August 3, 2016

Anybody interested in taking their business to the next level will probably be thinking about getting business forms. Customers are always impressed by good forms because they exude professionalism of the company. There are business owners who get customised forms to streamline their organisational procedure and do it in a big way getting successful all the while. There are several software in the market that aims to elevate your business dealings to the next level by providing good quality, printable interactive business forms.

These electronic business forms are built with a speed and precision that can never be compared to any paperwork. Not only that, the e-business forms allows for faster interaction with the target segment because they are sent across as emails and attachments. It is also received well by the target audience because they don’t have to do any writing work to get the forms filled.

There are different formats of business forms depending on the templates that you download from the net. Programming languages like Java and ABAP create first class interactive business forms that are appreciated by the clients because of the ease of use. Once these templates are downloaded from the internet, they can be customised to suit different needs that come with the nature of the business. There are some forms that you can integrate and create new ones. These are mostly done for industrial, banking, educational and government purposes.

Sending customisable forms makes your business more classy and professional. It is an investment that you will have to make, but the returns are worth the money you spend on it. There are several free business templates that you can download from the net. These templates files come with all the basic functions that you would need. These can be later tailor made to suit your requirements. Some of the websites that offer free download-able templates also allow them to be printed, so that makes the job much easier for you. Getting these forms also saves a lot of time and money because the reach is more and you can be sure that they actually get them instead of it going into the trash can. These online business forms encourage people to respond and interact.…

A typical investor in the taxi business in Uganda is going to encounter two key issues even before they start making their first shilling. I explain these issues below.

When I first bought a used taxi from my grandparents, I took it for repair to a mechanic in the Wandegeya suburb. He “over hauled” it and told me it was in perfect condition. One week later, the differential had developed a few problems. Next the crank shaft had a few issues. I eventually over came these issues but then came the witchcraft story.

A typical Ugandan reader is probably surprised that I haven’t raised the issue of business and witchcraft before. It seems many Ugandans firmly believe that going to the witch doctor and giving your last white goat(and with no spot of black) is going to turn your business into an overnight success even if you cannot differentiate(no pun intended) between cash as profit(which you can use as dividends) and cash from sales(which you should not use until all expenses are settled).

So the witchcraft story is this; I hired my cousin John [not real name for obvious reasons] to work as the taxi’s first conductor. He according to the family rumour mill “bewitched” the taxi because:

*Day 1. The suspension broke.

*Day 3: The crank shaft developed further problems.

*Day 5. The differential was shaking again.

*Day 7: The taxi knocked someone crossing the road at Ndeeba.

In the 1 month that the taxi was in business, I made only Shs 7,000! Oh, I used that to bail out the driver at the police station. I am not one to consider the validity of the witchcraft story but that brings me to the taxi business and factors to consider if you are to invest in it.

First the CONS (of course)

1. Mechanics without ethics

There is a possibility that when I took the taxi for refurbishment, the mechanic to whom I entrusted the repair provided me with a pro-forma invoice for parts he didn’t install, obtained them second hand or third hand or even that he didn’t carry out all the necessary repairs. How could I verify that with no knowledge of the intricacies of a car, let alone a second hand taxi from Bungokho?

You can of course get round this issue by instead taking your Toyota Hiace (the predominant model used for taxi business in Uganda) to Toyota Uganda’s repair workshop. Don’t expect of course to pay Shs. 7,000 for repair. They use computerised diagnostics and their mechanics use a logging system to bill you by the hour. Oh and of course they use new and genuine parts so forget that used crank shaft your mechanic Kakooza will find you from Kisekka market. As per the Toyota Uganda website, you can expect to start paying for servicing for a Toyota Hiace Model from Shs. 183,900.

2. Difficulty of revenue verification

Unless you are driving the taxi yourself or install cameras just like the London Buses …