Month : May 2015

Business

Managing Agreements, Outsourcing Schedules, And Contracts

Business LeadershipThe modern business environment is very different to that of ten or even five years ago. While the majority of the team may still reside in the office on a full time basis, more and more people are working remotely. This may include those that work from home for a day or two a week, members of the sales team and accounts team that regularly visit clients, and freelancers that do not directly work for the company. 

This more fractured approach to business means that we can benefit by having access to a much larger pool of talent and by providing the working schedule that employees want we can encourage greater loyalty and results from our team members. However, it also means that the business needs to accurately monitor and manage not only clients but also employees, outsourcers, and other contracts for the business. 

Project management training courses should be considered a vital part of the modern business world. They will teach employees through instructional technology, how best to combine the skills of local and remote workers with the appropriate equipment to keep costs down and to create a highly efficient working team. Even graduates that have come through business school may not have the level of communication and project management experience that you require or that they will require to effectively complete the tasks that you need them to. 

ESI project management training allows the individuals to become better equipped for completing their own job and it also gives your business the opportunity to forge ahead with efficient and effective projects. Courses are tailored to the specific needs of clients and training is typically completed in-house at the corporate address. This level of customisation is essential if you wish to enjoy the right results. 

Project management and communications, along with ESI leadership courses, are just some of the topics that are covered by these corporate training schemes. Whatever you want to improve within your business it is possible to do exactly that and by calling ESI or browsing the pages of their site it is possible to learn about all of the different courses and specialties that are on offer.

Investing

Investment Ideas That Will Not Cost You A Lot Of Money

Most people today figured out the fact that it is really important to invest in order to make money in the future. After all, your main purpose should be to create a long-term income stream that you can use in order to be financially safe at all points in time.

The problem with investments is that we are used to having to invest a lot of money. Obviously, this is something that is great since you would end up that financial security fast. You can see an example of a service that helps investors with over $3,000 available at incomestore.com. However, most people out there do not have so much to invest. Many can only invest around one hundred dollars.

The good news is that various options are available. The bad news is that not many are aware of this. You need to always keep your eyes open. There are cases in which you may miss out on some great opportunities simply because you missed them. Acting fast is usually really important.

With the smaller investments, a return of around 10% is something that is perfect at the end of the year, although this is not what you want to see. When being aggressive, you will be able to even come up with a profit of 1000 percent, which is definitely what you want.

The trick when you invest small amounts of money is to look for the big payoff. We say this due to the fact that you will not actually feel a loss if the investment is low. Aggressive investments with the main goal of gaining a high ROI is something that you want to do.

Let us say that you divide your money into 10 equal shares. Invest in high risk, high ROI potential and if 6 of them will make you a large return, you will end up with a lot of money when the year is over. Obviously, you do not want to end up losing money but when you hedge your investments and you do understand the fact that you just need one big win, it is possible to end up with quite a lot of money that can be used in the future for investments that are much larger.

If you do not know that much about investments, we do recommend that you work with a company that does know what has to be done in order to be successful. You will quickly figure out the fact that such help is really valuable.

Frugality

Ways To Save On Concert Tickets

The summer concert season is almost here, and if you love festivals or outdoor concerts — or if your favorite group is about to come into town — you’re probably wondering two things. First, how can you get tickets? Second, how can you save money on those tickets?

If you’re trying to get your Rolling Stones tickets, for example, you’ve probably noticed that they aren’t exactly cheap. A date night which includes a concert can be expensive for couples who don’t know the secrets. Here a few tips from expert concertgoers that will help you save money over the summer.

Understand the Ticket Market
The ticket market is divided into two parts: the primary market, and the secondary one. Buying on the primary market happens when you buy from the original source of the tickets, like the venue website, the box office, or primary authorized dealers.

The secondary market, on the other hand, are the resellers. Ticket search engines, secondary ticket sites, and scalpers all make up the secondary market. This does not mean the secondary market is more expensive than the primary one. According to a study by Seatgeek, a secondary reseller is the same price or even cheaper about 40% of the time.

Get Your Timing Right
Tickets tend to be the priciest right as they go on sale. If you’re buying tickets to a major act, bide your time and wait until the date is approaching, keeping an eye on the secondary markets. Tickets usually drop in price. (On the other hand, for small venues such as the Hard Rock Cafe, tickets will tend to go up in price, so buy yours early.)

Also, if an artist has multiple performances in the same location, the first show will tend to be the priciest.

Don’t Be Snobbish Over Seats
Many people look at “lawn seats” and think it will be like standing at the fence trying to get a glimpse of the show. But that often isn’t true. For many venues, lawn seats are an excellent experience. You may not get a “seat,” but you probably weren’t going to be sitting down much anyway. While it’s true you might hate the experience of lawn seats, if you haven’t tried it, go ahead — it’s plenty cheaper.

Take An Airline-Style Approach To Ticket Searching
Don’t watch just one website when you look around for tickets, use one of the search engines like Seatgeek or Seathound. These sites let you search across multiple sites.

Be Very Careful With Craigslist
The $20 tickets to a $100 concert you see listed on Craigslist aren’t a deal. Those tickets are fake. It’s hard to tell fakes from legit tickets on Craigslist, but never buy electronic tickets. Anyone can resell fakes if they aren’t in physical form. Keep in mind — if something is too good to be true, chances are it is.

Buy Direct From The Box Office
If you’re going to buy tickets right when they go on sale, you can often save a few dollars by avoiding websites such as Ticketmaster and buying directly from the venue box office. The box office usually won’t charge the service fees that the big websites do.

Investing

The Swing Trade and Options Course at Warrior Trading

As a full time small business owner, I find that my time is very limited. I have no ability at this stage to learn how to trade full time, even if I wanted to. I have been a swing trader for many years and handle most of my own investments for retirement. I am smart enough to know that I don’t know everything, and that is why I am constantly on the hunt for educational opportunities that will bolster my own trading skills and knowledge. On one of these hunts I came across Warrior Trading.

What is Warrior Trading?

Warrior Trading is an education based trading chat service. These are pretty common on the web and are a dime a dozen it seems. What impressed me about Warrior Trading was their professional website, emphasis on education and the fact that they also run a dedicated stock trading news website called Warrior Trading News. My thinking was, let me take talk to these guys for a bit and hang out in their chat room to see what their system is like. They do post a transparent trade log on their website for both day and swing trades. This gives you an idea of their accuracy and average win or loss. I decided to try trading with Warrior for one month at $85 (15% discount code is given to new subscribers). The nice thing about Warrior Trading is their pricing plans are quite simple and straight forward. There is no tiered pricing. You get everything at one price. The swing trade alerts via email, text and chat, swing trade and day trade watch lists, all of the educational content on the website excluding the courses. Jeff only trades high relative volume liquid stocks, usually mid to large caps. What that means for us part time traders is, we don’t have to chase his alerts. In the watch list, he tells us where he is looking to get into the trades, where his stop loss is and where he will add to his positions. It doesn’t get much easier than that to follow.

The Swing Trade and Options Course

After a few weeks of trading in the chat room on and off, and following Jeff’s swing alerts, I was convinced that he was on to something. I researched the trading course and found that it was truly unique. At $799 for 5 days and nearly 10 hours of material, there is nothing else out there comparable in price for what you get out of his course. I was a Trade-Ideas user already, and was delighted to find out that he gives out his $1k swing trade scanner package free to all swing trade course students. The course comes with an 80 page PDF course book so that you can easily take notes and follow along, highlighting key points. There are sections covering options, fundamental and technical analysis, risk management and chart reading as well as how to identify entry and exit triggers for each trade you are considering. The options section was particularly valuable to me as I had never really understood them. He breaks down options in manageable and understandable chunks. Once you learn the basics of options chains, Greeks and strategies, he tells you how he uses options for some of his trades and more importantly, why.

The Day Trade Course

Having seen the chat room posting amazing wins the great majority of the time using the infamous “Gap and Go” strategy that Ross teaches, I am convinced that I need to make time for myself to take his course next. It is such a simple strategy to learn and usually results in $500-1k gains in the first 20 minutes of the trading day. That is something I could do before I go to work. After that, I would just focus on the swing trades and alerts the rest of the day. Similar to Jeff’s course, Ross also provides a large PDF course book with all the details of the course. His class lasts 3 weeks and covers everything you could need to know to trade like a warrior.

Both courses are live and streaming, and as a student, you get access to every previous archived course and ALL future live courses. Once a student, always a student. So, as the market evolves and material changes, you have the opportunity to keep coming back for new live courses or just view the archives when you have time. All in all, Warrior Trading is a great setup and a great community for new and experienced traders alike. The moderators are all easily accessible for questions via email, Skype or by phone. Everyone is willing to help everyone and more importantly, they are profitable.

Insurance

Obtaining a Good Insurance Rate with Bad Credit

One of the many financial hardships that come with having a poor credit score is an increase in the cost of car insurance. Statistically, drivers with poor credit are 40 percent more likely to file claims than drivers with good credit, so their premiums tend to rise accordingly. Fortunately, credit is not the only factor that goes into determining insurance rates. Taking several steps to address the issue can keep the cost of insurance down while you rebuild your credit.

Shop Around

Every insurance company charges more for drivers who have bad credit, but every company weighs your credit score differently as compared to other factors. With some insurers, having bad credit increases your premium by a whopping 50 percent; with others, the increase is a much more tolerable 20 percent. Take advantage of the differences between companies by shopping around, getting quotes from as many insurers as possible and selecting the policy where your bad credit hurts least.  Online sites like ired.com make this much easier to do, as they offer quotes from multiple insurance companies on one phone call.

Look for Discounts

Qualifying for discounts on your premiums can help offset the increased cost that comes with having bad credit. Some insurers offer discounts for drivers who take optional safety courses; the one-time expense of taking the class is easily offset by savings on your insurance. Other common offers include good student discounts, safe driver discounts, low mileage discounts and multi-policy discounts. Evaluate your available options and try to qualify for as many discounts as possible; be prepared to switch insurers to qualify for more.

Get a Different Car

One of the biggest factors in determining insurance rates is the accident history of each make and model of car. In general, models that have been in more accidents cost more to insure than those that have been in fewer accidents. Cars with certain optional safety features cost less to insure as well. If you plan on buying a new car, take the cost of insurance into account and consider paying more up front to spend less on premiums down the road. Bear in mind that with bad credit, you will need to either pay cash for the car or pay a higher rate on your car loan.

Raise Your Deductible

If you need to file a claim, the deductible is the amount of money you are responsible for before your insurer steps in. A $500 deductible is standard for most policies in the United States, but you can always opt to increase it. Doing so reduces the insurance company’s risk and thus lowers your monthly premiums. Be sure to set aside some of the money you save on premiums, though, just in case you end up having to pay the higher deductible.

Reduce Your Coverage

For most older cars, it is not financially wise to have more than basic insurance coverage. If the total cost of your premium and your deductible is more than the book value of your car, consider dropping comprehensive and collision coverage and putting some money away to pay for repairs or purchase a new car in case of an accident. Furthermore, if you have an unused vehicle or one that you only drive for part of the year, consider downgrading to cheaper storage insurance, but don’t forget to reacquire basic coverage if you decide to drive the car again.