Business Networking

We have seen the word a million times in articles, magazines, blogs, even Facebook, but it is very likely we do not have the slightest idea of what “Networking” actually means. We might relate it directly to Facebook and we definitely know it is an important tool when it comes to doing business. But, do we know its actual objective? Networking can be defined as the exchange of information or services among individuals, groups, or institutions, and it specifically refers to the cultivation of productive relationships for employment or business. Now that we finally know what it means, how do we get it done? Should we just go to parties, meetings, benefits and events, talk to people about our company or business, exchange business cards and be sociable? Yes, that is exactly what a networker does. The main idea is to make new contacts with the objective of forming mutually beneficial business relationships. That is it! Now you are an expert on the subject.
There is another aspect we have to consider, why go ahead and do business networking? Some entrepreneurs and business owners actually think business networking is a more cost-effective method of getting new clients than advertising or public relations. Business networking can be conducted in a local business community, or on a larger scale on the Internet. Social networks play a very important role for companies nowadays. Even law firms and oil companies have Facebook and Twitter in order to attract more clients and be able to get the word out there about what they do. Social networks make companies more approachable to the general public and potential future clients. That is the reason why the position of Community Manager has boomed over the last five years. If it is not on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn, your company literally does not exist.

To be the greatest networker known to man, just follow these simple, yet life changing, tips:

-Always be honest. No one likes a liar.

-Carry your business cards with you at all times.

-Try to meet at least five or more new people at an event.

-Be friendly.

-You will need to give to be able to receive. The business relationship works both ways.

-Go get them!

9 Ways to Elevate Your Business Performance with Mind Mapping

To ensure greater productivity and increase the quality and level of business success, one must assure to have a team that strives for progress and implementation of innovative ideas. And businesses can look for more ways to transfer innovative ideas into actions, but the benefits and usage of mind mapping in any business aspect is what predominates others.

Here are nine summarized reasons and benefits to consider, when using mind mapping for your business:

Create an information dashboard for easy access to key resources

Mind mapping is an excellent starting point to be used as a technique for gathering and easier access to key information, or resources relevant for the business. This can be easily achieved through the use of a mind mapping software, to aid the storage and flexibility in designing a mind map that will serve as an information dashboard. You can connect important pieces of information, manage their interconnections, link to the documents and provide brief summaries for every important piece of document.

Elaborate a plan for the launch of a new business

Launching a new business is a multi-step process which requires organization and awareness of all things needed to start and run a company.

Mind mapping can be used as a tool to refine and elaborate the main business idea, organize procedures, fundings, and licenses and provide a draft outline for the whole business plan document. You can appoint the business idea as a central topic of your mind map, and build upon it, by meticulously organizing all other important elements of the business plan: business description, products and services, sales and marketing, operations, management and financial summary.

Generate new ideas from a group brainstorming meeting

Freshness of ideas is always welcomed especially when the company has accommodated to innovative approaches to do business and strives to be a leader by introducing original products and services.

Brainstorming for ideas or ways to solve a problem using mind maps, encourages people to come up with notions that at first may sound ludicrous, but eventually can be crafted into original solutions to a problem or boost creativity and focus to filter interesting ideas.

Another interesting point about brainstorming with mind maps is that every member of the team can participate in the mind mapping process and share his/hers ideas, elaborated with mind maps. This way all of the participants in the group brainstorming, can get a visual and logical representation of the ideas proposed by others, and can easily reference to when choosing the ones that will be implemented.

Summarize key ideas contained in business books or articles into maps

Mind maps can be a useful medium to transfer summaries of business books, research papers or articles.

By organizing key pieces of information, and visually documenting citations and extracts, you can create a very useful mind map and at the same time a knowledge repository that you can save for future reference or share it with colleagues and associates.

Conduct research for new projects and capture and organize your findings

Using mind mapping to plan and summarize research results, market trends and industry findings, can be a very useful technique, especially because it aids people to logically organize the research data and information relevant to the project. All of the research data can be easily managed within a mind mapping tool and can be enriched with graphs or links that lead to external documents or resources. This kind of research summary can serve any stakeholder or team member that will need to preview or use the findings of the research and get a clear view on the research results.

Create a detailed profile of your customer needs during a sales or consult meeting

In order to create and develop a successful marketing strategy and lead a successful business, the need to determine the ways to market deliverables to potential customers is rather a crucial point.

You can create an outline of your customers’ profile, by documenting information about their needs, obtained during sales or consulting meetings. You can also map out the purchasing and decision making process of the customer, and shape up a profile of the perfect customer, which will serve as your guide when marketing your products and services.

Develop detailed customer personas for marketing planning

Client profiles or customer personas incorporate a detailed description of your client segments and ensure an easier understanding and envisioning of the people that will use your products or services. A mind map holding customers’ personas will help guide you through their basic descriptions and provide you with a possible preview on what will motivate them to use your products or services.

Outline and organize the content of a business report or technical paper

As previously mentioned, mind maps can be very useful when serving as a visual guide to develop a concept or create a plan for a business report or technical paper. You can also use mind mapping to present the summaries of your business reports and technical papers to key stakeholders, and provide a clear overview on the subject or topic at hand. The mind map can also be printed out and handed to the team and serve as a guideline for further development of the technical papers.

Sales account planning and management

Driving a culture that will inspire and will find ways to reach customer loyalty, is another way to ensure business success. Mind mapping can greatly aid sales and marketing professionals in providing a suitable resource for planning and management of sales accounts. You can even communicate key benefits and usage of your products or services, to potential clients, through the use of mind maps, as a visual aid in presenting related information.

5 Tips on How to be a Successful Freelance Logo Designer | MicroClerk

To become a top rated seller on MicroClerk.com means to out-perform and stand out from other sellers that are doing the same thing. I’ve put together a few tips that will help logo designers become the best they can be.

Tip #1: Maintain a clear and professional personality

Customers and potential buyers of your logo services are more likely to approach a more professional looking and sounding listing, as compared to a haphazard job. Think ‘Professional’. Make sure you showcase a strong and professional logo to represent your design style and personality. Use quality images and preferably a video-portfolio for your listing. A good description and message on your extras makes sure the buyers understand what you have to offer, clearly. Idea is to make a good first impression 🙂

Tip #2: Establish a good relationship with your customers

This tip is critical for freelancers that want to rack up the sales. Collecting loyal customers that enjoy your service, will help get you more sales even when things are going slow. Maintain the buyer’s needs in mind and when anything goes the way they don’t want, try and find a solution to help and satisfy them. Your ratings and reputation solely depends on your customer satisfaction. Communication is everything!

Tip #3: Make sure the budget is clear for the buyers

Before sending a price quote on what services they need, make sure you understand what exactly they are willing to pay. Time is precious, so before you begin working with your customers, ask them what they are willing to pay

Tip #4: Source files are Gold!

If you sell your source files for the lowest amounts ($2-$5), your logo designer credibility may fall! It is important to put value on your source files, because in many cases, it’s the last thing the buyer purchases, and they would want to receive the highest quality possible. As the saying goes, ‘You get what you pay for’.

Tip #5: Save your source files for the future

This is very important, and most designers forget this step. Every vector, every PSD should be saved and archived. This can be very useful in the future when referencing or getting help from previous jobs. From personal experience, I have upsold my design works by delivering source vector files to existing customers, months after their first order.

Six Key Strategies To Make PCB Work Smarter

If we review the past 5 years, when most electronics companies faced the economic crisis and the slow recovery. To keep ahead of the competition, the demand of development increased significantly. The project of ‘Technical Leadership Award’ from Mentor was an obvious evident for this. Every year, many companies around the world are invited to submit their most advanced design, and handed over to a group of independent industry expert to appraisal. Finalist design after 2012 is more complex, the design methods and tools used in the process is also much more advanced than before. This article describes the use of technology in the future to promote the feature will no longer be a luxury, but a necessity of development.

In one survey from Aberdeen Group, many leading electronics companies confirmed that they can meet the six practices design that can meet business goals of actively. With the slow recovery of the economic situation, these basic PCB technology practices will become an essential part of each company’s development in 2012.

The electronics industry is trying to recover from the economic crisis, the pressure to provide comprehensive support from design to manufacturing process is also greatly increasing. Electronics companies around the world have to bring differentiated products to the market faster with much lower cost, and the trend will continue due to the weak economic. Even in China PCB market, to improve productivity, it also needs to apply the latest technology to the system design and manufacturing support tools.

The following is overview for six key strategies which can make work smarter, we believe in these six key strategies can be key to future development.

I. Collaborative Product Development Process
Generally, collaborative refers to the ability of changing serial operation into parallel operation, and it has two modes. First model is let multiple designers to work simultaneously on the same design flow. It’s not new in market, but it has big difference on efficacy compared before. Designers are always able to operate PCB design database and split, and every designer is working in design process. But the database must be re-combined, though it’s very time-consuming and error occurs easily, it can shorten the design cycle at the end!

Currently, we have the ability to let multiple designers work simultaneously in the same database, without having to split the database. It can be used for many PCB design process, such as schematics inputs, constraining inputs, management and physical layout. Besides, let designer see the real-time result of others. It not only significantly reduces the design cycle time, but also improve the productivity of the designers and quality of products. Some users’ reports show that the technology saves 30 to 70% of the design time. Companies ought to get the similar improvement to keep competitive.

The second model is the ability to run several different processes, and it’s a parallel pattern which is different form sequences. Schematics, constraints, and layout analysis can be parallelized, thereby improving designer productivity better and shorten design cycles. However, this mode requires complex design data management which contains version management, synchronization, calibration, permissions, this will be explained later in this article.

II. Virtual Prototyping
Usually, companies build and test multiple prototypes to validate their products. To design a PCB, build physical prototypes, in the laboratory test to determine what changes need to be made, then re-design, and then repeat the relevant processes. But there are some problems in this way. Firstly, it’s very expensive and time-consuming. It will miss the best timing if the listed time is very urgent. Secondly, we cannot discover all the potential problems. For example, if you hope that the product can be used for many years in severe vibration and other harsh environments, but ‘Vibration and heat treatment’ lab maybe unable to run long enough to find the long cyclical problems. Also, signal Integrity has the same problem. Extremely critical condition maybe not obtained in the laboratory.

Solutions are simulated in software in future, such as virtual prototyping. This can be operated in the process of PCB design, and will be applied to more and more areas, such as IC, package, PCB and system-wide simulation of thermal management, PCB manufacturing and assembly practice, 3D mechanical interface, etc.. In the whole flow, it can make sure the design continue and no need backup and correction. What’s more, the software can detect extremely critical condition, and can simulate the problems which may happen in the laboratory for several weeks and months, only within a few hours. Though designers prefer to get the real products, and extensive-performed virtual prototyping may be delayed, but it can help lessen the cycle and cost down, also, the productivity of designers, the quality, and reliability of the products will be improved.

III. Process support from design to manufacturing
Costs and listed time to market is the key to many industries. Even military, aerospace and automotive industries, they also faced the limit of a long development time and high cost, now it’s still need improvement. Besides, PCB designer should keep in mind that their responsibilities are still continued even the data is in the manufacturing process. What’s more, from EDA vendor’s perspective, support is more important than the end of the design phase, stand with manufacturers to optimize their production lines and achieve the lowest cost of delivery are more important than enable designers to easily fulfill their responsibilities can manufacture products.

Flow is evolving all the time, help support manufacturers define the rules and practice from the beginning, a positive impact on output and reliability. These DFM rules will be used to design process. DFM software can identify the problems in the design environment and can be corrected by the designers. Coincidentally, most manufacturers use the same rules and design software to check the received data. This ensures that once the design was put to the manufacturing process, it can continue to perform without design rework.

Once the design get through intelligent interfaces, such as ODB ++, when get into the manufacturing process, manufacturers can use the software for production-line modeling and optimizing them. When running the production line, the software will continue to monitor the on-time delivery of parts, machine downtime and product traceability and other issues. Even in the event of quality defects, it also can make sure track and highlight the device or process with low failure rate.

IV. Complexity Management
For differentiated products which can beat competitors, companies must take advantage of the latest and most advanced technology, more features will be compressed into a smaller space and meet positive market timing simultaneously, which will be more important in future. Integrated circuit technology at the aspects of high density, high speed will be continued improved. Printed circuit board fabrication techniques, such as HDI/tiny holes, the density can be increased, but the design is also more complicated. Faced with the increasing complexity, how do we maintain and improve designers’ productivity? The answer is increasing the functionality of design tools.

For example, not long time ago, a typical design may include some high-speed networks which may comply with length and adjacent rules. These networks can be easily managed by designers. Now, large reading designs have more than 50% of the high-speed network, and even some up to 90%. Another example is the increasing of BGA pin count and density. This will be a challenge when fan-out PCB. Such a situation raises a complicated issue, productivity will decline and listed time will significantly extend if there is no advanced design tools.

V. Interdisciplinary cooperation
Product development and delivery requests interdisciplinary cooperation. In the electronics field. And we have experts in integrated circuits, packaging, FPGA, RF, analog and digitizing aspects. Besides, in the mechanical field, we have shell design and CAE analysis engineers. What’s more, we have procurement, supply chain and manufacturing staff and embedded software development. All these need effective cooperation during the research and development. This was cooperated by paper and e-mail before, now mainly by electronic media, but it’s still a problem for team members to save the large amounts of data.

Actually, most interaction is a kind of consultation. For example, if a mechanical engineer found a component on the PCB would interference physical product shell, then he can change the location of the component. It will take a gradual form (only when replacing) propose to PCB designers. Then PCB designers must check and confirm the proposal by sequence. Gradual changes in performance was already developed to standard EDMD by Mentor Graphics、PTC and users, and got approval from ProSTEP. This proposal will be shown as picture to PCB designers, the latter will take, reject or put forward a better suggestion based on actual situation of the related PCB. This will continue before reach agreement, and the mechanical and electrical database will be updated. This is only one sample of much fully electronic cooperation in real actual operations.

VI. Intellectual Property management
Top-one electronics companies determine that managing their work processes and databases is the key to future success. For the design team members, whether they are in local site or scattered around the world, it need create a valid permission, and manage the most important asset of the companies strictly. Database administrator put the qualified information components into the approved management infrastructure, it can be assessed by designers. Pre-designed PCB can be added into the database and used in future

With the progress of PCB design, schematics, PCB layout constraints, and data are created. It’s very complicated for data management, and it need create special infrastructure systems for IP management. The date edited from different team members will face version management and synchronization issues. Companies can hire agencies to design parts of products, and just share part of the IP, this will exclude complexity by use standard PLM system. It means, mature product development, the final design data must be uploaded to a company’s PLM, ERP systems for lifecycle management.

8 Strategies On How To Make Money From Home

There are various ways, tools, techniques, strategies, platforms and systems to support you to Make Money From Home. Which you can do as either as a part time or even a full time online job income.

These 8 strategies help builds up, boosts, elevate, up lift your own personal life style and the life styles that other people can also live.

With these 8 strategies gather some tools, ideas, resources, techniques used by one lady who made her own $1310 within only 18 days to support a higher level online income for your own personal life style.

Here are the strategies and tips to support you making money from home.

Strategy 1 – You can set up free classified adverts online on a daily or weekly basis. These can help you to share your message and ideas with the right target audience.

Here are a small number of classified ad options you can use:

Adlandpro
Classifiedads
Citynews.com
Theadnet.com
backpage.com

Strategy 2 – Use great article providers where you can share your information, but not in a spam like way. Some good article platforms to use are:

Articlebiz.com
Article Base
Ezine Articles
where you can share useful and valuable content.

Strategy 3 – You can create a blog so you can also share valuable content and blog posts with your target audience.

There are 3 options you can use for blog creation:

Blogger – Google
Word Press
Theblogbuilders

There are many more blog options that you can use to communicate with your ideal audience.

Strategy 4 – You can also use social media websites / groups to share your information. Here are some platforms you can use:

Twitter
Facebook
LinkedIn
Instagram
You Tube

Plus there are many more social media platform options to share your messages.

Strategy 5 – You can email existing contacts or use email safe lists to also connect with your right audience.

Here are many you can use, and some examples here are.

Europeansafelist
Adjockeys Safelist
Almighty-Safe list
Viralmailerhaven
Safe List King

There are extra email list options you can use to connect with the right people to get positive results.

Strategy 6 – You can use PR websites to also share your content and messages. Here some examples for free press releases:
PR.com
1888pressrelease.com
i-newswire.com
24-7pressrelease.com

Strategy 7 – You can set up your own landing page / squeeze page so that people can opt-in giving you their name and email details. You can then build up a relationship with them to share your products and services.

To create good landing pages you can use tools like:

Getresponse
Word Press
Wix
Landerapp

Key factors to note that can help you with conversions on your landing page to increase the numbers of people that sign ups and the positive commercial and income results you receive.

– The “Headline” is key since it attracts attention to your offers, solutions, training, products, services.
– The colors used can make some difference so you can test them out to see what colors work best
– Split A/B test 2 different landing pages to access what works best and get best conversions based on the traffic sent to your two landing pages.
– What is your USP “Unique Selling Proposition” for your visitor and your audience. This helps visitors to understand the benefits, values, solutions, positive outcomes, the pleasures from your products / services.
– A produced video can also help you with increasing the conversion rates on your landing page.
– Keep your page simple and easy for users to navigate so they are able to progress in the right direction to your opt-in / sign up form.
– Have a clear “Call To Action” so your audience can give you their email and name details.

Strategy 8 – Set up your “email auto responder system” so people that opt-in to your landing page receive email updates from you. This can be emails 2 / 3 time per week to build the trust and relationship.

Getresponse is 1 email system for the auto responder.

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Alternative Investment Funds Managers’: General Requirements

The Alternative Investment Funds Managers’ (AIFMs) Law, 56(I)/ 2013, aligns the Cyprus regulatory framework with various EU regulations on Alternative Investment Managers (AIMs).
Specifically, the Law identifies the following two Alternative Investment Funds Manager:
1. The AIFMs that internally manage AIFs.
2. The AIFMs that are appointed as external managers of AIFs.
AIFMs need to be licensed by CySEC in order to operate in the Republic of Cyprus. Moreover, the AIFMs that operate in the Republic of Cyprus need to satisfy some general requirements such as authorisation, capital requirements, remuneration, conflict of interest, risk management, liquidity management and transparency.
Authorisation:
It should be pointed out that AIFMs are licensed only if CySEC is satisfied that AIFMs:
• comply with the Law;
• have sufficient capital;
• are managed by individuals of good repute and sufficient experience;
• have shareholders with qualifying holdings who are suitable to guarantee the wise and prudent management;
• have a head office and registered office in Cyprus;
The CySEC may grant full or partial authorisation, with certain restrictions on the investment strategies of the AIF which the AIFM is permitted to manage.
The CySEC has to notify the Applicant of its decision, within three months after receiving the complete application. Note, that this period can be extended if it is necessary.
The AIFM may start managing AIFs based on its authorisation as soon as its license has been granted within one month of submitting information concerning the services it is going to offer.
Capital Requirements:
The following table illustrates the capital requirements according to the type of AIFM and Portfolio. It should be underlined that the total portfolio value does not include AIF portfolios managed by AIFM under delegation. Furthermore, internally and externally managed AIF should have additional own funds or hold professional liability insurance in order to respond to any potential professional liability.
Internally Managed AIF:
• Portfolio less than €250 million: €300.000
• Portfolio more than €250 million: Additional capital of 0.02% of the amount by which €250 million is exceeded with a maximum of €10 million.
Externally Managed AIF:
• Portfolio less than €250 million: €152.000
• Portfolio more than €250 million: Additional capital of 0.02% of the amount by which €250 million is exceeded with a maximum of €10 million.
Remuneration:
The remuneration policies of an AIFM need to satisfy the following requirements such as:
• Promote wise, prudent and efficient risk management;
• Not encouraging risk taking that does not apply to the risk profiles, rules or instruments of incorporation of the AIFs they manage.
• Apply to those categories of staff whose professional activities influence the risk profiles of the AIFMs or the AIFs they manage.
• Be consistent with the business strategy, mission and values;
• Be occasionally reviewed and be subject to an annual independent review;
For more information about remuneration, requirements contact investment and corporate lawyers.
Conflict of Interest : According to article 15 of the Law, AIFMs are responsible for identifying conflicts of interest between the following parties:

• AIFM, its managers, employees or any individual indirectly or directly linked to the AIFM by control VS AIF managed by the AIFM or its investors.
• AIF or its investors VS Another AIF and its investors.
• AIF or its investors VS Another client of the AIFM.
• AIF or its investors VS Undertaking Collective Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities (UCITS) managed by the AIFM or its investors.
• Client of the AIFM VS Another client of the AIFM.

Risk Management: The risk management department of the AIFM must be operationally separated from the operating units of the AIFM. CySEC will review the isolation taking into account the size of the AIFM and its activities. Precisely, the AIFM needs to be able to prove that it has established well-developed procedures that facilitate the independent performance of risk management activities and that risk management process meets all the requirements.

Liquidity Management: The AIFM should employ an adequate liquidity management system and procedures for each AIF they manage, apart from unleveraged closed-ended AIFs, so that to be able to monitor the liquidity risk of the AIF and to ensure the liquidity profiles of the AIF’s investments comply with the relevant regulations. Moreover, the AIFM should conduct regular stress tests.

Transparency: AIFMs or their branches authorised in the Republic of Cyprus have an ongoing duty to provide any related information and annual reports to investors and CySEC.

Make The Most of Your Money

One of the biggest challenges which many young people face when stepping out into the big wide world, is that they’ve had little coaching or experience when learning how to deal with and manage money. And believe me … it is a skill. Even if you did an accounting course – that means you know how to make a businesses books ‘balance’ – which still doesn’t quite equate to managing personal finances.

Most people, if they think about it, probably learned about how to manage money via their parents or home life. You could be very good at it, or completely rubbish… but either way – I’m here to tell you that it’s not your fault (entirely), and once you ‘realise’ you are deficient in this skill, its up to you to get better. Anyone can do it. It doesn’t matter where you start from – whether you are hiding from the bailiffs or pretty much getting by month-to-month… there is always room for improvement, and anyone can do it!

Step 1 – take responsibility.
If you are the type of person to leave this to your partner, or to avoid opening bank statements – change that today. Start taking an interest, start being proactive. This is your money, your future, your life.

Step 2 – Write it all down.
I find a spreadsheet is good for this purpose – but start listing all of your expenses and all of your income for the last calendar month. If it means going through your bank statement line by line – do this. Just get a grip on familiarising yourself with what is coming in, and what is going out. Do not be scared or intimidated by any of this. It is your starting point. And hopefully, what you’ll find is that you have a surplus… i.e. your income is more than your expenses.

Step 3 – Take action.
Once you know the situation – then you can take action. If you do find you have a surplus – this is good. You can then look at if your expenses are sensible, can anything be reduced, do you recognise all of the transactions? Can you start a savings plan? Do you have debt that you could be reducing? If you have savings, is this money working hard for you and making a good enough return? Do you have a pension plan in place – you can be future planning for savings and investments.

However, if you find you have a shortage – and your income isn’t covering your expenses, then its time to really take a look at where you can be cutting back, and whether you can increase your income and possibly coming to an arrangement with anyone that you owe money to. Sometimes, its the interest payments that are crippling, and not making the debt repayment itself.

In the book, Make The Most of Your Money, author Lisa Newton explores some of the common areas when it comes to money management – especially when people go wrong, and how you can get yourself back on track.

The key thing, is that no matter how bad the financial situation may seem – everything can be improved… with time. The sooner you begin to manage and make the most of your money, and the younger you are, the easier and quicker it is to ‘bounce back’ from financial catastrophes. Even if you are bankrupt, or have entered into an IVA (Individual Voluntary Arrangement) – everything can be salvaged.

7 Ways To Improve Your Professionalism

At Giant Leap Consulting, we understand the need for professionalism – and in fact, we offer an entire workshop focused on that particular topic, which highlights the following 7 characteristics. These focal points are designed to help you and your company improve professionalism across the board.

#1 Character

It all starts with who we are, and how we conduct ourselves. Character is the defining attribute of professionalism.

A key aspect of professional character for anyone – leader, employee, or even client – is integrity. Like bridges, people with high integrity are those who aren’t missing elements of good character. They are honest and ethical in all their dealings, not just at times when it is convenient or when they are being watched. When you have integrity, there’s a high degree of congruence between the values you espouse and your actual behavior.

Remember: the best test of your integrity is how you behave when nobody is watching.

#2 Caring

Are you invested in your work? Go-getters, the best (and often most professional) employees, take an interest in strategy and direction. They seek out tough job assignments. They take responsibility for their own careers. They strive to learn new skills and capabilities to deliver higher levels of value. They want success for their teammates and themselves. In short, go-getters care – they give a rip!

#3 Clothing

Be conscious of your professional image. The way in which you physically show up (clothes, hair, tidiness, etc.) will certainly make an impression on the people you meet and those with which you work. A professional appearance is also a way to express consideration for others and a desire to keep them from feeling uncomfortable.

#4 Customer Service

A keymark of a professional is how they treat their customers. Exceeding the expectations of customers should be a part of every company’s mission statement. Great customer service is based on building relationships. Some tips for relationship building include:

*Make friends with clients. There’s an old saying, “Get a customer, make some money. Make a friend, make a fortune.”

*When entertaining, know what you can and can’t do from an ethics standpoint.

*Learn and acknowledge birthdays. Send people birthday cards.

*Send handwritten thank you notes. Mailed, not emailed.

#5 Communication

What you say and how you say it will go a long way to communicate whether or not you are a true professional.

Before meeting with a client for the first time, set yourself up for good and friendly communication. Do upfront research on that person – Google them, use LinkedIn, get to know as much as possible about them. Make a good first impression by looking people directly in the eye, shaking their hand (firmly), and saying their name enough to memorize it. Don’t jump into the business conversation. Find out what they like to do, their passions or interests, and start with that.

#6 Composure

Composure means handling stress maturely. It involves being level-headed when dealing with pressure. When in conflict, remember that there are always three sides: my side, the other person’s side, and some place in the middle that has pieces of each side. Usually the middle is the truth.

The ability to courageously maintain composure amidst conflict is a key marker of professionalism.

#7 Commitment

Professionalism requires commitment. It requires maintaining professionalism when it’s temping or easier not to. With clients, show your commitment by following up soon after meetings to recap the outcomes and commit to your action items. It shows you’re conscientious and engaged.

As an employee or leader, YOU must commit to stepping it up!

Commit yourself to the 7 C’s and you will see a difference in how you are perceived and, more importantly, how you feel about your own professionalism.

Useful Tips for startups to enter Singapore

Probably, the Singapore government is the most advanced in the world in the terms of developing IT industry. Local authorities allocate “tons” of money for grants and supporting business initiatives.

This is facilitated by the almost complete absence of political struggle and elections – it allows the government to look far ahead. State purposefully selects the most talented minds by developing the scholarship program.

Before relocating

Before moving to Singapore you will need to get visa and work permit. There are different types of them but the most popular visa is an Employment Pass. Work Visa Employment Pass intended for foreign employees, managers, as well as foreign directors and shareholders of Singaporean companies planning to move to Singapore. Employment Pass intended for foreign citizens with the level of wages of 4,000 Singapore dollars per month and confirmed the level of skills and education. There are three types of Employment Pass depending on the level of wages and qualifications, positions and other additional features of the applicant. However getting EP may be difficult for those who have never done it before. Alternate way of EP may be getting EnterPass or Personalised Employment Pass.

Take part in Singapore program

In Singapore there are many different programs and government initiatives that the newcomer may get lost in all this abbreviations. To help start a business in Singapore, we present a summary of the state support programs for start-ups and small businesses with a description of their content and features.

ACE

One of their main programs – it is a grant of up to 50,000 Singapore dollars ($38,000) for business, if the person invests his own funds in the same amount.

However, participating in the grant program needs to meet certain requirements, one of them – the lack of business experience that means that the applicant must be a budding entrepreneur and have not registered on the territory of Singapore companies.

IDA

This program of the Infocomm Development Authority – is designed to help start-ups to enter guaranteed contracts with large companies, which tend to avoid cooperation with small businesses because of their potential unreliability.

In conclusion, its need to be mentioned that Singapore is so much popular for startups because of its economic environment, low taxes, high standards of life and the ease and quickness of startup process.

Benefits of Software Localization and Translation

With the rapid intensification of globalization, an active software in one country or neighborhood isn’t good enough for your business. For one to be able to compete for the market internationally, software localization is a vital step to your success.

Software localization is the act of translating and adapting a software or a website from the original language it was designed to a target language. For instance, if your software was designed in English and you would love to extend your services to a country like China, you will have to translate your website or software to Chinese so as to easily capture the local market in China. Software localization is now becoming inevitable for almost every company regardless of the high costs involved and consumption of a lot of time.

Software localization goes along with numerous interesting benefits that include the following;

Increased awareness about the product and its functions. Software localization enables the local or target market easily grasp information about your software and its functionalities that will make them comfortable in using and fully exploiting your product hence increased market.

Software localization promotes the increase in sales and customer volume of a company. When a software is translated into a local language, it is able to increase on the awareness and the market base of the company or service provider hence increased sales.

Software localization enables the extension of services and reaching users in different countries all over the world. This becomes very possible as every country will be able to access your services and easily understand the message behind since the software will be translated in a language they are very comfortable with.

Software localizations favors the reduction of support costs for a company. When a software or website is translated in to the local languages, it will ease the customers’ understanding of the service and so reduce on the potential queries and avoid other costs that may be involved in educating and sensitizing the customers.

With software localization, a company is able to gain international reputation. When your software is translated to abroad languages, it will easily gain international recognition and be able to gain trust of all the countries internationally.

Software localization offers competitive advantage. By translating a software to the local language, you’re making yourself known to the local market and differentiating yourself from other companies in the same field. This will enable you beat your competitors in the international market.

Software localization easily meets the expectations of the target market. The software will have the right looks for the customers and it will enable them develop the feeling that it was designed specifically for them since they are comfortable with the context, the language and the interface as well.

Therefore, with software localization, you move a step ahead in building your brand name internationally and winning customers’ trust over your competitors.