Why One Is The Most Dangerous Number In Business

Dear Friend,

Recently I had a client who came to me in desperate need of more business.

Here’s the story…

He had been in the construction business for only a short time, two years to be exact. And during that time he got off to a flying start.

He was inundated with a constant flow of work from the only client he had. He had a predictable stream of income and never had to worry about being out of work…

That was until his client decided to retire and drive off into the sunset.

In the blink of an eye my client was out of work and his income dried up.

What’s worse is that he had zero knowledge on how to market his business effectively.

That’s when he came to me and asked me to put things right… (which I did of course).

What does this have to do with you?

If you’re a business owner and you’re only relying on one freelance copywriter, then you’re making a massive mistake.

Here’s how it goes.

Any decent freelance copywriter will have more than a few clients on his books and will almost always be busy masterminding their next winner.

You see, creating copy takes an immense amount of time and research. And in order for us copywriters to keep our clients happy and craft copy that generates a bushel of money, we must give all of our attention to one project at a time.

And when the time comes for you to call on your copywriter to whip up a winner (because you’re in need of a fast cash flow surge etc)…

You’ll have to wait!

Meaning that you could be missing out on much needed business.

Listen, the business world is moving at a 100 miles an hour and you need to constantly be moving and keeping up with your competition. Only having one copywriter on your books will severely handicap you.

The time WILL come when you urgently need your copywriter to bash out a winner.

You need to seriously consider having at least two top drawer copywriters on your books that you can call upon whenever you want.

This way you’ll never have to put anything on hold because of someone else’s work schedule and you’ll KNOW that your copywriter is going to get to work on producing a blockbuster piece of copy for you almost immediately.

5 Effective Ways to Reduce Field Service Costs

There are five ways an organization can reduce their cost of field operations and delight the customers at the same time.

1. Go Mobile:
According to a recent Mobile Analytics Report released by Citrix, the total number of enterprise mobile devices worldwide had increased by 72% last year. Without mobility, service organizations can’t overcome some of the critical challenges like lack of real-time information, reduction in productivity, profitability and overall customer satisfaction. Customers, service managers, and field technicians can effectively use a single mobile platform for raising a case, managing work orders and invoices and get a real-time visibility of field support processes. Developing a customized app can streamline the workforce and push the productivity even further. Internet connection is mandatory to get the real-time visibility through mobile.

2. Minimizing fuel cost:
Fuel price is increasing every year globally. Every time a field technician covers longer distance, organizations have to bear the cost of fuel which reduces the profitability. With map integration, technicians can prioritize tasks based on distance, which helps to cut down on fuel costs. In a day, field technicians have to visit multiple places depending on the task assigned by service managers. Map integration not only helps field technicians to track the locations but also it helps customer and service managers to track the particular technician on the field as well. Map intelligence makes a big difference in travel optimization and cost reduction.

3. Knowledgebase integration:
It’s quite possible that field technicians may not be aware of a particular issue every time raised by any customer. Any unresolved issue generally leads to lower customer satisfaction. Organizations should integrate a knowledge base with the present application to look at similar issues and see how they were resolved. This knowledge base can be enriched every time when technicians face a critical and unique case and share their experience in the portal. Parallelly, customers can also have access to the knowledge base which helps the customer to resolve the less critical cases by themselves. It eventually leads to the reduction of service requests and overall cost.

4. Parts Management:
Effective parts management also plays a crucial role while it comes to the reduction of costs and productivity improvement. Most of the spare parts used in the day to day field service are quite expensive. A parts management application integrated with the current application can help organizations to enlist the relevant parts related to the particular products. It can also help to get the list of available parts of the warehouse, enable the field technician with the right tools and skill required. A knowledgeable and skilful service technician makes all the difference when it comes to customer delight and ensures service department with high first-time fix rate.

5. Timely alerts and notifications:
Alerts and notifications feature should be there in service manager console of the particular application which organization is using currently. It can play a major role when it comes to cost reduction and overall customer satisfaction. A manager should be informed of the cases which are not been resolved or an SLA is not met. It should also notify technicians when a new task is assigned or the task priority is changed. It helps to save ample amount of time and increase the overall service efficiency.

The key to managing service operations effectively is to assign the right technician with the job. Mobility can help with faster issue resolution, reducing time and cost for the organization. Customized solutions with the consideration of the above factors can improve the response time. It creates a positive impact for service managers, technicians, customers and overall organization.

Where to Find Nanny Payroll Services

There is a lot to consider when it comes to employing a nanny. Not only will you need to conduct a thorough search in order to find someone you and your children feel comfortable with, but there is also a whole lot of admin to tackle when you become an employer.

This can be especially daunting if you’re a busy parent without much free time on your hands, so you will need to find someone who can help you complete the necessary tasks with minimal fuss, well in time for your new employee’s arrival.

Thankfully, there are specialists out there who can help you take care of your payroll obligations. They are also surprisingly affordable, so you don’t need to worry about blowing your budget. Most of these services have been designed for parents, by parents, so you’ll know that you’re in good hands.

Online payroll services are tailor-made to suit your requirements. You can also purchase an employment contract, which is the first thing you should think about when you hire a new employee to work in your home: UK law stipulates that you must provide a legal employment contract within two months of their start date.

However, your obligations don’t end there: you’re also required to pay your nanny’s weekly or monthly salary, including tax and national insurance contributions. In order to keep on top of these responsibilities, it’s a good idea to enlist the help of an expert who can help you meet your obligations quickly and efficiently.

As well as adding tax and national insurance your employee’s pay, you will also need to make Employer’s contributions. In order to manage the payment of income tax and NICs, a Pay As You Earn (PAYE) scheme needs to be set up. This is the system that HMRC uses to collect the contributions from an employee’s pay as they collect their earnings.

A payroll service will cover the set up of your PAYE scheme and register you as an employer with HMRC, so you don’t have to worry about finding time to do these things yourself. In addition, the company you hire to take on your payroll will also provide monthly or weekly pay slips so you know how much to pay your nanny.

Once the service has been set up, if there are ever any changes to your employee’s pay due to sick pay, maternity pay or a change of personal details, you will be able to contact an adviser and they will implement the changes for you.

You will also receive quarterly statements setting out the income tax and national insurance for you (the employer) and your nanny. This is required by HMRC in order to show a summary of every salary amount that you have paid including your tax obligations.

The service will also cover your annual return, which will be sent to HMRC summarizing your payroll figures for the year on your behalf. The company will then prepare a summary for your employee showing the details of their pay and the taxes that have been deducted during that annual period.

The company will also deal with any paperwork if and when your nanny ends their employment, so will keep you covered throughout their whole employment period. It’s good to know you have this kind of security when you have so many other commitments to handle.

Nanny payroll services are usually delivered by professional experts with years of experience in the industry. Many of them are parents themselves, so will have first-hand experience of the challenges of looking for childcare. If you’re yet to find the perfect employee, a recruitment adviser will also be able to help you conduct a successful search.

Parental Choice is an online ‘one-stop-shop’ for parents, offering advice on childcare options, nursery education grant funding. The team also offers support to those dealing with the admin involved in employing a nanny, providing employment contracts and payroll services for busy parents. The company is committed to helping parents find the right childcare solution for their family’s unique needs – whether that means finding a highly qualified maternity cover nurse, a reliable child-minder, a live-in au pair or a nursery place. Parental Choice work with the aim of taking the stress away from parents, helping them make the right childcare decision for both them and their children.