author has died, it is normal procedure for the wishes of the deceased to be followed and courts are generally very reluctant to get involved with what seems to be a valid will. However, it is possible for a party to make a challenge, if certain criteria are met, or other criteria have not been met. The Succession Act 2006 and the amendments made within the Family Provision Claim section allow challenges to be made regarding the mental health of the writer, the fairness of the provisions and the financial dependency of those who may be entitled to some of the estate.

Reasons for a Will Disputation to be Considered

A will can be challenged for several reasons. One is where the will is ambiguous or unclear in its intentions, and the court can be asked to intervene when the instructions are not totally obvious and precise. A challenge can also be made if the provisions can be shown to be grossly unfair, leaving one or more dependants without any benefit. Another possibility for a dispute can occur if there is more than one will, or it can be shown that the person writing the will may have been tricked, or deceived into making provisions, that were essentially the fraudulent or deceptive will of another person, thus depriving potential beneficiaries from receiving their just percentage. If you feel any of these are applicable to you, it is best to discuss your case with expert will dispute lawyers.

Persons Who Have the Right to Contest a Will

A will is considered an extremely important document, which should be followed to the letter, though there are occasions when someone may have unintentionally been left out, or a mistake is felt to have occurred. Those who can make a challenge are tightly restricted and are generally immediate family members, such as a current or former partner, children and grandchildren, or someone who was in a close relationship at the time of the person’s death. There may have been changes in circumstances between when the will was written and when the death occurred, which may not have been documented, especially if the death was sudden and unexpected.

Illegitimate Children’s Rights

It has long been recognised that a significant number of children are born out of wedlock, and it is obviously unfair to penalise them from receiving an inheritance, especially since families today often contain children from different relationships. Under Status of Children Act 1996 No 76 illegitimate, or exnuptial children are essentially granted exactly the same status as those born within wedlock, and as such are entitled to make a claim upon an estate, in exactly the same way as those born legitimately. Hence, when a parent leaves something to his “children”, it will effectively mean all of them. The will maker can leave anyone out, however, they must clearly state exactly why they have done so, and in the case of a child, cannot do so, if they have a legal obligation to the child’s welfare.

Contesting a will is a complicated thing to do. The first thing you should do, if you feel you have a claim, is to discuss it with your local legal professionals to obtain very clear advice on how to proceed.

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Is Work Life Balance For Entrepreneurs A Myth?

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Work-life balance is a hot topic as more and more of us come to realise the insidious effects of stress on our mental and physical wellbeing. For a whole generation of people, achieving some kind of synergy between a focused career and a fulfilling personal life is now more important than other motivators such as status and job title. In fact, it’s a big driver behind why many choose to go it alone and set up a business, and yet, becoming a entrepreneur, at least initially, generally means less free time. As you work to establish your business and before you can employ other people, your time and energy becomes pretty stretched. But the idea that running your own business and being able to decompress are incompatible isn’t true. Achieving a balance doesn’t have to be impossible. There are ways that you can combat stress and try to keep things in balance, with a few simple tricks to make sure that you get the time away from the grind that you need and that ultimately will help you to run a better business!

Set Your Hours

It’s a simple thing but something we tend to forget in today’s always-on, twenty four hour culture, when our emails are constantly calling for attention. Combat the low-level pressure by setting working hours that work for you – and being strict about sticking to them. If you let work seep into every area of your life, things can quickly get or if hand, and before you know it, you’re heading for a burnout. Better to set your working times and then give yourself permission to switch off outside of those times. There’s very little that won’t actually wait a few hours while you get some downtime. Many find that doing a split working day allows them to feel like they are more contactable while also factoring in some time away from the desk.

Make Time For Hobbies

Hobbies may seem trivial when you’re trying to get a business off the ground, but actually having a more relaxed focus in your life can be incredibly valuable, helping you to let off steam. Even better if you balance a sedentary desk job with some exercise that you enjoy – whether that’s fitting in an early morning run, or getting some practice in with your taylormade m4 driver on the fairways. If you have a creative hobby like painting or music, that can also benefit your business by encouraging you to think laterally. Think of your hobby as an asset that encourages diverse and adaptable skills rather than time away from work.

Schedule In Your Priorities

Have a recurring intention to spend more time with your family, but find yourself forgetting or blowing out plans when a work commitment comes up? Use the power of scheduling for every aspect of your life. Put family occasions and hang-out time in the diary, just as you would a business meeting, to ensure that you factor in time for them and don’t get double-booked. An app like Google Calendar can help you to share dates with family, social circles and work contacts all in one place.

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New 3 Golden Opportunities To Help Your Business Look Fantastic

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Businesses are odd things. Not only are they intensely competitive and increasingly try to undercut one another, but they are nothing if not reliant on the impressions that their audience has of them. This strength and vulnerability in equal measure can be quite interesting to reflect on when you take a step back. As a new business stepping onto the scene, it can be very tempting to try and reduce your business vulnerability to a profound degree, as obviously stepping forward with the strongest footing is always superior to the alternative.

There are better and worse methods of doing this. In this article,, we’d like to share with you three golden opportunities to help your business look fantastic. It’s amazing how a little community and customer support can help you in the early days. With this list, taking care of that should be a breeze.

Excitement & The Brand Of The Future

It’s important for your business to seem as though they have the future in mind. When it comes to investing or purchasing from a business, many customers want to know that they are making the forward-thinking choice. This comes from what products you sell to what brands you are associated with. It goes from what exhibition stand contractor you use to custom design your own show at an Expo later this year to what real utility you might have in the long term. positive reactions to both of these increase excitement among your audience and helps you seem like the brand of the future. Not bad.

Care & Social Good

Businesses taking part in social good can not only increase their bottom line, but do well as a result. For example, consider the business that helps children eat with every purchase. This shows you are committed to making the world a better place, and not only that, you put the keys to achieve this in the purchasing power of the customer. It might sound like a relatively scammy and gross method of doing things, but it depends how honest you are, and how transparent you’re willing to be. Even if you’re profiting, so is someone less fortunate than you. In these instances, pays to keep:

Transparency & Future Goals

When you are transparent, you seem confident. People know that they can trust you because you might divulge information about your profitability, and how that affected your good work. It might be showing your future narrative for how the firm will work in the next 3 – 5 years. It might be adjusting your mission statement and ensuring you know what it means, as does your staff.

This also goes for in-house. During intense order loads, it can pay to stay upfront in advance for the need of overtime – this way it doesn’t feel like you’re springing it upon them unannounced. It might be that you continually express how your products will be supported for a time in their life, allowing for trustworthy purchases from the majority of the market.

With these simple guiding opportunities, you can resolve most business PR issues and instead, operate with a healthy audience at your side.

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8 Ways To Deal With A Difficult Customer

 

 

All businesses have their fair share of difficult clients, and most often you have to deal with these clients on the phone. In this post, we discuss how to deal with those difficult clients over the telephone.

  1. Listen to Them

This is crucial. When you really listen to your callers and what they are telling you, you show concern while also gaining insight into the issues they’re having so you can in turn find the right solution. Try to avoid talking over your customers.

  1. Offer Validation to Callers

Often, the person getting mad at you on the phone just wants you to understand that they’re upset for a valid reason. Don’t talk down to your customers, rather let them know you understand and you are going to find a solution. Often, your staff may be hurried or stressed and unable to provide calm validation. This is where the help of a call answering service can be the ideal solution. The service can not only ensure the calls get to the right people, but can also handle your callers calmly, professionally, and offer them the time on the phone they need.

  1. Always Be Pleasant

Take the time to practice your tone of voice. The more experience you have handling clients, the more proficient you will become. Try to train yourself to maintain a calm and pleasant tone, no matter what the caller may be saying to you.

  1. Discover the Root of the Issue

As you are listening and gathering information from your caller, you can begin to determine what the root of the issue may be, and this is vital. Once you have figured out the root cause, you can solve the issue and end the call on more positive terms.

  1. Offer Several Solutions

Always express an apology for the problem the caller is having. But, you can’t keep apologising. Give your caller a single, clear solution if there is one, but aim to offer a variety of solutions for a difficult issue so that the caller can decide for him or herself how they want to proceed. We all like to have options.

  1. Try Not to Keep Your Customer Waiting

If it’s possible, try to back avoid placing your caller on hold as this is likely to irritate them even more. If you do need to check something in order to find a solution, try to do so while they are on the line, if you can.

  1. Always Be Honest

It’s only natural when we’re being yelled at to tell the caller what they want to hear and try to get off the phone quickly. If you can’t figure out what the issue is, he or she is only going to keep calling or take their business to your competitor. The caller needs a valid solution, so tell them what you know, be clear and honest and if you don’t have a solution, say so. Just be sure to reassure them that you will find an answer for them.

  1. Show Empathy

Even if the person is a complete stranger, and you’re not personally involved with the issue, you can still show them empathy and help to calm them down.

A difficult caller is a difficult situation. Use these tips to deal with your next difficult customer.

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Are You Trained To Run Your Business?

This might sound a little odd to you, especially if you have been in the business for a long amount of time. But think about it, are you actually trained to run your own business? Do you have what it takes to run it, and are you doing it as you should be? A lot of company owners out there are just ambling by, trying to make a living, but barely breaking even. Then you’ve got the ones that think they know it all, but are leaving a long trail of mistakes behind them. You don’t want to be like these people. You want to be someone who is trained to run a business, and armed with all the skills a business owner could possibly need. Not sure what we mean? Well, here’s just a few skills we think you’ll benefit from having some training in.

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Management

We know you manage a business, but do you know how to manage the people within it? So many of you reading this now will confidently say that yes, you do know how to manage a group of people. But we can guarantee nearly all of you are wrong. Running a business comes with its hardships, and boy do people find that out the hard way. When you have a team of employees under your wing, there’s so many things you need to consider, from their safety, to their happiness. So, if you haven’t had any management training before, we recommend that you book onto a course. Some of them are paid for and ones you do with directed learning, others are ones that you can do on the internet. But whichever one you chose, it’s going to give you that little bit of knowledge to make you a better boss, which should give you better working employees.

Technology

Technology is one of the greatest things that your business can become mercy to. The power of technology can break a business, but it can also make it. What you need to do is focus on the later, by giving yourself training in areas such as office 365 and other services that could benefit your business. Most of the training you’ll find with regards to this will all be online, so it’ll be much easier for you! You could also get yourself up to speed with all the latest marketing technology that can help to boost your exposure, and manage the income you’re making from your marketing efforts.

Finances

Your finances are going to be one of the hardest things for you to sort. To be honest, you’re probably not going to be able to manage them on your own. But what you do need to think of is having the knowledge to know where your profits should be coming in, and when to know if you’re making a loss, and how to fix it. Again, there are plenty of online courses that offer information with regards to profit management, which could help your business in the long run!

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