Is Running A Painting Business Seasonal?

I was just eavesdropping in on someone’s conversation this morning who just started their own painting business but complains that it is a bit slow. Someone else remarked saying that “they didn’t want to burst their bubble but painting is seasonal”. Well, I WOULD like to burst that guy’s bubble and say, “No, painting is … Continue reading “Is Running A Painting Business Seasonal?”

I was just eavesdropping in on someone’s conversation this morning who just started their own painting business but complains that it is a bit slow. Someone else remarked saying that “they didn’t want to burst their bubble but painting is seasonal”.

Well, I WOULD like to burst that guy’s bubble and say, “No, painting is not seasonal. Only the type of painting you do can be classified as seasonal”. Yes, EXTERIOR painting is seasonal from spring until fall unless of course you live in a warmer climate.

But other types of painting like faux painting, mural painting, interior painting for residential, commercial and industrial are year round markets you can stay busy in.

As a matter of fact, when I first started my painting business, it was in the early fall. I found residential work all the way through the winter – even the toughest part, the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Not too bad I guess for my first year starting out.

Look at it this way, if running a painting business was seasonal then all painting companies (big, medium-size and smaller ones) would only be able to work half the year. Paint stores might as well shut down for the winter as well. Even window washing isn’t seasonal no matter how cold it gets.

If you don’t want to do interior painting and just want to be an exterior house painter then yeah, it’s seasonal. You just need to find a winter service like snow plowing or something. But if you want work all year long there is plenty of it.

If you are serious about operating a successful, painting business that stays busy year round, you are going to need to know how to run the business end of it successfully as well as the painting end. Having a business partner for this could be an advantage for you.

Two important secrets to running a successful painting business are advertising and doing accurate estimates. Get these two things right and the rest of it pretty much falls in place.

Some companies focus more on doing commercial and industrial painting and some specialize more in the residential and smaller commercial painting markets.

Once you decide if you are going to want or need a reliable business partner, employees and which painting markets you want to capture, you can then focus on your marketing better.

I read about one large painting contractor in the Chicago area that decided to focus on the commercial and industrial painting markets. He found out quickly that these two markets have deep pockets.

Of course with this type of painting you will have to buy some serious painting equipment. And you will need an experienced crew that is used to commercial and industrial painting.

Is this type of painting seasonal? They might slow a down a bit during the winter but then again there is plenty of large interior projects all year round. If anything were seasonable about the painting trade it would only be because of exterior painting in colder climates, not staying busy or the money.



Source by Lee Cusano

Cultural Mistakes You Should Avoid in India Business

Most of the people you, a foreigner, would be interacting with in your India business speak good English and they would likely be wearing Western style clothes. They would have most of the same consumer products city people have all over the world nowadays. But don’t let this fool you, as India is an ancient culture, which has many contextual rules of behaviour and etiquette.

Though etiquette and business behaviour in India is not so radically different from the Western style as business behaviour is in Japan, Korea of India, there are significant differences. The good news is that most of these behaviours and mindsets can be learnt if you do your homework before meeting the Indians. Here are some quick guidelines.

The golden rule is: Be always sensitive to the context.

When doing business with India, never –

  • Make the other person lose face. Though this is not as serious as the Chinese face saving Gei MianZi(, it is very important. Avoid shouting at an Indian or reprimanding her/him in front of peers.
  • Accept every ‘yes’ as a real yes. Learn to recognise the “NO” as Indians don’t say NO directly, unless it is a crucial issue.
  • Lecture about poverty, dirt, bribes and social ills to Indians as they might interpret it as condescending coming from a foreigner. Indians are proud of their rich history and appreciate intelligent discussions with mutual respect, so avoid preaching about democracy, social equality and women’s rights etc.
  • Get nervous over frequent interruptions, digressions or bargaining in meetings and negotiations.
  • Expect quick commitment as all decisions take time and may involve people not present in meetings.
  • Never use your left hand for eating, serving, or taking food or in fact handing over or accepting things. The left hand is considered the toilet hand and thus taboo.
  • Address business partners by their first name unless given permission to. Seniority is important to the Indians especially if you are dealing with a State owned enterprise or government body. Indians are more informal than other Asians and in some sectors the atmosphere may seem very egalitarian and informal.
  • Get upset when someone asks personal questions about your age, marital status, income, and family background.
  • Buy the same gifts for everyone in the same organisation. You need to show respect according to rank and seniority. Buy better gifts for the senior managers instead of buying the same for everyone.

In addition to the above rules of behaviour, a genuine understanding of the other’s position, an appreciation of the other’s culture and achievements goes a great way towards A forming a long-term give and take two-way relationship.

As in business with other Asians, doing business with the Indians is difficult if mutual trust and respect have not been achieved. Try to make this your main focus. Gaining mutual respect is the key to managing relationships with the Indians. When you gain the respect, you have the foundation for a long-term business relationship.



Source by Rana Sinha

Business Mindset Vs Technical Mindset

If you’re working in two different worlds, you might find a complication between the ways business is ran and the way things work in the technical world. For example, computer programmers and math geniuses aren’t savvy to business mindset principles because they focus on the rational and explained ideals of the technical mindset. Technical mindsets and business ideals vary greatly, and someone seeking work in a mix of the two fields might find themselves battling between two sets of guidelines.

Business owners that have a good business mindset build their foundation on creativity, innovation, commitment, and passion. This is what it takes, after all, to become successful in business, and taking the time to change your way of thinking to consider these things first will be essential to your achievements. However, if you’re more likely to think in a technical frame of mind, including things like details, concrete answers, and only one way of doing things, you either need to skip starting a business, or take the time to get acquainted with a new way of thinking by actually psychologically re-training your brain to consider different elements first in different processes.

If you have neither mindset in place, you’ll be better suited than someone who has a technical mindset already. It is easy to teach the brain something new, but very complicated to teach it a different way of doing the same things it’s always done. Coming to a business mindset from the technical world will likely create more chaos in your mind than if you came from the regular world. That doesn’t mean that computer gurus and technical minded people around the world can’t be business owners; it just means that they’ll have to work that much harder to succeed at what they do so that they can accomplish their business goals and change their way of thinking.

If you’re interested in becoming a computer technician, a math teacher, or a programmer, a technical mindset of how things work and finite answers will do. However, if you’re looking for a successful career in business ownership, you’ll need to get out of the box and focus on creativity, innovation, and constant intrigue. If you aren’t already endowed with a business or entrepreneurial mindset, it can be easy to learn as long as you’re willing to invest the time. Either way, you shouldn’t get discouraged when you’re trying to train your brain to have a business mindset; just take the time you need and focus on the positive things instead of the difficulties you experience.



Source by Aaron Lishiguang Lee

Can a Business Be Both Ethical and Successful?

This question has been troubling me for some time now. I say troubling, not because I personally have any doubt that business and ethics can and must coexist for a company to realize success. I say it because reality shows that, despite the fact that most companies in the corporate world have their so-called “Code of Ethics,” just a few of these companies truly go by it. In the meantime, more and more companies and individuals find excuses for their unethical behavior, and accordingly putting those who continue to believe in ethics in a difficult situation, in which the latter group has to compete against those who are less principled. Unfortunately, ethical people often lose in their fight against those, who would do anything to get what they want. As a matter of fact, in today’s world, it has become more the rule than the exception for ethical people to fail in their career and their business life simply because they have to compete with the more common type of people in today’s marketplace, namely the unprincipled, or whom many prefer to call “smart.”

Almost every day, we are faced by situations in which we have to make a decision and choose between something ethical and another that is less than ethical, with the latter, almost always, appearing as the more rewarding. Being hung up on profit and the urge to succeed most people sadly choose the latter, in order to realize their immediate goals.

There are many examples of unethical decisions that are made in the business world. Two examples come to mind. At the business level, I can think of situations in which a business takes a cutthroat approach to remove competing businesses or individuals from their path, instead of entering with them into an honest competition; At the individual level, I can think of a situation in which a greedy employee is targeted by a competitor and is paid a bribe or a commission in return for confidential information that can help the competition snatch a business opportunity from the employer. The sad part is that most people, nowadays, instead of condemning such a behavior, they describe it as a smart move, and add, “You cannot be a sheep among wolves.” They say it, as if joining the wolves is the only solution to survive in today’s world.

I wonder! When did it become acceptable to be dishonest, cunning and downright villainous? Why are honest people considered naive, or more importantly why do they lose their chance of winning against the more cunning and less ethical? Who made this the number one rule of success? And, is a threat against the financial profitability of a company or a person worth sacrificing one’s values and allowing his or her ethics to go out of the window?

In my book, it does not have to be this way. Good business ethics can and should be part of a successful business. Unethical businesses can be profitable on the short run, but can never be truly successful. A business without ethics is a business without integrity. Such a business might realize immediate profitability but it will definitely face long term failure. This rule applies to every aspect of our life. This is true, not only because clients like to deal with value-based companies, but also because an unprincipled business is like a rotted house destined to collapse at the hands of its own in-grown termites. It simply does not have a solid foundation on which it can stand in the face of the many storms it will face in its lifetime.

So, what do you do to make ethics the thread that weaves the fabric of your company?

1-Lead by example. Inspire your employees and clients to do what is right.
2-Encourage your employees to do the right thing, and reward them for it.
3-Do not tolerate corruption or unethical behavior in your company,
4-No matter how profitable a partnership or a business relationship might appear, do not take it if it means that you team up with an unethical company or individual,
5-Finally remember that fighting the good fight to win the race is much more satisfying, regardless whether you win or lose, than winning at the expense of someone else.

Live and lead by example, for when all these days are behind you, and you are sitting in your rocking chair telling your grandchildren stories about your achievements, you will not only feel proud to tell the story of your honest life struggles, but you will also be teaching them how to live an honest and righteous life. Only then, your short journey in this world would have made a difference, and your life would not have been in vain.

Miranda Conyers
President/CEO, Arabic-English Translation Services, Inc.
http://www.arabictranslationservices.net
July 12, 2010



Source by Miranda Conyers

Dazzle and Shine With Business Neon Signs

Neon signs are being popularly used by most business owners in every part of the world to advertise and let their products or services be known. Business neon signs can be seen at coffee shops, bars, theaters, night clubs, diners, restaurant and cafes. When before these bright lights were just mere letters, neon signs nowadays come in so many color choices, themes and for the discriminating taste, custom made signs are available.

This does not only function to make your store more visible, but the dazzling lights also create a cheery festive mood within the clients and make what seems a boring outing into a pleasurable event. These signs are not just limited to stores that have wares to offer but you can also see them in barber shops, parlors, spas, pawn shops, and other establishments that offer services and not just products. This advertising technique has limitless potentials when successfully attracting customers and what is more it can add to the aesthetic beauty of any place you this into.

Business neon signs effectively uses its colorful intense lights to a great advertising and promotion without costing you half as much as other forms of advertising do. Whatever your business is, these signs attracts the attention of passersby’s no matter what age and gender. By making this a part of your business advertisement you give life to an otherwise dreary store and more importantly you are able to attract more customers to come into your shop.

In this rat race that we call life, it will help a lot to gain an edge and with your business totally out there shining brightly you have left your competition and sailed ahead of them instead, when it comes to publicity and eventually the number of sales you will find yourself the receiving end of all these blessings and you have the business neon signs to thank for that.



Source by Kyra Yates

The Impact of Marketing in the Society – Can We Really Make a Difference?

Definitions

Marketing is generally thought of as the process of promoting goods and services to the end user. We can think of this as McDonald’s advertising its Big Mac in such a way that we feel that we really need one for lunch. This demonstrates the advertising piece of the marketing mix, and is the element that most people identify with marketing.

Society is generally defined as the condition in which members of a community live together for their mutual benefit. Societies are more than just the individual members that make up the group, but the sum of the collective. We are all members of a society, and interact with the other members in that community. So what is the impact of marketing in the society?

Negative Connotations of Marketing – They Made Me Do It

Ever since society passed from a Subsistence economy (I grow my own food, make my own clothes, and don’t need anyone else to help me) to a Trade economy (I’ll grow some food to sell to you, if you will make some clothes to sell to me) we have had the challenge of marketing our products and services to others (Uh-oh, now that there are two people making clothes in my town I’d better let people know why they should buy mine). And ever since that first sales pitch there have been criticisms of marketing; like deceptive practices, high prices, unsafe products, and high-pressure sales – to name a few.

But many critics go further and claim that marketing has created false wants, promoted materialism, produced cultural pollution, and allowed big companies to gain significant political power. And there is an element of truth to all of these claims. Companies that have not performed ethically have had a damaging effect in society that the ethical businesses must now work through.

And the Good?

But it is hard to deny the positives that marketing has brought upon society as well. The wealth of technology at our fingertips today is directly related to the sales of these items and the continued downward pricing caused by the promotion of computers, cell phones, GPS navigation systems, digital cameras, MP3 players, etc. Dozens and dozens of these types of products are commonplace today, but seemed like luxuries for the rich just a few years ago. In fact, most of the people below the poverty line in the US today live better than royalty did 200 years ago — with cars, heating and air conditioning, microwave ovens, cell phones, televisions, and other amenities now considered necessities.

More importantly, most medium to large companies now have significant charitable giving and service programs that donate large sums of money and time to needy organizations that make a difference in the lives of millions of people every year. Whether companies do this out of a pure heart or a need for positive publicity, the result is the same — and many of the neediest in society are better for it.

Doing the Right Thing

As the public grows more knowledgeable and educated, they hold businesses to a higher standard than was once the case. The abuses of workers that were common a century ago are not tolerated by society today. Now corporate ethics policies drive decisions in the boardroom and the marketing department so that the end user (that’s us) benefits in many ways. Doing the right thing is a good policy because people want to do business with someone they trust and respect. And the companies that are exposed as cheaters, liars, or abusers are generally shunned in the marketplace (Enron, anyone?).

The bottom line is that though there is a negative impact of marketing in the society, there is a positive to balance it out; and it is our job as society to reward the good guys with our purchases and punish the unethical companies by neglecting them in the marketplace. As we continue to do this over and over, we make Big Business aware that they will make money only if they honor their ethics policies and do the right thing on a consistent basis. In this way we can make a difference in the marketing tactics employed to sway our decisions. And that is a positive that we as a society can live with.



Source by Keith Hartung

Advantages Of Setting Up An Office In The Central Business District And In Other Prime Location

When setting up a business, aside from a good business plan, it is important to use the right location. As in the maxim for real estate, it is all about location. Without a good site, a business idea may be good but will have less chances of success. On the other hand when a business is located in a strategic place, the outcome can be entirely different.

Whether one is setting up a business office or shops in retail area or a commercial building, one has to check that the area is in a good location. Getting a prime location can be a wise investment. It has the advantages of enjoying visibility and good traffic. Recognizable location plays an important factor too. People tend to flock to areas that are well known and have good reputations.

Maintaining a business in an out-of-the-way area may hold allure for some people but this would depend on the nature of the business. Unless one's business is about rest and recreation, setting up the business in an out-of-the-way site defeats the purpose of doing business.

It is important likewise for it to be accessible. Ideally, the place must be near or accessible to housing developments so that the staff and personnel would have no problems going to and from work. Studies have shown that less travel time between job site and one's home results to more productive workers and positive attitudes of staffs as well. Commuting can be energy draining especially if travel time is long and involves problems such as traffic jams.

One of the best places to do business in any city would be in the Central Business District or CBD area. Another common name for the area would be downtown. It is here that most financial centres and business activities take place. Big banks and important companies would hold office here. Commercial offices for sale and for rent are likely to be more expensive and may sometimes be hard to come by. However, it is also in these places that business can be done conveniently because of proximity to suppliers and clients alike.

Look for real estate agents or online sites that offer commercial spaces for rent in these prime locations. Most reputable realtors would have a listing of office spaces and shop areas. Some of them may even know of possible locations that may soon be up in the auction market that you can take advantage.



Source by Patrick Laurence

Steps To Success In Running A Minibus Company

A minibus driving operation is one of the thriving businesses today. In fact, running a minibus business can be a good asset to enhance your existing vehicle business. If you are living in London, you would notice numerous people taking a ride in a minibus to reach their destinations. This could mean that a minibus driving operation is a potential business opportunity.

There are several types of minibus business that you can start off. You may consider starting a minibus hire service, start your own minibus driving operation, provide hired drivers to clients, or run your own company.

Considering the existence of bigger minibus companies, starting your own minibus company can be challenging. Nevertheless, this article will walk you through the steps on how to be successful in running a business company.

– First and foremost, you will need to create an excellent business plan that will assess the strength and weakness of your minibus company. Your business plan will contain the mission and vision, creative strategies, estimated expenses, and financial summary report, which will help you to efficiently operate your minibus company and oversee its outcome.

– Find clients for your service. Your clients can be students visiting expos or having field trip, families having a weekend outing, or any club visiting spots of interest to them. Determining your target audience can also help you define and specify your service.

– Whether you are renting a minibus to provide clients with minibus service or you are operating a bus rental service, make sure that all your operations are legal. Complete and secure the legal documents, which will also help you increase credibility, such as business licenses and other significant certifications.

– Make sure to have your minibus company ensured. While the start-up cost of running a minibus company can be expensive, operating an uninsured business will cost you to lose more money that you expect. Choose for a suitable insurance policy that will cover up for the cost in case of damages caused by unforeseen accidents and natural disasters.

– Maintain a competitive rate for your minibus service. Inquire about the current rate in your location and set a price that may be lower than your competitors while providing a reliable and quality service. To keep a smooth operation, always keep track of your expenses like your monthly payment for the bus if you have built a business through commercial loan, insurance, gas, and maintenance.

– Create an excellent public relations or advertising strategy to entice audience. Once you have built a credible name, it would be easy for clients to contact you in times of needs. You can also expand your marketing strategy online and capture customers that your competitors are not able to do so. For instance, you can provide online booking services for clients who are trying to save time and efforts. Through an effective online marketing strategy, you will be able to maintain a fast and easy communication that allows you to reach a wider variety of clients.

– At the end of the year, you should have an operations evaluation and financial summary report to assess how much your company have lost or profited. Once you start to earn bigger, you can decide whether or not to expand your minibus company, such as buying more bus to provide services to other locations or setting up for a new minibus service to cater to another group of clients.



Source by Louise C Collins

Royale Business Club – Review and How Will You Make Money With It

You will find in this article the truth if Royale Business is a scam and whether you can make money with this business opportunity. If you are a Royale Business Club affiliate, you are going to learn how to generate leads and prospects for your Royale Business using online marketing strategies. Read on and find out more about the "Royale Business Club Scam."

Royale Business Club International as a Company

Royale Business Club International Incorporated or simply known as Royale Business Club was established in early 2006 by its founder, Mr. Ricardo S. CastaƱeda, a Filipino entrepreneur, 7 Eleven franchisee and owner of Laffline, Punchline and Metrobar Comedy Bars located in Manila. It is a 100% Filipino-owned company based in the Philippines. This company promotes health and wellness products, micro-businesses and food and non-food franchises, and business options for their members. Most of their health and wellness products can be purchased with up to a 50% discounted price when you become a member but what caught my attention is their food and non-food franchising. As of date, they have over 900 franchisees nationwide and growing. This alone has a potential to sponsor people who are not interested in network marketing but prefer traditional business.

In August of 2007, it has been made the official micro-franchise service provider of the National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO), a branch of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) of the Philippines.That alone added up to the company's credibility and set them apart from its competitors. It has branches all over the Philippines with its headquarters located in Quezon City.

Royale Business Club as a Business Opportunity

Royale Business has over 6 ways to earn if you become a member. To give you a basic idea, these are through direct selling, uni-level, franchising, becoming a mobile stockist, leveraging (eg team match sales bonus) and incentives (eg profit sharing program). To get more details, you can go to any of their branches near you, go to their official website or contact any Royale Business Club Int'l member you know.

Royale is a very awesome opportunity but you need to start getting distributors under you to profit from it, and this is where 97% of network marketers fail – they run out of leads and people to talk to to kickstart their business.

So to answer the question whether Royale is legit or a scam – it is 100% NOT A SCAM. It is mostly the people who fail miserably in the business who claim this company is a joke that only steal away people's money.

How to Build Your Downlines

If you are a member, there is a better way for you to market your network marketing business that does not involve chasing people / prospects. It's called attraction marketing. Promoting your MLM business comes down to how, who and where you're marketing to … To give you a clearer picture, people do not join the business, they join you. You have to understand that network marketing is a business of building relationships and the best way to build trust with your prospects and downlines is to become a person of value, someone people will look up to. In short, you have to become a leader. If you do not have a leader mentality, you have to re-think about getting into network marketing.

I hope this Royale Business Club Scam Review has helped you clarify what this company offers and whether it is the right business for you. You have to understand that the company does not matter once you become a leader. Once you have mastered marketing, you can join any network marketing business that you want to and you can make money from it regardless of which company you've partnered with.



Source by Arvin Jay Basilio

Investing in Pharmacy Business in Uganda: Weep and Reap

Prior to putting pen to paper for this article I called up my mother. Shortly after exchanging Christmas holiday pleasantries, I quickly got down to business (she said she was playing Monopoly with the family and so needed to get back to Euston road), and asked her point blank:

"Is pharmacy business profitable?"

You see at one point of her entrepreneurial career she run a pharmacy and supported 7 children at the time. Drug names like Magnesium Tricilicate and Penicillin V therefore easily rolled off my tongue from early childhood. I therefore believed she would help me.

Her simple response (in my mother tongue):

"Yes, but the pharmacies are always playing cat and mouse with the authorities and you need to watch for theft of the drugs."

In her simple lay person terms, and without a pharmacy degree or formal training, she had laid out the key risk factors to look out for if you are to invest in this business.

Why invest in the pharmacy business in Uganda ?

The title of the article highlights the double jeopardy of this sector.

Cat and mouse: Government vs hospitals, where are the drugs?

You cry (or weep) for our beloved country because it would seem that many reports indicate that whereas the Government is constantly allocating money to hospitals for buying medication, when you get to the hospital the doctors tell you there are no drugs in stock and you will have to buy them from somewhere else.

Ugandan hospitals appear to have therefore been transitioned into diagnosis clinics identifying underlying health issues of patients and then sending them out to look for medication. The doctors claim there are no drugs in stock. It's therefore common for patients in Uganda to go to government hospitals, receive diagnosis for their diseases and leave without even the basic medication of pain killers. The government claims they send the medicine to the hospitals but the hospitals claim they never receive the drugs so the big question is where do the drugs go?

The pharmacy sector: More weeping.

According to the Pharmaceutical society of Uganda, the body responsible for the sector, there are currently 465 qualified pharmacists, of whom 70 are abroad, leaving about 395 practicing within the country.

With a population of approximately 34 million people, this represents a pharmacist to population ratio of 1: 88,000 which is way below the recommended World Health Organisation (WHO) 1: 2,000 ratio.

The chronic shortage is being addressed by the pharmaceutical society in conjunction with Universities to among others increase the number of pharmacists being trained but in the meantime, illegal pharmacies continue coming up, the cat and mouse games with National Drug Authority (NDA), the regulator , continue and meanwhile the population suffers as a result of the imbalance.

This therefore presents an opportunity to invest, and hence reap (whilst weeping for the sad state of affairs).

When I further analysed the state of the pharmacy sector in Uganda, I noted a number of key aspects to consider:

1. Whilst many press report place the number of clinics in the country to over 10,000 there are only 414 registered pharmacies in Uganda (registered with the regulating body).

2. Of these 414 registered pharmacies, over 292 are located in Kampala, the capital and in the Central region. This is a huge imbalance considering Uganda's population is almost equally distributed at 25% in all the four regions (Northern, Eastern, Western and Central).

3. The opportunity is therefore to invest in a franchise or network of pharmacies that target the up country towns.

Prior to investing, there are however a few key considerations:

1. Drug licence. You must have a licence and your approved pharmacist must be regulated by the pharmaceutical society.

2. Retail business considerations. As any retail outlet, you must consider retail business risks such as location and stock controls (as my mother alluded to). Many drugs come in tablet or pill form and as such the quantities can be hard to monitor. It is therefore important to first understand the drug classes (in Uganda, this is mostly class B and C) and then understand how to ensure proper controls are put in place.

3. Return on investment. From my estimates, the profitability from investing in this sector is a revenue of Shs. 187m and a Return on Investment (ROI) of only 0.87 months.

Final word

In a country characterized with limited availability of medicine in the government hospitals, more and more pharmacists and businessmen have seen an opportunity to open independent pharmacies. They do this because of the unsatisfied demand for medication by the patients who do not get it in the hospitals.

It is a business where we all weep for the state of our country, and then those who see the opportunity to help create change (while making money) reap (perhaps with little gnashing of teeth).



Source by DE Wasake