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Free Building an Online Business Online Course #advertise #your #business

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Building an Online Business Course

Study at your own pace!!

Course Description

Building an effective online presence is critical for growing your business as it gives your company access to thousands or millions of local, national or international customers who are searching, interacting, sharing and shopping online. In this course you will learn why you must get your business up and running on the Web using e-commerce sites, review sites and social networks. You will also learn that having a Website which is easy to navigate, is informative, and has a good domain name, the right design template and memorable Web copy will help your business stand out from the competition. The course discusses why it is important to have a presence on the mobile Web and how to attract your target audience using tools like Google AdWords. This course will be of great interest to all business owners who are thinking of setting up a Website for their business but are uncertain of how to go about doing it. It will also be beneficial to any company or organisation that wants their existing Website to be more effective at attracting potential customers.

CERTIFICATION

To qualify for your official ALISON Diploma, Certificate or PDF you must study and complete all modules and score 80% or more in each of the course assessments. A link to purchase your Diploma certificate will then appear under the My Certificates heading of your My Account page.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning outcomes
– How the internet will help your business to attract customers and encourage growth;
– Creating effective design;
– Getting your website found on Google search;
– Getting your website to show up in a local search;
– How a mobile website is important;
– Learn about Google Analytics;

Building an effective online presence is critical for growing your business as it gives your company access to thousands or millions of local, national or international customers who are searching, interacting, sharing and shopping online. In this course you will learn why you must get your business up and running on the Web using e-commerce sites, review sites and social networks. You will also learn that having a Website which is easy to navigate, is informative, and has a good domain name, the right design template and memorable Web copy will help your business stand out from the competition. The course discusses why it is important to have a presence on the mobile Web and how to attract your target audience using tools like Google AdWords. This course will be of great interest to all business owners who are thinking of setting up a Website for their business but are uncertain of how to go about doing it. It will also be beneficial to any company or organisation that wants their existing Website to be more effective at attracting potential customers.

Not for download or distribution.

03 December 2012

Course Duration (Avg Learner):

Minimum Grade/Class Level:

Elīna Ciunele Latvia It gives you a very basic information about online business and google products 2016-07-19 12:07:00

Esther F United Kingdom Loved this course. It was simple and straight to the point. I loved the fact that we were given practical steps to take. Would highly recommend. 2016-07-15 18:07:06

Sonya Rooks United States of America Really informative. Thanks 2016-07-14 21:07:00

Jens Abustan [[]] To learn a lot of ideas about online business 2016-07-07 04:07:51

Jens Abustan [[]] To build a business through online 2016-07-07 04:07:29

Said Fuad Kenya Very informative 2016-07-04 13:07:14

Suzanne Sanders United States of America Good review of the processes; however, feel a bit outdated. Nevertheless, as always–appreciate the leg up folks! 2016-06-07 00:06:26

Rachit Gupta India It was a great Learning Experience. 2016-05-27 10:05:08

Lim Chieh Fu United States of America A nice course, just my opinion, maybe can add more information about how to do online businesses, such as selling, transactions, marketing. Thanks Alison! 2016-05-27 07:05:13

Ajmal Ashraf India It’s a good course mentioning the “GOOGLE” way of setting up online businesses. 2016-05-26 20:05:21





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Building a Successful Online Home Business #business #financing

#online home business

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Building a Successful Online Home Business

Photo: Ed Yourdon via Flickr

Would you love to run a flexible business from home? Or how about a business you could pop into your handbag and operate from your coffee shop of choice? It s possible. Lots of people have made it happen. All you need is a laptop and a reliable internet service like home internet by Sonic in place. This article, and the infographic below, will help you to think about which business ideas you can use and what you can learn from women who ve made it with their own successful internet business.

Online Business Ideas

There are a number of business ideas you could consider for starters there is online sales of products or services, copywriting, online tutoring, subscription, affiliate marketing and advertising. In fact, most successful online businesses combine more than one income stream.

Fremium

With the rise and rise of fremium it s not always straightforward! Fremium is where you provide a basic service for free. Sometimes everything is free and revenue comes from advertising or affiliate marketing moneysavingexpert.com and most news and information based sites and blogs are funded that way. Alternatively, you could provide a basic product for free and charge for the premium version hubspot, skype and mailchimp do this. The advantage of fremium models is that they allow you to engage a much larger audience.

How they Made it

Let s look at a few women who started from an online home business and have made it big. How did they get started and what can we learn from them?

Single mum Lauren Luke gave up her dead-end job to sell make-up on eBay in 2006. The business quickly took off and Lauren started making home-made YouTube videos to show customers how to apply her products. The videos become a YouTube phenomenon they ve now had over 75 million views. Lauren s personality is a large part of her success she s incredibly down-to-earth, nice and unaffected. She builds real relationships with customers and social media followers and has a natural marketing and customer service instinct. The business continues to boom: Lauren has launched her own make-up range which is on sale in 135 shops in the U.S. See here for a video of Lauren explaining the secrets of her success.

Business model: eBay shop, YouTube advertising and now direct production and high street sales.

Justine Roberts Carrie Longton, Co-Founders Mumsnet

For Carrie and Justine, having young children was the perfect time to start a business. Justine couldn t face going back to work after maternity leave. She met Carrie at antenatal classes and together they developed the idea of an online guide for parents. Mumsnet was born.

But it got off to a tricky start. They were starting in 2000, at the height of the dotcom bubble. Overnight the bubble burst and the advertising-based business model they hoped to entice investors with, fell apart. Instead they began with a small loan from a friend and worked out of a bedroom with no salary for the first few years. The site is now a thriving community of over 6 million parents, with a multi-million pounds turnover.

Business model: Advertising is the largest contributor of income, other growing streams include: surveys and consumer testing, books and events.

Holly Tucker and Sophie Cornish, Notonthehighstreet.com

Holly and Sophie were also mums who decided to start a business together. It started in 2005 around the kitchen table, with Holly s baby there in a playpen. Notonthehighstreet is an online shop front for around 1,800 independent creative businesses. Each partner is carefully selected for quality and originality. Partners pay a fee to be listed on the site and around 20% of each sale. For the first few years the pair poured all of their savings into the business. Since then they have had three successful rounds of venture capital investment. It s a high-growth route that resulted in a turnover of over £15 million in 2010 and 60 staff. VC is a hard-driving growth route, not for the faint hearted. See here for our review of Holly and Sophie s warts and all book about growing their business.

Business Model: Online sales, membership, revenue sharing, printed catalogue.

Where does your business model fit?

Fast Company have created a great infographic of the online business environment. It shows how all of those online business models fit together and how each of them can make money. It s worth bearing in mind though, that while all of the businesses we ve featured started online, all of them now also have growing off-line income streams.

As the first two case studies show, it is possible to grow a successful online business without external investment. But if you need investment, to start or scale, check-out the full range of funding options in our women s business finance guide .

The infographic can help you to decide where your online business best fits for now. But it continues to be a fast changing business environment. A change in the Google algorithm can make or break business models overnight. Last year Google brought in Panda a significant change to their search rankings. Overnight, several commercial sites dependent on affiliate links found themselves downgraded. So if your online business is dependent on Google search and I can think of few that aren t make sure that you keep abreast of their quality guidelines. Quality content is key. Above all, get to know your customers or visitors, provide a quality service and meet their needs.





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Start a new business – Industry start-up guides – Cleaning Services – Small Business

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Cleaning Services

What is involved in running a cleaning services business?

Cleaning service business operators provide a wide range of domestic and commercial cleaning services. This may include working in homes, businesses, schools, shopping centres, public spaces and other buildings and facilities.

As a cleaner, your role will involve the following activities and tasks:

  • cleaning and sanitising kitchen areas
  • cleaning and sanitising bathrooms and toilets
  • vacuuming and cleaning carpets
  • cleaning upholstery and drapery
  • mopping, polishing and waxing floors
  • dusting high and low surfaces
  • swimming pool maintenance
  • making beds and changing bed linen
  • performing home duties such as loading dishwashers, doing laundry and ironing
  • polishing furniture and fittings
  • cleaning windows, mirrors and light fixtures
  • cleaning corridors and entrance ways, stairs, lifts and foyers
  • emptying rubbish bins
  • moving furniture
  • r eporting faulty plumbing or other problems

Running a cleaning services business will also involve some tasks in addition to cleaning duties, such as finding new clients, managing your existing client accounts, creating invoices and completing some bookkeeping tasks. You will also need to maintain your equipment and manage your inventory and supplies.

Do I need any qualifications, licences or permits to work as a cleaner?

It is possible to work within the personal and home services industry as a cleaner without formal qualifications; however, there are various courses that can assist in developing customer service skills and personal and home services industry knowledge, such as a Certificate III in Cleaning Operations. For further information about undertaking an accredited course, please contact your nearest TAFE or Registered Training Organisation.

You should also check the relevant business licensing authority in your state and see if you are required to obtain any permits and/or licences prior to setting up your cleaning business.

You need to be aware that there may be some licensing and registration regulations in your state that govern water use for business, and storing bulk cleaning chemicals. As a business owner, you are responsible for the handling, labelling and storage of hazardous chemicals used in your business. If you plan to discharge trade waste into the sewerage system, you may need to check with your local council to see if a permit is required.

What facilities and equipment will I need to run my business?

Generally, cleaners don t need an office space or other facilities. As long as you have the essentials such as access to a mobile phone, fax, computer and internet access you should be able to effectively operate your business. It is important to ensure that it is easy for potential clients to contact you for quotes and enquiries.

A cleaning business will need to have a vehicle in order to provide a mobile service for the transportation of the required equipment (vacuum cleaner, mop and bucket, etc.). Reliable transport is very important for cleaners who are travelling outside their local areas. A vehicle such as a mini-van is useful for this type of business as it has the necessary storage space.

Depending on the type of services you plan to include, some of the equipment you may require include;

  • back pack vacuum cleaners
  • window squeegee
  • cleaning chemicals (for windows, tables, and tiles, etc.)
  • blade scrapers
  • safety equipment such as uniforms, goggles, boots and gloves etc.
  • garbage bags
  • cloths
  • dusters
  • polishing pads

What about the costs and how much can I charge?

Often new cleaning businesses will utilise their own equipment from home, and then purchase professional gear as they build the business. This makes for a smaller initial outlay and less financial risk if the business is slow to get going at the beginning.

If your start up capital permits, look at buying cleaning chemicals in bulk and try to get concentrates as this will save you a significant amount in the long run. Remember to keep in mind the storage requirements and regulations that might apply to bulk chemical purchases.

A cleaning business normally charges by the hour. Some may require a service to be undertaken for a minimum number of hours, e.g. minimum charge two hours. This means clients pay for two hours for any service equal to or under two hours, and extra payment is required on a hourly base for any time over two hours. Alternatively, some businesses charge by the size of facility to be serviced, e.g. number of rooms.

Customer service is crucial to the success of your business. If you are taking on domestic cleaning jobs you need to be mindful that are you entering a client s home, which is their personal space. You need to be dressed appropriately, not only to do your job but so that you look professional and presentable. You need to have good communication skills and know how to deal with customer complaints and dissatisfaction. A cleaning business heavily relies on word of mouth for advertising and reputation, so you must ensure that every customer is satisfied with the product or level of service you are providing.

Do I need insurance?

Before you start taking on any jobs, make sure you have adequate insurance coverage in place for damage and liability. Things may happen unexpectedly while on the job and you need to be in a position where you are sufficiently covered for any accidents or claims against you and your business. You also need to check your insurer s policy to see if they will cover you for both domestic and commercial cleaning or if you have to pay an additional premium to be insured for commercial jobs.

What if I want to employ staff or use contractors?

If you plan on employing staff for your business, you will need to be aware and up to date on issues such as:

  • Awards
  • Pay rates and allowances
  • Annual leave calculations
  • National employment standards
  • Industrial relations news

Where can I find more help and assistance?

Below is a list of industry associations that can further assist you in starting up a cleaning business and providing industry specific information:

The first step is to talk to your local business advisor about starting up your new venture. You can also call the Small Business Support Line on 1800 777 275 for more information.





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Building Without a Permit #austin #motorcycle #accident #attorney, #building #codes

My garage roof was falling down. I contacted a license contractor to fix my garage. He got $1700 in advance. He stated that I do not need a building permit as he is only replacing the roof and the permit I had to replace my house will cover it. i asked him to double-check with city to be sure. He told me that I should not worry about anything and he will take care of everything. His name is David Murphee and he is licensed in California. DO NOT HIRE HIM FOR ANYTHING. After he broke the contact I checked him out. He has 19+ judgments against him. I have a court date for damage he caused me.

The contractor also removed the sidings of the house. He left the project after he removed the roof and the sidings.

After 8 months I ordered new material to put the sidings and the roof myself. I assumed that the permit I have for the main house. I had no money left to hire a new contractor to do the work.

I almost finished the job on my own and a few homeless people looking for work. Two days ago my neighbor, an African American lady living with his son and granddaughter called the city building code enforcement agency. In the city a guy named Darius told me that I need a complete building permit for the new garage from scratch, because the building is not safe,

I told him I was doubled all the studs and use 2 6 Joist and rafters to make the garage as safe as possible. I was on the roof to put the singles and the garage is safer even that the main house that is build 110 years ago. I told him send somebody to check if the the garage is not safe and I am ready to retrofit it even for earthquake. He said he wants paperwork for a new building permit otherwise he will send me bigger and bigger fines until I comply. To comply to the new codes I have to make a new foundation and destroy a garage that so far has cost me $10,000+. I guess a similar structure with architect, engineering etc will cost me 20,000.

I refuse to apply for new building permit. Everybody I talk to tell me that the city cannot do much and I win the case if I go to court. I told city I can apply for earthquake retrofit, siding permit, roofing permit, electrical permit for the garage, but they refuse to give me those permits.

The garage is almost done. it needs a garage door and electrical to function. I can even skip the electrical if it give me hassle when they come to inspect electrical system inside the house.

My question is how often they can fine me? What else can they do?

I am living in downtown with all the homes around me are falling apart. My house is in pretty good shape, as I changed the roof and made Stucco outside all with permits. I am going to upgrade electrical system with a new main panel and two sub-panels in basement, also with permit. I changed all the windows as well and the city told me that I do not need permit as long as I use the same size windows. The water system was upgraded before and it seems to be good quality copper maximum 3-4 years old.

I was going to work on landscaping and make the house nice from the curb when the nosy neighbor called the city. What a pity, she is renting, have no backyard. My house is at least 3 times bigger. I guess she could not see so much is done with the neighbor s house. What a pity that people are jealous even when they live in downtown in worse possible neighborhood.

September 1st, 2016 at 11:33 | #127

Hi- I received a notice from my town inviting me to a public hearing before the Zoning board due to my neighbor s desire to construct a shed on her property that will require a variance. This neighbor and I have had a very contentious relationship and she has already constructed a huge 8 foot vinyl fence on her section of our property line (I have 3 acres while her property is roughly 1/2 acre)- there are no guidelines for fence construction and in my belief much of the fence either encroached on my property or was directly on the line- in either case she has to trespass in order to maintain it.

I m wondering if I can simply object to her constructing it without the required setback simply because I don t want it there, further solidifying the encroachment on my land. I don t want to pay thousands for a new survey and don t have the money for an attorney. I m worried that in the small town where I live the good old boys on the Planning commission can simply override my rights/desires because she is friends with them. Their property is very small and already contains a large home, a garage, a big deck, etc but I feel that there is still space where they could construct it without needing a variance. I know that they ll argue that their yard is so small that it would have to be almost in the middle of it. I m sorry, they ve been so miserable to me- I don t care. I just don t want them to build that shed on my property line.

Please give me any advice that may help me as I argue that this variance should not be granted and that they should have to follow the laws like everyone else.

September 10th, 2016 at 10:46 | #128

We have lived all over Canada, and the United States, though originally from Belfast Northern Ireland. And we have lived in 4 different states in the United States. The best state for building anything is in Arizona you don t have to get permits for most anything because it s your property. Obviously building an add-on to your house or or even a porch you must get a permit. An outside deck, shed, above-the-ground pool all up to you. Here in Florida is it is the exact opposite also California. In Florida you can t put a above the ground pool, deck, shed, or even put a fence up nothing without getting a permit and paying the government it can get expensive paying for the government s kids to go to college. We were even more surprised that there s an easement on almost every property here in Palm Bay. Though it is your property the government gets 5 feet on both sides that is theirs, you can t build on it in 7 feet from the property line in the back. Though you paid for it it belongs to them and you get to maintain it. Not a fan of Florida or California, The gov sure seems to squeeze a bit more out of you in those states.

September 17th, 2016 at 18:34 | #129

Costs do vary from state to state and from local government to local government. If the costs are higher than necessary, citizens have a right to vote out the people who aren t doing their job or run for public office themselves. The history of code enforcement goes back thousands of years when buildings would collapse and kill people (coliseums). It extends back to Babylonian and Roman times. Buildings were always burning down in cities in the middle ages because they were made of wood which is why London adopted a fire code in the 1600 s. Behind almost every provision of the building codes is a safety concern. People were hurt or killed or property was damaged by fire, floods, earthquakes and other natural disasters or by people who built things and didn t know what they were doing. Over time, we have learned how to prevent many of these things from happening by meeting certain standards. What seems like a burdensome requirement usually has a good reason behind it if you talk to a professional (plumber, electrician, structural engineer etc.). I learned a lot about what can go wrong when I was prosecuting. After a natural disaster, one can see why these codes are important. When you see disasters in third world countries where buildings collapse after an earthquake, it is because they haven t been built following the codes that could have prevented the loss of life and enormous costs of rebuilding. Permits are the price we pay for living in safer buildings than our ancestors. Here s the problem with not having to follow rules regarding decks and pools. If a deck railing isn t up to code, children can fall through the railing and be injured or get their heads stuck. I know of a case where a deck had no railing, someone was intoxicated and stepped off of it and died from a skull fracture after he fell. If a pool doesn t have the necessary safety features to prevent children from accessing it when no one is around supervising them, they can drown. A deck built in Chicago without a permit collapsed after too many people were on it during a party and a number of young adults were killed. The inspectors I worked with are professionals who care about safety and educating the public. Their salaries aren t going to make them rich. Most of them have experience working construction or in the other trades before becoming inspectors. They attend lots of trainings so they can make sure they don t miss anything during an inspection that could harm someone.





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Building a Successful Online Home Business #stock #markets

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Building a Successful Online Home Business

Photo: Ed Yourdon via Flickr

Would you love to run a flexible business from home? Or how about a business you could pop into your handbag and operate from your coffee shop of choice? It s possible. Lots of people have made it happen. All you need is a laptop and a reliable internet service like home internet by Sonic in place. This article, and the infographic below, will help you to think about which business ideas you can use and what you can learn from women who ve made it with their own successful internet business.

Online Business Ideas

There are a number of business ideas you could consider for starters there is online sales of products or services, copywriting, online tutoring, subscription, affiliate marketing and advertising. In fact, most successful online businesses combine more than one income stream.

Fremium

With the rise and rise of fremium it s not always straightforward! Fremium is where you provide a basic service for free. Sometimes everything is free and revenue comes from advertising or affiliate marketing moneysavingexpert.com and most news and information based sites and blogs are funded that way. Alternatively, you could provide a basic product for free and charge for the premium version hubspot, skype and mailchimp do this. The advantage of fremium models is that they allow you to engage a much larger audience.

How they Made it

Let s look at a few women who started from an online home business and have made it big. How did they get started and what can we learn from them?

Single mum Lauren Luke gave up her dead-end job to sell make-up on eBay in 2006. The business quickly took off and Lauren started making home-made YouTube videos to show customers how to apply her products. The videos become a YouTube phenomenon they ve now had over 75 million views. Lauren s personality is a large part of her success she s incredibly down-to-earth, nice and unaffected. She builds real relationships with customers and social media followers and has a natural marketing and customer service instinct. The business continues to boom: Lauren has launched her own make-up range which is on sale in 135 shops in the U.S. See here for a video of Lauren explaining the secrets of her success.

Business model: eBay shop, YouTube advertising and now direct production and high street sales.

Justine Roberts Carrie Longton, Co-Founders Mumsnet

For Carrie and Justine, having young children was the perfect time to start a business. Justine couldn t face going back to work after maternity leave. She met Carrie at antenatal classes and together they developed the idea of an online guide for parents. Mumsnet was born.

But it got off to a tricky start. They were starting in 2000, at the height of the dotcom bubble. Overnight the bubble burst and the advertising-based business model they hoped to entice investors with, fell apart. Instead they began with a small loan from a friend and worked out of a bedroom with no salary for the first few years. The site is now a thriving community of over 6 million parents, with a multi-million pounds turnover.

Business model: Advertising is the largest contributor of income, other growing streams include: surveys and consumer testing, books and events.

Holly Tucker and Sophie Cornish, Notonthehighstreet.com

Holly and Sophie were also mums who decided to start a business together. It started in 2005 around the kitchen table, with Holly s baby there in a playpen. Notonthehighstreet is an online shop front for around 1,800 independent creative businesses. Each partner is carefully selected for quality and originality. Partners pay a fee to be listed on the site and around 20% of each sale. For the first few years the pair poured all of their savings into the business. Since then they have had three successful rounds of venture capital investment. It s a high-growth route that resulted in a turnover of over £15 million in 2010 and 60 staff. VC is a hard-driving growth route, not for the faint hearted. See here for our review of Holly and Sophie s warts and all book about growing their business.

Business Model: Online sales, membership, revenue sharing, printed catalogue.

Where does your business model fit?

Fast Company have created a great infographic of the online business environment. It shows how all of those online business models fit together and how each of them can make money. It s worth bearing in mind though, that while all of the businesses we ve featured started online, all of them now also have growing off-line income streams.

As the first two case studies show, it is possible to grow a successful online business without external investment. But if you need investment, to start or scale, check-out the full range of funding options in our women s business finance guide .

The infographic can help you to decide where your online business best fits for now. But it continues to be a fast changing business environment. A change in the Google algorithm can make or break business models overnight. Last year Google brought in Panda a significant change to their search rankings. Overnight, several commercial sites dependent on affiliate links found themselves downgraded. So if your online business is dependent on Google search and I can think of few that aren t make sure that you keep abreast of their quality guidelines. Quality content is key. Above all, get to know your customers or visitors, provide a quality service and meet their needs.





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Start a new business – Industry start-up guides – Cleaning Services – Small Business

#cleaning business

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Cleaning Services

What is involved in running a cleaning services business?

Cleaning service business operators provide a wide range of domestic and commercial cleaning services. This may include working in homes, businesses, schools, shopping centres, public spaces and other buildings and facilities.

As a cleaner, your role will involve the following activities and tasks:

  • cleaning and sanitising kitchen areas
  • cleaning and sanitising bathrooms and toilets
  • vacuuming and cleaning carpets
  • cleaning upholstery and drapery
  • mopping, polishing and waxing floors
  • dusting high and low surfaces
  • swimming pool maintenance
  • making beds and changing bed linen
  • performing home duties such as loading dishwashers, doing laundry and ironing
  • polishing furniture and fittings
  • cleaning windows, mirrors and light fixtures
  • cleaning corridors and entrance ways, stairs, lifts and foyers
  • emptying rubbish bins
  • moving furniture
  • r eporting faulty plumbing or other problems

Running a cleaning services business will also involve some tasks in addition to cleaning duties, such as finding new clients, managing your existing client accounts, creating invoices and completing some bookkeeping tasks. You will also need to maintain your equipment and manage your inventory and supplies.

Do I need any qualifications, licences or permits to work as a cleaner?

It is possible to work within the personal and home services industry as a cleaner without formal qualifications; however, there are various courses that can assist in developing customer service skills and personal and home services industry knowledge, such as a Certificate III in Cleaning Operations. For further information about undertaking an accredited course, please contact your nearest TAFE or Registered Training Organisation.

You should also check the relevant business licensing authority in your state and see if you are required to obtain any permits and/or licences prior to setting up your cleaning business.

You need to be aware that there may be some licensing and registration regulations in your state that govern water use for business, and storing bulk cleaning chemicals. As a business owner, you are responsible for the handling, labelling and storage of hazardous chemicals used in your business. If you plan to discharge trade waste into the sewerage system, you may need to check with your local council to see if a permit is required.

What facilities and equipment will I need to run my business?

Generally, cleaners don t need an office space or other facilities. As long as you have the essentials such as access to a mobile phone, fax, computer and internet access you should be able to effectively operate your business. It is important to ensure that it is easy for potential clients to contact you for quotes and enquiries.

A cleaning business will need to have a vehicle in order to provide a mobile service for the transportation of the required equipment (vacuum cleaner, mop and bucket, etc.). Reliable transport is very important for cleaners who are travelling outside their local areas. A vehicle such as a mini-van is useful for this type of business as it has the necessary storage space.

Depending on the type of services you plan to include, some of the equipment you may require include;

  • back pack vacuum cleaners
  • window squeegee
  • cleaning chemicals (for windows, tables, and tiles, etc.)
  • blade scrapers
  • safety equipment such as uniforms, goggles, boots and gloves etc.
  • garbage bags
  • cloths
  • dusters
  • polishing pads

What about the costs and how much can I charge?

Often new cleaning businesses will utilise their own equipment from home, and then purchase professional gear as they build the business. This makes for a smaller initial outlay and less financial risk if the business is slow to get going at the beginning.

If your start up capital permits, look at buying cleaning chemicals in bulk and try to get concentrates as this will save you a significant amount in the long run. Remember to keep in mind the storage requirements and regulations that might apply to bulk chemical purchases.

A cleaning business normally charges by the hour. Some may require a service to be undertaken for a minimum number of hours, e.g. minimum charge two hours. This means clients pay for two hours for any service equal to or under two hours, and extra payment is required on a hourly base for any time over two hours. Alternatively, some businesses charge by the size of facility to be serviced, e.g. number of rooms.

Customer service is crucial to the success of your business. If you are taking on domestic cleaning jobs you need to be mindful that are you entering a client s home, which is their personal space. You need to be dressed appropriately, not only to do your job but so that you look professional and presentable. You need to have good communication skills and know how to deal with customer complaints and dissatisfaction. A cleaning business heavily relies on word of mouth for advertising and reputation, so you must ensure that every customer is satisfied with the product or level of service you are providing.

Do I need insurance?

Before you start taking on any jobs, make sure you have adequate insurance coverage in place for damage and liability. Things may happen unexpectedly while on the job and you need to be in a position where you are sufficiently covered for any accidents or claims against you and your business. You also need to check your insurer s policy to see if they will cover you for both domestic and commercial cleaning or if you have to pay an additional premium to be insured for commercial jobs.

What if I want to employ staff or use contractors?

If you plan on employing staff for your business, you will need to be aware and up to date on issues such as:

  • Awards
  • Pay rates and allowances
  • Annual leave calculations
  • National employment standards
  • Industrial relations news

Where can I find more help and assistance?

Below is a list of industry associations that can further assist you in starting up a cleaning business and providing industry specific information:

The first step is to talk to your local business advisor about starting up your new venture. You can also call the Small Business Support Line on 1800 777 275 for more information.





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Building Signs: Hanging, Site & Directional Signage by Signarama #small #business #startup

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Building signs are any type of sign that a business uses to display the company name or logo on the building. Whether the sign is comprised of dimensional letters, a sandblasted sign face, a vinyl sign face, a lightbox, or a set of channel letters they all work to serve a common purpose to showcase or identify the business to their existing and potential clients. First impressions are key so why not contact your local Signarama location today to start your building sign project!

Material Type and Sizes:

  • Sizes vary depending on application and viewing distance. Signs can range from 2-3 ft across to 40ft or more
  • Aluminum, brass, acrylic, channel letters, and lightboxes

Use, Longevity UV Stability:

  • Permanent Outdoor
  • Professionally promotes business location

Applications:

  • Store front Sign
  • Business Sign
  • Office Front Sign
  • Industrial Park/Warehouse Sign

Life Expectancy:

  • Outdoor 5+ years
  • Note: There is no guarantee of life expectancy as climate conditions vary




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4 Tips on Building a Catering Business Plan #att #business

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Tasty tapas, enticing entrées, and delectable desserts – if the sounds of these dishes whet your career appetite, then employment in catering might be right for you. If, in addition to being a virtuoso in the kitchen, you’re an expert event organizer, then perhaps you can do more than just work for a catering company. That skillset is just what a catering business entrepreneur needs to be successful.

Launching your very own catering business can be incredibly rewarding but also requires a lot of hard work and careful planning. Before you start working on your catering business plan, make sure you take into consideration these four factors as advised by professional business plan writers .

Investing in Logistics is Key

Glossing over the logistics in your catering business plan won’t suffice. Being successful in the catering industry requires a keen understanding of the logistics involved in the delivery of your catered dishes. A simple miscommunication between you and a supplier, for instance, can result in a botched wedding and a very unhappy clientele. Therefore, invest in logistics technology that suits your needs and learn all there is to discover about lead times, transportation, handling, etc. These skills will go a long way in keeping your business afloat.

Reach out to Dependable Suppliers

Even if you have all your internal ducks in a row logistics-wise, having an unreliable supplier can just as easily doom your business as if you yourself were a shoddy caterer. This is especially true when the goods being supplied are food. Since you’ll be working with perishable items, stocking up your inventory for the long-term is not an option for the most part. You’ll need to partner with suppliers who can deliver fresh meat, fish, dairy, produce, and more in a timely fashion. Moreover, you’ll need suppliers that you can trust are handling and storing food safely and properly. A bout of food poisoning – though not caused by your kitchen – can ruin your business nevertheless. So, do your research and ask for references when you’re on the hunt for a dependable supplier.

Save on Space

Depending on the needs and requirements of your business, you might be able to save on rental or leasing costs. Instead of leasing a commercial space on your own, you can share it with another caterer to reduce overhead. Other options include working out of your home or renting a restaurant’s kitchen after closing. A little creativity in your catering business plan can go a long way to saving money!

Competing in the Catering World

According to IBISWorld. the catering industry in the U.S. is a $9 billion industry with over 11,000 businesses. Revenue growth is mediocre, however, with annual growth between 2009 and 2014 measuring only 2.0 percent. With the industry as a whole experiencing little growth, new entrants in the catering space have a difficult time getting their share of the catering pie. If you want to compete, finding a speciality might be your best option. For example, you may choose to cater solely for corporate parties and events. Likewise, you might become the first gluten-free or organic caterer in your city. By gaining insight into the industry on a national and local level, you’ll be more prepared to come up with a unique strategy for your catering business.

Creating a successful catering business plan does not have to be difficult, The Plan Writers can help your business flourish. Fill out our online form for more information on building your business.





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Building Signs: Hanging, Site & Directional Signage by Signarama #home #businesses

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Building signs are any type of sign that a business uses to display the company name or logo on the building. Whether the sign is comprised of dimensional letters, a sandblasted sign face, a vinyl sign face, a lightbox, or a set of channel letters they all work to serve a common purpose to showcase or identify the business to their existing and potential clients. First impressions are key so why not contact your local Signarama location today to start your building sign project!

Material Type and Sizes:

  • Sizes vary depending on application and viewing distance. Signs can range from 2-3 ft across to 40ft or more
  • Aluminum, brass, acrylic, channel letters, and lightboxes

Use, Longevity UV Stability:

  • Permanent Outdoor
  • Professionally promotes business location

Applications:

  • Store front Sign
  • Business Sign
  • Office Front Sign
  • Industrial Park/Warehouse Sign

Life Expectancy:

  • Outdoor 5+ years
  • Note: There is no guarantee of life expectancy as climate conditions vary




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Building Signs: Hanging, Site & Directional Signage by Signarama #business #development #plan

#business signs

#

Building signs are any type of sign that a business uses to display the company name or logo on the building. Whether the sign is comprised of dimensional letters, a sandblasted sign face, a vinyl sign face, a lightbox, or a set of channel letters they all work to serve a common purpose to showcase or identify the business to their existing and potential clients. First impressions are key so why not contact your local Signarama location today to start your building sign project!

Material Type and Sizes:

  • Sizes vary depending on application and viewing distance. Signs can range from 2-3 ft across to 40ft or more
  • Aluminum, brass, acrylic, channel letters, and lightboxes

Use, Longevity UV Stability:

  • Permanent Outdoor
  • Professionally promotes business location

Applications:

  • Store front Sign
  • Business Sign
  • Office Front Sign
  • Industrial Park/Warehouse Sign

Life Expectancy:

  • Outdoor 5+ years
  • Note: There is no guarantee of life expectancy as climate conditions vary




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