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Customers Refusing To Pay? Try This

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Customers Refusing To Pay? Try This

Nothing is more disconcerting than a customer who refuses to pay for quality services rendered. You’ve worked hard, but you’re not getting the reward. It can be heartbreaking. Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to ensure that you get the money you’re owed, no matter what your industry. Check out our ideas below:

Stop Working:

If a client refuses to pay you according to the schedule you initially set out, stop working immediately. Don’t continue toiling in the hope that you will eventually get paid. The reason you should stop working is because it helps you set clear boundaries. Clients who believe that you are a pushover may continue to ask you to work, even in the absence of any pay.

Leaving a project unfinished puts the client in a tricky position. They could try to find a workaround, but usually that’s not possible. It improves your bargaining position and makes it clear that their actions are unacceptable.

Charge Late Fees:

You can also try charging late fees. Late fees encourage clients to get their act together and to pay payments on time, instead of waiting for fines to accrue.

Work With An Industry-Specific Collection Service:

You can back up your efforts by working with a company that specializes in recovering payments. Many CBD firms, for example, use a cannabis collection agency since they understand how the industry works. Collection agencies reduce the hassle of collecting payments yourself. You don’t have to personally call clients and demand money (which can be emotionally draining). Instead, experts do it all for you.

Use Factoring:

You can also use a factoring model. Here, third-party companies buy your accounts receivable off of you and then pursue money collection themselves. Prices for this can be quite high. Usually, you’ll receive around seventy percent of the value of the invoice. However, at least it provides you with cash immediately, instead of having to wait for months, meaning that it is great for cash flow.

Make Contracts:

Making contracts in advance helps you to avoid late payment problems. By spelling out precisely what each party can expect, you have legal recourse should your customers fail to pay you at a later date.

Ask Why:

If customers won’t pay you, find out why by asking them. They could provide all manner of reasons – and you won’t necessarily know what they are in advance. In some cases, they might cite their own poor cash flow, in which case, debt collection might be the only option. In others, they might tell you that they’re not happy with the quality of the service. If there is a problem, try to find out specifically what it is so that you can correct it. Often, once you solve customers’ problems, they are more than willing to pay you.

Non-paying customers can be stressful. But, fortunately, you have many options. You can explore the issue more, find out what’s gone wrong, create incentives to pay on time, and even hire legal help.

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4 Mistakes When Seeking A Job In The Field Of Law   

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4 Mistakes When Seeking A Job In The Field Of Law   

If you are an aspiring attorney and are looking for your dream job, it is important to approach the process carefully. Law is a popular industry, and it is likely that you are going to come across some stiff competition. With that in mind, read on to discover some of the common mistakes you need to avoid while conducting your job hunt:

Not using a recruiter:

There is no reason why you should not use a recruitment firm during your job search. Working with a specialist recruiter is a great way to ensure that you get notified about the best job vacancies and that you are matched with a job that is right for you. They will also offer you insights into law companies that are not available elsewhere, prepare for lateral interviews, and perfect your resume. Not only this, but you don’t have to pay a fortune to benefit from such a service. In fact, you will find that they are often available free of charge.

Failing to tailor your application:

One of the biggest mistakes that attorneys make is failing to tailor their application to the vacancy in question. If you are applying to join a team of nursing home neglect lawyers, you will need to tailor your application accordingly, rather than sending a generic CV. You also need to show why you are a good fit for the team. An employer does not want to see a basic resume that anyone can produce; they want to discover what makes you different from the rest and why you are a good fit for their business.

Self-submitting blind inquiries:

Self-submitting an application for a non-existent position is guaranteed to get your resume thrown into the recruiting director’s trashcan. You need to make sure that the company has a listed need that you can fill if you are going to go down the self-submission route. Everyone wants to work at specific companies, but your resume is only going to become a nuisance if the company does not have a specific need. This could even have a detrimental impact on any applications you make in the future when a position does not open. Make sure a need exists, rather than simply self-submitting to a firm because you like it.

Failing to conduct precision marketing based on your experience and understanding:

Last but not least, a lot of job seekers fail to conduct precision marketing when looking for a new job. You need to market yourself based on where you want to work. After all, the job hunt process is not only about finding companies that need talent, but it is also about marketing yourself as the talent that these businesses cannot afford to miss out on. Make sure your social media profiles are updated, that you have a professional website, and that you are applying search engine optimization tactics to all of this.

Job hunting for any field can be stressful. Use the tips above to help your job hunt go smoothly and help you land your dream position!

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3 Signs Your Business Website Needs A Makeover

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3 Signs Your Business Website Needs A Makeover

If you’re a business owner, you will understand the importance of your website. This is your virtual storefront where new and existing customers can find out what you’re offering. If it looks good and provides all of the right information, you will make an excellent first impression.

But if your website falls down in any way… That first impression might not be a very good one! It might even get in the way of your chances of business success.

In this post, we will list a few signs that indicate it’s time to give your website a makeover. Be it through your own efforts or the efforts of website designers and other professionals, you may make your business dreams come true. Let’s get to it:

Your images are low-quality:

By low-quality, we are talking about the photos you may have taken yourself. If you don’t have a good eye for composition, it might be that your photos aren’t showing your products in the best light (literally in some cases). Because of this, your website and products will lose the wow factor that is needed to attract customer attention.

Issues might also arise if you use a lot of stock images. If they do little to make your website stand out or if they are have been overused on other sites, they could be doing you no favors.

The answer? Well, invest in better photography. You could take a photography course and learn more about backlight photography, object framing, perspectives, and other useful photo skills. Or you could hire a professional to take photos for you. Whichever route you take, you will improve your website if you have better quality photos.

Your website doesn’t rank highly on Google:

When you type words related to your business on Google, your website will hopefully show up. Ideally, it will be on page one or two. When your website ranks highly, you will have a better chance of beating your nearest business rivals, as customers will see your website first.

But if your website doesn’t appear on the first couple of pages, it’s probably because it hasn’t been optimized for SEO (search engine optimization). This means your competitors will have the upper hand, as potential new customers will get to see what they have to offer first.

You can improve matters by making a few tweaks to your website content and design. Check out this beginner’s guide to SEO for a lot of useful information and do what you can to make changes yourself. Of course, if it all feels overly complicated, there are people who can help. Look online for marketing professionals and web designers who are well versed in SEO and invest in their services. There may be an expense but once your site starts ranking higher on Google, you will profit your business through more customers. 

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It’s clearly broken:

We aren’t saying that your website crashes after loading (although it might) but there could be other issues that indicate there are serious faults. These faults will deter your customers from using your business because they might associate your products with your rickety old website!

So, what are the signs that your website is broken? If web pages take a long time to load, it is clear that there is something wrong somewhere. If your links no longer lead your customers to the right pages (or to any page), then you will confuse and frustrate them. And if your website doesn’t display pages properly on mobile devices, then you are going to alienate most of your potential customers.

If such problems exist on your website, you will affect your SEO. Going back to our last point, this means it won’t show up highly on Google. Your website will suffer from a high bounce rate too, as potential customers won’t stay for very long. This will also affect your SEO.

The answer? Do what you can to fix any issues yourself. There are lots of helpful articles online, including this one on fixing broken links. Alternatively, call in a professional web designer as they will fix any problems for you. When your website has been improved, you should get more people using your business.

These aren’t the only reasons why your website might need a makeover. If it no longer reflects the colors and design styles you use for your brand, you should make changes for the sake of consistency. And if the information on your website is outdated, you clearly need to update your content. Look at other websites for examples of good practice and then consider the other changes you might need to make.

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Getting Back To Work With An Injured Finger   

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Getting Back To Work With An Injured Finger   

No matter what kind of injury, you need to make sure that you don’t exacerbate it when you return to work. For a lot of people, a finger injury might not seem like a big deal. However, if you spend a lot of your time working, it can really get in the way. As such, here are a few tips to help you get back to tapping away without worrying about exacerbating the injury any further:

Take on a little less work:

It might not sound like the solution that you want, but you may simply have to get used to the fact that you’re not going to be able to type as much as you could. Most finger jams and sprains don’t take more than a few days to heal but, in the meantime, you shouldn’t think that you can keep up with your pace just by relying on your other fingers. This is going to strain other parts of the hand much more than they’re used to, which can then lead to repetitive strain injury in the hand or wrist, which can see you taking even longer to get better.

Make sure that it’s resting:

If you’re typing at the keyboard, you need to make sure that you’re not using the injured finger to do so. You need to keep that finger in a state of rest as much as possible. One of the best ways to do this is to make sure that it’s dressed to avoid using the fingers any further down your hand (so, don’t use your pinky if you have injured your ring finger, for instance.) Learn how to wrap a jammed finger so that you can keep it compressed and prevent it from wiggling too much while you’re typing, as well. It might take a while to get used to typing without all your digits on your side, but it is worth it.

Managing the pain:

Even if you’re able to avoid using the affected finger while you’re working, you’re still going to be moving the digits around it, which can affect the tendons controlling that finger. Micro-movements can still cause the pain to get a little worse. For that reason, you might want to look at some of the natural ways of easing pain that you can rely on during the day to make sure that you’re alleviating some of the stress that you might be causing. If the feeling starts to tick a little higher on the pain chart, it’s important to stop and rest for a while. Don’t work through the pain, that can only make it take longer to recover fully.

You might be going a little slower than usual for a while, but it’s important to make sure that you give your finger the time it needs to heal. If you have to talk with your employers or clients about maintaining expectations until you’re back at full strength, then you simply have to do it.

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Making Your Products More Appealing To Your Audience

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Making Your Products More Appealing To Your Audience

When your company is about to unleash a new product on the market, it’s important to consider how you’re going to present it to your audience. You’ll want to make it as appealing as possible, but wanting to do that and actually making it happen are two very different things. In this post, we’re going to talk about some of the things that you can do to make your products more appealing to your audience:

Focus on Addressing Needs:

First, you should consider what makes your product different and why people should care about it. If you’re addressing real needs that people have, your product is going to have a greater use and people are going to be more likely to be interested in it. It really is as simple as that. So think about how you can show your product and advertise as the solution to a problem.

Make Exciting Promises and Commitments:

If you want to sell to people, you need to give them a reason to be excited about what you’re offering. That’s one of the most important aspects of any business proposition. If people are excited by what they’re seeing from you, they’re going to be compelled to buy. So make exciting promises and commitments, and ensure your product follows through on them.

Go a Step Further Than Your Competitors:

It’s always a good idea to keep one eye on your competitors when you’re thinking about how to appeal to your audience. Go a step further than them and offer something that your main competitors can’t or aren’t. Differentiating your products and showing people why they’re better than the alternatives that exist out there will be key.

Offer Complementary Products for Free or at a Discount:

By giving something extra away for free, you can make sure that the products you offer carries more appeal and offers more in terms of value to the customer. That’s what matters more than anything else here. Cannabis companies might offer items such as preroll packaging as extras. And the same can apply to whatever niche your business exists in.

Tell a Story About the Product:

Telling a story about your product that’s compelling and captivating will make your task of selling it a lot easier than it might otherwise be. Telling a story is something that can be done in so many different ways, as well. It’s up to you to find the method of delivery and focus that you feel will appeal most to your audience. You should keep them in mind at all times.

It’s up to you to make sure that your audience takes an interest in what you have to offer. Use the tips above for maximum effect!

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Making Your Small Business Dreams Come True

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Making Your Small Business Dreams Come True

For some people, working for themselves is the ultimate dream and starting your own small business is the perfect way to make it happen. From your own Etsy shop to an actual storefront, businesses come in many shapes and sizes and can make for a wonderfully rewarding career. Starting your own business is a lot of hard work and today, we are going to discuss some ideas to help you in your future endeavors. Let’s get started:

Planning Makes Perfect:

A huge portion of starting your business comes from planning ahead and carrying out that plan to make it happen. You can start by asking yourself a few basic questions and going from there:

  • What type of product or service do I want to provide?
  • Do I need any additional certifications, schooling, or training for my business?
  • Will this business be online or in a storefront?
  • How much money am I willing to spend to make this happen?

It is important to have solid and achievable answers to these questions or your business might never get off the ground. For example, if you would like to own a coffee shop or restaurant do you have enough funds to purchase the property or begin restaurant construction? If the answer is no, then it might not be time to quit your day job.

Do You Have Help?

While ultimately rewarding, starting your business can be incredibly stressful and time consuming. Are you going to have a business partner or will you be flying solo? Will you be employing other people to help you? If nothing else, do you have the support of your family and friends on this endeavor? You don’t want to burn yourself out before your business even opens so evaluating the help you will need and having a support system in place is crucial.

What Are Your Goals?

Of course, the end goal of owning a business is being your own boss and making enough money to support yourself. But this is a HUGE goal that will not be accomplished quickly. Rather than focusing so much on the end result, break it up into smaller goals, instead. This will allow you to feel the pleasure of small victories and keep you motivated to continue on the path you’re on. For example:

  • I need to make a budget before I get started
  • I would like to have a functional and appealing website within three months
  • I want to prepare a home office space by the end of the week

By the time you finish your goal list, your business should be well on its way for a grand opening!

Like all good things, starting your own successful business will take time. You can save time, however, by starting things off on the right foot with the tips above!

Giving Your Customers A Great Experience

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Giving Your Customers A Great Experience

A successful business relies on several key features. Ultimately, though, it is the customers who will determine whether it has a future or not. Consequently, it’s imperative that you learn how to keep them happy by delivering what they want. From the first interaction to long-term experiences, it’s vital that you keep the customer’s needs at the front of your mind. Focus on the following factors and you won’t go wrong:

A Connection:

All customers want to feel a connection to the brand. Therefore, creating marketing strategies and product packaging that resonates with them is vital. Many companies fall into the trap of being too generic rather than targeting their chief audience. The sooner that you learn it’s better to succeed in a small pond than fail in a big one, the better. There will still be opportunities to reach secondary markets without harming your hopes of success.

Value For Money:

Regardless of whether targeting the working classes or upper classes, people want a sense of value. Producing better quality products should always be the aim, but you should also aim to do it cheaply. Embracing 3D printing is one particularly useful option. Visit https://www.zdnet.com/article to learn about its potential influence. Whatever you do, try to create products that exceed expectations. Clients will then tell friends and family about them too.

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Fast Turnarounds:

There is no escaping the fact that we live in an era where people want things right away. So, you need to use the right equipment and partner with the best companies to make this happen. The benefits of a quick dye change system in manufacturing are plentiful. Visit https://universalengraving.com/lockup to find out for yourself. Production speeds can soar. Using automated tech for other aspects of manufacturing as well as order fulfillment will serve you well.

Clarity:

Customers want to know exactly what they are getting from a brand. They also need to know that any issues they encounter can be handled quickly so promoting better client care should be high on the agenda. Chatbots are a great feature. You can learn about them at https://medium.com/swlh. They’ll take communication to new heights.

Having fair returns policies will aid the cause further. Everything you do should be aimed at giving clients peace of mind. Not least because it can remove disputes.

Safety:

Finally, consumers are increasingly aware of the threats to their data. As such, they need to feel that they can trust your company. Protecting the business can be as crucial for client interactions as it is for the firm itself. The fact that it’ll also promote increased happiness from the workers should not be ignored, either. Prevention is the key to success. When digital precautions are combined with safer workplaces and stores, clients will be more satisfied.

Providing a comprehensive client experience means that you will be creating loyal customers to keep your business booming!

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House Flipping: A Lucrative Opportunity For Creative People

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House Flipping: A Lucrative Opportunity For Creative People

House flipping is a term for house renovations and resale. House-flippers are house renovators who intend to sell a house after renovating it. The house flipping process can be lengthy, but it can also be lucrative if done correctly. These house flippers will do minor repairs like Drywall Repair, plumbing upgrade, cosmetic repairs, all the way to complete house renovations, including adding additional features or even building an entirely new house.

Flipping houses is not a new concept, it has been done since colonial times. It operates on the principle of house resale value > house renovation expenses. Many house flippers will buy distressed properties with the intent of quickly renovating and reselling them at a higher price. Some house flippers specialize in specific skills which can make house renovation more efficient, such as plumbing or electrical work.

Tax rules:

House flipping can be a great investment, but house-flippers need to be aware of the house flipping tax rules before they invest. House-flipping is not different from house investing in that house flippers must pay taxes on their income earned by flipping houses.

House flipping is generally viewed as an attractive investment, especially for those who know construction and renovation. It generally requires a house flipper to have these skills if they are planning on doing major renovations such as adding or removing features of the home.

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House flipping can be done by both individual investors and business entities, but it is generally more profitable for individuals due to the tax treatment of house flipping income. Individuals who earn house flipping income are taxed on the expenses which are used for improvements and renovations. A house flipper can increase their profit from house flipping by taking deductions for renovation expenses on the federal tax return. If a house flipper uses their residence as a rental property or second home, they may also be able to deduct house flipping expenses on their house income tax return.

Increase value:

House flippers are not the only investors who can benefit from flipping properties. Property managers and real estate agents can also gain a great deal by house flipping because it benefits property management. House renovations will often increase the value of houses, which increases property values for property managers, house flippers, and property owners.

House-flipping is not for house hackers who are looking to do renovations on the cheap. House hackers can house flip, but it may be more difficult for them because they do not have the skills or construction tools necessary to complete larger renovation projects. On the other hand, house hackers will have house hacking skills which can make the renovation cheaper and more efficient. House hackers may also use flip tax deductions for improvements done on the property they are flipping.

House flipping isn’t just for HGTV. If you have the knowledge and skills, this could be a new business opportunity for you!

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How To Be The Best Candidate For The Job

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How To Be The Best Candidate For The Job

Whether you’re at the start of your career or applying for a promotion, you’ll need to be the best candidate if you want to secure your dream role. Preparing for a job interview can be nerve-wracking but, in reality, the competition starts well before the interview phase. If you want to improve your chances of being hired, you’ll need to stand out from the get-go and ensure your resume or application beats the competition.

Once you’ve secured an interview, you’ll have the opportunity to impress your future employers with your knowledge, skills, and personality (no pressure!). Fortunately, there are some sure-fire ways to hone your performance and increase your employability. For inspiration, take a look at these top tips:

Get Expert Advice:

Receiving feedback from previous interviewers can be a good way to improve your presentation when you’re applying for new roles, but time constraints mean that many companies no longer offer feedback to unsuccessful applicants. However, this doesn’t prevent you from accessing expert advice. When you sign up with a staffing agency, for example, you can learn how to impress potential employers. A staffing agency can also fast-track your applications and give you access to vacancies as soon as they become available. With so many businesses going directly to agencies rather than advertising directly, signing up with a well-known agency can be the best way to get the expert advice you need and ensure you’re the best candidate for the job.

Understand the Job Description:

Some job adverts are frustratingly vague, which can make it difficult to determine exactly what your duties would be. Don’t risk applying if you aren’t sure what will be expected of you. Instead, get in touch with the company and request additional information. This will help you to determine whether it’s the right job for you and, if so, give you the chance to create an impressive resume or application that’s relevant to the position.

Submit Unique Applications:

When you’re hunting for a new job, it can be tempting to apply for as many roles as possible and creating a generic resume or application is the fastest way to do this. However, employers and interviewers read hundreds of these a day and they can tell instantly if you’ve copied and pasted content from one application to another.

If you want to successfully land a coveted role, take the time to complete a unique application that’s relevant to the specific business. Resumes can be a daunting and tedious task as they often have to follow a specific format with limited space for important information. If you’re struggling with your resume, a fresh set of eyes with new ideas could be just what you need. For example, Arc Resumes – who offer an Illinois resume writing service – can assist you in making a resume that will surely get you called in for an interview.

Learn About the Company:

If you’ve invited to interview for a particular role, be sure to learn about the company before you attend. Knowing about their history, recent news, and future plans will impress your interviewers and will highlight your passion for the organization too.

With a little extra research, you can confirm that this is somewhere you genuinely want to work and that you see yourself having a future with. Employers typically prefer to hire people who plan on staying with the company for a significant period of time, so take the opportunity to learn more about the business and use this knowledge to your advantage.

Practice Your Video Presentation Skills:

Many companies are now holding interviews virtually, which means you’ll need to be prepared to converse with interviewers via webcam. While there are many advantages to virtual interviews, you’ll want to practice your presentation numerous times before you go live for your first online interview.

Dress as you would for a standard interview and make sure you have somewhere quiet to sit while the interview is taking place. In addition to this, check your connection and equipment in advance so that you won’t have to deal with technical difficulties before the interview begins.

In a competitive job market, you need to stand out and make employers take notice in order to secure your dream job. By taking the initiative and perfecting your resume and applications, you can jump the first hurdle and secure the interviews you need. While applying for new roles can feel overwhelming, the right preparation will help to quell any nerves and you’ll be ready to impress your new employers.

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Hobbies That Can Be Turned Into Side Hustles

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Hobbies That Can Be Turned Into Side Hustles

If you have been working hard at new or old hobbies during the COVID-19 pandemic, then you might be interested in taking it to the next level by starting a side hustle. It’s always an amazing feeling to have your work verified by people willing to pay for it and who doesn’t want to make a bit of extra cash? If you are interested in starting a side hustle, the following hobbies can very easily be turned into one! Let’s get started:

Reupholstery/Refurbishing Furniture:

The change of seasons is an ideal time for furniture shopping as there tend to be a lot of good sales to help cut the cost. From living room furniture to new dining sets, many will surely want to give their home a bit of a makeover after being cooped up for so long. Reupholstering or refurbishing furniture is an amazing skill to have and it gives people the opportunity to purchase a one of a kind piece. The idea of no one else in the world having something is an appealing one that people would most definitely want to pay for.

Secondhand Shopping:

From selling used clothing on apps to making a pretty penny if you have an eye for vintage finds, selling secondhand is an incredibly popular side hustle. Next time you have a closet clean out, post your no longer wanted items in excellent condition on Poshmark and see how you fair. Educate yourself when it comes to brands, trends, and the best secondhand shops in your area and your trips to the thrift store could turn into an extra income.

Cake Decorating:

I have so many friends on social media who are skilled at baking and decorating sweet treats and have made successful side hustles out of their hobby. I am constantly seeing adorable cutout cookies for baby showers, cake pops, and themed birthday treats that I’m sure are as delicious as they look! If you can bake and decorate with the best of them, post your creations on social media and see if there would be an interest – it can’t hurt!

Cleaning/Organizing Services:

There are many out there who simply detest cleaning and are willing to pay for someone to do it for them. If you don’t mind getting your hands dirty and love the satisfaction of a sparkling countertop, then offering home cleaning services could be the way to go. You could even try your hand at home organization to get your client’s space running more efficiently.

While success for your side hustle often doesn’t come over night, it is a great thing to start working for. Consider your hobbies, skills, and interests to find the best side hustle for you!