Last month I met with my friend Terry who owns a small business. While we were talking over a bunch of beers we exchanged our experiences, mostly about how difficult it can often be to run a successful business.
Shipping Software Can Help Your Business
There are so many things to take into account and obviously there are even more things where you can make mistakes and errors in judgement. About after an hour or so we found ourselves talking about the types of software we use.
Terry also mentioned a friend of his, Andrew, who owns a small shipping company in Liverpool.
At his company they did some extensive testing of what types of business software can yield the best results in terms of cutting costs and increasing efficiency of operations.
This is where we ended up talking about shipping software and how extremely beneficial it is for any type of company in this industry.
My argument was that you may possibly not require shipping software or any professional software for export if you have a very small company and not too many clients.
Terry heavily disagreed with me and told me this would be a huge mistake since any business in this industry without efficient shipping software can only run at a fraction of their potential efficiency. Even a small company, he said, can easily increase their order volume and their customer base if they use a decent shipping software package. So why would someone choose to save some money on this type of software but then end up only running at 70% or even less of their potential efficiency?
To me it made a lot of sense what he told me.
We agreed that certain types of business, especially small businesses, can often greatly benefit from specific software, beside the standard software most companies use today.
July 15th,2014 Business
| tags: shipping software
For a small business, obtaining several suites of professional business software can quickly become a major expense.
It starts with the fact that you will need to buy a licensed copy of Microsoft Windows for all your office PCs. What’s next would be purchasing Microsoft office since obviously no modern business today can be without MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint and so forth.
You blink twice and you’ll have spent a fortune in no time.
But you don’t have to because you could substitute most of your software with entirely fee Open Source Software. Open source software today has come a long way. They can replace your MS Office suite and you will have the same functionality without having to spend a lot of money.
You can start here at https://www.openoffice.org/ and at http://sourceforge.net/directory/business-enterprise/os:windows/freshness:recently-updated/ to get an overview about what software is available.
July 14th,2014 Tips
| tags: business software
, open source software
Fire safety and prevention in the United Kingdom is always a ‘hot’ topic. This should become clear once you realize that fires in our nation cause billions of personal and material damage every year. It is actually disheartening if you realize that a large portion of those injuries and damages could have been prevented, sometimes with rather simple fire prevention methods.
Most of the time, the reason why fires still break out and cause staggering damages is because of neglect and greed.
A typical example would be those irresponsible ‘landlords’ in the major cities in the UK, London being the prime example.
Those ‘landlords’ rent out poor accommodations, mostly to immigrants from other countries. More often than not, those rentals lack anything in terms of safety and fire prevention measures.
Those irresponsible landlords don’t see it necessary to spend a few bucks on a smoke-alarm or fire extinguishers, let alone the would spend the money to have gas lines or electricity maintained or repaired. This is a big problem in London.
Once a fire breaks out, the lives of many are at stake.
Fire safety is also always a “hot topic” when it comes to commercial structures and fire safety in public buildings. Here at least the UK’s strict fire regulations help because certain fire prevention systems are mandatory by law.
* Dry Riser Systems
Dry riser systems are required once a commercial building exceeds a certain height. With those systems, a fire brigade can connect to the dry riser inlets in the event of a fire to distribute water all throughout the structure. The fire brigade can then access the water at the numerous dry riser outlets within the building. What’s important to know here is that having a dry riser system installed is not enough. How would you know it actually works properly in case there is a fire?
Those systems require regular maintenance and dry riser testing. Those dry riser tests are performed by qualified firms. A look into the yellow pages may often be sufficient if you’re looking for a contractor that can do those tests.
I found it worthy to mention here since operating a successful business means also to be aware of current safety standards and regulations. Your business profit should NOT be your first priority. Safety should always come first!
July 14th,2014 Safety
| tags: fire prevention
, fire protection