Pages Menu

Posted by on Oct 6, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Creative Corporate Gift Ideas For Your Clients

If you are the owner of a business, corporate gift-giving can be a beneficial way for you to retain your clients by showing them how much you appreciate their patronage. But instead of going the easy route and sending flowers or chocolate, you can make a better impression with an unusual or creative gift. Here are some corporate gift ideas that may help your business stand out.

Wired Selfie Stick — No matter where you stand on the great selfie debate, there’s no doubt that this mode of taking photos has become one of the most popular throughout the world. That’s why sending a wired selfie stick is a gift that is both contemporary and relevant, and one that will likely get a lot of use. Wired selfie sticks have adjustable arms and a knob that locks mobile phones in place. You can also engrave the handle with the client’s name or inscribe a short message.

Corporate Yo Yo– This is a fun gift that harkens back to childhood, and is perfect for your executive clients who need to release some tension. The corporate yo yo is made of stainless steel, silver or gold-plating, and you can engrave it with your company logo or the name of the person who is receiving the gift. It’s a conversation piece that your client will enjoy and it’s unique enough that you will be remembered as the head of a company that gives creative gifts.

LED Umbrella — This is a gift that no one will expect, and one that will definitely brand you as a unique gift-giver. An LED umbrella lets your clients push a button to trigger different colours that are built into the handle. It not only allows them to see in the dark, but it’s probably going to draw attention, because the colours are vivid and interesting, and most people have never seen an umbrella that glows in the dark. You can engrave the handle or add a logo to the umbrella for branding purposes.

Good Luck Bag — Good luck bags are the definition of a gift that keeps on giving. They are bags that contain items that people associate with good luck or good wishes, including a four-leaf clover, horseshoe, shooting star and dice. The luck items are usually made from pewter, but you can also buy luck bags with items made from sterling silver and gold plating. Your clients can carry the bag wherever they go for good luck, and if you engrave them, they will always remember that your company was a part of whatever good fortune comes their way.

Read More

Posted by on Aug 27, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Trying To Collect Money From People Who Claim They Have None? Five Money Sources Your Debtors Can Use To Pay Off Old Bills

Trying to convince a client to pay an old bill can be frustrating for both you and the person who is in debt. In many cases, people simply need help knowing where to look for the money. To that end, consider giving your clients a bit of friendly advice.

Here are five places people who may not have money in their pockets or in their banks may be able to find some extra cash:

1. Home Equity

When did the debtor you are approaching buy his or her home? If he or she has owned it for years or decades, there may be equity in it, and if the debtor liquidates that equity, he or she can pay off the bill he or she owes you as well as his or her other debts. Best of all, since the loan has the debtor’s house as collateral, the debtor is likely to enjoy a lower interest rate than he or she is currently facing on credit cards or other debts.

2.  Superannuation

Many people believe that you can only cash out your superannuation when you reach a certain age. However, in certain situations, you can actually cash it out early. If the client who owes you money is experiencing severe hardship due to financial issues, he or she may be able to cash out his or her account through the early release program and use some of that money to repay you.

3. Whole Life Insurance

Although it is no longer sold in Australia, whole life insurance was popular during the 1970s and 80s, and if your client is older, he or she may have one of these policies. With a whole life insurance policy, you can access some of its value, and you don’t even have to die first.

Unfortunately, term life insurance, which is currently common, does not have the feature where you can cash it out. Ask your client what kind of life insurance policy he or she has.

4. Payday Loans

In other cases, you may be able to convince your clients or debtors to take out a temporary loan to pay off their debts to you. Payday loans, because they do not require a credit check, can be used for this purpose.

5. Friends and Family

Finally, if you can convince your debtors that they need to pay their bill as soon as possible, you may be able to convince them to turn to friends and family. You can convince them to borrow the money from family or to have their family cosign a loan.

Convincing someone to take out a new loan against their home or to talk to their grandma about a loan can be difficult. It is essentially an art, and if you find it challenging, you may want to consider outsourcing your debt collection efforts to a professional third-party debt collection agency, like Smart Collect.

Read More

Posted by on Jul 30, 2015 in Uncategorized |

5 Elements to Ensure Your Job Advertisement Attracts the Best Candidates

The job ad is an essential tool in attracting applicants to a vacant position, but unfortunately, all too often small and medium businesses fail to get them right. They then wonder why they’ve only received few or low quality applications and are forced to hire a less than perfect candidate to meet business requirements. Often the applicant is unsuited to the role, leading to gaps in performance or resulting in the need to re-advertise the position again 6 months later.

So what can you do to ensure your job ad attracts the best applicant pool possible? Consider these 5 elements before placing your next job advertisement, whether it’s with an employment agency or online job site, to not only attract qualified applicants but also a wide applicant pool to give you the benefit of choice.

1. A Clear Position Description

Perhaps most importantly, to avoid a mismatch of expectations, abilities and skills, it’s important the job clearly explains what’s expected in the position. Avoid using colourful job titles, i.e. Receptionist rather than ‘Director of First Impressions’, and opt for traditional titles with relevant keywords that describe the role. This will allow qualified applicants using search engines to find your listing at a glance based on previous job titles or their experience in the field. The job ad should also include a paragraph or dot points outlining the position including regular tasks and duties associated with the role — including the challenges and demands of the position. It’s important applicants have a realistic preview of the role, so carefully consider anything in the position that could be considered misleading.

2. Engaging Writing

A boringly written advertisement will send an impression of a boring company, which may narrow the applicant pool or attract ‘boring’ candidates. Use persuasive and positive language that reflects the culture of the company, whether innovative, youthful or fun loving. Remember a job advertisement is also an opportunity to spread the word about your business and is a chance to build the branding of your business. If writing is done right, it can encourage not only applicants but others who stumble across the ad to want to learn more about your business.  

3. What’s in it for them?

Applicants are most likely fishing in several job pools, and yours is most likely not the only job they are applying for. That’s why it’s important to include not only what YOU want but also what benefits they can expect for working for you. Every application takes time to complete. If you take the time to include information that entices people to want to work for you company such as perks and other benefits, you’ll encourage more applicants to apply for the role.

4. Use the A.I.D.A. Approach

A job ad is like all other advertisements, designed to generate interest and persuade people to take action. With this in mind, follow the marketing 101 AIDA acronym. Firstly, whether with a headline, banner image or company logo, motto or other branding the job ad should attract attention. Only then can it generate interest with the details of the ad, enough to create a desire that’s strong enough to lead the applications to take action (a.k.a apply for the role.) Remembering this approach at every step of the way will allow you to craft a job ad that is strong enough to encourage better applicants that may be more choosy about which positions they apply for.

5. Avoid Lengthy, Padded Out Descriptions

Where possible try to keep the job ad as succinct as possible, and this may mean making revisions to trim the text. To make the job stand out from similar positions ensure all descriptions are unique and not copied and pasted from similar roles. Avoid generic descriptions and clichés that could apply to many roles even if they may be applicable to what you are looking for. Sentences such as ‘We’re a dynamic business experiencing rapid growth and a leader in our field looking for a committed, dedicated and self motivated individual,’ are not particularly specific and tell applicants little about the business or the position.

Read More

Posted by on Jul 6, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Renovating your kitchen for wheelchair access

If you or a loved one becomes restricted to a wheelchair permanently, making some renovations to your kitchen can make a great deal of difference to the amount of independence one can have day-to-day. Here are some ideas to make your kitchen wheelchair-friendly.

Lowered work surfaces

While ideally you would lower all of the bench tops, this may not be possible. If the kitchen area is shared between someone who stands and a person who is in a wheelchair, having some lower working surfaces and some higher working surfaces means you’ll both be able to comfortably use the kitchen for meal prep. For aesthetic reasons, it might make sense to have a lower bench in the centre of the kitchen as an island or to have lower benches on one side of the kitchen and higher benches on the other side of the kitchen.

Remember to also get some water outlets placed at lower levels as well as the benches, so you can easily get yourself a glass of water.

Turning radius

Research the turning radius of the wheelchair that you will be using so that you don’t have to try and perform an 18 point turn to get around a tight corner. While the Building Code of Australia applies to public buildings, private buildings such as homes only need to modify to their own situation. More modern and streamlined wheelchair models can often turn in a more streamlined circles compared to older wheelchairs.

Emergency buttons

While being able to help yourself to drinks and snacks and prepare meals can be an important part of independence for wheelchair users, the kitchen is still full of dangerous items like boiling water, knives and hot surfaces. Placing emergency buttons around the kitchen make it easy to get help if an accident does occur and the wheelchair user needs immediate help. It can be extremely hard to wheel to a nearby phone if you have just burnt your hands on a hot stove for example, so this is very important for wheelchair users.

Higher cupboards

At the same time you are lowering workbenches, it’s also important to make sure nothing important is stored at ground level, as wheelchair uses cannot usually access the lower cupboard. This can sometimes involve reorganising the cupboard levels so that heavy pots and higher jars are not stored in the bottom shelf. Instead, reorganise the cupboard to only keep rarely used items like Christmas pudding dishes in the bottom shelf.

Contact a business like Clohessy Cabinets to learn more about renovating and changing the functionality of a kitchen.

Read More

Posted by on Jun 12, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Properly Preparing & Laying New Turf

Re-turfing a lawn or a new section of a yard is a popular DIY job for property owners. If done correctly, a new and pristine looking turf can transform the grass area into an aesthetically pleasing center piece. Although laying new turf is not particularly difficult, there are some tips and techniques you should know if you have never laid turf before; these will help you to encounter less problems and perfect a professional looking end result. This article looks at how to prepare and lay turf  properly.

Prepare the Area

To start the preparation, you will need to turn over the area with a garden fork (or spade) where you wish to lay the new turf. Use the garden tool to turn the top layer of ground over, and break the soil down. This creates a top layer of soil, in which the new turf can be laid. Once you have turned all the soil in the area, inspect it for weeds and stones. Remove these, and use a rake to level the area.

Add Fertiliser

It is a good idea to add a little fertiliser to the top soil you have created. Use fertiliser that will complement the new turf, and make sure that the first couple of inches of the top soil has fertilizer mixed through it; this will help to grow the turf when it is laid. Finally, rake the top soil so that it is reduced to a fine tilth; this means that it is ready to take the turf.

Lay the Turf

Ideally, turf should be laid into position no more than twenty four hours after you take delivery of it. Leaving it any longer will allow it to dry outand there may be a higher chance that the turf not taking root in the new area. Lay the first row of turf along a border area, and work to the opposite side. Resist stretching the turf into position; instead push the rows of turf into the correct position.

Use Wood

Lay a decent sized plank of wood along the row of turf you have just put into position, and crouch on this to lay the next row of turf. This technique avoids damaging the tuft as soon as you lay it. Work in this manner until all the turf has been laid.

Give a Good Initial Soaking

Once in position, it is important that you soak the turf from the top, through to the roots. To check that enough water has been supplied, turn a corner of turf up to see whether or not the water has soaked through to the underside; if not, pour over more water. Keeping the turf moist as it beds in is crucial.

Keep watering the grass for several weeks to help the roots establish properly. For more tips or assistance, consult resources like D & V Turf Supplies Pty Ltd.

Read More

Posted by on May 18, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Why Every Construction Crew Needs a Bump Truck Onsite

A bump truck refers to a truck that sits behind a construction crew and which alerts drivers to the crew. Short of a bump truck, a construction crew should consider a self-mounted attenuator, which is a type of alert system that attaches to the back of a truck and which may include a sign and very large type of bumper that absorbs an impact.

Many construction crews will have signs and barrels or reflective triangles to protect them, but bump trucks and attenuators are a much better choice. If you’ve never thought about this option for your construction crew, note a few of the advantages they offer.

1. Bump trucks absorb impact

Bump trucks are designed to absorb the impact of a crash. The bumper is usually thicker and placed a certain distance from the truck itself, and this provides maximum protection for your crew. Barrels and triangles do nothing to protect your workers in case of a distracted driver, and without a proper bump truck, you may see that a standard truck simply lurches forward when hit. This not only fails to protect your crew but it might even add to the danger of a crash.

Using a bump truck where there is high-speed traffic can be the best choice for giving added protection to your crew, as accidents can still happen even when lanes are blocked off. This also protects your own vehicles from damage from such a crash.

2. Attenuators can give instruction to drivers

Attenuators not only give caution to other drivers but they can give them instruction which in turn can keep them and your own crew safe. This instruction might include telling them to change lanes, to reduce speed, or to watch for your crew for a certain distance. This ensures that drivers are not only alerted to your crew’s presence but can ensure that they maintain a safe speed, can merge before they reach a lane closure, and so on.

3. Attenuators are located in a driver’s line of sight

One reason that triangles and other alerts are often missed is that they’re not in a driver’s line of sight. A driver can easily miss small alerts if they’re looking to their left or right, or if those alerts are blocked by cars in front of them. An attenuator attached to a bump truck is in the driver’s line of sight or just above it, so they’re much easier to see and more noticeable. This too adds to their effectiveness and is why they are needed by every road construction crew.

Read More
Page 3 of 712345...Last »