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Creating Your Business’s Budget

Creating Your Business’s Budget

As a business owner, when you make your budget, you may think that your financial concerns all involve production, sales and investments. While these three components do determine how much profit you will make, you also need to consider these other sides of finance.

Legal Issues

Every business needs to either have a lawyer or know how to reach one on short notice. Even if you have ethical business practices and do not engage in behavior that merits a court proceeding, someone could still accuse you of a crime or misdemeanor. In addition to having a good lawyer, you should make sure that he or she has access to a financial expert witness who can offer advice and testimony related to a wide variety of financial topics.

Healthcare

Depending on how many employees you have and how many hours they work, you may need to provide healthcare for them. Refer to the federal government’s guidelines to make sure that you do not break the law. While healthcare bills may seem like wastes of money, in the long run, they will make your employees healthier and make them more likely to stay with your company. In return, your employee retention percentages will go up and your employees will be happier.

Charitable Donations

Some businesses may not be able to afford charitable donations in their early stages. However, once you can afford to do so, you should dedicate a portion of your profit each year to organizations in need. You could consider donating to local organizations to build a sense of community, or you could donate to a nonprofit whose mission has a special meaning for you.

Business finances are complicated and have many components, requiring detailed budgets. Don’t forget to consider legal issues, healthcare and charitable donations when you plan each year’s budget.  …

The Importance of Checking Your Seals in Hydraulics

The Importance of Checking Your Seals in Hydraulics

Hydraulic systems run the world by providing unidirectional force to move or hold loads. These can be as simple as the small cylinders and arms holding your screen door open or as complex as the multiple telescoping units controlling the arms of excavator equipment. No matter what type of system you have, the seals inside of it do a lot of the work. There are many different seals at various points inside a hydraulic motor including the piston seal and the rod seal.

When They Work

When your hydraulic seals work, the fluid in your system can be moved into and out of various chambers in the cylinder to provide the force necessary to move and hold a load. There are probably more seals than you might initially think because engineers have designed these systems to fail as infrequently and as little as possible. For instance, it can be possible for the wiper seal at the end of the rod to crack and break without a huge fluid leak because there is usually a rod seal behind it a bit in the assembly.

When They Fail

Depending on the type of seal to fail, you will see different signs. The seal around the piston is what keeps the fluid pushing against it instead of flowing around it, so if this seal fails, your rod arm will not move as forcefully or will not hold under a load. When the wiper seal fails, contaminants can get into the hydraulic fluid and create pocking or erosion. It is a good idea to check the seals you have easy access to visually for signs of hardening or cracks as well as keep an eye on how strong the system is.

Checking your hydraulics, particularly the seals, can help you keep your heavy machinery running better for longer. It can also help you understand why the door to your vehicle trunk no longer stays open and what you need to do to fix it. It is a good idea to have a supply of the seals needed for your equipment on hand for repairs.

History of Captive Insurance

History of Captive Insurance

The insurance industry is massive and can be easily overwhelming. With so many different facets and fields of business under the insurance umbrella, it can be hard to navigate for various needs. For example, the niche of captive insurance might not be familiar to many people outside of the insurance world, but it has an important place nonetheless. Explore this breakdown of the captive insurance industry

Definition

First, it’s important to understand captive insurance itself. Essentially, a captive insurer is a subsidiary company that is actually owned by the people it was designed to insure. It is designed specifically to protect those it was created to insure. One of the biggest benefits of captive insurance is that the coverage and policies are so personal that the service is tough to beat. Similarly, this can often decrease costs typically associated with insurance and allow for greater control if and when claims ultimately arise. 

History

Captive insurance is actually a relatively modern creation. Captive insurance was legally confirmed and incentivized in the late 1980s to assist a struggling sector of the small business world. However, the concept itself is much older than its current iteration. In fact, some say this practice can be traced in its earliest forms back to 500 years ago in the trading world in Europe. Much, an American risk management company coined the term “captive” in the late 1950s. By the next decade, hundreds of other small companies had jumped into the practice. Once again, this can be traced back to the trading world. There were many desirable products coming in and out of Bermuda, but specific regulations from the United States were making it difficult to operate in trade with Bermuda. The captive insurance was designed almost as a loophole and ending up with some staying power. Now, many companies continue to use captive insurance to the fullest. 

Is Your Home Ready for Fall?

Is Your Home Ready for Fall?

It’s autumn again, and that means kids are going back to school, harvests are coming in, and it’s time to do some of your annual maintenance around the house. As things cool down, you’re probably going to be relying on your air conditioning less and less, and you might find yourself using more electricity as the days get a little shorter. That’s why this is an ideal time to get a DFW electrician into your house for a seasonal check-up.

What Does a Safety Check-up Get You?

Mostly, peace of mind. Specifically, an electrician checking your home wiring and giving you feedback about potential issues will give you the opportunity to hear about things that could be a big repair bill before they are. That lets you replace a single part instead of cleaning up after a minor disaster. An electrician can also make sure you’re not overtaxing any of your home’s circuits and provide advice about how to reinforce your electrical infrastructure if you are planning a project that expands your living space or power consumption.

Why Get an Electrical Check-up During Autumn?

If you try to take on too much of your annual home maintenance in one wave, it can cause budget and time crunch issues. Avoid that and make it easy on yourself by spreading things out. Since it makes a lot of sense to schedule your HVAC check-up right before the summer heat, a lot of homeowners make autumn their time to check out the electrical system. While you’re making plans, don’t forget to have the same kind of prevention done for your other major utilities so you can enjoy your home throughout the upcoming season without having to deal with unpleasant surprises that could have been prevented. It not only makes your life easier, it protects your investment in your home.…

Starting a Cleaning Company

Starting a Cleaning Company

Everyone needs their home or business cleaned from time to time, which is one reason that opening a cleaning business can be such a lucrative career path. If you feel like cleaning homes and offices is your calling, understand the realities of owning a small business. Make money and have fun — but be prepared too!

Get Things Done in a Timely Manner

Before working with actual clients, do a trial run in a friend or relative’s home to gauge how long it takes to do an entire job top to bottom; this should give you a general idea of how many wiping rags, bottles of Windex and vacuum filters you need for a typical job. Visit a wholesale store like Costco and buy your everyday necessities in bulk.

Advertise and Find Clients

Like any small business, marketing will be your bread and butter. What strategies can you use to help you find clients?

  • A website is the first line of communication between you and clients. Check out sites like WordPress to start building one for free.
  • Don’t underestimate the power of business cards! Give a stack to local businesses and hand them out to your family and friends. Sites like Vistaprint will often have bulk sales for business cards.
  • Have you ever checked out Facebook ads? They are reasonably priced and can reach a wide variety of local audiences.

Know Your Competition

If you live in an area swarming with local cleaning companies, research your competition. Figure out what kind of rates they charge, the services they offer and check out how they advertise. What sets you apart? Why should clients choose you over your competitors?

A cleaning company can be a profitable and exciting endeavor. Starting from scratch can seem overwhelming, but good marketing and planning can help it thrive in no time at all.