The Different Types of Insurance Policies for a Small Business

September 6, 2011 by · Comments Off 

A small business would normally be referred to as privately own or being managed by the owner himself or a highly specialized individual. A small business usually has few employees, sometimes less than   As such, protection may not be in their priorities. There are 2 most commonly used insurance for small business. These are property and liability insurance.

What is property insurance? As the word connotes, property refers to the building and its contents. It may also refer to the computers and printers and other accessories. Properties can be in the form of office furniture and inventories and supplies. Risk insurance coverage can be further classified into basic, broad or special coverage.

In basic coverage, the cause of the damage is due to any of the 11 causes. The 11 causes are as follows: a) fire, b) lightning, and c) hail or windstorm but not including frost or cold weather, ice, snow or sleet, d) explosion due to explosion of gasses and fuel, e) smoke, f) aircraft or vehicle, g) riot or civil commotion, h) vandalism, i) sprinkler leakage, j) sinkhole collapse.

In broad coverage, this will cover not only the 11 causes but there are 3 additional causes of loss as well. These are falling objects, accidental water damage and the weight of ice or snow.

In special coverage the insurance company includes a lot of exclusions in the policy. This form of coverage is more comprehensive and more common than basic and broad coverage.

Aside from property insurance, there is a liability insurance that small business owners should invest into. Liability insurance is when your business is being ordered to pay an individual, may he be your associate or customer, as long as that person is injured on your property. Another form of liability insurance is product liability. This type of coverage protects the business owner from lawsuits arising from complaints from customers who have tried the product that you are providing for in your business. There is auto liability insurance, insuring vehicles used by the company. This will protect the company from damages caused in auto accidents arising from business related activities.

In finding and buying insurance for your small business, there are a lot of packages available. Insurance can also be custom fit based on your needs. What is important is your investment is protected.

What You Need To Know When Selecting A Mobile Fleet Maintenance Service

September 6, 2011 by · Comments Off 

A mobile mechanic can be an invaluable asset to your company, but picking the right one takes some diligence on your part. Take the steps necessary, and your company will thrive.

What is the value of a preventive maintenance fleet mobile mechanic, and how in the world do you decide if one is for real or not? Certainly, you have run across the breed before; he washes out in some other endeavor, so he decides he will be a mobile mechanic. He may even be fairly proficient at working on cars and trucks, but are you willing to trust your service to your customers to that level of performance? Without doubt, you demand more of yourself when it comes to customer service, ensuring that you take every available step to deliver the best you can. Depending on someone to service your vehicles, on which you depend for your ability to service your clients, when that person operates on any other level but the highest invites disaster.

The first step in evaluating a mechanic is, like any other decision of any weight, research. The internet makes this very easy in one aspect, in that you can find a lot of information very quickly about a business. However, it is important to weigh the source of each piece of information, being careful to consider the fact that anonymity makes for very brave “reviewers” in many cases. One thing to consider is to take the “median” approach: try to read as many reviews as you can, throwing out the very best and very worst. Then see what you have left. Don’t, however, make your decision solely based on the reviews. Remember that people have many varied motivations when they sit down to write on their computer; maybe they had an unreasonable demand, or maybe they were rude and demanding, and when answered, decided they should not be talked to that way. Again, only make the reviews a part of the overall decision making process.

The next step is to call around to see if any of your colleagues have used any particular mobile mechanic in the past. Again, dig a little deeper, and your effort will pay off. How many times did your colleague use that service? How big or how tough were the jobs? Were they far from his home base? Was he efficient in getting parts to the job (this can be a major setback if a mechanic is more amateur in his approach; a good mechanic with years of experience will recognize key obstacles or challenges in working on a certain vehicle or part of that vehicle, especially in the mobile setting. He will take the necessary steps, calling for parts ahead of time, checking availability, thus saving a lot of time)? How was his billing handled? Billing itself, in this scenario, can cause more headaches than the original breakdown, because inexperienced, amateur mechanics will not have invested the time and money into a professional, efficient billing system, and your business will suffer for that.

Should You Hire A Costumed Character To Perform Magic For Your Kids Party?

September 5, 2011 by · Comments Off 

When you are hiring a new york kids magician or entertainer for that matter, for the first time for a kids party, you really don’t know where to turn. Part of you wants to hire someone, anyone, just so that you know that this part of the process is done. Don’t make that mistake. Another easy thought to fall prey to is the idea of hiring a costumed character (you see them every Saturday morning, Spongebob, Barney and the like) to show up and be that character and do magic at the same time. This way, you get two for one, right? Wrong. This is called subtraction by addition. You are going to get less than each. Think about it. Kids parties are the same as any other thing you buy. You don’t buy Coke and mix it with your sandwich, even though you will consume both at the same time. It’s the same with your kids party. Don’t mix your entities. Let your magician be a magician, and your costumed character be that.

When it comes to magicians and magic shows, professionalism is as important as in a boardroom. You can’t afford to hire a birthday party magician who is not focused on his craft. If you are thinking about trying to save a few bucks by looking around for a cut rate magician, save yourself the headache and the kids the disappointment, and get a bounce house.

The Value of a Small Business Marketing Firm

September 4, 2011 by · Comments Off 

The right small business marketing firm will show you how social networks can improve your conversion rates, keep clients loyal and improve that loyalty. You will also learn of other new technological strategies that will appeal to the new generation of client that you want to attract, while not alienating the older client.

By researching, interviewing and engaging a small business marketing firm, you could radically change the face of your business. A small business marketing firm will professionally guide you through all the latest and greatest marketing strategies that have worked for their clients or those in the industry.

A small business marketing firm will allow you to have a vote in how you monitor and how you provide maintenance for any new marketing plan that they put into place. There is great value in being tutored and feeling in control.

Make Sure You Are Always Prepared and Ready For New Business

September 4, 2011 by · Comments Off 

Small business marketing materials should include a business card, a brochure, exceptional and relevant samples of your work. If you do not have samples that directly relate to the nature of the business that contacted you, create a sample specifically for them. This gives them an idea of what you can produce that will benefit them. Include links to a search engine optimized website. And always follow up with a phone call. See if you can answer any questions that they may have and set up an appointment. When a potential client contacts you for information on your product or services, you must respond quickly. A complete package of your small business marketing materials should be out of your office within a week of the request. Do not delay your response. You want to be fresh in their minds when your information reaches them. As they say, the early bird gets the worm.

Tips For Planning a Fun and Educational Kids Library Show

September 1, 2011 by · Comments Off 

Planning a fun and educational kids library show can be tough enough, but when you start the process of finding a trusted childrens performer for the first time, that can seem to make the challenge even bigger. You can’t always tell who is a professional public library show entertainer, and who is an amateur… and then when you find the professional performers, how do you know which one to choose? This is an important decision, because the entertainment level of your kids is going to depend totally on what childrens performer you pick.

First, you have to keep in mind that you are looking for the most professional and experienced performer that you can find for the program. The childrens entertainer you find needs to be both committed to entertaining and inspiring the kids that are watching, and they should be predictable and dependable. The more experienced they are, the smoother the show will go and the better the message will be delivered through the entertainment.

Second, you want a full time entertainer who has performed in schools and public libraries.
This is because the full time entertainers are the ones who have committed to their talent, and have developed enough experience and skill at presenting a quality message with a captivating show, that they can book enough shows for a full-time job.

This is an important point – you want to find a family friendly childrens performer who will make the
children who come to your library program laugh and stay completely focused on the show, but you also want a performer who has quality messages and lessons embedded into the show in such a way that the kids will enjoy hearing them.