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Are you thinking of making some extra money on the Internet just like the online site that sells the niche product – waist trainer corset? You definitely would not be the only one. Millions of individuals are turning to the Internet to discover ways of making an extra income from the comfort of their own homes and some are even hoping to be able to give up their day jobs and work online full-time.


There is no place like the Internet. No country can offer the same entry to a global market for such little cost as the Internet. Being online can cost less than a dollar an hour and for that dollar, you can have access to hundreds of millions of people through their computers. That is access to several tens of millions of people percent of outlay.


That makes an Internet-based business the most cost-effective in the world and it permits you to work from a laptop or cyber cafe anywhere in the world. The one thing that working online cannot do for you though is stopping the stress that builds up from owning any business. Therefore, how can you reduce the stresses of running an online business? I do not mean financial stress or delivery problems, they are common to all business set-ups.

Changes occur very quickly on the Internet. A new style or method of doing things can happen within a week or even less, whereas it may take months or even years in a land-based business. This means that you have to devote some time every week to keep up with ‘current affairs’.


The easiest way of doing this is to subscribe to a few forums. Join say two forums that are relevant to the industry that you are in and one general ‘techie’ forum. That way, you will always be aware of the latest developments and cannot be caught sleeping.


The Internet can be pretty flimsy when you think about it. You might spend years constructing a couple of hundred websites, but if you host goes down, so do you, unless you are ready. In 2009, that happened to me twice, so it is not that unusual. It is very simple for someone to set himself up as a web space reseller, but if he stops paying his bills, he can take hundreds of website owners offline with him, and you may not even know it for a few days.


There are several precautions that you should take to dispel the stress of going out of online business overnight through no fault of your own.


Take regular, very regular backups and do not put all your backups on the same medium. I backup everything every time I modify anything. One day the backup goes to a CD and the next day it goes to a portable hard drive. If I had a large enough flash drive the third day would go there. That way, you can never lose more than two day’s work, and believe me, that is nauseating enough.

Sign all your websites up to a ‘pinging’ service. These services check to see whether your website is on or offline several times a day robotically and tell you if they are down. You can get this free, but otherwise, it costs just pennies per site per month.


Have a second host ready. You can get a year’s hosting for a $60 or a few dollars a month. Have your account open and ready, and you could even load your websites on to it, so that if calamity strikes, you only have to modify the name servers, and you are off again

May 25th sees the introduction of the new EU Data Protection regulations GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). This new change represents the biggest change in data regulations since the Data Protection Act of 1998 was launched. One of the main objectives of GDPR is to give citizens more control over how businesses use their personal data as well as simplifying data regulations for businesses. The change in regulation will affect all EU businesses no matter the size, country or industry.

The change although expected is still causing chaos for businesses who are rushing to ensure they are completely ready to meet GDPR requirements by May 25th 2018. So what is GDPR and how do you prepare – the ICO has laid out steps to ensure you are complaint.


  1. Awareness – Business decision makers should be fully aware of the changes and the impact that it is likely to have
  2. Information You Hold – You should document personal data you hold where it came from and who you share it with. Customers can request all the data a company holds on them at any time.
  3. Privacy information – You should review your pivacy notices and plans in place to ensure the necessary changes are made to meet GDPR.
  4. Individual Rights – You should be clear on how you use individuals data including how long you hold data, how data is deleted and be able to provide individuals with all data you hold on them when requested.
  5. Subject Access Request – You will need to update procedures and plan how you will handle requests within the new timescales to provide information.
  6. Lawful Basis for holding processing personal data – You should have a lawful basis to process any data, document it and update your privacy policy to explain these step.
  7. Consent – Your business needs to ensure that you have consent to use customers data, you should review existing data and re-verify consent if required.
  8. Children – You need to put a process in place in regards to verifying individual ages and getting consent from parents or guardians to process a child’s data.
  9. Data Breaches – You should have a system in place to detect, report and investigate any personal data breaches.
  10. Data Protection Officers – Businesses should consider having a Data Protection Officer in the business structure to oversee and ensure that GDPR laws are met by the organisation.
  11. Data Protection by Design and Data Protection Impact Assessment – Be aware of the ICO’s code of practice on Privacy Impact Assessment and work out how and when to implement it in your organisation
  12. International – If your company operates in more than one country you should determine your lead data protection supervisory authority. Article 29 Working Party guidance will help you do this.

Whilst GDPR has been quite daunting to companies the key aims of GDPR is to ensure that companies take more care and are much more transperant with how they are using customer data, how long that data is held for and are accountable should anything go wrong such as that data being mistreated. Companies need to audit their current use of data to ensure they are complaint by May 25th 2018 which is fast approaching.  Most businesses should be fine and GDPR should not pose much of a distraction to the everyday activities. It just calls for more care and responsibility in how customer data is used.

Every business that sends letters need a franking machine and here is why…

mailbase speed franking machine1. You can preselect the postage to be paid, so if you are sending out hundreds of invoices that all weigh the same and going out in the same sized envelope you would not need to reset the price after each one. You can also attach a conveyor stacker to more modern models.

2. Consumables such as ink, printer ribbons and toner can often be ordered by using the control panel of your equipment.

3. Increase the productivity of your post room staff by improving time management and reducing time wasting opportunities for your staff, no longer will they need to run around the office looking for the 1 remaining stamp, it’s all there in your equipment. If you run out of credit most machines can be topped up online. The post stacker that you can order as a handy extra to your machine, will ensure that envelopes are printed neatly and stacked ready to go to the post office rather than having an employee fiddling with the pile of post and then the letters coming through with the address lines not straight, it’s not a very professional image to present.

4. This type of office equipment is very cost effective, not only are you are likely to benefit from a discount from the post office on all your post. This is simply because they pass on some of the savings to you, because it is much cheaper for them to handle franked mail rather than stamped mail.

5. Another nifty little attachment you can add to your franking machine, if it is not built already in, is the electronic postal scale that will provide you with the most accurate weight for your item saving you money on guesstimating the correct amount of postage for the unusual item, which can cost you money by creating bad will with a customer who, has had to traipse to the post office to pick up a letter that has not had enough postage on it, or by saving you the pounds that pile up in expenses as you try to avoid the underpaid letter and end up over paying on a lot of your mail.

6. You can build your brand; many of the newer models have a feature that will allow you to print your logo, company name, a special offer, or even seasonal greetings to add that personal touch.

7. The digital element of the most modern franking machine will also make audit time go a lot smoother, because the date and postage paid will be available as a report, this feature can often create several work folders so that you can tell which department sent what.

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Vehicle tracking systems are designed to help your fleet or delivery business.  There are numerous ways the system can work for you.  We will examine a few of the more key features of vehicle tracking systems.

Perhaps the most important feature of vehicle tracking is tracking your fleets movements.  In fact, we could break this feature down into a few distinct categories to discuss the benefits of the tracking system.

  1. You want to know where your fleet cars and trucks are always.
  2. You want to be able to lower your operational costs allowing you to earn more profit.

These two statements discuss in general how and why tracking their movements is important.  First, if you know where your vehicles are always you can track what the driver is doing.  You know when to tell the consumer that their goods or services are about to arrive.  The system makes it easier to find the driver if there is a breakdown.  All of this means that you have a handle on your business and its employees in the event that you need to contact the drivers or track a stolen vehicle.

The second statement is a huge motivator in getting vehicle tracking installed. When you know where your employees are you can discern if they are padding their mileage or work hours report.  This will save you in operational costs.  However, vehicle tracking can save money in other areas.

Excessive idling is the number one reason why your company wastes money.  Any time the truck is running it is burning fuel.  If the driver is stopped at a business or on delivery the truck should be off.  There is no reason for it to idle. By cutting down on the amount of fuel used you can save thousands each year.

Stolen vehicles are hard to recover.  Police have to get involved; you have to prove to the insurance agency that the vehicle is stolen, and that they need to pay out.  Each time a vehicle is stolen your insurance premiums will rise.  Vehicle tracking makes it easier for the fleet truck to be recovered as the police can find where it is.  Since you have added security on your vehicle you also get a discount on the insurance premiums.

By getting your employees in line, stopping fuel waste, and making it easier to recover your lost vehicle you are reducing operational costs.  There is also one more thing to consider.  A client who is unhappy may take their business elsewhere.  You may also be fined for a late shipment, which means you do not make as much profit on the delivery.  Since the client can penalise you for such things you may find your revenue is also suffering.

In learning where your drivers are you have better information to give to the client.  You also can lower your operational costs and ensure a top revenue stream is coming your way.  All of this makes vehicle tracking imperative.