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BRINGING YOUR BUSINESS UP TO IT SPEED TO INCREASE ITS NET PROFIT SAYS TELSTRA & IT LOOKS GOOD.

April 29th, 2013

Maintain a professional image:

5 tips for a small business

 

I have located this business web system available from Telstra

On the face of it there seems to be a lot of potential & would be worthy of investigating further by business people-Good luck-Henry Sapiecha

In order to be taken seriously, small businesses need to convince customers of their professional ability and their value. Small businesses can punch above their weight by taking the time to go to market with a professional set of business documents, templates and content to ensure customers aren’t dismissing them before they have a chance to pitch the value of their product or service.

But how can small businesses deliver a professional image when they don’t have the same resources as big businesses? Web-based solutions, also known as ‘cloud solutions,’ help small businesses maintain professional-looking documents even while collaborating and editing with employees in real-time from different locations. Gone are the days where employees hoped documents maintained proper spacing and margins; small businesses can now create materials in confidence and showcase their professional ability to customers.

Below are just a few of the ways small businesses can ensure they are maintaining a professional appearance when it comes to the business communications:

Make the First Impression a Professional One

An email newsletter is often a small business’ first connection with a potential customer; they can keep it professional by registering a business email domain (johndoe@yourbusiness.com) and sending all communications to customers and potential customers from there. Most cloud solutions offer a cost-efficient and easy way to customize emails with basic client information – small businesses should take the time to add a personal touch to connect with their customers. Messages should be short and to the point to ensure their email will bring value to potential customers. Email signatures should be simple, clean and professional, and employees shouldn’t forget to run a spell-check before hitting send.

Create Customer-Ready Documents

Whether creating documents on an office desktop or on-the-go on a mobile or tablet device through Office Mobile Apps in Office 365, small businesses can rest assured that their documents will look as they were intended to for customers. Small businesses should look for cloud services that let them  format and design documents and emails accurately and professionally every time; with some services, the document or email looks nice as a staffer works on it, but once it’s sent to a customer, they find the font sizes and types have changed and spacing looks messy. Small businesses should look for a cloud service where they can be confident that clients and customers are seeing documents exactly as they were intended.

Leverage Professional Templates

Small businesses don’t need a designer to create professional-looking documents. Cloud services offer banks of customizable templates, making the formatting and editing of copy and images a simple task for any small business. With Office 365, they don’t need to break the bank creating a website from the ground-up; easy-to-use tools will help establish a small business’ presence on the Web with no additional hosting fees.

Shape Up Social Networks

Networking is an important part of any small business. They should groom their social media presence online to make sure that the images and posts projected are the ones the business wants customers to see. Some email services show social media information alongside emails to give small businesses more information about the people they are communicating with. Keeping content business-relevant and professionally appropriate will ensure coworkers and customers see any small business employees at their best.

Remember that customers expect professional communications and content at all stages of the engagement. Microsoft Office 365 Small Business Premium is one service that can help small businesses maintain a professional image and, as a result, gain confidence from their customers that they can handle the job.

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April 24th, 2013

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April 19th, 2013

THE SLAUGHTER & MAIMING OF WILD ANIMALS IS RIFE IN ASIA

Would you purchase an endangered tiger’s tooth as a cure for acne?

Perhaps not, but in many Asian countries, you could.

People need to be aware that when you see a full page ad in a magazine or newspaper for a conservation group and I would rather support a group that puts in every dollar that is donated into their projects. 

The fact that the animal may be critically endangered can actually make the purchase more lucrative, as the rarer the animal, the more potent it’s good fortune and healing properties.

Like the drug trade, wildlife trafficking is big business.

In Cambodia, traffickers wait on the outskirts of forests waiting for village hunters to return with whatever their snares have trapped. The sale of rare and endangered animals is one of very few options they have to provide for their family.

This is the vicious circle that Perth woman Rebecca Tilbrook wants to break.

For 15 years as a conservationist, Ms Tilbrook has seen Cambodia’s wildlife decimated by the illegal trade and last year decided to start her own charity, For the Animals.

“I don’t want to see the tiger or the elephant wiped off the face of the earth during my lifetime,” she said.

“I just think that it’s unconscionable that we are even faced with that possibility, and it’s a very real possibility.”

When Ms Tilbrook first arrived in Cambodia more than a decade ago she was confronted with wild animals being tortured and sold on every street corner.

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She says the practices have since moved underground, behind closed doors.

Bears are kept alive in restaurants waiting for customers to order bear paw soup, a delicacy at $300 a bowl. Chefs cut off each paw one at a time, leaving the animal alive, slowly bleeding to death, to ensure the meat remains fresh for the next order.

Other bears are sent to bile farms in China or Vietnam where they live in “crush cages” designed to squeeze every last drop of bile from their pancreas out through the needle of an old catheter, until they stop producing it and die.

Macaque monkeys are yet another culinary delicacy, served either screaming or drugged, strapped beneath the table with a hole for their head to poke through.

Their skull is then removed and their brains eaten alive.

The popular belief is that meat is the healthiest when the animal is alive, and that the more fear an animal experiences at death, the tastier its flesh becomes.

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Almost every part of the endangered Asian Tiger can be used and are sold for a hefty fee, including the penis which is brewed as a tea to cure impotence.

According to the conservation group Wildlife Alliance, it is likely that there are no tigers left in the wild in Cambodia.

Its records say that the last time a tiger was sighted in the Cardamoms – one of the last continuous forests in South East Asia – was in 2007.

“We need to take direct action and we need to do it quickly,” says Ms Tilbrook.

“We’re running out of time.”

But while Ms Tilbrook has felt an overwhelming response from Australian people who want to help, she says that donating to just any animal charity is not the best way to enact change.

“My foundation For the Animals was a reaction to the waste and misuse of a lot of funds that I’ve [experienced] working in the conservation world for over 15 years,” she said.

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“Funds are being wasted on overheads like pedantic research, huge salaries, plush offices, business class travel, lavish parties; and things that I feel feed the ego instead of accomplishing the mission that’s at hand.

“There are grass-roots charities doing important work on the ground and no one’s ever heard of them because they’re not spending all their budgets promoting themselves.

“People need to be aware that when you see a full page ad in a magazine or newspaper for a conservation group, that’s a very expensive expenditure, and I would rather support a group that has the integrity to put every dollar that is donated into their projects.”

For the Animals sends all money raised in Australia to the charity Wildlife Alliance in Cambodia and have not needed to focus on advertising and fundraising – until now.

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While the foundation has been financially backed by an individual benefactor, this fund will dry up by the end of 2013.

“I just believe there will be others out there who will want to support this work,” she said.

Wildlife Alliance have seized over 52,000 wild animals from poachers with more than 20,000 having been rehabilitated at their Pnom Tamao Rescue Centre since 2001, which aims to release them back in to the wild. About 2100 poachers have been charged.

They have preserved 1.7 million acres of natural forest that is home to many endangered and threatened species, re-planting over 500,000 native trees in areas destroyed by slash-and-burn agriculture and cancelling 34 commercial land concessions for agricultural plantations and mining projects.

However, Ms Tilbrook says the biggest challenge has been changing Cambodian attitudes towards conservation.

“It became very clear that if we wanted to protect the Cardamom forest that we would also have to set up the communities with alternative forms of income so they didn’t have to poach to feed their children,” she said.

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Many Cambodians fled Phnom Penh in the 1970s to escape the mass genocide that claimed more than two million lives at the hands of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge, leaving them little choice but to poach wildlife and slash-and-burn the natural forest to plant crops.

With the average Cambodian wage at $US1 a day, risking up to 10 years in jail for selling an endangered Pangolin or a square metre of rare Rosewood for hundreds of dollars becomes a calculated risk.

The Alliance have since rebuilt the Sovanna Baitong village, a place where 187 families who previously relied solely on unsustainable and illegal practices call home.

Villagers have been given a hectare of land each, as well as seeds, chickens, education and healthcare for their children.

“Now I have a school for my children and my house is close to the hospital,” a Sovanna Baitong man said.

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“I used to be scared of the ranger because he could put me in jail and take me away from my family,” said a woman.

“I don’t have to be scared anymore because I don’t kill the animals.”

“I have five children, now they are all studying at school [and] my eldest son is in Pnom Penh studying at university,” said another.

“When I lived in the forest, one of my sons passed away, but here we have a hospital and medicine.”

Ms Tilbrook says that while many Cambodians are still adjusting to fully understand the conservation message, she recognises that many Australians do.

“It’s as easy as giving some money to a group that will use it really well,” she said.

“It’s not just about loving animals… it’s about feeling that they deserve to be here on this earth with us.”

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You can donate to Wildlife Alliance through the Australian based foundation For the Animals. All donations go directly to Wildlife Alliance projects in Cambodia.

Jerrie Demasi was sent to Cambodia courtesy of For the Animals.

Henry Sapiecha