Archive for April, 2016

The Truth Behind School Cleaning and How to Get it Done Right

Written by Small Business Magazine on April 28th, 2016. Posted in Medical office cleaning fresno, Medical office cleaning services fresno, Restaurant cleaning

School cleaning service

Kids’ dirty shoes running in all directions, hooligans throwing wet toilet paper and drawing on bathroom stalls, children with no manners sticking their gum to the bottom of desks; how on earth do you keep a school clean when these kinds of things happen every single day? Well, there’s job security for the janitor, that much can be said. However, there are a few tips and tricks that can help school cleaning services to not feel overwhelmed every time they step on to the school campus. Janitorial services are much needed in schools and they can make for a very fulfilling experience when done right. Here are a few ways to keep on top of the craziness of school clea

Human Resources Professionals — You Should Have No Trouble Getting Back to Being Gainfully Employed

Written by Small Business Magazine on April 27th, 2016. Posted in Human resources consultant, Human resources executive search firms, Human resources management system

human resources

Do you work in Human Resources? How about at the executive level of HR? Great news — outplacement consulting firms all over the United States view you as some of the best, and least risky clients they have. Your industry is known for its consummate professionalism, and businesses all over the country are happy to work with you.

Over the past few years, alarming trends have surfaced, which seem to indicate that businesses are growing nervous about the hiring process in general. The reason behind this is the reason behind virtually every decision or official position a company takes — money. As reported recently, the cost of employee turnover can be anywhere between 30-150% of that employee’s potential earnings.

Let that sink in. Every time a company loses an employee, the loss in efficiency is financially similar to taking 30-150% of a potential new hire’s salary and throwing it out the window before hiring the next person. Businesses are growing tired of it, too.

Over 35% of CEOs of small businesses recently surveyed by Vistage claimed that staffing was the most significant business issue they currently had. In fact, staffing is reportedly cited twice as often as an issue than anything else.

On a broader scale, when more than just CEOs’ answers were factored in, it was determined that nearly 60% of all businesses view employee retention was a major problem for them.

If you’re a consummate human resources professional, then you should have no trouble noticing the increased investments that businesses and other talent acquisition entities are placing on you. Businesses are losing money by trusting every potential and prospective employee as a risk-free investment, and they are increasingly preferring to do business through outplacement services.

Feel free to share if you have any questions or concerns in the comments.

Machine Tools Over 2,000 Years of Cumulative Human Enginuity

Written by Small Business Magazine on April 25th, 2016. Posted in Carbide insert, End mill bit, Mowidec tt

Er collets

For thousands of years human lives have seen radical shifts in available technology that has forever influenced the social development of our species. Modern electricity, personal automobiles, and more recently the internet are all prime examples of how our lives have adapted thanks to breakthroughs in technology. While the products themselves are obviously at the forefront of such change, it is important to consider the developments needed behind the scenes in the form of machine tools that enabled the production and development needed to change lives.

Modern Machine Tools

The earliest machine tools were found around Egypt and Mesopotamia around the 3rd century BC in the form of hand-powered lathes. It was not until the Industrial Revolution in England when steam power and water wheels

Tips to Proper Elevator Maintenance

Written by Small Business Magazine on April 25th, 2016. Posted in New york elevator company, Residential elevator repair, Residential lifts

Home elevator company

There are currently about 700,000 elevators around the United States. Every year, another 10,000 elevators are installed in residential buildings. Globally, elevators move the equivalent of the entire planet’s population every nine days according to United Technologies. Elevators are very safe and are up to 20 times safer than escalators. andnbsp;Despite the fact that there are about 20 times the number of elebvators as escalators, there are only one third of the total number of accidents in elevators as opposed to escalators. That does not mean that if your building has elevators, you should not pay attention to proper elevator repair and maintenance.

Elevator Maintenance Tips:

  1. Preform daily inspections of your elevators. Pay attention to lights

Asphalt or Concrete? The Choice is Yours; Here’s the Facts

Written by Small Business Magazine on April 20th, 2016. Posted in Asphalt driveway mn, Asphalt driveway st. paul, Asphalt repair mn

Asphalt repair mn

It?s spring, and with spring comes a startling realization: your driveway is no longer looking as fresh as it used to. What can you do?

When a driveway is maintained and installed correctly, it can last for many years. Over time, though, even the toughest of driveways will begin to show cracks and crumbles. Here?s the important facts you need to know for your home.

Concrete v. Asphalt

The two top choices for paving a driveway are concrete, and asphalt.
Concrete is ideal because:

  • It lasts the longest (up to 50 years) while asphalt will often need to be repaved every few years, and eventually requires replacement sooner.
  • It can come in dozens of colors and hues, and even be stamped with patterns
  • Concrete driveways are often considered the more aesthet

Everything You Need to Know About Running a Successful Daycare

Written by Small Business Magazine on April 19th, 2016. Posted in Daycare computer software, Daycare payment, Software for daycare

Daycare enrollment application

Did you know that families, on average, spend nearly 8% of their monthly income on childcare? That?s a lot of money. For this reason, parents want to ensure that they?re not spending money on inadequate care. If you are a daycare provider, this is something you should be keeping in mind. Here?s information on ensuring that the daycare you run is in line with parental expectation.

Keep Communication Clear

Misunderstandings often arise out of assumptions. Your daycare may not operate the same way other daycare operates — one parent may assume you?re open on a holiday, for example, because their friend?s daycare is open on that day. It can often help to have an automated email system for these experiences.

Software for Daycare

Do you need to r

Breaking Down the Choice Between Asphalt and Concrete Driveways

Written by Small Business Magazine on April 19th, 2016. Posted in Concrete driveways, Contractors, Driveways

Concrete contractors

Your home’s driveway may not be the most exciting or fun part of your home but it is important. Until you have to deal with a driveway installation, you may not be aware of the many different ways you can go with that project. If you are looking at a paved driveway, as opposed to gravel other material, you may not know which you should go with, concrete or asphalt? Any contractor would tell you there are good and down sides to each option.

  1. Look at the maintenance. Asphalt driveways need more maintenance and they are prone to cracks. The good news for these kinds of driveways is that it is incredibly easy to fix the cracks. They can

An Investment Analysis Can Help You Reach Your Retirement Goals

Written by Small Business Magazine on April 17th, 2016. Posted in Boston financial services, Improving investment performance, Retirement planning boston

Retirement goals

You are not close to where you planned to be at this point in your life. At the age of 53 both you and your spouse did not anticipate still having ten years left on your house mortgage, as well as credit card debt, and only a small amount of money set aside for your daughters’ college education. Luckily, you have been blessed with another four years to get your act together. Your oldest daughter was just informed that she has received a full tuition, room, and board scholarship to a small private college. Gifted with this next four years you have set some very specific financial goals.
Your wife has decided to pick up some extra writing work from home to help pay down credit card debt. In addition to her substitute teaching this extra income should finally make it so you are not living paycheck to payche

How To Choose The Best Heavy Equipment Components

Written by Small Business Magazine on April 14th, 2016. Posted in Caterpillar remanufactured parts, Heavy equipment exhaust hardware, Heavy equipment parts

Komatsu remanufactured equipment

Where would we be without the construction industry? Every day millions of professionals in dozens of different industries use heavy equipment components to aid in demolition, transportation and recycling technology. Be they used CAT parts or state-of-the-art cutting edges, finding the right tool for the task at hand is half the work of a job well done. Using inaccurate or outdated heavy equipment components can, at best, reduce efficiency and, at worst, put workers and companies at risk. Let’s take a look at different types of heavy equipment, what they’re used for and what you should keep your eye on.

Construction In North America

The United States and Canada a

How You Can Prevent Chargeback

Written by Small Business Magazine on April 13th, 2016. Posted in Chargeback protection ecommerce, Online payment systems

chargebackA chargeback is a form of customer protection by the bank in case of fraud. This allows account and cardholders to file a complaint about fraudulent transactions, potentially receiving a refund. As a merchant, if you cannot or do not prove that the transaction was legitimate, the bank will take back the entire amount plus a fee. The fee can be as high as $100.
Reasons Chargeback Occurs

Fraud: Fraudulent transactions are the most common cause for chargebacks. This occurs when a credit card is used without the consent of the cardholder, often by means of theft or identity fraud. In this case, the merchant is held responsible.

Item Not Received: A chargeback can occur when a customer does not receive an item she paid for by credit card.

Technical Issues: Technical problems can occur with the credit card payment system. Miscommunication between the bank and the merchant can cause cardholders to be charged twice for one transaction. If there is a problem during the authorization process, the account may be charged even if the transaction is declined.
Tips for Preventing Chargebacks

  1. Make your refund policy clear: Your refund policy should be transparent to all customers. You may even make reading the policy a requirement for customers to complete a purchase. Also, be sure to process refunds in a timely manner and inform the customer about how long it will be before the credit is added to their account.
  2. Make your contact information visible: Customers need to be able to contact you in case they have a question about billing or delivery. If they do not know how to contact you, they are more likely to cancel and you will receive a chargeback. If you use another business name for billing, make it clear to customers so they are not confused when they see an unknown name on their statement.
  3. Contact suspicious orders: Call or email orders that seem odd or particularly large.
  4. Get proof of delivery: Provide a shipping log that says when the customer received the goods.
  5. Look at billing and shipping addresses: Orders often turn out to be fraudulent when they have a domestic billing address and a foreign shipping address.

Credit card fraud costs the U.S. over $8 billion each year, and the projected amount of worldwide fraud loss in 2020 is estimated to be as high as $35.45 billion. In 12% of card fraud cases, a website is the point of contact, so as a merchant it is essential to make sure your site is secure.