How to Protect Small Businesses

When you run your own business, there is never enough time and always too much to do. Being meticulous and taking care of daily business is often all you get time to do. The “To Do Today” list keeps getting longer. So how are you supposed to think about protecting yourself against possible business problems?

It could be that while you are working so hard to develop and grow your business, you haven’t noticed that your business is already under attack. Here are some tips for protecting your business.

Firstly, realize that business is business. You have something which someone wants. You have stock, business products, equipment, or cash. This is the start of protecting your assets. And this applies equally wherever your office is located. Even if you have a home office, make sure you have a door which locks. Monitor who is allowed in, and when. Be aware of who has been in there and always keep cash or valuables under lock and key.

There is no denying this is annoying, but would you rather take the time to lock that drawer, or lose the cash? A friend employed a maid, who was recommended by another friend. The girl was apparently from a good family, hard worker, etc. After two weeks of arriving late, doing a sloppy job, my friend noticed three thousand euros in cash was missing from her (unlocked) home office desk drawer. Not a pleasant feeling. And of course, impossible to prove.

It is easy to be too trusting. And if you are responsible for taking on part time or full time help, you will want to trust them. You will have a hard time accepting the fact that a trusted employee is stealing money, time, equipment or products. It has been estimated that in the USA one third of all employees steal from their employers. The prevalence in underdeveloped areas and countries is probably much higher. Think about installing a simple closed circuit television system when you are not there. If you make it public to your employees, it will act as a deterrent. It is a way to still have your eyes and ears open, even when you are not there. The prices of this kind of surveillance equipment are coming down all the time.

You have probably invested a substantial amount of cash in business equipment. Take the time to make sure that it is all marked with a security marker pen. Pay particular attention to small removable items, like laptop computers, calculators, fax machines.

Be aware that locks only slow down a thief. They don’t keep them out. Quality locks with substantial deadbolts will help. Pay attention to adequate lighting. Remember that thieves don’t like light, noise, dogs or anything which draws attention to the area in which they are trying to operate.

Take great care with your business keys. Have a key register and keep a record of who has what keys, the dates they were given out, and by whom. Before you use your key register, ensure that you have noted how many of each key there is. Don’t label them with addresses or specific information as to where they unlock. Instead, use a code only you know. Such as, O1, O2 – meaning office keys number one and two. Then if they are lost, and found by someone unscrupulous, the key will not lead them to your door.

New businesses tend to be more trusting of accepting checks because they are trying to build the business and want to attract customers. Crooks realize this. They thrive in these situations. Establish a firm procedure with which you are comfortable and believe is equable, then no matter what, stick with it. One exception to the rule may cost you dearly.

So no matter how busy you are, take some time to implement just some of these protection ideas. In the long run, you know it makes sense.

Copyright 2006

The Many Sides of Smart Investment in Stocks

You cannot expect the stock market to exhibit a constant boom. When terms like ‘rise’, ‘uptrend’, and ‘profit’, are there in the dictionary, the opposite terms like ‘fall’, ‘downtrend’, and loss’ do carry significance! The opposite is certain at some particular point of time but not as intense as the positive terms. So, the Indian stock market and world market tumbling, exhibiting a low trend for months together is no big thing. There are examples of such cases taking place over the years and recuperation takes place so fast that the situation comes under control in a matter of a few months. What the NSE stock and BSE indices exhibited during the downtrend are no longer same. India is recovering faster than the other markets, and hence, the number of investors has gone up to a great extent. The BSE and NSE scenario has even invited foreign investors to invest in bulk on the Indian market.

It is the online that has given momentum to the stock trading phenomenon. When you can open a trading account online, get in touch with your brokers, view the live NSE stocks, view BSE stocks, read market news, get tips from experts, and more, trading becomes interesting and easy. No matter where you are, if you are connected to the Internet, you can make your mark in the online stock market. Today’s investors not only encompass serious investors who are engaged full time in the trade but also office goers, businessmen, home makers, students, teachers, all classes of professionals, amongst others. The online stock market has thus emerged as a lucrative platform for all classes of investors irrespective of the amount invested. They buy stock online right from the comfort of their space without having to visit the broker or the office.

Making real money in BSE stocks is possible if you have enough knowledge about the stock market. Similar is the case with trading in NSE stocks. Discussions at forums and other online panels on the best way for investors to make money in the stock market are a common affair. No matter whether it is experts or experienced traders or beginners, the discussion supports everyone’s views, giving momentum to debate as well. If you buy stock following the day trading technique, i.e. buying and selling stocks daily, real money can be earned in no time. As per conclusions drawn at such a forum, investors need not wait for days together or for the long term to see their money grow. You buy stock at an opportune time during the day and sell it before the trading hours close down. Of course only well-informed investors who know the nuances of trading and can manage risks well can become millionaires in no time via such trading techniques. So, start your knowledge gaining spree, learn how to manage risks, and venture into day trading in the online stock market.

Taking Up a Stock Trading Course is a Good Idea If You Want to Invest Your Money in Stocks

Investing in stocks is always a good idea especially if you know how to handle it. The only way by which you will be able to make money from it is if you know the inside information about the stock market and its movement. The only way by which you can do that is by gaining knowledge by those who know what they are talking about. Check out a stock trading course. You will see from the course outline that you will get to know about stock market tips and strategies and that does not end there because you will learn so much more.

If time is a problem, there are online sites that are offer stock trading course. You do not even need to leave home or your office. You can do it anywhere just as long as you have your laptop and your internet connection. All you got to do is log-in. In fact, there are even some websites that offer these courses for free. You can even ask your questions and get answers right away. It is just like attending a face-to-face seminar. Most importantly, you will be able to learn what’s current when it comes to stocks and trading.

So learn now before another stock goes up without you investing on it. It is time you learn how you will be able to make yourself rich. So you will be able to attain all your financial goals and buy all the things that you have been dreaming of for so long.