Author / Kevin

Employment

Broadening your Recruitment Horizons

Everyone is looking for new opportunity. Confidence is returning into the psyche and that is being reflected in the investment that many companies are planning. If you are experienced in parts of the recruitment business you may think this is a chance to broaden your horizons and take advantage of the predicted growth in employment opportunities.

Perhaps you have worked in very specialised recruitment such as head hunting senior executives for a client, you may have found that although there is a significant reward for identifying a suitable person to fill an important vacancy in a company, it is something that is limiting your talents.

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Broader approach

The whole recruitment business is a much broader sector. Some agencies specialise in particular sectors such as nursing, secretarial or accounting, others have broadened their approach because of the varying demands of their clients. If you feel you would like to diversify from merely head hunting and begin the process of starting a recruitment business you need to explore the whole sector; exploration at one level has become so much easier with the Internet responding to any researcher by providing more information.

Research

You can gather information but you should actually also talk to specialists that provide advice and services relating to the recruitment business and see if there is scope for a business relationship. There are a number of ways that using recruitment business by Simplicity methods can help you with the detail you may not have dealt with before. It is an altogether different process running a company than acting as a consultant sourcing very senior staff by identifying and sounding out suitable candidates.

What you need to do is to build your brand and find clients. Many people are using social media to get their message across and that may be an alien concept to you. There are service companies that can help you on a number of fronts within recruitment.

The daily tasks

You need to get your internal systems in place and know that your cash flow planning allows you to meet your liabilities. However, your own time needs to be spent getting in front of people and developing the business. Why then not get help with some of the things that may be regarded as mundane but are nevertheless essential?

Any company has statutory responsibilities and a business that is involved in the labour sector certainly needs to have an efficient payroll system so that everyone is paid on time and HMRC is happy. There are only so many hours in the day and it is important that you use them productively. If the best way to do that is to get expertise to help, then that is the route to take. 

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Investing

Financial market trading can save you from being poor

Since the financial market trading became open to individuals, nobody should complain about being poor or not having a source of income. The top financial advisors at Wilkins Finance confirms that it is a very promising investment front, even to those who think they are poor and they cannot get any decent job to sustain their bills.

Financial market trading is the ultimate solution to being poor. It has great rewards despite the risks involved. In actual sense, some of the richest people in the world have investments in the financial markets trading.

No academic qualifications are required

Firstly, to invest in the financial markets, you don’t have to have any academic qualification. Financial markets trading is not a formal employment and you will not have a boss who is always at your neck to make sure that you have done your job as stipulated and at times even quarrelling you for nothing, just because he/she woke up on a wrong foot. In financial markets trading, you actually become the boss.

Even the poorest academician can invest in the financial markets trading. There is absolutely nowhere you will be required to provide your academic qualifications or have to attend an interview for you to be allowed to start trading. The only thing that will be required of you is probably your proof of residence when you are registering with your broker and this is all for the security of your funds. And this is just because the broker will need the exact information to avoid other people from accessing your account and withdrawing your funds.

Actually, nowadays you even don’t have to know how to analyse the markets. You can use the services of managed account or even choose to use automated trading. And even if you decide to trade on your own there are always trading tools like the technical indicators which you can use for your aid to analyse the markets or even sign up with a signal provider to provide you with trading signals.

You trade from where you feel comfortable trading

Another interesting thing with financial market trading is that you will never have to catch a bus or trading every morning to go to your place of work. You don’t need to burn the fare every morning. You can actually wake up take your simple breakfast and start trading from the comfort of your bed.

You don’t have to have a modern office to become successful in trading. No! All you need is a computer or a smartphone if you cannot afford a computer and an internet connection. Actually, you can go to the public library if you cannot afford a laptop or a smartphone or even to subscribe to an internet connection. You can use the services of the public library (internet and computers) and once you have earned a few coins, you can go ahead and purchase your own computer or smartphone and subscribe for an internet connection so that you can enjoy the comfort of your home when trading.

You don’t have to be rich to start trading

There is a common misconception that trading is for the select few. Those who own billions in their bank account. But that is not true!

The only thing that you will have to do is to get a broker who allows a very minimum initial deposit and make sure they are regulated to ensure that your funds are safe. It is not like in the early days when financial market trading was for the elite few and big financial institutions like banks which could afford billions.

Actually, there are brokers who allow even as little as a cent with their cent account. With the cent account, you can deposit even $0.001 which is a cent. So, money is not a limitation o start trading. You can start trading with the little that you have and with good risk management practices, you can earn a decent income from your financial markets analysis. Once you have a good trading strategy and you become disciplined, then you can be guaranteed of making good money trading.

Business

Intellectual Property Basics to Keep in Mind

Dealing with intellectual property in the digital age, you need to make sure that you and your business are fully protected. Admittedly the laws have yet to catch up to the times but until they do, it’s good to work within the current framework and be mindful of other external variables.

Types of Intellectual Property

Legally speaking, there are four types:

  • Patents are inventions you register with the government. With this type of property, you get the right to exclude anyone else from marketing it or manufacturing it.
  • Trademarks are names, phrases, sounds, or symbols that are connected with your brand. Trademarks don’t have to be registered; companies wanting to stake their claim can affix the TM symbol to mark their territory.
  • Copyright are written or artistic expressions such as novels, poems, songs, and movies. The owner of the copyrighted work can reproduce it, make derivatives of the works, sell, perform or display it to the public. The work doesn’t need to be registered unless you’re going to sue for copyright infringement,
  • Trade secrets are formulas, patterns, devices, data compilations, anything that gives your company a competitive advantage. The trade secret is covered by state law and it must be shown that it adds value to the company, is a secret and is well safeguarded. Kentucky Fried Chicken and Coca Cola are examples of this.

Protecting your intellectual property whether you choose to form an LLC or just register DBA status means you have the taken the necessary steps to keep your intellectual capital safe. You just need to make sure that you have the necessary funds to do it as it can cost you tens of thousands in legal fees and may take years to fully materialize. If you’re adamant that this is the legal route to go then start the process early and make sure you have the right experts working for you.

Offshoring Risks

Just because your intellectual property is protected in one country, doesn’t mean it’s necessarily safe in others. In some countries forming an LLC with the belief that you are protected, you may be in for a shock. Countries like China that signed the TRIPS, Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights, agreement that asks countries protect the intellectual property of others, tends to regard foreign intellectual property as communal. It and India are two countries that are perceived as very corrupt, according to the Corruption Perceptions Index.

Before introducing your intellectual property to a global audience, you need to take the necessary precautions which include protecting your important information, such as source code with strong access codes. Make sure you understand the legal system and culture of the countries. This will help you to negotiate contracts that favor your company best. Make sure that you maintain the originals of all of your documents, that way you have a sterile trail to follow if something goes wrong.

Minding Your DMCA

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) was created back in 1998 before YouTube and the concept of content aggregation was commonplace. It protected sites where were encouraged to upload their creative material and provide content. The user who uploads the content must make it clear that they own the uploaded material or have permission from the copyright owner to share the content. If that’s not the case, the owner of the video would notify the site of the infringement and they would take down the material. There are specific steps that need to be taken but if your business is going to be running contests, then you need to make sure that you are away of DMCA and protect your business accordingly.

Intellectual property law can become a minefield no matter if you are the creator or the user. Take the necessary steps to protect yourself and your business or you could be facing an expensive lesson one day.  

Debt Management

Do Not Be Scared About Debt, Do This Instead

Hello my fellow Financial Freedom Guerrillas.

I know being in debt can seem overwhelming but you can win if you don’t curl up and die. The last thing you want to do is freeze up, because then the debt will have won. You are stronger than that and I know you can overcome it.

There are a lot of things in life to be scared of, but debt isn’t one of them. The boogie man, Loch Ness monster, Bigfoot, those are things to be scared of. Debt is just an over indulgence of life.

Instead of being scared become resourceful. Think to yourself “what can I do to get out of this situation?”, “What can I do to kill this debt?”

Do you need to get rid of some things? Do you need to cut back on your monthly expenses? Do you need to make more money?

Think about it this way, If you were stuck behind enemy lines and you only have the clothes on your back, would you just lay down and die? I would hope not. I would hope that you would find a way to make it home alive.

Do that with debt!

Use all the resources available to you. Do you have somebody you can stay with? Do you have somebody that can help you come up with a plan? Do you have somebody that can help you learn to fish, instead of giving you the fish?

We are lucky to be at a day in age where we have a huge resource available to us for free. The Internet! Use it to help you find answers to what you’re scared about. Write down all the reasons why you are scared and Google them.

I promise you are not the only one who is scared. Look around and you’ll find other people that have become resourceful and didn’t let being scared stop them from overcoming debt.

Just don’t let that paralyze you, don’t give it power over you, don’t let it eat you alive. Become Rambo and do what it takes to defeat your debt.

Your dreams are waiting for you, so start heading towards them. I’m knocking down all of the barriers in between. Don’t let debt conquer you and kill your dreams, conquer it and make your dreams a reality.

Are you ready to defeat your debt?

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