4 Ways To Increase Your Road Safety As A New Driver

So, you’ve passed your driving test? You can now enjoy an upgrade from playing racing games, and you can enjoy the real thing. If you’re a first-time driver, you’ve got a lot to learn. You may well have just passed your driving exam and got your driving permit, but here’s where the learning really starts. There is a lot of responsibility associated with owning, driving, and maintaining a car.

In this article, we’ll discuss how you can do all three of these things in a way that keeps you and other drivers safe, and that lets you get the most out of your new-found freedom on the road.

Don’t Buy The First Car You See

When you go out to buy your first car, you’re going to be excited. Every possibility that you see could become a contender and it might be easy to get carried away. Slow down. Particularly if you’re buying a used car. Any faults or maintenance issues on the car will need to be addressed, and you could be buying a money pit. Take the time to look over each vehicle fully. Take someone with you that has experience maintaining vehicles, and look for telltale signs of major problems.

The types of problems you should look for are areas of the paintwork that look raised. This could be a sign that the vehicle has had a crash and repair, or that the bodywork is rusted under the paintwork. You should look at how the wheels sit on the ground. Try the engine, and take the car for a drive. If you cannot test drive it; don’t buy it.

Find A Reliable Garage In Your Area

Once you have bought your car, you should look at finding one of the best auto repair shops in your area. Having a great garage nearby that you know well will mean that you know where to turn when you have a problem with your vehicle. That way, there’ll be no fishing around for recommendations when you need a garage the most.

Get Your Car Serviced Regularly 

Book your car in with the garage every few months and have it serviced and checked out. Having your oil changed, and your brake pads and tire treads checked over will ensure that your vehicle is not only safe on the road but that it is working to the best of its ability.

Think About Getting Telematics Fitted

As a first time driver, your insurance premium is likely to be very high. Of course, this will lower over time, assuming you don’t make any claims. However, in the meantime, you should look into insurers that use telematics devices. Telematics devices, or black boxes, are pieces of hardware that feedback data about your driving habits to your insurer. The type of information they record include where and when you are driving, and at what speed. Often, in exchange for this information, you will be able to enjoy lower insurance premiums.

A Little Bored? Then It’s Time To Grow!

There’s been a lot of talk about boredom lately. So many people are stuck at home isolating, or have been furloughed with nothing to do. Coronavirus surely has left its mark on the world, but it doesn’t mean you have to be bored with nothing to do. There are so many skills to learn or hobbies to pick up. You just need to find ones you enjoy or that sound good to you to get started with. Here are a few ideas for you to consider. You might already do some, or have at least thought about them which is great. But they could send more ideas percolating around your brain!

Get Outdoors

Outdoor hobbies are great because usually it means you’ll get some kind of exercise. This isn’t always the case, but if you go for something like cycling you’ll certainly burn some calories. It doesn’t have to be exercise. You can use remote control boats or cars, or take a look at the best foldable drones. Picking things which the whole family can engage with is also a good shout. You could simply take up walking if you wanted to. Hiking is great for exercise and allows you to explore new places while getting fresh air. Consider an outdoor hobby before the others if you wanted to mix exercise with other fun things that all the family can enjoy. The initial outlay might be a little prohibitive too, but it’s surely worth considering.

Get Back Into Books

A lot of people have never even read a book! Some that have, didn’t easily go back to it because they couldn’t find what they enjoyed. Give it a go. It’s a relatively cheap hobby and is something that can kill a few hours easily. You can learn new skills through reading, or plunge right into fiction. There’s so much out there that there is literally something out there for everyone. Have a look at the reviews and find something which matches the time you have available and your interests. If you didn’t want to spend too much money you can get them second hand. Speak to friends and see if they have any recommendations for you regarding which books they liked the most. If you have similar interests you’re sure to find something you like too.

Learn A Language

If you’ve got the time and are more academically inclined then you can go for a language. There are so many apps and websites that can help you these days. You won’t even need a course to attend. Think of one which you’d like to learn. Pay attention to the difficulty level too, then dive in. You can do it proactively, or even passively by listening to something as you engage in another task. Knowing another language is a true plus to your resume too, and can set you out from others. Give it a go if you have the time. It might not be for you, but if you start it off using a free platform there won’t be any loss.

Why Young People Are Stuck In Coronavirus Limbo

When the social distancing measures were announced in March, thousands of students had to quickly throw their things into suitcases, say goodbye to their university friends, and return to their childhood bedrooms.

All the teenagers who had been getting ready for GCSEs and A-levels were told that their exams were cancelled. They missed out on tearful goodbyes with their friends, end of year proms, trips abroad, festivals and 18th-birthday parties. While it is too soon to know what the impact of the lockdown will be on young people because the coronavirus pandemic is so unprecedented, it has already had a huge effect on their lives, and many feel that they are stuck in limbo.

While the social lives of teenagers are hugely important for them, it is not just that. Many of them are extremely disappointed that they have not been able to sit their exams and pass through and move on to adult life. They don’t get to sit those exams and then enjoy a long summer of fun and freedom. Many of them don’t know what to do right now and without the exams just feel aimless.

Not only do these young people feel at a loss right now but many are also worried that being part of the “COVID generation” will impair their long-term job prospects if they are just handed their grades on a plate rather than earning them.

Those that are still studying for exams next year are also feeling that their teachers are rushing them through their modules and that they are not getting the attention they need through online learning. While there is plenty of help online for study such as a blog by Stephen Troese, online courses and all the information you could ever need, it can be difficult for young people to find the motivation.

For the young people who had already made it to university, there is a different set of challenges. Not only have they had their first, second or third year of university ripped from under their feet, but they are also missing out on their independence and the experience. The students who are only in their first year of uni may have only just been settling in when they had to leave, and this is a time you can never get back.

The effect on young people’s mental health is a huge worry as young people feel stress more acutely than adults and the brain is more susceptible to life disruptions than a fully matured brain.

Writer Jon Savage, author of Teenage: The Creation Of Youth 1875-1945 said: “Every generation has its own task in its own time. When I was a teenager in the 1960s, I was terrified I would die in a nuclear war. The thought that I could die at any time changed the way I looked at the world. There are always terrible events that threaten our future until things change, and the next threat comes along.”

Unfortunately for young people now, Coronavirus is different as they can’t go out to protest against the virus. They can’t do anything, apart from stay at home and obey their parents’ house rules. Coronavirus has put the lives of young people on pause as well as giving them an uncertain future.

Finance Tips For New Businesses

Working as a business owner for the first time can be a huge change of pace and will likely take a lot of getting used to. As a business owner, you now have the responsibility to manage your own finances and a whole empire.

Managing finances for a business is a lot different to your personal finances and it can be difficult to keep afloat. As a new business owner, we want to share with you some of the top tips you need to take on board to stay financially sound this year.

  1. Plan payments in your calendar 

The most important thing to do when you begin managing your finances is mark out the dates each month that bills leave your account. Every bill will leave your bank account on a different day of the month and you can record this to ensure you never find yourself without money. It is important for you to record every payment as well as direct debit, and this will allow you to stay alert every month.

  1. Record, record, record 

As well as recording payments that will leave your account due to bills, you also need to record any small purchases you make from your work account. Whether it be a small coffee in the morning, lunch with a client, or travel to a meeting: receipts should be kept and recorded so you always know where your money is going. This is a crucial part of finance management because you will otherwise risk falling behind on your bills and making less profit due to higher spend.

  1. Offer easy payment methods 

As a business owner, your aim will always be to reach as many people as possible. It is important for you to offer as many payment methods as possible to your customers when process payments online. This means as well as debit card payment you should offer credit cards, PayPal, and Apple Pay. By offering as many payment methods as possible you can reach more people, make more sales, and therefore more profits.

  1. Keep business separate 

As an entrepreneur it can be difficult to separate your work life from your home life; and many of us when starting out manage business from our personal bank account. However, to keep your business as well as your personal life safe, make sure to open a new account for all business operations. This will ensure that you never spend too much on your business and come in short for your home bills, and visa versa. Keeping these separate entities is safer and allows you to gain a clearer view of what money you actually have to play with.

  1. Be smart about procurement 

If your business involves manufacturing products, one important thing to consider is how to reduce the cost of making the products. One way to reduce costs when making products is to be smart with your procurement of supplies. When looking for supplies and materials to create products you can save money by buying secondhand, in bulk, or eco-friendly products. Be sure to do your research and you will be able to find some great bargains online.

  1. Create a budget

The most important thing to do when managing your finances for a business month is create a budget. First of all look at your incomings and outgoings and take out your bills, this will leave you with money to play with for your projects and operations. Always create a budget that is less than you have in your account, this will provide a buffer if you ever have a slow month of sales.

  1. Hire remotely 

Why hire people in-house when you can hire remotely and save a ton of money? One of the biggest benefits of technology these days is that outsourcing and remote working is easy. Instead of renting out an expensive office space and paying for an employee’s pension and benefits, you can spend money on people who will work from home on a freelance basis.

  1. Cut costs 

As a small business owner it is important for you to cut costs any way that you can. There are a lot of ways you can cut costs as a business owner, such as hiring remotely, smart procurement, and more. Find ways to save money on services such as free online tools, bulk buying items for the office, and more. Ensure that you never spend more than you absolutely need to, and it will make a big difference to your business.

I Doughnut Want To Eat You

National Doughnut Day! Will you be celebrating with homemade doughnuts or picking up a box at the store? Share your best doughnut story or recipe.

So I am 6 days late to this topic but better late than never. I love doughnuts or donuts as most people spell them out. Though to be honest I rarely have a craving for them. If I am in a nice coffeeshop and see that they have have them among their wares then yes I indulge in one.

A couple of times I have been to a famous international outlet like a Dunkin Donuts in Delhi and a Krispy Kreme in Chennai. We also have a local restaurant call Donut Factory but they also have fast food in there. I have had a few from the office whenever they get Donut Factory to come in and sell their wares in our cafteria as a promotional bit.

The only thing I have never done is dip a donut into my coffee. I tend to like my coffee sweet so rarely do I eat the donut with my coffee. I usually wait for the coffee to finish before I bite into my donut. Also since I rarely get a donut it’s usually ones that come with some cream on it or inside it. I love chocolate glazing on my donuts (because I love chocolate anything) and I also loved the Boston Cream filled donut I had in Dunkin.

Now if only Tim Hortons came to my location. I don’t think they are even in India anywhere.

A Guide To Cash Flow For Freelancers

Not everyone is cut out for the 9 to 5. Not everyone flourishes in an office environment. There are many, including those whose skills are creative, who find the traditional career ladder stifling. If you’ve worked for years under the corporate yoke and found that it has resulted in your being taken for granted by your employer and becoming bored by your work and disillusioned by your employer, you are far from alone. These intelligent, talented and dynamic individuals often thrive not on the traditional career path, but on the path of the freelancer.

Think of it!

The freedom and autonomy to choose your own projects and working hours. The chance to make good money from home (or anywhere else) doing what you love. There’s definitely a certain satisfaction to be gained from sitting in your home office, sipping your coffee at leisure while legions of bedraggled commuters scramble to work outside your window. Freelancing can lead you to living your dream life. But being a freelancer comes with its own challenges, too. You can never afford to take your clients for granted and need to keep hustling for new work as you grow your personal brand. You’re a small business and need to think like one. And one of the many considerations that small businesses like yours need to keep in mind is maintaining a healthy cash flow.

Why cash flow is so important for freelancers

When you’re a freelancer, you don’t have the luxury of a steady paycheck like your salaried friends. You probably won’t know exactly how much you’ll earn next month, nor will you even be guaranteed that you’ll have an income of any kind 6 months from now. To be a freelancer is to live in a constant state of uncertainty where your income is concerned. At the same time, you’ll still have personal bills to pay and business expenses of all kinds to pay for. Maintaining a healthy cash flow can help you to keep your finances harmonious and make your days much less stressful. Here are some ways in which you can reduce expenses, improve your income and enjoy a profitable future as a freelancer…

Use free stuff

Being a freelancer in the 2020s is a potentially expensive prospect. You may need to invest in the latest technologies and software to give you an edge over your competitors. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to spend a fortune, especially when it comes to software.

There are all kinds of free programs you can use which do the job just as well (or even better) than their expensive equivalents. For example, copywriters should never spend a penny on MS Word when Google Docs does the job just as well for free. Insightly is just as good as any paid CRMs and Trello can keep you in peak productivity without costing you a red cent. Take a look at some of these awesome free resources for freelancers.

Avoid over-ordering on supplies
When you’re starting out, you’ll want to cover all your bases in terms of business spending. But there’s such a thing as over ordering on supplies like paper, printer ink, pens and pencils etc. If you want to keep costs manageable, you’ll need to master the art of knowing when to order and how much to maximize cash flow. Remember that if you’ve over ordered you may be able to sell your items on to third parties to offset your loss. For instance, you can sell printer ink cartridges as long as they have not been used. If you bought in bulk, you may even find that you turn a profit.

Keep track of your expenses to avoid overpaying on tax

Speaking of supplies, the importance of logging all of your expenses cannot be overstated. Those who are new to freelancing may not be aware just how much they can claim in their business expenses, thus avoiding overpaying on tax. Your new phone, your new tablet or laptop, your business related phone bill and internet expenses, even books and magazines which inform your work may be considered research. An accountant can help you to ascertain which expenses can be claimed and leveraged against your tax liability so that your profits aren’t crippled by a huge tax bill.

However, if you want to avoid excessive costs, you may want to look into your own bookkeeping software. This will ensure that your expenses are properly logged and help to make tax compliance easier. You can even get free accounting tools which make this easier for you.

Don’t be afraid to charge what you’re worth

Of course, managing your cash flow isn’t just about what you’re spending. It’s also about what you’re earning. It’s all-too common for nascent freelancers to start off on the back foot by under-charging for their services. They assume that because they’re new to freelancing that their skills are inherently worth less than those of their more experienced peers. However, this is a fallacy that can hobble your freelancing business. If you start out trying to undercut your competitors on cost, you’ll find it harder to be profitable. You’ll have to do more work for less money and bottleneck your profits. You won’t be able to raise your prices as you get more experienced for fear of alienating your clients. So take the time to research what your competitors are charging and how your work measures up with theirs in terms of quality.

Unless you charge what you’re actually worth, there will always be a bottleneck around your cash flow.

Establish clear guidelines for payment

Finally, one of the greatest frustrations for freelancers is missed or late payment. And the time you spend chasing late payments is all time that you’re not spending on profitable activities. So make sure that you have clear guidelines in place for when and how you expect payment. Leave no ambiguity or wiggle room. Give less scrupulous clients an inch and they’ll take a mile. When you’re getting paid on time, however, cash flow is much easier to manage and project.

Making Your Online Event Productive!

If there is one thing that every business is doing right now it’s hosting an unbelievable amount of online events. People are working from home all around the world, and most of the meetings are boring – let’s be honest, is a business meeting anything other than that?

As a business leader, it’s up to you to break the mold and make your online event a productive, interesting one. You can use any number of tools and strategies to make your online meetings and events memorable, including using this new app for virtual events. Life is changing with the pandemic, and businesses have to adjust with it. With this in mind, let’s take a look at how you can make your next online event a productive one.

1.Check Your Angles (And Teach Your Staff The Same)

Hosting a business meeting from home is a difficult one as it is. You want to make sure everyone has an internet connection and they can see you. The other thing you need to check is your angles; no one wants a view directly to your crotch, right? Look forward and have your camera so people can clearly see your face.

2. Look At The Camera

It’s tempting to look at the faces on the screen in front of you as opposed to looking at the camera, but if you do that, people won’t feel like you’re looking at them. Look at your audience through the camera and not on the screen, and you’ll be able to foster a more intimate connection with people you’re talking to.

3. Be The Star

You want to be in the centre of the view of the camera so that everyone can see you. This way, if you host some online games, people will be able to look directly at you!

4. Engage

You may be hosting a meeting, but you should consider the fact that you are hosting a meeting. You need to get the participants of the meeting involved with the conversation. You don’t want to drone on and bore people any more than you want people to switch off and ignore you completely. The more you engage and ask for input, the more animated the meeting becomes.

5. Use Your Manners

Not only must you smile during this meeting to have a little charisma, you need to think about inviting others to speak while also not speaking over them. You will be a far more likeable person and business leader if you are polite about others. Pretend they’re in the same room. If you wouldn’t interrupt in a boardroom, don’t do it online!

6. Set Some Tasks

If you want a productive meeting, you need to think about setting some tasks for the end of the meeting. People need to look at you and know you are pushing them to achieve – even in lockdown. You should make sure that everyone knows that you are there to support them, especially when you cannot physically help.

Managing The Rising Costs Of A Healthcare Business

Healthcare is one of the most relied on businesses in the world, yet to mosf people they don’t see it as a business. The people using your business are going to see you as a provider of healthcare and nothing more. Patients will barely put a thought to what you’re doing, where equipment has come from, how much it costs, and even what goes into running a healthcare business. Whether you’re doing community care or you’re a ward manager in a private establishment, you will have to face the costs of the services you’re trying to provide. You should know all too well that the costs of running your business are only going up. It’s like with everything in life, inflation is making everything expensive and so is the current pandemic that’s restricting trading. We know how important your budget is and we want to try and help you to manage it with a few simple tips. Keep on reading to find out more.

Cheaper Procurement

The one thing that you might spend so much doing is figuring out your budget and how much you have to spend on the equipment that you need. The cheaper you can go the more you’ll be able to buy and the longer you’ll be able to go without having to order more. But the one issue in healthcare at the minute is the rising cost of said equipment that costs so much, and the rising number of people attending clinics and wards for healthcare reasons, therefore more is being used. One tactic is to buy wholesale, which most healthcare equipment is. Often some places to package deals where the more you buy, the more you save. Don’t run the risk of buying into equipment that’s cheaper but more at risk of being faulty or not as good quality.

Better Use Of Equipment

This comes down to your staff and how you train them. Your employees will be one of the main reasons why equipment breaks or gets lost. Much like with the patients you serve, they will spend little time thinking about the cost implications to the business side of things, and may be a little haphazard. Ensure that you’re always giving proper training, and that your staff know how to treat the equipment to keep it lasting longer. Always make sure that you have plenty of spares as well and that you’re doing a stock check every other day, or at whatever frequency you’d like. You need to make sure there’s never a day without something you need, especially if you’re a private clinic.

Financial Dips
You might be experiencing a bit of a financial dip at the minute due to the coronavirus outbreak. People are not wanting to be in clinical environments because it’s obviously seen as a danger area. So, the patients will come flooding in again, so perhaps use this time to settle anything that needs to be settled with the business. It might be months work of paperwork, a systems upgrade, anything that’s going to make your practice a better place to work.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (also known as Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker) is a 2019 American epic space opera film produced, co-written, and directed by J. J. Abrams. It is the third installment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy, following The Force Awakens (2015) and The Last Jedi (2017), and the final episode of the nine-part “Skywalker saga.” It was produced by Lucasfilm and Abrams’ production company Bad Robot Productions and was distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. The film’s ensemble cast includes Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Naomi Ackie, Domhnall Gleeson, Richard E. Grant, Lupita Nyong’o, Keri Russell, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran, Ian McDiarmid, and Billy Dee Williams.

Following a threat of revenge by the revived Emperor Palpatine, Kylo Ren obtains a Sith wayfinder, leading him to the uncharted planet Exegol. There, he finds Palpatine, who reveals that he created Snoke as a puppet to control the First Order and lure Kylo to the dark side. Palpatine unveils the Final Order—a secret armada of Star Destroyers—and tells Kylo to find and kill Rey, who is continuing her Jedi training under Resistance leader Leia Organa. Finn and Poe Dameron deliver intelligence from a spy that Palpatine is on Exegol; Rey has learned from Luke Skywalker’s notes that a Sith wayfinder can lead them there. Rey, Finn, Poe, Chewbacca, BB-8, and C-3PO depart in the Millennium Falcon to Pasaana, where a clue to a wayfinder is hidden. Kylo initiates a Force bond with Rey to discover her location; he travels to Pasaana with his warrior subordinates, the Knights of Ren. With the help of Lando Calrissian, Rey and her friends find the clue—a dagger inscribed with Sith text, which C-3PO’s programming forbids him from interpreting—and the remains of a Jedi hunter named Ochi and his ship.

Sensing that Kylo is nearby, Rey goes to confront him. The First Order captures the Falcon, Chewbacca, and the dagger; attempting to save Chewbacca, Rey accidentally destroys a First Order transport with Force lightning. Believing Chewbacca to be dead, the group escapes on Ochi’s ship. The group travels to Kijimi, where a droidsmith extracts the Sith text from C-3PO’s memory, revealing coordinates to a wayfinder. Rey senses Chewbacca is alive, and the group mounts a rescue mission to Kylo’s Star Destroyer. Rey recovers the dagger and has visions of Ochi killing her parents with it. Kylo informs her that she is Palpatine’s granddaughter; the Sith Lord had ordered Ochi to recover Rey as a child, but her parents hid her on Jakku to protect her. General Hux saves Poe, Finn, and Chewbacca from execution, revealing himself as the spy. He permits the group to escape on the Falcon, but is discovered and killed by Allegiant General Pryde. The group flies the Falcon to the wayfinder’s coordinates on a moon in the Endor system.

Sensing that Kylo is nearby, Rey goes to confront him. The First Order captures the Falcon, Chewbacca, and the dagger; attempting to save Chewbacca, Rey accidentally destroys a First Order transport with Force lightning. Believing Chewbacca to be dead, the group escapes on Ochi’s ship. The group travels to Kijimi, where a droidsmith extracts the Sith text from C-3PO’s memory, revealing coordinates to a wayfinder. Rey senses Chewbacca is alive, and the group mounts a rescue mission to Kylo’s Star Destroyer. Rey recovers the dagger and has visions of Ochi killing her parents with it. Kylo informs her that she is Palpatine’s granddaughter; the Sith Lord had ordered Ochi to recover Rey as a child, but her parents hid her on Jakku to protect her. General Hux saves Poe, Finn, and Chewbacca from execution, revealing himself as the spy. He permits the group to escape on the Falcon, but is discovered and killed by Allegiant General Pryde. The group flies the Falcon to the wayfinder’s coordinates on a moon in the Endor system.

5 Ways To Enhance Your Hospital’s Reputation and Profitability

Hospitals that meet the needs of their communities’ health are essential to keep the public fit and well. However, with 6146 hospitals in the US, it’s a competitive sector to be part of, and the struggle to attract patients, alongside excellent medical practitioners can be challenging.

  • For advice on some of the areas you could improve, through this post, we look at;
  • Reviewing and replacing hospital technology
  • Expanding your hospital to meet customer needs and demand Outsourcing marketing to an agency or employing a marketeer
  • And the importance of cherry-picking a medical team, while simultaneously preventing employee turnover

Hospital Equipment

Ongoing routine assessments of hospital devices will allow you to see whether there is any technology that needs repairing, servicing, or replacing. Equally, whether your hospital is missing any valuable devices such as ultrasound equipment, X-Ray machines, eeg monitoring, and medical lasers.

Technology is forever changing, and where hospitals are concerned, they must keep up to date with new advancements, for four reasons;

  • Older equipment will cost the hospital more in time and maintenance.
  • Plus, the life of new equipment is longer
  • And the expected outcome from advanced technology, whether used for diagnosis or treatment, shall provide better results to assist doctors in their diagnosis and treatment plan of a customer.
  • And better diagnosis and treatment will translate to happier customers who are more likely to return.

Departments and Facilities

The demographics and needs of your existing patients and the local area will help you identify any gaps in the market your hospital could fill. An example being COVID-19 causing hospitals to adapt their facilities and cater to those who need testing, treatment, and life-support.

Other examples include, there could be a lot of health-conscious locals, who could benefit from a doctor who specializes in dietetics and nutrition. Or, you’ve noticed there’s a lot of families with children in the local area visiting your practice, so you could hire a pediatrician to take care of the children’s health. Here are some examples of other departments to consider adding to your hospital.

  • Emergency room
  • Cardiology
  • Ultrasounds
  • Neurology
  • Oncology
  • Gynecology
  • Pain management
  • Hematology
  • Intensive Care Unit

Marketing Expert

Managing a hospital is all-consuming, leaving little to no time to maintain the marketing aspect. This is why it’s in your interest to source a marketing agency or employ a marketeer to work on your business’s behalf to continuously enhance your hospital’s image.

A marketing team or expert will evaluate what needs to be changed, and highlight the best of your business to your target audience, in a bid to improve your reputation and profitability. Areas of which might include;

  • Hospital website
  • Social media channels
  • Managing the hospital reviews
  • Paid advertising plans and budgets
  • Organizing fundraising and networking events, and so forth.
  • While also committing time to research areas of the hospital that need updating and changing to attract new customers.

In relation to the last point, here is an interesting fact about a study that examined whether they should include clowns as imagery in a children’s hospital. Researchers recorded the responses of 250 children regarding their opinions on clowns, and each said they either disliked or feared them. This significant slice of information prevents hospitals from making the terrible mistake of including clown images in their decor, which could panic and scare new young customers from returning.

The marketing professionals’ primary focus will be to upgrade your hospital’s image and present the best of what your medical establishment has to offer customers. Including, but not limited to, medical triumphs, new medical staff, modern facilities, VIP visits, donations, the use of advanced technology to improve diagnosis and treatment, and examples of excellent customer care.

Medical Team

An under-qualified, inexperienced team could result in an incorrect diagnosis, treatment plan, a breach of confidentiality, misuse of medical facilities, an unclean workplace resulting in a slip or fall, all of which spell horror for your hospital’s reputation. Hence, searching and inviting only qualified, experienced, personable staff to work at your hospital with references in tow and proof of experience is paramount to your company’s success.

Your medical team is usually the second point of contact for your customers, following on from the receptionist. So the impression they make on new customers needs to be an excellent one to help the hospital reputation excel, and to keep customers coming back.  To maintain your medical dream team, ensure they have a comfortable staff room to relax in, competitive pay, perks, and acknowledgment for their brilliant work.

 It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently – Warren Buffett, American businessman

Should You Really Google Your Potential Hires?

When you hire new people, you are trusting them with a piece of your business. It doesn’t matter if you are hiring a cleaner or a receptionist, or even if you are hiring your new VP of Finance. You need to think about how you vet your hire. Many different business leaders choose to go down a little avenue called Google when they are hiring someone, but is this really the avenue which you want to go down, too?

Vetting is one of the most serious parts of the hiring process. You have to make sure that you’re not wasting your time and money on a new person who is not going to fit your business. The thing is, you can choose drug testing and any number of ways to vet people, but you need to think twice about choosing to Google. Why? Well, for a range of reasons and we have put them together for you below to help you to understand why it’s a bad idea.

  • You Could Get The Wrong Person

You could search the name of the person you interviewed and find fifty thousand different people of the same name. Are you really going to waste time searching through each face on profile pictures? What about if you find someone who has been in prison with the same name? You’re automatically going to assume it’s the person you interviewed, and then you’ll be in trouble because you will lose a great hire because of the wrong identity.

  • Some Information Is Classified

If your interviewee didn’t tell you they were pregnant or what their real age is, you would hire them on merit. But if you went onto Instagram and found out that they were older, or pregnant, or a Jehovah’s Witness, any number of things could make you change your mind about them. Of course, it shouldn’t come down to that as it’s illegal for a start, but the information that they choose not to share about their personal lives shouldn’t impact their job, and yet for some employers it will.

  • It’s Icky

Okay, this doesn’t sound like a professional reason not to do it, but spying on someone? It’s got the ick factor. You can’t prejudge someone based on their social media content as you don’t know them yet. People often have a professional personality and a completely different one around their friends and family, and you will be judging harshly based on the wrong things!

  • It’s Not The Right Way To Assess Their “Fit”

You’re hiring people for your business, and your impression of them in the interview should be enough to convince you either way if they are good for the company or not. Googling won’t help you here, and you need to be proactive. If you want to know things, ask them and don’t be lazy by Googling.

The bottom line is that there are many ways to vet your candidates and Googling is just not the way to go for a firm assessment of their ability!

Ditch the Meat: Why Utilise Seafood More in Your Diet Instead?

Seafood is a hugely varied and exciting category of food, yet despite this, it’s meat that people tend to favour. And while meat is delicious, there are lots of reasons why limiting it (or even cutting it out of your diet altogether) is definitely not a bad way to go. Here are some of the reasons why.

Health

Meat and poultry does have some incredible health benefits, it’s full of protein and contains many minerals and vitamins that add to a healthy diet. However, the biggest problem is that people eat too much of it. As well as being rich in good stuff for our bodies, it can also be very high in fat- many kinds of meats are also processed meaning they’re full of salt and other chemicals which negatively impact health. Seafood on the other hand tends to be much lower in fat, and in many instances since it’s best eaten so fresh it doesnt go through the same processing that meat does. Studies have shown eating more seafood can alleviate conditions like depression. Fish tends to be low fat, high protein and chock full of essential vitamins and nutrients that support just about all areas of the body’s health. This means fish and seafood is a lighter, fresher and healthier alternative to many kinds of meats.

Environment

One of the other huge concerns with eating too much meat is the environmental consequences. Things like factory farming use a lot of resources such as water and fossil fuels, and produce a lot of toxic byproducts. It’s not to say that fish are 100% eco friendly, we all know how certain varieties have become massively overfished in recent years. But in general, they have less impact on the environment than raising and killing animals for meat. You could even catch your own fish, sites like Tailored Tackle have everything you need to get started for all kinds of fishing. What could be more satisfying than catching your own supper?!

It’s fast food

We all lead busy lives, we’re tired when we finish work and just want to grab something quick and easy. But pass up the burger joint or frozen pizza, fish is fantastic, fast food. Since it’s so delicate it doesnt need much in the way of cooking, and unlike meat which often needs to be marinated and slow cooked and roasted for it to taste its best, fish can be kept simple. Either lightly fried in a pan, or wrapped in a foil parcel with some lemon, herbs and vegetables in the oven and in a very short time you have a tasty meal. With so many different types of seafood from white fish to oily fish, prawns, oysters and much more, there are lots of different interesting tastes and recipes to explore!

This Is How To Live Your Dream Life

It’s safe to say that you want to be able to live the life that you want. We all do. Yet, it’s not that easy to be able to do that. Sometimes, your reality is very different from the dream life that you think you want, and it scares you. However, you deserve to have everything that you want. From your dream home to the career you’ve always wanted, it’s important to make sure that you know what you want and go after it. Otherwise, you may always be wondering what if? So, if you’re ready to create the life that you want, let’s take a look at some of the things you can do to bring your dream life alive.

Decide What You Want

To begin with, you’re going to want to make sure that you decide what it is that you want. It’s important that you know what the dream life looks like. Is it a home in the country with three children and your own art studio? Or the life of travel with a city pad and a partner to do it with?

Visualize Your Dream Life

Then, you’re going to want to make sure that you’re thinking about the dream life you want and the exact parts that make that up. Maybe it’s time to sit and consider what you want your life to look like. Do you want to travel and utilize a private jet charter regularly? Do you want to give back and help to build homes for those that need it? Do you want to build a business? Really sit and work out what you want by visualizing your future.

Set Goals

From here, the next thing that you need to be able to do, is ensure that you’re setting goals for the life that you want. Knowing what you want and visualizing it definitely helps – but unless you do more, you’re just dreaming still! This is why you need to set goals for the life you want. So sit down and work out what you can do to pull together some sort of plan to make all of this happen.

Align With Your Actions

And then, you need to make sure that your actions are aligned with your goals. When you know what you want to achieve, everything you think and do has to feed into that. So make sure that you’re doing the things that serve your dream life.

Bring It All Together

But there’s only so much thinking and planning that you can do. After a while, you’re going to want to make sure that you are doing what you can to bring it altogether. Whether that’s asking yourself the question of what can I do today to get closer to my dream? Or how can I serve my desires today? Or it could be coming up with an action plan that will allow you to follow the steps and cross off what you need to do to get closer to where you’re going.

Is Mandatory Business Paperwork Is Getting Out Of Control?

Companies have always had to put up with some intervention by the state. In the colonial era, export firms paid big tariffs whenever they unloaded their wares at ports like Bristol, New York, and London. But back then, society was too poor to support a massive bureaucracy. Governments focused their tax collection apparatus where they would generate the biggest bang for their buck – the ports and hubs of commerce. There wasn’t even an income tax. Then things began to change. The market created so much wealth that it supported an ever-larger group of people who didn’t have to work in the fields or the mills. Instead, armies of employees could now tabulate and chronicle the activities of millions of businesses, all from the comfort of a single, central office.

After about two hundred years of this process, the demands on businesses to complete various forms and send them off in the post has become high. The regulatory code comprises more than eighty thousand documents. And government offices continue to churn it out, believing that companies can soak it up. The problem with this approach is that the powers that be are impoverishing themselves. When bureaucrats go home to spend time with their families, they enjoy the fruits of authentic productivity just as much as anyone else. They don’t want to live in a world where businesses can’t thrive – and yet that is so often the effects of their actions.

A paper-first mentality is a dangerous one. It runs the risk of creating a society where the recording of activity is more important than the task itself. If you take a look at the average accounting department, that is the impression you get. Doing stuff is now secondary to making sure you’ve checked all the boxes. Form-filling is a scourge on entrepreneurial zeal and a massive drag on business-orientated people. Founders are visionary individuals who wish to proceed to the final destination as rapidly as conditions will allow. They don’t want seemingly arbitrary paperwork getting in their way. Businesses are for building, not for chronicling, like some ancient scribe.

Outsource All Your Paperwork

The legal consequences of failing to complete the necessary paperwork are extreme. Most bureaucracies have the force of law behind them. But that doesn’t mean you’re powerless. For instance, Elon Musk calls himself an engineer, not a “businessman” because he doesn’t do any of the paperwork. He’s self-admittedly “not good” at it. Instead, he passes it over to people who understand it, allowing him to focus on the areas in which he can add the most value.

Right from the start, executives need to hire a business attorney. This is simple: if you don’t get a handle on your company paperwork at an early stage, it can have significant real-life consequences down the road. Let’s say, for instance, that you start up as a sole trader when you should have registered as a limited liability company. Under the latter scheme, you don’t lose your home if you go bankrupt. Under the former, you probably do.

There’s a similar level of risk when it comes to your intellectual property. You might have come up with an idea, but anybody else can steal it unless the bureaucracy knows about it. So, again, you need to work with lawyers to draft the appropriate documents to protect yourself.

Join The Calls For Relief

Modern businesses are increasingly joining the calls for regulatory relief. It is now so much taxation that is holding back industry, but the odious requirements of governing bodies, many of whom don’t understand what life is like as an entrepreneur. Joining calls for sensible relief, therefore, should be a priority for your business. Pressure from the community often forces authorities to act because they know that it is causing their tax base pain. Furthermore, it is an additional tax on smaller companies who can’t afford the legion of clerical staff to do all the necessary form-filling. It puts the backbone of the economy at a disadvantage and favors publicly-listed, large-cap firms that can hire all the support staff that they need in-house.

There is a growing realization in the business community that the current setup is holding the economy back. Calls for things to change, therefore, are likely to continue for some time. Small businesses need to thrive. How things ultimately work out will depend on politics. If whoever is in the White House is friendly to business, then perhaps they will turn the tide and reduce the paperwork companies must complete.

A Guide To Getting Your First Car

If you are a new driver who has just got their license, you’ll be no doubt excited to get on the road. After all, you’ve worked hard to get your license. Before you do, you’ll need to buy your first car, insure it, and get it ready for the road. Here are some great tips for the first time driver to help them get the wheels they want.

Buying Your First Car 

Buying your first car is not quite as straight forward as you may think. Buy the wrong car and you may be saddled with costly maintenance problems. Buying a new car from the dealers is an ideal situation as you will be covered by a warranty. However, cars quickly lose their value. That means that by the time your car is a year old, it will be worth considerably less than you paid for it initially.

If you are buying a second-hand car, it is essential that you thoroughly inspect the car and take it for a test drive. There may be defects that are hard to spot, so if you can, take someone with experience.

Getting The Right Insurance Cover

In order to drive legally on the roads, you will need to get the right level of motor vehicle insurance. If you are a newer driver, then you can expect to pay considerably more for your insurance. There are two reasons for this, firstly, you are statistically more likely to be in an accident in the first few years of driving. Secondly, because you are unknown to your insurance company. You can ensure that you are on the lowest possible motor insurance by shopping around for a quote. Use a comparison website to ensure you get the best deal.

If you want to save even more money on your insurance, you should consider getting a telematics device fitted to your car. This will let your insurance company track your driving habits. As long as you drive within the legal speed limits, you’ll get rewarded as a safe driver.

Upfitting Your Vehicle 

The next step is to get your car ready for the road. This might mean getting new tires, or having the suspension altered. While you can always carry out your own upgrades to your vehicle yourself, however, this can be complex and dangerous. If you get something wrong, it could affect your car’s performance on the road which may cause an accident. Instead, use a service such as TCS Upfitting for your UTV parts and accessories. This way you will know that all of the work has been carried out by an expert who is experienced in fitting accessories and modifications. The parts will be fitted correctly and safely, meaning you don’t have to worry about a thing.

In addition to this, if your modifications are properly fitted, they could add value to your car. If they are not, they may actually cause your car to lose some of its value.