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The Importance Of Adequate Insurance Cover To Small Businesses

One of the largest risks facing small business owners is a failure to ensure an adequate level of insurance cover for their company – this is particularly true of small businesses who may not quite have the resources to cope with the large financial losses which may be suffered as a result of ‘underinsurance’.

A UK study recently estimated that around 80{4917788a0bd7aa7369c2a945027b4fe6c9853cda4150a24fe1255b18ce3083dc} of businesses may actually be underinsured, and this figure is only likely to rise given the unprecedented volume of new businesses which are forming by the day in the UK.

As commercial insurance can be a somewhat dry and complicated topic, it is often overlooked by business owners eager to focus their efforts on lead generation, sales, customer service and production.

This is an understandable, yet extremely dangerous view to take, particularly in the modern era.

Unfortunately, claiming that you were ‘unaware’ that you lacked the correct insurance cover will rarely stand up in a court of law, and you must therefore take the time to ensure you are knowledgeable of exactly what is included in your business insurance policy, and what has been omitted.

This needs to be undertaken on a regular basis.

Never take the risk of waiting for a major financial loss before inspecting your insurance cover – instead, analyze your business insurance carefully, and determine whether you currently hold the correct level of coverage, in relation to the risks that are present in your individual business or industry.

Underinsurance is quite a basic concept – it simply means that your insurance schedule is valued lower than the sum of your company’s total assets, and you risk receiving less money in compensation than you require to restore your business to any pre-loss standing it may have held.

The primary reason for inadequate coverage among business owners is complacency – the feeling that ‘it will never happen to me’. However, this is demonstrably untrue, and this school of thought has led to many closed businesses, and a vast amount of unemployed entrepreneurs.

As well as ensuring an adequate level of coverage, it is also important that you update your business insurance accurately, on a yearly basis at the minimum.

The assets of a business can increase or decrease in value on a regular basis, particularly during uncertain economic times, and it is vital that your insurance schedule reflects the health of your business as it currently stands, and not as it stood twelve months ago or longer.

Take the time to undertake a full evaluation of your assets on a yearly basis before renewing your business easily avoided.

Businesses can be inadequately covered for many reasons, but it is important that you immediately examine your current level of coverage, understand the risks involved by remaining underinsured, and make the necessary changes to your business insurance, to ensure you minimize the risks involved with potential underinsurance.

It is often common for businesses to be inadequately covered on any commercial insurance policy, but UK insurers claim that the …

The Importance Of Patience In A Business

Patience is a virtue that has long been preached in many circles. It is important in many aspects of life. This is especially true when it comes to success in a small business. Owning a small business is not for the impatient person. Success in a small business requires a commitment to be in it for the long run. This article will discuss two key reasons why patience is important in a small business and why it would do a business owner good to learn to wait things out.

#1: Small Business Results Are Often Seen Over The Long Term

It’s always important to be realistic in your expectations as far as results are concerned. Remember that your business will always have competitors and often times these competitors have an edge over you in terms of experience and maybe a superior product. This does not mean that you cannot see results, but it does mean you will to work harder to achieve results.

However, your patience will always pay off in the long term. It’s always important to step back and think about where you started and how you have made progress since then. For example, if you run an online business, your website may not get a lot of views or backlinks when you first launch it. You need to network and write articles in order for your website to see views. As you network and write articles each month, you will start to notice that your website is getting more views each month and that more people who are viewing your articles are actually clicking to see your website. But what you must understand is that this is a process that takes months or even years, not days or weeks.

#2: Patience Is Important In Other Aspects Of Business

Patience is important not only in achieving results, but also in dealing with other matters in business such as adverse situations. Often times, the best way to handle an adverse situation is to step back and evaluate your various options and decide which is the best course of action as opposed to panicking. For example, if a customer complains, instead of getting upset or making a snap decision, it’s best to have a detailed discussion with the customer about the problem and assess what solutions are available to the customer as well as how to properly compensate the customer for their troubles.…

The Psychology of Etiquette

On the role of collective unconscious in etiquette psychology and the social, cultural, historical and psychological dimensions of etiquette

Etiquette is closely related to culture as cultures provide the code of conduct and thus lay the foundation for the basic pattern of social interaction. Etiquette relates to what is socially appropriate and is very socially grounded whereas manners could be more generalized. The psychology of etiquette has to analyze social customs according to psychological principles and how etiquette or codes of behavior have developed from the collective consciousness.

Psychologically etiquette is dependent on

1. Culture and Customs of nations

2. Collective Consciousness of the people

Culture and customs define the social appropriateness of etiquette and the collective unconscious provides the foundation on which etiquette could be developed or explained. The collective consciousness is a repository of emotions or experiences of the past and especially experiences of the ancestors or people who have lived within a society and these experiences are carried over in some form to the present generation. Usually the collective consciousness is felt through a sense of shared time, shared past, shared emotions, shared history, and a sense of shared responsibility.

In psychoanalysis, collective unconscious has been referred to a part of the psyche of humanity and other life forms that seem to organize collective experiences. Carl Jung suggested that along with our personal individual consciousness, there is a collective unconscious in the psyche that is universal and impersonal in nature. In order to understand etiquette, we have to understand how the collective unconscious helps shape our taboos, traditions and perception of what is right and wrong. In fact etiquette directly relates to perception and judgment and though not morally derived could be based on deep rooted moral beliefs of a culture. These moral residues have been transmitted through generations and ingrained in the collective psyche of nations. Customs develop from these collective thoughts and perceptions and these customs tend to create the etiquette.

Etiquette relates to behaving appropriately or following certain norms or patterns of behaviour and it is psychological in its manifestation as etiquette is based on customs or traditions and perceptions dependent on the collective psyche and unconscious. Jungian psychology in fact could explain a lot of customs and patterns within cultural schemas or manifestations of cultural taboo and perceptions. Thus it could also form the basis of a cultural and etiquette psychology.

Etiquette Psychology could involve understanding of:

1. The Collective unconscious as it relates to the development of traditions and beliefs within a culture

2. The individual or personal unconscious as it relates to perception of beliefs and using these as the basis of behaviour

3. Individual behaviour as it relates to following certain perceived beliefs

4. Collective behaviour as an aggregate of individual perceptions and forming collective cultural norms and etiquette

The flow chart is given as:

collective unconscious – personal unconscious – individual behaviour – collective behaviour – culture and customs – etiquette

Etiquette is thus a product of culture and …

Formulating Business Ideas

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 In the United States

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.…

Procurement Skills – The 6 Key Financial Skills All Buyers Should Have

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 …

5 Tips For Collecting Money For Your Class Reunion or Family Reunion

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.…

How Formal Is Too Formal for Business Emails?

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{4917788a0bd7aa7369c2a945027b4fe6c9853cda4150a24fe1255b18ce3083dc} 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 …

How to Properly Insure Your Concrete Pumps

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.…

Managed Care HMOs

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 …