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It can be very annoying to see a newly implemented business idea that has been applied by an entrepreneur in the market and start asking yourself why you didn’t come up with that idea first. This can be especially so if you are not creative enough when it comes to formulating business ideas. Listed below are some helpful tips that can help you turn on that creativity faucet that you need in order to come up with ideas for your next business venture:

1. Always expect ideas to come. Although this may sound a little funny, but in reality, ideas will come much easier if you are already entertaining their arrival beforehand. The thoughts that you form frequently in your mind and the passion included in thinking something up will help greatly. If you are being a pessimist about creative thinking, then you are killing the incoming ideas instead of encouraging their arrival. Be optimistic when it comes to idea formulation and expect ideas to come.

2. Open-mindedness. Being an open-minded person means that you should not reject unique ways in achieving inspiration for your ideas. Do not rule out anything right away but welcome their arrival as these ideas can come from anywhere. You do not require having in-depth information in every subject you are going to tackle but you just need the right knowledge in order to create a business idea. This is because you can always bring in people that have the right knowledge for things that you are not familiar with.

3. Start writing your ideas. You should write down your ideas in paper because it may not make sense now, but later on it may be your inspiration for your next business venture. When formulating business ideas, this is a great way to generate entrepreneurial ideas that you can use for your business. It is always a wise choice to write down your ideas right away as there is a high tendency that you are going to forget them in the long run.

4. Verbalize your thoughts. There are some people that are great in returning verbal advices that you can turn into that magical idea you need to boost your business. Talking is always helpful when you want to magnify your thoughts in your mind. Make sure that you are voicing out to someone that you trust as you do not want to share your plans to your rivals that might develop and steal your ideas.

5. Keep learning. On a daily basis, keep your thoughts functioning by learning new things as you progress in your business. This can be very easy especially with the Internet wherein a large database of information is present to be exploited by almost anyone. It is also a good choice to talk to other people that are experts in the business industry in order to learn techniques that they have used in being successful.

If you want to know the ways on how you can start formulating business …

Saving money is what every citizen in America claims to strive for. Our society, in this time of day is beyond bankruptcy. We have dug ourselves in a hole so deep that the walls would be difficult to find just to try and climb out of. Our deficit is so large that we owe China twice as much as our worth. Business owners are struggling to keep their doors open while large corporations keep prospering taking all the money from people and keeping it to themselves. Most corporate employees get paid minimum wage or just a bit more. So where is all this money disappearing to? Into the fat wallets of corporate owners and into accounts overseas. Instead of recognizing this, our friends, families and co-workers continue to use services of big corporations allowing them to profit. People do not comprehend that if they were to buy their clothes from local stores and shops they would bring revenue into family operated businesses which would allow those families to spend money on other local businesses. This was the trading mechanism society used hundreds of years ago to keep up with bills and survive. This would ultimately be a win for everyone since it would only be money transferring back and forth between ourselves as opposed to the big corporations that move their revenue elsewhere.

Another important method we need to bring to the table is overspending. The average American family acquires about $117,951 of debt which adds up to $2 trillion dollars statewide. It is extremely unusual that Americans are in debt than England earns a year. Why is this we ask ourselves? Is it because our mentality is to want everything that our neighbors have and more? Is it because we are selfish and greedy and will acquire any credit just to live a certain type of lifestyle that we cannot afford? Sadly, this is the honest truth and what lead us to spiral out of control as a country. Our government, along with ourselves, have failed to live within our means.

Here is another myth we live by: “if you pay your credit-card balance off every month, you get “free use” of their money. FALSE. The fact is, 78 percent of credit-card holders do NOT pay off their credit cards every month. Credit-card users spend 12 to 18 percent more when using credit instead of cash. It hurts to spend cash, so you spend less.”

We really need to reevaluate our spending habits and where exactly we spend them. Use a family owned coffee shop instead of the local Starbucks. Shop at the small local shops for attire as, opposed to shopping at the mall. Purchase your car insurance at a family owned agency, instead of getting ripped off by money hungry insurance companies. Most of all stop using your credit cards so much and live more conservatively. Our children are our future and we want to raise them with the correct ethics and morals.…

The term “financial skills” covers a range of activities that a professional buyer or procurement executive needs to have if they are to deliver value for money and manage commercial risk for their organisation. However, these skills are not always covered by conventional training which means that a buyer could be creating needless exposure both for themselves and their career as well as their organisation.

There are six financial skills that everyone who works in procurement should acquire.

1. Financial analysis – this covers the use of financial ratios that enable you to identify suppliers who are under performing compared to their competitors or who might be financially vulnerable and so create a supply risk for you. Ratios compare one financial value with another in order to give you an insight into the way that supplier is run. For example, liquidity ratios look at the ability of a supplier to meet its short-term financial obligations by dividing the value of current assets (such as cash and inventory) with the value of current liabilities (such as creditors). Other ratios tell you how efficient the supplier is in turning sales into profit, generating sales from the use of assets and its ability to grow.

2. Activity based costing – this is a method that takes all of the costs of an organisation and assigns them to the products or services that the supplier sells. The big difference between this approach and more conventional costing methods is that it first allocates costs to the activities that create those costs and then to products or services in direct proportion to the amount of those activities that they use in their production or service fulfillment. What this means is that you get a clearer picture of the true costs of making a product or delivering a service than you get from conventional means. The importance of this for the buyer is that they get an understanding of what drives costs and so what actions suppliers can take to reduce them which in turn lets them reduce the price to the buyer and still make an acceptable profit.

3. Understanding profit and loss accounts and balance sheets – the profit and loss account shows a buyer a summary of all the transactions a supplier has made in a period of time (such as a year) with the resulting profit they make and the balance sheet is a snapshot of the financial position of the supplier at that point in time. Accounting policies that the supplier adopts can make a big difference to the declared profit; for example, a supplier can choose how much to charge each year to the profit and loss account for an asset it has bought and this can have a major impact on the profit in any one year. Knowing what accounting policies a supplier uses can help a buyer to understand their accounts and so make sure that the financial ratios that are used to get an insight paint an accurate …

Whether you are planning a class reunion or a family reunion, one of the biggest obstacles to overcome is how to get people to purchase tickets for the event.

Planning a reunion is hard enough, but when you don’t know how many people to expect, it is next to impossible. It is very important to know well in advance how many people are coming to the reunion events you are planning. How else can you predict the size of the space you should rent, the amount of food to order, and what kind of entertainment to book?

The following 5 tips are essential if you want to make your life easier as the organizer of your class reunion or family reunion.

1. Generate a lot of interest for the reunion. The best way to do this is to create a class reunion website or family reunion website where you can communicate all of the details of events, and entertain everyone with some great content from years gone by. There are reunion website builders that require no special skills or knowledge to make a professional website that will help in the entire planning process and increase attendance at the reunion.

2. Guarantee your guests that if the reunion ends up getting cancelled they will get a refund. This is another concern that many people have, so if you alleviate this worry, you remove another excuse they may have not to pay for their ticket.

3. Come up with some incentives for people to commit early to the reunion. Offer people an early bird special, and discount the price for people who purchase their tickets by a certain date.

4. Offer people who buy tickets by a certain date a chance at entering a draw to win a prize if they buy their tickets by a certain date. The prize can be a free ticket to the event or a gift that you are able to get for free from a member of the committee.

5. Give people several options to pay for a ticket. That means allowing people to send a check by mail, pay cash in person or pay with a credit card on your class reunion website or family reunion website. Paying by credit card is much easier than writing a check, so if you only accept checks you give people another reason to procrastinate and put off making a decision about coming to the reunion or not.

Another great reason to create a reunion website is that people like to know who else is coming to the reunion. Encourage people to spread the word about the reunion website and update their profiles so people can connect before the big event.…

In a generation where everything is fast and we can all connect with the click of a mouse or a tap on a screen, it is easy to skip a face to face conversation and opt to send our messages digitally, however one disadvantage of this is that when someone else receives our messages, they do not know our thought process at the time we are writing and cannot see our facial expression to get a sense of our mood. In spite of this, it is possible to enjoy the convenience email offers without making common faux pau.

Most business owners or employees spend about 30% of their work time sending out or receiving emails. Despite how popular the use of emails are in business, some people still don’t use emails properly. This is not surprise because you can hardly get a set of instructions or guidelines on how to use emails for work, so in most case we rely on our own discretion. Some common email mistakes and how to avoid them are:

1. Not offering a greeting. It is not a coincidence that we always answer the phone with a “Hello” or “Hi” or some form of official greeting when answering a business call. In the same vein, when sending emails, we should start with a standard greeting, a simple “Hello”, “Hi”, “Good Day”, “Dear [Name] would suffice. Also when closing, before you sign your name, be sure to include “Cheers” or “Regards”. This adds some warmth to the email. The kind of greeting you use should be determined on who the recipient of the email is, for example, you would use a more formal tone when sending an email to your boss and less formal to your colleague. When in doubt, you can match the same tone as the recipient, when sending a reply or from a previous correspondence with them.

2. Watch your use of language. English is the most widely used language in the world today, and in most workplaces. For some users it is not their first language, and even people who speak the language fluently, do make some common mistakes like, not using punctuation properly. Using the exclamation mark (!) more often than necessary, forgetting to use question mark (?) when prompting the user for a respond to a question, or sending an email in all UPPER CASE, which screams “Hey look at me”. Avoiding some of these common mistake would improve the rate at which your emails are received.

3. Matching the customer’s tone when replying. Picture this for a minute, you get this awesome new tablet, to help you run your business on the go. The tablet is really awesome and does all that you need and more, you are so impressed that you email the company, letting them know how their product has made your life a whole lot better, and you would be willing to write a review for the product. Their reply to you goes from the company …

The business of concrete pumping comes with many challenges, one of them is being adequately insured when something goes wrong. Many concrete pumping companies have pumps and assume they’re automatically insured under their general liability policy, unfortunately they are not.

Trailer concrete pumps should be insured under what is called an inland marine floater. This type of insurance policy provides comprehensive coverage for your pump, insuring it from perils such as theft, vandalism, and damage you may cause it in the event of a car accident. This is similar to the coverage you may have on your car.

Just like any other trailer, liability coverage is automatically extended from the vehicle to the trailer it’s towing. For example: If your trailer sideswipes another vehicle, your auto policy will provide liability coverage to repair the vehicle you damaged. Repairs will only be provided up to your policy limits. Keep in mind if the auto policy your truck has does not include business coverage the insurance company will most likely deny your claim. Make sure you have a proper commercial auto policy before you tow anything for business use.

What about concrete pumps you can drive, how are they insured? Because these type of pumps are self-propelled they would need to be insured under a standard commercial auto policy. Make sure to mention any custom equipment you have to your agent. Just like on any auto policy custom equipment should be stated as such and endorsed into the coverage limits. Custom equipment can include any aftermarket stereo systems, hose reels, ladder racks, etc.

Always provide the replacement cost you’d like if your pump is stolen and ask for it to be stated in your policy. This way you’ll be sure you have enough to replace the pump in the event of a loss. Some carriers provide the actual cash value for your pumps unless otherwise requested. This means you’ll get the replacement cost minus depreciation to compensate you on your pump. Actual cash value may not be enough for you to buy another pump if yours is damaged, this option is not recommended.

Always consult your insurance agent before making any final decisions on your insurance policy. Each concrete pump is different and may have specific needs. Keep these points in mind when shopping for your insurance policy and you’ll be well on your way to protecting your business in the event of a loss.…

Do not know what HMO stands for? Health maintenance organizations are managed care programs.

In terms of affordable health insurance, health maintenance organizations (HMO), which are managed care programs, assist people to stay in good health. At least that is the idea behind them.

Put another way, the philosophy of HMO insurance plans is that if a person stays healthy and maintains that health, they will prevent disease. The care provided by the HMO will help people stay well. Staying well means rising health care costs will be controlled.

When insurance plans like HMOs were first launched on the market, people who opted to buy affordable health insurance paid a fixed monthly premium that was prepaid. What those people got in exchange for affordable health insurance was access to health care offered by a certain network of providers that included clinics, hospitals and other medical care providers. This meant that despite people were getting affordable health insurance, they were restricted to using "only" the procedures, benefits and doctors, etc. That belonged to the network.

HMOs were initially implemented by the government in 1973 to get rid of individual insurance plans and offer affordable insurance to everyone who wanted it. When they first came out, companies were buying individual health plans for workers.

Over time it looked like the better deal would be to get businesses to buy subsidized low cost health plans for employees and not expensive individual ones. Seeing a great opportunity, insurance companies started pressuring doctors to join HMOs. Fact is, doctors were told if they did not join, the insurance companies would see to it that they'd take their patients away with cheaper health care through the HMO. The threat worked and many joined the HMO plan to save their practices.

The more things change, the more they do not always change for the better. What happened with HMOs is that every time a doctor renewed with them, the rules were changed and got stricter and stricter, mandated that they see more patients and get more services pre-approved. HMOs used to be the cat's pajamas, but by the end of the 1980s and with a stack of unpaid and denied claims, people began to leave HMOs in droves.

The interesting thing here is that denied claims were denied because of bad investments the insurance companies made, not because of the claims themselves. The insurance companies invested in real estate, and when the boom went bust they could not cover HMO claims. Unfortunately over time it became an almost "ritual" for HMOs to deny claims. So much so, that today it seems to be a part of the way they do business.

Thankfully, a new breed of attorneys has begun chasing HMOs for those denied claims; Claims that include medical malpractice (med mal), bad faith and even wrongful death. In a nutshell, this boils down to the HMO may be sued if an individual dies due to the HMO denying cover for necessary medical treatment; For denouncing valid …

All fitness centers are a place for many types of gym goers, this does not include bodybuilding gyms and women’s only fitness centers. All fitness centers provide personal training. There has always been some separation with male and female personal trainers. The big question here is why males and females avoid personal training with the opposite sex?

From a female personal trainer perspective, I see this male and female personal trainer avoidance quite often. First, most personal trainers are willing to work with anyone and everyone. Some may prefer older adults, men, women, children, or just athletes. In my own personal experience some older women tend to avoid male personal trainers because they feel as though they are only into body building which reduces the chances of training with a male trainer. Some women think male trainers are the “Arrogant” type. A good majority of women only want to train with female trainers because they are uncomfortable with training with men. Most women are seeking trainers that are understanding and knowledgeable. Some look for trainers that specialize in certain aspect of training such as weight-loss, corrective exercise, strength training, and do not have a preference in male or female.

The other day I encountered a gym goer while training some clients. Lets call her “Connie.” She spoke with some of my clients both male and female. She asked them about my ability as a personal trainer as well as my personality. My clients then discussed my training methods and personality. When I walked over and introduced myself she said she has been looking for a personal trainer for a while now and that I seemed like the type of trainer she wanted to work with. Of course I had to ask her why. Hearing some frustration in her voice stated she felt intimidated by the male Personal Trainers that she has seen in this particular fitness center. She needed to be trained by someone more “like her”, meaning a female personal trainer.

On very rare occasions men have come to me seeking advice on reaching goals. Granted I am always willing to assist anyone with any questions fitness related whether they are male, female, young, and old. I have had men deliberately avoid me like the plague at the gym even though they have seen me training for several months. Do the letters on the back of my uniform not state “Personal Trainer”? Am I intimidating? Do you think my years of experience and knowledge are inadequate? Am I not strong enough to spot you? “Do you think you will offend me while speaking to me?”

A few years ago while at the gym with my husband. I was spotting him on his last set on the bench press. There was a guy on the chest press clearly needing some assistance. He waited until my husband was finished and walked right past me without a word and asked my husband for a spot. I was disappointed. I may not be …

The Kyani Compensation Explained

Kyani is a health and wellness company that sells products including its flagship healthy blueberry beverage, through the network marketing business model. If you are a Kyani Distributor, or you are thinking of becoming one, then it is vital that you familiarize yourself with the compensation plan before you start, since this is how you will make money with the company.

How To Make Money With The Plan

Kyani offers a monthly residual-pay compensation plan which, it says, doesn’t punish you for developing strong leaders and also allows you to use volume from your strong leg. It calls its system the Kyani PayGate Accumulator, and it pays up to 44% of monthly sales volume through 12 PayGates, with no restrictions on depth.

Distributors can earn commissions by buying the product at wholesale price and then selling it at retail price. There is also a Recruiting Bonus, where a bonus is paid out when you sponsor someone new into the business.

On top of this, Distributors can earn a portion of every residual PayGate check in their own organization, up to 9 generations deep, as well as receiving a one-off bonus every time they reach a new rank, and also by qualifying for incentives like the Car Program and the Trip Program.

What They Don’t Tell You About The Kyani Plan

The plan has the potential to be quite lucrative, but like all compensation plans, your success or failure will depend on how many products you can sell and many talented people you can sponsor into the business.

Most people will try and sell just to friends, family or neighbors, but this strategy is unlikely to make you much money in the Kyani compensation plan. You need to be generating hundreds of top-quality free leads every single week, and adding 2-3 people into your business every single DAY, and trying to do this just by selling to your friends and family is almost impossible.

Instead you need to learn the art and science of target marketing using the internet. This strategy, if learned right, will allow you to set yourself up online as an expert, and people will know and trust your name. Hundreds of people every week will contact YOU, asking you about how Kyani can help them, and desperate to join you in your business.

So the truth about the Kyani comp plan is that it can be lucrative, but only if you know the tricks behind making the most of it.

To find out more about how internet marketing could explode your business, see Kyani Success Online…

If you have the skills then you can earn a full time living from your mentalism and magic. Let me say from the outset that what I am talking about in this article are magic and mentalism tricks for entertainment. I am not talking about contacting people in the afterlife or casting spells for fun and profit.

What do I mean by mentalism and magic? Very simply, magic uses sleight of hand whereas mentalism uses sleight of mind. A mentalist may ask someone to think of a number then (pretend to) read their mind and tell them that number. A magician may make an object disappear and then magically reappear somewhere else. You can specialize in magic or mentalism and still earn a good living but you will maximize your earning potential if you can do both.

1. Working the tables at weddings and in restaurants

This is a common, and for some, most reliable way to make money in magic. Traditionally, mentalists do not do as well as magicians in this environment. The reason for this is that at weddings and in restaurants there is usually plenty of alcohol flowing and this impairs the audiences ability to follow complex magic tricks.

The earning potential is reasonable but the work hours can be long. You should have a five minute routine that begins with a quick and impressive opener that grabs attention. Be prepared for rejection and heckling. None of your audience have actually chosen to see a magician (or mentalist) but have been chosen by you approaching their table. Not everyone likes magic and some may see you as a threat, stealing attention away from them.

2. Working on cruise ships and in holiday resorts

Here you can find regular work albeit seasonal work. If you want to go down this route you must be prepared to find other avenues of income during the off-season. To work in this area you need to have a full stage act. You can choose either magic or mentalism. Audiences can be tough and you will be expected to please the crowd if you want to continue working.

3. Creating and publishing your own magic and mentalism books and DVDs

If working in front of a live audience is not for you, you can sell your ideas to other magicians. Typically this means creating books and DVDs that teach others how to perform the tricks and routines you have created. The earning potential varies from a few dollars per eBook to several hundred dollars. How much you earn will depend on how many copies of your product you manage to sell. There is a great deal of competition in this area and it can be difficult for a newcomer to break into the market.

4. Corporate magic and mentalism

Mentalists in particular can earn large incomes working in the corporate environment. For example, businesses exhibiting in large conventions spend thousands of dollars attempting to lure people over to their stands. Skilled mentalists …