Enjoy your Devon holiday in a luxury cottage

The charming county of Devon is the ideal place to spend a vacation, whether it is a weekend getaway for a couple, family or friends. The wealth of diversity offered in Devon is unrivalled in England – there is so much to do here whether you wish to ramble through nature’s creations or indulge in more active sport. The list of attractions in Devon is endless, which is why visitors can never get enough of the place, and return to Devon time after time.

If you are a beach and water sports fanatic, Devon is ideal for you. There are so many beaches to list, but here are a few. Blackpool Sands has a Blue Flag award for cleanliness and provides breathtaking views; Slapton Sands has a great car park and is dog friendly; Bantham Beach is one of the best sandy beaches in Devon and is perfect for sandcastle making.

Devon also has several famous Rivers – River Dart is one of the most popular and is referred to as the ‘most beautiful river in England’. Here you can enjoy fishing and the scenery while going on a boat ride. There are numerous sporting activities for enthusiasts in Devon – the most popular include fishing, horse riding and golf.

If you prefer visiting historic towns and sites, then Devon has so much in store for you. Historic towns include Totnes, Ashburton, Dartmouth, Salcombe, Exeter and Plymouth to name a few. These towns have fascinating old buildings, houses, castles and gardens. Some of the most visited properties in Devon include Dartington Hall, Buckland Abbey, Castle Drogo, RHS Rosemoor Gardens and Saltram House.

There are several types of accommodation available in Devon.

From hotels to cottages, bed and breakfast establishments to apartments, camping to caravans, the options are numerous. A stay in a luxury cottage in Devon is one of the many ways that one can enjoy Devon, and guarantees that your holiday will be perfect.

Self catering luxury cottages in Devon are ideally located either close to the coast or else in the beautiful countryside. Either way, you can enjoy Devon in style. Cottages come with bedrooms and bathrooms which are comfortable and well equipped and come complete with kitchen, living room and dining room furniture. Typical luxury cottages in Devon come with several facilities such as TV/DVD players, washer/dryer, full cooker, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, garden furniture and sun umbrellas.

Internet Marketing

According to a study conducted by Nielsen/NetRatings, a premier service of The Nielsen Company, there are 450 million internet users in 21 countries, and out of them 250 million people can be termed as active users that is these users spend on an average more than 10 hours a month on the internet. The study further reveals that one third of these active users regularly use the internet to make purchases. Thus, for an astute entrepreneur, all these 250 million people are potential customers. Now, the big question is how to convert these prospective customers into permanent customers. The answer is simple ‘internet marketing’.

What is Internet Marketing?

Also referred to as online marketing, is all about using the power of internet for marketing. A component of e-commerce, it amalgamates the technical and creative aspects of the internet, and uses methods as email marketing, viral marketing, display advertising, search-engine marketing, affiliate marketing and interactive advertising to pin down the potential customers.

Business Models

Several business models are associated with internet marketing. However, the two main ones are business-to-consumer (B2C) and business-to-business (B2B). In the former case, the products are sold directly to the end customers, while in the latter case the companies do business with each other. A third lesser-known business model associated with internet marketing is peer-to-peer (P2P). Here the individuals barter commodities between themselves.

Formats

In addition to business models, internet marketing is also related to some formats. For instance, name-your-price, where the customers have the privilege to choose their price range and then buy the items that fall in that range. Another format where it finds its place is online auction. Here the buyers place a bid on the enlisted items. Find-the-best-price is yet another format that can be associated with internet marketing. In this case the buyer can search for the website that sells a particular item at the lowest price.

Advantages

From the perspective of an entrepreneur, marketing on the internet is less expensive as compared to other media like television, radio or print media. Secondly, the entrepreneur can easily expand into the local, national and international market. Furthermore, there is no need to spend valuable resources on the sales force. Lastly, the entrepreneur can easily track his or her success and thereafter modify it according to their needs. In other words, internet marketing inculcates a sense of accountability in the advertiser, which in its turn increases the return on investment.

Now from the customer’s point of view, it provides detailed information about the product. The availability of requisite information making decision-making process a lot easier for the customer.

Disadvantages

On the downside, it is quite intricate for those entrepreneurs who are not well-accustomed with the working of the internet. Here written words are more important than spoken words. The design and content of the website play a massive role. The entrepreneur may lose his customers if the website is not properly designed or if the customer struggles to download the information due to the complexity of the web page. At times, slow internet connections also make entrepreneurs to lose their money. Moreover, inadequate development of electronic payment methods also mars the effectiveness of internet marketing campaigns.

Most customers who avoid buying from the internet do so because firstly they cannot touch, smell or taste the product before buying, and secondly, they face problems while returning the product that they don’t like. These two factors also ruin the impact to a great extent.

Security lapse is another snag associated with internet marketing. Recently, some companies involved in online business have been caught selling customer information. These incidents prompted many customers to stay away from online companies. Customers are still hesitant in spite of assurances and installation of foolproof methods.

Conclusion

Despite the drawbacks, internet marketing is garnering huge profits for several industries particularly banking and music industries. Flea markets have virtually perished. Unique items, which were available only in the flea markets once upon a time, can be found on any online auction sites.

In fact, traditional marketing media as television, newsprint, etc. are also losing money due to the soaring popularity of online marketing. According to a report, in the year 2006, US companies spent $17 billion on online campaigns. If we try to confiscate the drawbacks, internet marketing can prove to be a potent tool to convert prospective customers into permanent customers and to engender endless streams of profit.

The Strategic Use of Information Technology

TEACHER: Hello, Student. What do you know about Information Technology (IT)?

STUDENT: Well, I know that most software is full of “bugs”! By the way, why are these errors in programs called “bugs”?

TEACHER: Computer “bugs” have been around since malfunctions in a 1945 Mark II were blamed (facetiously) on a moth trapped in a relay. Nowadays the term refers to programming flaws -commands that don’t accomplish the desired result. But I am sure you must know more about IT than the fact that programs have bugs!

STUDENT: Recently I read an interesting article written by John Diebold years ago. Allow me to quote from it:

“Information technology . . . is becoming increasingly the key to national economic well being, affecting virtually every industry and service. One would be hard-pressed to name a business that does not depend on the effective use of information: to design products and services, to track and respond to market demands, or to make well-informed decisions. Information technology will change the world more permanently and more profoundly than any technology so far seen in the history and will bring about a transformation of civilization to match.”

TEACHER: Interesting. There is no doubt that information technology is currently a major force with the potential to affect a range of organizations in fundamental ways.

The impact of information technology on business operations has been enormous and will increase substantially.

There is no doubt that a shift from an industrial economy to an information oriented service economy is under way; and no one knows when the process will slow down.

In essence, scale and the conventional dimensions of time, space, and mass will no longer be constraints on the products of the information age. Unlike the standardized product created for the mass market of the industrial age, the electronic delivery of banking services, for example, is scale-independent and intangible, provides instantaneous service, and is not bound by the physical location of the bank.

STUDENT: AmbaiU’s online courses are a good example! Students from all over the world can instantly access the courseware. The dramatic growth of the Internet’s WWW service has Uncategorizedly been an important factor in the growth of IT in general.

TEACHER: True indeed. Environmental trends like globalization and heightened international competition are speeding the movement toward increased IT use by corporations. The exigencies of worldwide coordination of operations and the need to react rapidly to global competitive threats have emphasized the importance of IT in the current business context. Dramatic technological developments in hardware, software, databases, and telecommunications have simultaneously pushed the utilization of IT further along.

STUDENT: So, is the sky the limit for IT?

TEACHER: Not exactly. At the same time, several factors are militating against the rapid deployment of IT. Among these are the still-slow development of appropriate software, long-standing difficulties in quantifying IT benefits (for justifying IT investment), issues of database integration, and the lack of standards (for the purposes of inter-organizational connectivity).

STUDENT: I also think that there was “over-investment” in IT in the last decade of the 20th. century and even at the beginning of the 21st. And what about IT and Strategic Management?

TEACHER. True, we are primarily concerned with the likely impact of information technologies on the practice of strategic management. The reason for adopting such a perspective reflects a fundamental belief that information technologies can potentially influence the core of a firms activities: Choices pertaining to products, markets, and technologies (the corporate strategy level), as well as competitive methods within each of the product-market segments (the business strategy level).

STUDENT: I assume this is why the role of information technology is becoming broader than that of the traditional Information Systems (IS) function, and is becoming a general management concern and challenge.

TEACHER: Good observation. We will consider three linkages that interconnect three important concepts -strategic management (SM), information technology (IT), and the management information systems (IS) function.

* Link 1: Management Information Systems with Information Technology

According to the traditional view, IS is a service function (just as accounting, human resources, or industrial relations) which is charged with the task of efficient data processing and administration of the management reporting and control systems. According to such views, systems are designed to cater to the informational requirements of different managerial roles and are identified using standard informational requirements assessment methodologies. In consequence, systems are evaluated using criteria such as timeliness, format quality, and reliability, reflecting the technical capability of the system. The implication is that the role of IT was conceived largely as the technical core of the MIS function.

Consequently, the important characteristics of this linkage were hardware and software support for the information architecture, and flexibility of design to support minor modifications in the information requirements or to respond to the fast-changing technical core of the system’s hardware.

The strategic planning level, by virtue of its unstructured nature of decision making, received minimal support from the traditional conceptualizations and role definitions of IS.

Link 2: Strategic Management with Information Systems

The description of Link 1 reflects a view that the charter of the IS function was derived directly from the informational resource assessment and had no explicit linkages with strategic choices at the corporate and business levels. This view was representative of the actual situation until the late 1960s and early 1970s, when the need to tailor the design of MIS to the requirements of the organizational strategic context gained currency. In 1968, McKinsey & Co. published a report titled Unlocking the Computer’s Profit Potential that called for a formal link between the design and implementation of MIS and the firms strategies and objectives. This publication urged managers to visualize the role of computers in business organizations as something beyond a data processing resource at the operational level of the organization and more as a mechanism that supports their strategy.

STUDENT: Even before that McKinsey report, William King proposed that the “IS-strategy set (composed of IS objectives, IS constraints, and IS design strategies) should be derived from the “organization’s strategy set” (composed of organizational mission, objectives, and strategies).

TEACHER: You are a well read student, indeed!

STUDENT: You might remember that I come from an “IT family.” And I keep hearing a complaint from my IT relatives: while there is concern within the MIS discipline to ensure that MIS is designed in accordance with the strategic contexts of the firm, the link in the other direction, from the corporate strategic context to MIS, is still largely ignored.

TEACHER: True, but this is changing rapidly. Also, several authors have called attention to the possibility of exploiting information and information systems for strategic advantages. As William King noted in an editorial comment in the Management Information Systems Quarterly,— Information (and IS) has the potential to be a primary source of (competitive) advantage in the marketplace rather than merely as a resource to be efficiently managed or a service that is periodically turned on and off as needed.

STUDENT: Can we then assume that many see the link between strategic management and IS today as a bi-directional, mutually interconnected link, implying a strategic role for the IS function?

TEACHER: Certainly, and it was about time. In a transition towar
d a strategic role, the goals and tasks of the management information systems function undergo an important transformation. The systems are no longer viewed in terms of informational support for operational decisions, but rather in terms of the realization of the organization’s strategic objectives, especially the achievement of competitive superiority in the marketplace.

Information systems with a charter to achieve competitive superiority are called “strategic information systems” and differentiated from the more operationally focused MIS. Indeed, MIS has been traditionally concerned with the operational control systems for relatively structured decisions based on readily available, internal data. In contrast, strategic information systems are designed to support relatively unstructured decisions, especially those that are intricately tied to the activities of the market-place.

STUDENT: I hear that usually such decisions require a combination of internal and external data that: are neither well structured nor completely specified.

TEACHER: Exactly. Although a perfect demarcation between management information systems and strategic information systems cannot always be made, the conceptual distinction is important enough to be recognized just as the conceptual distinction between strategic and operational decisions.

Let me mention some examples of strategic information systems operating at real companies:

American Airlines : SABRE reservation System -installed in most travel agents for booking airline, hotel, and rental car reservations.

American Hospital Supply Co.: ASAP-order entry system-installed in over 4500 medical establishments to order supplies on-line. The system is internally interconnected to several supporting systems

Citicorp Extensive use of automated teller machines and global transaction network. Several systems that support their strategies for electronic banking services.

McKesson Corp. Economost -order entry system that supports customers with inventory control and analysis of sales.

United Airlines APOLLO-Travel agency reservation system with several augmented services installed in about 7700 agencies.

Student, can you think of specific strategic objectives any of these companies have achieved through IS?

STUDENT: Well, I am sure that SABRE provides American Airlines with critical operating data that can be used for strategic decisions; travel agents hooked on to SABRE are likely to book on American more than other airlines.

TEACHER: Yes, some much so that the US government has stepped in and put some limit’s on SABRE’s propensity to favor AA!

Strategic information systems achieve their objectives through several mechanisms, but two deserve special attention. These are: (1) the reconfiguration of the information flows within an organization to provide competitive advantages relative to competition, and/or (2) development of inter-organizational systems that extend beyond the traditional boundaries of a single focal organization.

STUDENT: Are these modes are mutually exclusive?

TEACHER: No, but we will discuss them independently.

Reconfiguration of Information Flows

Let us consider the case of an airline that uses timely data to increase its load factor -perhaps the single most critical factor for achieving success in the airline industry. By developing a strategic information system designed not only to continually collect data on flight bookings, but also to compare current sales against historical patterns, the airline can instruct its own ticketing agents (as well as travel agents) to modify the number of discount seats available on a particular flight depending on the current level of advance bookings.

STUDENT: By the same token, I guess that similar benefits can accrue to a hotel, where a key determinant of competitive performance is the occupancy ratio.

TEACHER: Correct. And the basic notion of timeliness of information can be extended from the context of the service sector to the manufacturing sector. Consider the case of an oil company which is able to communicate with its dealers directly and instantaneously as oil prices change to ensure minimum delay between the setting of prices in the headquarters and its realization at retail outlets.

STUDENT: But in these illustrations IT does not influence the fundamental strategic business choices.

TEACHER. Correct. However, the implementation of such decisions through organizational hierarchy and channels is facilitated through the use of IT, leading to improved strategic results.

Inter-organizational Systems Inter-organizational IT applications highlight the potential to achieve competitive success that extends beyond intra-organizational informational flows to the deploying and exploiting of information-based links with diverse actors in the marketplace.

STUDENT: Your are using rather complicated phrases today! In simple terms, what you mean is that an inter-organizational strategic information system is a system that extends beyond the boundaries of a single focal organization to link multiple organizations.

TEACHER: Glad to see that you understood! The potential todevelop such links (and the consequent benefits to achieve competitive advantage) is perhaps the single most important reason for the, increased attention to informational systems from a strategic management point of view.

The railroad industry, which has one of the highest levels of “penetration” of electronic data interchange (EDI) among all industries, displays several levels of inter-organizational systems use. And relatively new industries such as couriers (FedEx, UPS, etc.) are good examples too.

Let me also mention the McKesson Drug Company. The case of McKesson is frequently quoted as one of the most successful examples of business transformation using information technology capabilities. McKesson is a US national pharmaceutical distributor that receives close to 100 percent of its orders electronically from drugstores through its Economost systems. A customer orders by making a single pass through the store with a hand-held order entry device, keying in a product identifier or using a bar code scanner. Reorder quantities are indicated on shelf tags. When the complete order has been entered, it is transmitted to the data processing service.

McKesson clearly achieved operational efficiency benefits to improve its profitability. Although the company apparently did not gain share relative to its major distributor competition, it achieved significant strategic benefits in sales and market share gains relative to its larger competition. The system also achieved “increased tying of the customer to McKesson” which is a substantial strategic advantage. Moreover, McKesson offers a number of other services based on the data it obtains from the order entry system.

The company also provides other firms in the health care business with specialized strategic systems. The following announcement is a good example:

In May 2003, McKesson Corporation announced that LibertyHealth in Jersey City, N.J., signed an eight-year, $47 million agreement for products and services designed to transform the use of clinical information to support patient care in its three-hospital system. LibertyHealth contracted for McKesson’s Horizon Clinicals(TM) suite (of programs) to enhance patient safety, reduce medication errors and increase patient referrals by providing physicians and other caregivers with better access to information.

“We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reinvent the use of IT to support patient care and enhance quality as we open our new hospital,” said Dr. Jonathan Metsch, LibertyHealth’s president and chief executive officer. “To create the best environment of care, it’s a given that we must provide the latest medical equipment. But, just as importantly, we must provide the most advanced clinical IT solutions to support our 900 doctors and nurses as they provide healthcare for this community of 600,000 people. That’s why we’ve
partnered with McKesson — we get superb, advanced clinical applications.”

Link 3: Strategic Management with Information Technology

Over the last years, several new and powerful forces in the technological and market environment compel one to recognize the link between strategic management and information technology in terms of the fundamental role played by IT in influencing the formulation of a firm’s strategy rather than merely supporting its implementation.

The potential for innovative modes of competing as well as new products and services made possible through IT provides managers with an entirely different spectrum of opportunities and threats. Given the general explosion of computing power and communications capabilities (integrated voice and data, the Internet), several new business applications can be (and have been) developed in those areas that directly enhance efficiency and effectiveness in the market-place.

Example: Merrill Lynch Merrill Lynch’s strategy demonstrates the potential offered by information technologies to develop superior substitute products (or services) as well as altering the definition and domain of business operations. The introduction of Cash Management Account (CMA) by Merrill Lynch represented a revolution in terms of redefining the concept of financial services in a marketplace that was dominated by the traditional banking institutions. The new business concept was built around integrating diverse financial instruments under one common umbrella such that the individual investor is able to enjoy the convenience of moving money across them as well as benefit from the “float” that the banks traditionally enjoyed. This account permitted the integration of four basic services to investors: (1) automatic investment of cash and dividends in a money market account, (2) credit through a standard margin account, (3) cash withdrawal by check or debit card, and (4) investment advice in managing and diversifying the account.

The strategy could not be implemented without the use of information technology, for it requires daily swaps across different accounts to post the credit card charges, checks, securities, and deposits, as well as to develop a daily updated credit limit for each account holder. This complex data processing operation is not incidental to the business concept but is fundamental to its conceptualization and operation. The importance of IT in this strategy is perhaps best emphasized by the fact that Merrill Lynch obtained a patent for the cash management account system. The annual fees generated by this product for Merrill Lynch were quite substantial.

Although several variations (circurnventing the patent protection) of this basic concept have appeared in recent years, none has so far matched the success of Merrill Lynch’s product.

Other firms which have utilized IT to break down traditional industry borders in the services sector include Sears, now an integrated financial services provider; Citicorp, now an investment and realty firm as well as a bank; and American Express, always strong in the travel business, now making a play in international banking, insurance, and securities, in addition, to becoming a financial and information supermarket. Indeed, the entire industry is being transformed due to parallel but related forces: deregulation and technology.

Windows 7 Optimizer – Do You Really Need a Registry Optimizer For Windows 7?

A Windows 7 optimizer is not a luxury that you can avoid. Its a necessity given the vulnerability and the complexity involved in programming codes behind the operating system of this age. Why do you need a registry optimizer to clean your Windows 7? This question is propping up in minds of the rising users of the system ‘7’. There are some people who chose not to use a cleaner tool to fix their registry errors. The same is true for this version of the operating system. However, these people do realize at some later stage that their approach was not mindful

Not much time has passed since the launch of Windows 7 but people are starting to experience some errors such as reboot and restart problems, screen out issues and the windows slow speed performance while booting.

Although people do use antivirus and antispyware tools to protect their systems but they do forget one important thing which is the Windows 7 optimizer and cleaner utility. What happens is that people keep various infections away from their system but they don’t have idea that the spyware effect is left in the Windows 7 registry database. Similarly people do clean their systems from viruses and spywares but they don’t pay serious attention to clean the Windows 7 registry which results in the heavily messed up and corrupted registry entries getting accumulated in the registry database.

It is a proven fact that so much trash in the computer is the biggest cause of computer crashes and the decreased system speed. It is important, therefore, to clean registry as well. This can be done through a suitable registry optimizer and cleaner tool which can enhance computer speed function.

Thus using an Windows 7 optimizer is complimentary to other computer protection softwares. If you have already been using the security tools it is wise to add to your list the optimizer software. This will make a very good combination of software to protect your computer from all threats including the registry errors.

This approach has helped so many users to use their computers for long term without any PC crashes and hand problems.

The Most Profitable Business Sectors in 2010

Entrepreneurs dream of and start businesses for a variety of reasons. Some hate the jobs they are in, while others dislike the politics of a big office environment. But most would agree that the lure of freedom and flexibility were huge motivating factors.

Regardless of the rationale behind their decision, one criterion is more critical than any other: They want to make money and support their families. While it is easy to get distracted by chasing customers, growing top line revenue and expanding premises, the simple business fundamentals – profit and cash flow – determine whether the entrepreneur’s dream will ultimately last or turn into a nightmare.

It is almost impossible to predict the success and financial health of a business by looking at the number of employees, the look/feel of the website, the size of the office or the resume of the owner. Most of us would assume that the only way to really know, is to get a copy of and read the financial statements. While this is a great idea and valuable exercise, there is also another, easy way to narrow down your choices. You could simply choose to start or buy one of the Top 10 Most Profitable businesses – i.e. a venture that statistically has the highest probability of being financially successful.

Sounds straightforward, doesn’t it? But how [exactly] do you find out which businesses are on the list?

It is not widely known in the marketplace, but there are in fact certain industry classifications which have a track record of high net profit margins and solid cash flow. There are also certain characteristics and financial metrics of these select businesses which exponentially enhance their profitability. So much so, that these particular businesses are 5 to 10 times more likely to survive and thrive.

1. Consultants, experts and speakers
This industry includes business advisors, authors, coaches, therapists, psychologists, authors and paid speakers. On average, these businesses enjoy high per hour rates, carry no debt or inventory and have very low fixed expenses. The number of professionals in this area is growing rapidly each year and they are consistently generating net profit margins of 25-35%. Not bad for a business that is borne out of one person’s expertise – the large majority of these businesses employ less than 3 people.

2. Accounting and financial services
While this industry may sound boring – bookkeeping, payroll, tax compliance, accounting advice and software, advisory services, financial/investment advice etc – these practitioners become a whole lot more interesting when they are standing on their wallets. These businesses tend to have the longest client relationships (as most people perceive a huge risk inherent with switching to a new provider) and thus the lowest churn rate and the lowest cost to acquire and retain clients. They enjoy profit of around 23-26%, have enormous pricing power and their services are seen as must-haves, not discretionary spends. By and large, they also tend to have low operating expenses per client and as a percentage of sales.

3. Legal specialists
Despite their reputation as sharks and bottom feeders, lawyers make excellent profit and cash flow (on average 20-24% net profit margin). Their success factors mirror those of their accounting and financial services colleagues. Most clients are attained through WOM and referrals (keeping marketing costs low) and they tend to stay with their advisor over the long term as there is a perceived risk/cost to switching attorneys. Lawyers are fantastic at generating repeat business and up sales. Some of the most profitable areas include DUI defence, criminal law, tax and estate planning and divorce law.

4. Dentists – general and specialists
Dentists have three key operating advantages – they are often able to treat multiple patients simultaneously, they enjoy high average dollar transactions (most of which is not covered by health care plans) and their operating costs are relatively low (when divided by the total number of patients serviced). Yearly maintenance services (cleaning and x-rays) produce high contribution margins and dentists do a great job of convincing us we need them regularly. On average, they spend more than any other health provider on follow ups and re-bookings. Fortunately, the cost of this direct marketing is much lower than the cost of acquiring new patients and produces returns of 18-22% for the practice.

5. Designers
No matter what they specialize in – structures, decor, your brand, high end clothing and accessories – these professionals have a flair for bringing in the money – in fact about 16-19% on the bottom line each year. These practitioners benefit greatly from high end pricing and relatively low variable product costs and operating margins. Their greatest assets are their customer lists and their time. The greatest risk for those who are not as successful in this area is productivity – either not understanding the time involved to complete a job or not charging market rates for their time.

6. Medical specialists and veterinary medicine
It pays to specialize. The medical profession is relatively recession -proof. No matter what, people and pets tend to get sick and we rarely opt to forgo seeking care and treatment. Surprisingly on the rise are highly discretionary services such as plastic surgery, Lasik eye surgery, lap band specialists, infertility treatment and hair restoration. These specialists are often able to charge outside of what is covered by public and private health care (earning profit of around 14-16%) and they earn much more than their general medicine counterparts.

7. Specialised health and alternative medicine
As with traditional medicine, it pays to specialize. Mental health, podiatry, chiropractic, naturopathy, acupuncture, physical therapists etc. enjoy profits of 13-15% due to high average dollar transactions, repeat visits, low cost of goods sold and low operating margins.

8. Eldercare and retirement services
As the average population continues to age, there is a growing strain on young families from both ends – the need to manage child care with a career AND the need to manage the transition of elderly parents into assisted living or full time care. As a result, placement services, retirement villages, aged care services etc. are growing and becoming more lucrative. Private services in particular can earn 12-14% before tax.

9. Insurance and mortgage brokers
These businesses often cost very little to start and operate and earn their money through 2 distinct streams – the upfront fee they earn for securing the deal and ongoing annual trailers (which can often grow to 80% of their total revenue). While recent changes in many jurisdictions have reduced or delayed their initial payments from banks and various institutions, the ongoing passive revenue streams make these profitable businesses at 11-14% on average. The perceived hassle of switching is high, thus most retain customers for long periods of time and promote/receive referrals regularly.

10. Online business, small deposit and lending institutions
The internet has made it possible for anyone to set up shop and sell goods or services online with little or no experience and low overheads. While there are many dud eBusinesses, the ones that are making money are doing it on a huge scale. The most profitable ones (selling services and membership continuity programs) are earning more than $0.20-0.30 cents on the dollar each year in net profit, but examples of these are few and far between. On average, the ones that sell products and/or services should enjoy 11-14% on the bottom line with no debtors, low inventory and a small investment in fixed assets. Specialised credit unions and private lenders are also enjoying profit margins of around 10-13% due to low overheads and a growing mistrust among consumers with the traditional banks.

From this list, we can draw several important conclusions. First professional services is a winner. Of the list above, 8 out of 10 business fall into the category of professional services. The core drivers of their profitability being steady demand for services(despite economic ups and downs), low overheads, high contribution margins and repeat business. Aside from law, specialized medicine, dentistry and accounting, many of these professions also enjoy relatively low barriers to entry.

More often than not, it pays to specialize. Businesses in niche areas are often able to set high prices, command high value sales with large contribution margins and generate both repeat and referral businesses. This lesson can also easily be extrapolated and applied out to traditionally difficult or low profit industries. Take for example, the restaurant business or general trades like welding or electrical services. By becoming highly specialized, these businesses can directly influence the success and viability of their enterprises.

And finally, size definitely matters. In the small to mid size sector, economies of scale in most industries kick in around $1m in revenue – and this is especially pronounced in industries that require an upfront investment in specialized fixed assets like medical equipment, manufacturing equipment and technology.

8 of the Most Popular US Jobs in Today's Marketplace

Career advancement begins from the moment you choose a particular college degree. If you haven’t at this point concluded on one, below are eight very appealing occupations you can consider within the U.S.

1. Software Programming Engineers

The software engineering industry is anticipated to increase by about 50 percent within the coming decade. Computer software engineers fundamentally create new computer software packages employing several applications. People in this discipline evaluate client desires and come up with computer products and programs having a variety of programming languages.

2. Surgical Technicians

Because this professional avenue calls for the shortest degree of medical training, it is regarded as a fast track in the field of health and fitness. These associate health professionals, also known as surgical technologists, assist in medical operations under the direct guidance of a physician or registered nurse.

3. Marketing and Advertising Managers

If you possess the creative imagination and motivation to assist a company with the success of their product sales, you may well be a positive fit. Nearly all corporations that offer merchandise or services have to advertise. Advertising managers must be well-equipped with a strong educational background in advertising and business. You’ll need a diploma in marketing or advertising, communication or public relations.

4. Pilots

A profession as an airplane pilot could certainly be quite rewarding. Besides the high earnings, this particular field offers an infrequent chance of flying all around the earth. This field is competitive, provides superior compensation, and requires high skills. A candidate should receive thorough training in aviation and also have the capability to operate complex equipment using calm accuracy.

5. Game Developers

This occupation is a more recent specialty area which has vastly increased throughout the years. Because millions of people prefer to have fun with games on their mobile phones, PSPs, and laptop computers, this blossoming industry needs top specialists to create unique games and support the activity demand of game enthusiasts. Creativity and programming innovation are required here.

6. Accountants

Accountants and auditors are essential in just about every commercial enterprise to ensure the economical firmness and openness of the business operations. If a business person is eager to help improve the corporation, the financial resources must be properly cared for. To become an accountant, an individual should have a college accountancy diploma and be appropriately licensed.

7. Dental Practitioners

Dentists are among the most in-demand medical practitioners. They fairly frequently carry out surgical treatments but can also care for numerous conditions using the assistance of prescription medications. The specializations in the field of dentistry encompass oral surgical treatment, endodontics, periodontics, and public health dentistry, amid others.

8. Mental Health Counselors

Mental health counselors assist people to treat emotional disorders making use of a variety of therapies. To fill a position, a Master’s degree is generally needed in order to be accredited as a counselor; a graduate research program is also a plus factor.

Three Reasons to Hire a Car on Your Holidays

If you are planning to arrange transportation in Portugal, then you will find many options for you. However, the best transportation medium is to have car hire in Portugal. Of course, you can get other public and private transport option, but in most of the situation you will find that you are doing the best deal by going for car hire in Portugal. So, let’s see the three most common reasons why you should go for car rental in Portugal.

  • You will get best deals in terms of cost: Car rental is better if you have a travel plan spanning over different spots of city. For example, you are a tourist or have come for visiting places like coast lines at Algarve or different spots in Lisbon or Faro; then a car hire in Portugal make sense. Instead of taking different vehicles from one spot to another, a car rental for the required stretch of distance or time will give you economical advantage. Some times car hire companies will have different discounts or package for different tourist spots, too. This may depend on the seasons, when the passengers going for car rental in Portugal may be less. So, watch out for these discounts and it will prove to be a best deal for you. In case, you are a local there also, a car hire in Portugal will offer a relatively economic option for you, especially in case you are looking out for convenience too.
  • It provides a real comfort: Car rental is always very comfortable as compared to other public and private transport. The same way car hire in Portugal will take care about your comfort, while traveling. It is spacious and you need not worry about luggage too. It sees about your own comfort, all because of the reason that it has been hired personally for you. This makes a very economical comfortable option for you.
  • Takes care about your urgency, time schedule, etc: One of the reasons why people prefer for car hire in Portugal and elsewhere also is because of convenience with regard to your time schedule and plan. For example, while traveling you needs to stop over somewhere for shopping for a bit more time, you are free to do that without worrying for you being getting delayed. In case, you are planning to go for airport quickly, you can easily do so by taking an alternative way, if the main road has some traffic jam. In case of Portugal, you will always like to do that seeing all the scenic spots you will find at Algarve beach or stunning places at Faro.

Home Based Business Trends In A Fragile Economy

Home based businesses are many with some that are truly legitimate and others that are out to put a deep hole in your wallet. With today’s fragile economy, millions of people out of work and a shrinking middle class, there are those of us seeking ways to increase our financial means to make ends meet or to simply keep food on the table for our families. I’ve been a victim of the scams and have invested hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars seeking out the latest home business trend. But I have also learned a lot along the way and have acquired some tools to success that I would like to share with you to avoid any pitfalls you may experience in your search for the right opportunity.

#1. Product. You need to choose a product that literally most everyone needs. Think long and hard about this. Not everyone needs or likes healthy chocolate (I personally know someone who is allergic to it). The market is also flooded with many nutrition supplements claiming to be the next big trend. There is liquid form, pill form, shake form, juice form, etc. So which do you choose? Not to mention the expense and investment in such a venture. Don’t get me wrong. There are many fine health and wellness opportunities out there but they require a large financial commitment and again isn’t necessarily something most everyone wants or needs (we are in fact one of the most obese nations in the global market). Consider something such as cell phones. Nearly everyone has them everywhere you look and nearly everyone needs them. Even my 10 year old son is begging me to get him one since many of his friends already have them. The cell phone industry is exploding and more and more companies are popping up on the market.

#2. Affordability. As I mentioned earlier there are many legitimate home based business opportunities but they require a large financial commitment on your part and with a fragile economy this just isn’t an option. So along with the right product you need to have the right price. Opportunities that are too inexpensive (such as an opportunity for only $97) require hundreds of people in your downline just to make a few hundred dollars. Home based business opportunities that are too expensive are simply that-cost prohibitive and you don’t stand a chance at seeing a return (such as those opportunities that cost $1995-$3995). I’ve found that the latest legitimate home based business trends are priced between $300-$500. These are reasonably affordable even in a fragile economy and can get you up and running in no time. It will have you seeing a return on this investment within a few weeks to a few months.

#3. Team. I can’t stress enough how important it is to have a strong support system in place. Too often we are left to fend for ourselves after signing on with an opportunity and spend months trying to figure everything out ultimately ending in failure. A duplicatable, automated selling process, turn-key system that can run on auto pilot is vital to being successful with a home based business opportunity. These duplicatable systems can be achieved through websites and lead capture pages (which are generated by the company and given to each of their reps to build their business), DVDs explaining the opportunity and most importantly a way to market your business through offline methods (such as postcards and sales letters) in addition to online methods such as pay per clicks or cost per clicks. There are other online methods such as blogs, social media, articles and more but these systems are not easily duplicatable by everyone and requires a great deal of research, practice and trial and error to be successful with these methods. With the flood of online advertising, offline old-school mailbox methods such as postcards promoting an opportunity are becoming the trend among home based businesses.

#4. Leverage. The fourth and final point is leveraging a powerful system with the right opportunity that allows you to:

1. Make a lot of money

2. Make a lot of money quickly (and I don’t mean within 48 hours-let’s be reasonable here). You could with the right system be making money within a few weeks to a few months.

3. Be able to work from home only a few hours a week on a schedule that YOU decide

4. Have a business working for you even when you are not-translates to a 100% automated sales process from the moment your prospect sees your offer. This means:

-No personal selling
-No phone calls
-No hotel meetings
-No emails
-No sharing with friends and family

There is a lot to consider when seeking out the next home business trend. What I can tell you is from my experience, by using the tips I have mentioned as tools for researching and crafting a home business opportunity that’s right for you, it will greatly increase your chances for success.

Kakadu Juice – The World's Most Powerful Antioxidants!

Scientists from Sydney discover a Native Australian Bush Food that is many times more nutrient dense than Goji Berries, contains over 300% the level of antioxidants in Blueberries and is a highly rich ‘Uncategorized’ source of Folic Acid and Iron and this “New Australian Health Product” – “Kadadu Juice” containing Native Bush Foods could make many modern-day nutritional supplements obsolete!

From some of the world’s harshest landscapes ~ comes the world’s most nutritious plant foods like:

Kakadu Plum which holds the World Record for Vitamin C content, Tasmanian Pepper Berry hailed as the World’s Strongest Antioxidant food and a polygodial-rich food plant traditionally used as a bush medicine by indigenous Aboriginals of Australia. illawarra plum A very close rival to the pepper berry for the title of strongest antioxidant. Plus a host of other super potent plant foods like; Blueberries, Quandong, Wild Rosella, Acai, Goji, Mangosteen, Pomegranate, Green Tea, Cherry, Flax, Barley Grass, and Grape Seed.

One major thing that separates Kakadu Juice from many of the competing brands is that it is the first product to release that is not 60% or more plain water. It is the first truly concentrated product with real value for money. Secondly Kakadu Juice contains a unique blend of very powerful native bush foods. Thirdly it is a complete product, not just an antioxidant, or a vitamin product but a rich source of all the major essential nutrients. See [http://www.SuperWonderJuice.com] for more information. Fourthly it is proudly Australian.

Australia’s unique wild plant foods have sustained the world’s longest living culture ~ the Australian Aborigines for thousands of years. The health benefits of these fruits, herbs and spices are gaining global attention as emerging research reveals record levels of Uncategorized Vitamins, Antioxidants and Unique Phytonutrients.

Now after many years of research, testing and development, these newly recognised, world-leading Australian food plants are blended with exotic foods from around the world in an exquisite nutrient dense SUPER BEVERAGE known as (see front cover photo) Kakadu Juice.

Can Kakadu Juice make you healthy and wealthy?

Well, consider this quote from the book “The Wellness Revolution – How to Make a Fortune in the Next TRILLION DOLLAR INDUSTRY” where author Paul Zane Pilzer says “Teaching consumers about such products and services, intellectual distribution, is the greatest opportunity now and for the foreseeable future”.

The Wellness Revolution is here and Australia is staking its claim with a world-beating functional food beverage that offers a refreshing mix of innovation, integrity and value for money in an industry tired of the ‘hot air’ that seems to keep many direct sales companies afloat. Kakadu International has created a no-hype opportunity for people to stake their own claim in the burgeoning Wellness Industry by offering ordinary people a way to get involved with a great Australian company and learn how to create additional income from drinking and sharing Nature’s tastiest liquid bounty.

Thanks to the work of dedicated people like Dr. Kowalski, Vic Cherikoff and the tireless efforts of those in the CSIRO and other home-grown agencies, awareness of and the subsequent demand for Australian Bush Foods has created a viable industry that is now established and thriving. In similar fashion to the progressive growth of the Organics industry, Australian Bush Foods are now experiencing an organic growth all of their own.

With the emergence of scientific research into the Native Bush Foods, they’ve entered the record books for their nutritional and medicinal potency – something that Wellness industry entrepreneurs have a very healthy interest in. As a pioneer in this emerging sector of the Australian economy, Kakadu International, creators of Kakadu Juice, is proud of the knowledge that every bottle of Kakadu Juice is not only making people healthier but also providing employment for Aboriginal Australians.

The Australian Outback is one of the last pristine wilderness areas of the world. Wild harvesting of bush foods from this region relies on ancient Aboriginal knowledge of healing foods meshed with the modern practical skills of how to transport, process and distribute these foods in a way where nutritional vitality is…vital.

Remember the first vital rule to success in Network Marketing is you must have a very unique and highly consumable product that can not be obtained from anywhere else. Historically the most successful Network Marketers made their fortunes with nutritional products. Unfortunately many of them are overhyped, overpriced supplements that do little more than create expensive urine and some studies indicate do far more harm than good. This results in mass public confusion because one month we read how one thing protects us and a month later we read another study that the same synthetic supplement raises your chances of disease and premature death. Who do you believe and trust? The big pharmaceutical and supplement manufactures or the wisdom of Mother Nature?

The Truth About Supplements

The Dirty Secret Supplement Makers Hope You’ll Never Discover The overwhelming number of supplements on offer can leave many consumers feeling confused and frustrated; not daring enough to venture into the local health shop without first getting a degree in biochemistry! If that’s you, then you’ll be glad to hear the good news which is, there’s really only 2 kinds of supplements to choose from; those that are completely Uncategorized and those that are not.

The hard part is knowing the difference. Since the World became aware of “Uncategorized is better”, supplement companies have done everything in their power to convince you that their product is either “Uncategorized” or is so high-tech that it’s now “better” than Uncategorized. The truth is that the vast majority of nutrition supplements actually don’t contain any real nutrients, instead they’re made from cheap synthetic chemicals. A lot of slick marketing has led the Nature-seeking public to buy chemical products, with questionable results. How did we get it so wrong?

A Brief History of Vitamins

The ancient Egyptians noted that night blindness (vitamin A deficiency) could be cured by adding certain foods to the diet. In 1747 James Lind, a Scottish Naval Surgeon made the connection between a lack of citrus fruit intake and sailors developing scurvy. In 1905, Englishman William Fletcher discovered there were ‘special factors’ Uncategorizedly present in whole food that when processed away, resulted in disease. A few years later a Polish scientist named Funk identified these special factors and called them “vitamins”….or did he? He identified what he thought were the special factors that prevent disease; in fact, these Funky “vitamins” were only single molecules, a small part of the whole. The scientific methods available to Funk were fairly crude, no mass spectrometers, no electron microscopes or particle accelerators; science not sophisticated enough to correctly identify the complete structure of a vitamin.

Your body DOES know the difference Vitamins in Nature do not exist as isolated molecules. A molecule of ascorbic acid is not vitamin C, d-alpha tocopherol is not vitamin E; they’re merely individual pieces of much bigger puzzles. It’s not even just a matter of missing out on some benefits, these nutrients have multiple interacting roles. So, when you use a synthetic instead of the living complexes found in Nature, you upset the metabolic balance. The reason you don’t have to consciously control things like breathing, your heart beating and the digestion of food, is they’re just too complex. To say that a supplement chemist can create the right balance of chemicals to mimic what happens Uncategorizedly in “your” body or any living human is like saying a child who makes a paper plane could just as easily build a space shuttle. A cel
l in a dish doesn’t equal a cell in a living human. To say otherwise is an embarrassment to real science and an insult to Nature.

Value for money!

Imagine paying good money to see the Sydney Symphony Orchestra flawlessly perform a 2-hour piece of powerful classical music. Thousands of you sit, waiting to have your breath taken away by 50 of the World’s finest musicians all playing in perfect harmony but, they don’t show. Instead, a child walks out dressed in a tiny tuxedo and spends the next 2 hours bashing a xylophone with a brick. Not the experience you were hoping for was it? Well, your body feels similar disappointment every time it’s forced to metabolise cheap synthetics instead of the breath-taking perfection offered by Mother Nature’s vitamin source – whole foods.

But I buy mine from Company XYZ…

Is your favourite supplement actually synthetic or mostly full of artificial ingredients? It has a great story behind it, pictures of rain forests on the label, endorsements by doctors, everyone else takes it…must be good, right? Ask anyone who was alive in the 30’s and they’ll tell you that doctors actually used to prescribe cigarettes to their patients. Between 1929 and 1949 doctors believed that “smoking relaxes the nerves, renews energy and soothes throats”. Cigarette companies used doctors to promote the ‘health benefits’ of smoking until 1950 when the facts about lung cancer became undeniable. The medical community pulled away from the tobacco industry and the use of health claims in tobacco advertising was banned in 1951. By learning to read labels and ask questions you see past the advertising hype and avoid the disappointment of buying something synthetic.

How to read a product label

Ask any biochemist and they’ll reveal that levels of vitamins in real food are not constant, they go up and down. Any manufacturer will tell you that it costs hundreds if not thousands of dollars to have exact amounts of a single vitamin tested. So, when you see a label with Vitamin C – 60mg or a list of 20 nutrients each with an exact quantity shown as being the same month after month, either they have money to burn, test every batch and by some freak miracle they’re all identical every time, OR, in reality they are synthetic nutrients, not Uncategorized ones. It kind of takes the fun out of playing the “which one has more in it” game when comparing supplements. Either way it doesn’t matter which has more if one or both contain synthetics.

What happens when you eat chemicals?

When people begin taking multivitamin tablets they may feel some brief benefit. This is your body doing its best to use its reserves of real nutrients to fill in the gaps. Manufacturers know this, it’s why they recommend “take with food”. Once your body runs out of its reserves, isolated nutrients act like drugs, cannot be used the way Uncategorized nutrients are, create more imbalances and like all synthetic chemicals must be removed from the body before toxic damage takes place.

Easier said than done… Take iron for example, an important mineral that you don’t want too much or too little of. Most iron is stored in red blood cells. Women lose blood every month and have much fewer iron toxicity diseases than men do. Inorganic iron from multivitamin tablets or from meat is difficult for your body to eliminate. Furthermore, iron from non-vegetarian sources destroys vitamin E, a nutrient essential for life. When iron comes from plant foods, it does not harm vitamin E and it is joined by ‘real’ vitamin C which improves absorption. It also comes with phytic acid which is not only an antioxidant which prevents that ‘rusting’ effect that excess iron creates in the body, it also helps bind and remove excess iron from the body. It’s an efficient, intelligent, synergistic system when left up to Mother Nature but a complicated, destructive mess if not.

What are multivitamin tablets made from?

Well, you now know how to check the label to find out how artificial the ingredients are, you could also just ask the company who makes them but also consider that those artificial ingredients don’t just Uncategorizedly stick themselves together in the shape of a vitamin tablet. Here’s a partial list of the things they use:

gelatin (from the boiled bones, skins and tendons of animals)

stearic acid (from boiled cow fat)

carnauba wax (car polish)

sodium alginate (chemically processed algae used in the paint & printing industry)

croscarmellose sodium (wood pulp)

What does the Scientific Community say?

As long as they’re not being paid by a company who makes synthetic supplements, they’re going to show you the research which as suspected indicates quite strongly that when its Mother Nature vs. Synthetics, Big Mamma beats Big Pharma every time! In February 2007 The Journal of The American Medical Association (JAMA) published a review of 68 scientific studies involving 232,606 people, which sought to determine the effects of supplementing with antioxidant vitamins and minerals for prevention. Their findings stated: “supplementation significantly raised mortality” (made people die faster). Headlines like “Vitamins Can Kill You” followed soon after. This negative attention resulted in numerous researchers looking closely at the meta analysis to see how it could be that increasing dietary vitamin intake could actually be killing people. Unsurprisingly they found that ALL of the studies under review involved synthetic supplements, not Uncategorized ones.

An 11-year study by the Queensland Institute of Medical Research involving 1,056 test subjects, found, those who ate at least three serves of green leafy vegetables a week reduced their risk of skin cancer by up to 55 per cent.

Studies from the Human Nutrition Centre on Aging at TUFTS University suggest that consuming antioxidant rich fruits may help slow the aging process.

Research scientist Maret Traber found that the liver will preferentially recycle Uncategorized vitamin E and excrete the synthetic imitation, effectively ‘spitting it out’ like a bad taste. In a Vitamin E study by the National Research Council of Canada, Dr Burton discovered that given a choice, the body ALWAYS chooses Uncategorized vitamins over synthetic ones. Don’t you think you should do the same?

Well, now’s your chance to get behind Australia’s Best Kept Secret and experience for yourself the difference that real nutrition can make to your health. Kakadu International invites YOU to benefit from its unique profit sharing opportunity as it expands internationally.

Effects of stress

Do you have problems with anxiety or stress?You must know all effects of stress. Stress isn’t some thing that isn’t important and if you think that it is you will be in trouble. Stress can result on your healthy and that is very bad. You can have problem with healthy because you didn’t rid of your problems and stress.
Usually when you have stress your heart beats faster you are upset and you increase blood pressure.
But more about that below. There are lot of advices and effects that I will explain to you below
1.You have to think that you will relief stress and he will gone. That isn’t so hard. Just relax and think on better stuffs and don’t say that you have problems with stress anymore and forgot about them. There are much stress reliefs techniques that you can choose and help yourself. Choose what is best for you and enjoy. You will see that is very helpful.
2.Also you maybe think that when you drink alcohol or smoke cigarets you help to relief stress. But that isn’t good. You can become depend from cigarets or alcohol and that will produce more stress,depression and problems. So you have to find the healthier ways and reliefs techniques to rid of stress.
3.I already said that you must find the best relief technique for you. That is very important because it isn’t your body exactly same like with some other man or woman. That is important because not everyone experience stress in the same way.
4.You probably don’t know but stress can result on your physical look. That mean that you can look older than you are and I know that anyone want that. So relax you wont do anything if you think just on your problems.
5.You can help in reducing stress if you change some your usually things that you do. For change you can start do exercises or take a diet. That will motivate you and you will feel better. Maybe your stress is reduced by some bad things that you do and change them if you think that they aren’t good.