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Startup 2018: Here’s How to Protect and Exploit New Ideas

A new year always brings opportunities for new implementations and growth in business. As a startup entrepreneur, it is not uncommon to see ideas “stolen” by established companies with bigger finances and more resources. This usually occurs during an investment pitch. If you have fallen victim to idea theft, avoid repeat mistakes. Once bitten twice shy. As you chart a new plan for your small business, guard your ideas closely. Besides insuring the business against liability, you’ll need to keep your plans safe. The following tips will help you protect and maximise your valuable ideas. Avoid revealing too much It is easy to get too excited during a business pitch or client presentation and reveal the bulk of your business idea. Unfortunately, clients have been known to refuse an offer, only to take the pitcher’s idea and develop it in-house. Learn to keep the details of your plan a secret.…

Haven’t Yet Been to Russia? You’ve Been Missing Out

Russia is the largest country in the world, and home to over a seventh of the entire landmass on earth. It’s therefore hardly surprising that this country is so visually, historically, and culturally diverse. It’s precisely this element of the unexpected that often appeals to the most intrepid travellers. With eight time zones, and a climate that spans from Siberia’s freezing Arctic terrain Sochi’s subtropical heat, you’re guaranteed to be intrigued and amazed by this incredible country. If you’re planning to visit, you may want to consider checking out small group tours to Russia. This will give you a chance to see a wide variety of sights, without getting lost amongst a massive tour group. Here are just a few reasons why you should head to Russia: Europe’s Largest City Whether you consider taking Russia tours, Russian Capitals Tours, or a different tour entirely, you’ll want to make sure you…

Why I’m taking a cruise this year

Typically, I’ve been a hostel and bus or train kind of girl. I take the budget airlines, I stay in the cheap motels, and I look for ways to save money whenever I can. But lately, I’ve found that I no longer want to make life more difficult for myself when I travel. I would actually rather take a shorter trip and truly enjoy it than take a long trip where I’m constantly on the move. I’ve always hated packing and unpacking my things when I’m travelling, and this has only increased as I’ve gotten older. I’m not a light packer, and I tend to spread my things out all over the hotel or hostel so packing is time-consuming and stressful. I also usually prefer travelling slowly, simply because while I would like to see as much as possible in a short time, I’ve learned my lesson and I hate…

Here’s why you should cruise in 2018

Planning to travel this year? If you’re anything like me, the idea of long airport security lines, expensive hotels, Uber and taxi rides, and constant packing and unpacking probably isn’t your idea of a good time. So what do you do when you’re determined to see the world but hate the actual exercise of getting from Point A to Point B? You take a cruise. If you’re looking for a stress-free vacation where all the hard work is done for you, cruising is the way to go. Whether you want to embark on a cruise from Southampton, or prefer to choose a different city to embark on your cruise, there are thousands of options available. One of the best things about cruising? You pay for the majority of your costs upfront. This means you can truly relax, without continually opening your wallet while you’re travelling. When you book your cruise,…

How great customer service creates customer loyalty

Thanks to the amount of travel I’ve done, I’ve experienced customer service all around the world. One thing I’ve recently noticed is how much more likely I am to repurchase a product or service from a company if I’ve had a good experience with them in the past. If you’re planning to launch your own business in the future, you may want to keep this in mind. Great customer service can be the difference between success and failure for businesses of all sizes. Recently, I ordered a dress from Asos. Since I was in Europe, I was unable to find a nice summer dress for my friend’s wedding in New Zealand. I would be flying to New Zealand in time for Christmas, but I wouldn’t have time to go shopping for a dress once I was home. I found a nice dress that I liked, and ordered it along with…

5 Ways CPAs Can Dodge a Data Breach

Accounting firms, like all other industries, are susceptible to data breaches. Thankfully, certified public accountants (CPAs) can dodge data breaches by examining common hacker tactics. Some of the largest reported data breaches from the past few years reveal many of those methodologies: For example, in 2013, Target stores lost control of credit card and contact information for more than 110 million customers. How? Hackers accessed the company’s point of sale (POS) payment card systems through one of Target’s third-party HVAC vendors. A few months after the Target breach, another group of hackers gained “root” privileges to JPMorgan Chase’s servers. The group potentially compromised the banking and financial records of more than 76 million individuals and seven million businesses! In 2011, hackers exploited weak and inconsistent security controls in Sony’s PlayStation network to steal information in more than 77 million online accounts. The wealth of information held by healthcare organizations make…

Getting older? You don’t need to sell your home

Eventually, there comes a time when we all need to start slowing down in life. Our bodies sometimes begin having difficulty with everyday tasks, and you may find yourself recovering from surgeries or illnesses. This is often the time that many people begin thinking about selling the family home. Unfortunately, the home that you lived in for so many years and made so many memories in, simply may no longer be suited to your needs. But that doesn’t mean that you need to sell. Instead, it’s possible to make a few smart changes to your home so you can continue to live in it comfortably and safely. Here are some tips to help you stay in your current home: Consider a stairlift Are you finding it difficult to get up and down the stairs? Maybe you avoid going up and down at all costs, and you’re worried that you may…

How mums can find work/life balance

Being a mum is hard work. Especially for those juggling full or part-time work with family responsibilities. And there’s continual pressure on mums to make it all look manageable. Not to mention all the one-upping on social media. Here are some ways mums can find work/life balance: Get some help It’s becoming more and more common for busy parents to use outside help. You may want to think about whether you should use a domestic staff agency to help you with things like childcare, cooking, and housecleaning. This allows you to have more free time to do the things you love, like spending time with your kids. Have support systems Trying to do it all alone is a recipe for disaster. Instead, make sure you have good support systems in place so you can have someone to lean on when the going gets tough. This could be a group of…

Examples of HOA Restrictions

Nobody likes to be told what to do, but sometimes the rules are there for a reason. Homeowners Associations, commonly known as HOAs, are known for having some of the strangest, strictest, or silliest rules anyone’s ever had to follow. While lots of HOAs have crazy rules, most of them have restrictions aimed at keeping everyone in the association happy and neighborly, while protecting property values. But in what areas does the HOA have power? Here are some examples of rules and restrictions commonly seen in HOAs: 1.House color and appearance. HOAs tend to have rules that concern how things look. In some HOAs, people can only paint their houses certain colors and have to maintain a neat front lawn at all times. An HOA that has these rules can fine someone that lets their lawn get ragged or neglects the paint job on their home until it starts to…

Best Places to Visit Near Shirdi

Shirdi, in Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar district, is the most sacred place for Sri Sai Baba’s devotees. Its importance as a holy place is not only because of the many religious or historical sites that are found here but also because of the air here that calms the soul and soothes the heart. If you’re headed there soon, then don’t miss out some of the best places to visit near Shirdi mentioned below. Remember, if you plan in advance you can get a discount on Shirdi hotels booking and save a great deal of money. 1. Sri Sai Baba Samadhi Mandir The last remains of Sri Sai Baba are housed in Sai Baba Mandir, or Samadhi Mandir, as it’s popularly known. The temple is believed to be constructed by a millionaire devotee from Nagpur called Shreemant Gopal Rao, and he has spared no expense to show his devotion as is evident from…

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