The Advantages of SaaS (Software-as-a-Service)

There are a number of benefits to be gained from this emerging industry for both small businesses and individual users and this article reveals four of the best reasons for switching to a SaaS solution for your software needs.

1. No Installation Required
The beauty of SaaS is that it does not require you to install anything onto your computer. It will run straight from your browser window when you log into your SaaS service provider's website. This means you will not have to spend hours sat in front of your computer with a pile of installation CD's trying to start working with the new software you have purchased! The majority of SaaS is not browser specific and all should work fully with the three major ones (IE, Firefox and Safari).

2. Not Platform Specific
It does not matter whether the computer you are using runs on an Apple Mac OS, Linux or Windows – as long as you are able to use a browser and access the internet then you can use the software. This makes it far easier to switch platforms if you desire.

3. Automatic Upgrades
You will always have the latest version whenever you log in to your SaaS account because there is only one version available. Never again will you need to worry about your software becoming obsoleste and unsupported by the company you purchased it from. This also means that the SaaS provider is able to quickly make changes within a matter of hours if an error is found in the software.

4. Access Your Data Anywhere
One of the greatest benefits of SaaS is the freedom it gives you in terms of when and where you choose to work. All of the data you use within the software is stored on the servers of the SaaS provider – meaning you can log into your account wherever you are in the world and access it instantly. It also ensures that your data is safer than it would be if it was only stored on your home computer.

Hopefully this article has convinced you about the benefits of using SaaS applications in your business. If you wish to try out some and see what you think, I recommend www.salesforce.com for CRM and marketing purposes or www.winweb.com if you want to run your entire business from home. …

Premium Luxury Unique Business Cards

Tips to create the best

Business cards are very important marketing tools and any serious business should consider creating the most suitable ones for the business. When it comes to the cards, a professional look is what matters most. The best cards are those that are attractive enough to the eyes without necessarily being overly done especially with included text and graphics. But to make luxury premium business cards that are unique, you need to think beyond the name and logo to display. There are so many paper options and printing options you can think along to come up with the most professional and luxury business cards. Below are helpful tips that will make it possible for you to create unique, premium ones.

Tip 1 Choose the best paper stock

The quality usually will depend on the paper stock that you select. Some of the most suitable finishes include silk laminated, suede velvet laminates, gloss or matte laminated and you can also go for uncoated. Each of the paper options comes with pros and cons and it would be very important to consider them before making the final decision for the cards. You should also think about paper thickness in relation to the final card you want.

Tip 2 Consider embossing effect

One of the best ways of making your business cards stand out is by considering embossing for given texts and graphics. Embossing simply produces raised effect on selected areas of the card. A raised and recessed die is used to achieve this effect giving a pattern that is raised against the background. You can use such technique for your logo or business name.

Tip 3 Try out debossing

Instead of raising selected areas like it is the case by embossing, debossing forces paper material down the surface. This means that the debossed pattern or text will be recessed into paper surface giving a pleasant look in the end. It is an effect that best suits thicker paper stocks because of the deeper impressions it offers.

Tip 4 Color or paint card edges

Color edging is not something most people think about when creating business cards yet it is an effect that can make your cards stand out. You can match the edge colors to your brand colors or choose contrasting colors that do not steal the professionalism off the cards. You can create an interesting twist to your business cards by trying metallic colors like copper, silver and gold that have a luxurious feel to them or fluorescent colors that are exciting and fun.

Tip 5 Die cut your business cards

This is another very unique approach to premium business cards. Die cutting is the process where paper stock is cut to specific shapes with the help of a cutting die. Usually the paper will be placed on a flat surface with backing for support and then the desired die is pressed on to cut as desired. If you choose to die cut, ensure you choose shapes that …

Fashion – Women's Dress Business Casual

Women have it made when it comes to the fashion world. They have the ability to mix and match more outfits because – well men just do not look good in dresses and skirts. You should always remember that when trying to dress for business casual events you should be fashionable but comfortable at the same time. The rule of thumb is to allow your professionalism and comfort guide you when deciding what you will wear. Many of the pieces mentioned here can be worn in a variety of methods which allow you to change your look by simply changing one or two pieces of your attire.

If you are starting a new career the first thing you will want to find out is if there is any type of dress code in place. Normally the human resources can tell you what their business casual means but can vary from one company to another. Many big corporations require their employees to wear a business skirt or slacks while smaller companies may require a floral skirt and cotton sweater. The fashion world is often surrounded by women looking glamorous and fresh because of their makeup which is fine just make sure it's not overdone.

Fashion is a big part of daily life so looking good not only for work but for outside events, dinner parties, and other important events can be imperative for your self esteem. When picking out your clothes for work make sure that you do not have anything else on your calendar for that day that may require you to dress a bit differently.

Clothing is the key to fashion so having a few items is necessary to always looking good. Things that will always be in style and that you can mix and match include a few knit shirts and a couple good blouses. Also you may choose to purchase a cardigan or casual blazer that can be switched out with different colors. Slacks and khakis are always good pieces to add to your wardrobe. Every woman should have a couple dress skirts and at least one good dress that can be word for business or casual. Many of the pieces mentioned here can be worn in a variety of methods which allow you to change your look by simply changing one or two pieces of your attire.

Make sure to add proper accessories such as shoes, belts, scarves, and matching jewelry. Less is often more so remember to not overload yourself otherwise your whole look may seem as too much. This goes for makeup as well. The fashion world is often surrounded by women looking glamorous and fresh because of their makeup which is fine just make sure it's not overdone.

You should keep your clothes clean, pressed, and wrinkle-free. If you show up for work or a date with wrinkled clothes or those that are torn and stained you are leaving a much unorganized impression. Companies take pride in the way things are run and …

The Top 10 Business Books Ever

In this article I’m reviewing and revealing the all important “A list” top ten business books ever.

I recommend you make a note of all of these books and make a plan to read each one. It’ll take some time to read them all and there’s no rush. I can honestly say that each one of these books has changed my life for the better.

Some are more relevant to employees, others are more relevant to business owners but all are excellent books and whatever your situation I recommend them all.

Ok, here we go, starting with number ten…

10 – Who Moved My Cheese – Dr Spencer Johnson

Suitable for any age and taking only an hour to read this book is a must for anyone who is seeking something better in life. Whether it’s freedom, wealth, love or health, it’ll help you find what you’re looking for in a changing world.

9 – Buzz Marketing – Mark Hughes

This book is the one you might find surprising. You may have heard of all of the other books in my top ten but this one was a surprise to me too. Not being a well known classic, I didn’t expect it to such a fantastic book and so well written.

8 – The Tipping Point – Malcolm Gladwell

This book really is a classic. If you’ve ever wondered what makes some products or trends take off worldwide while others just fall by the wayside, this book will enlighten you. Filled with real life case studies this book is a must read.

7 – The Long Tail – Chris Anderson

We’re no longer restricted to just a few blockbuster movies, or the books in your bookstore, or the songs in your music store. The Internet has given us almost infinite choice, even in the tiniest of niches. This book explains how to capitalise on this and make money from the “long tail”.

6 – The 4-Hour Work Week – Timothy Ferris

Ever fancied outsourcing most of your business and some of you life so you can spend your time doing the things you enjoy? Of course, that’s why you’re reading this and that’s why you should read this book. It changes everything.

5 – The Richest Man In Babylon – George S. Clason

A little like Who Moved My Cheese in that it won’t take long to read and it’s suitable for all ages. It lays down the fundamental principles of building wealth which everyone should know. I’ve read it three times and I still love it.

4 – Rich Dad, Poor Dad 2 The Cashflow Quadrant – Robert T Kiyosaki

This is the sequel to number three below. It builds on the principles in the first book and details what the author calls the cashflow quadrant. Don’t be put off by the terminology, this book really did change my life for the better.

3 – Rich Dad, Poor Dad – Robert T Kiyosaki

Before you read the sequel above …

What's in a Business Card?

Over the years as I have attended trade shows, networking meetings, chamber events and more; I have noticed a few things about the successful and the not so successful. First of all, do you have a business card?

If you belong to a large corporation, you were probably issued business cards as a matter of course, almost as if it was a company perk. If you are in a small or home-based business, chances are you, personally, made the effort to get business cards, which entailed design, print and distribution. So if you went to all of the trouble of acquiring them, you should use them to your advantage. Here are a few tried and true rules for marketing with your card.

1. Never leave home without the cards. I have stopped for coffee already and had someone ask me for a card because they saw my car sign as I folded into the local coffee shop lot. If you want people to discredit you as a businessperson, all you have to do is say "Oh sorry I forgot my cards today." I have even been to trade shows and fellow exhibitors were walking around without cards. You have not only lost an immediate opportunity to market your business, but you look like an amateur who does not deserve the business.

2. Is the information correct? The reality is that sometimes we change our contact information. If you know that there will be changes in the near future, then limit the number of cards you have printed. Do not, scribble out and hand write information on your card. Back to "Can anyone say amateur?" I said that to someone once and his reply was, "yes but business cards are expensive." That says two things to me: 1) he did not shop around for a good price and 2) AMATEUR! The idea is to attract business not scare it away.

3. Does the card say what you want it to say? What message are you trying to get across? When designing a business card, think about the placement of information on the card. Is the key information in a prime place on the card? Does the design work with the rest of your company image? Your business card should be an extension of your company just like your logo, stationery, checks, signage, website and more. They should all get across the same message and design.

4. Can prospective clients contact you easily with the information provided on your card? This is a big one!

Is your website up to date?
Do you check your email at least once a day? (And respond!)
Is your email address professional (not mycompany@genericfreeemail.com )
Is your voice mail message clear, concise and professional?

In this day of technology everyone assumes you must have email and a website for your business to be successful. This is not necessarily true. If you do not conduct business via email or internet then do not put that information on …

Business Card Etiquette – How to Give and Receive Business Cards

A business card is a singularly powerful tool for self-advertisement. If lets you market yourself to a very wide audience without the hassle and prohibitive cost of newspaper advertising.

When you have business cards printed in bulk, however, be sure to get yourself a business card case. It's crass to distribute your business card without putting them in a business card case first.

How to Distribute Your Business Card

Is there a right way to distribute a business card? Is there a wrong way of doing the same? The answer to both questions is yes. In distributing business cards, there is a right way and a wrong way. There is no right way of doing it the wrong way.

The Wrong Way: Distributing your business card as if you are dealing playing cards.

The Right Way: Never pass out business cards like you would pass around sheets of paper or playing cards. Keep them in a business card case. Moreover, present them in such a way that the recipient can read them right side up.

As the recipient takes a card from your business card case, make an effort to keep up polite chatter. If, on the other hand, you are the recipient of the card, comment as you take the card out of the business card case. Then, subtly, put it in your pocket.

When networking, remember to keep your business card case inside a pocket you can easily reach. It is not seem to have to rummage for your cards while changing banters with high-ranking executives.

Keeping Up Appearances

Your business card is your advertisement. It should, therefore, be representative of the image you are trying to get across. So, make sure they are never creased, wrinkled, dirty, or scribbled upon. To help your cards remain spotless and crisp, keep them inside a business card case.

Tips for Cross-Cultural Card-Giving

1. When traveling abroad, have your information printed in English on one side and in the language of the country you're visiting on the other.

2. When giving out business cards in Asia, remember to use two hands to give and receive cards. Be sure to put the card that you receive on the tabletop, at least until the meeting ends. After the meeting, put the business cards you received inside a portfolio or a business card case.

3. If you ask someone for a business card, offer yours in return. The same rule applies for times when it is you who does the asking.

The act of exporting business cards is as important as a handshake. After all, when you exchange business cards with someone, you trade not just contact information. You exchange the possibility of a future with each other in it. Do it with style. …

Leather Travel Wallets – A Must Have

Probably one of the most useful genres of travel accessories is leather travel wallets for a number of reasons. Of course leather is the standard for most wallets due to their durability and ling life. There is never a better value for your money than leather.

Just think about regular leather wallets. Most people buy a wallet and hold onto it for years and years. The stuff can really take a beating. It's flexible, durable and most times lightweight which makes it perfect for any travel itinerary.

Protecting you important documents is so very important when traveling and leather travel wallets are the perfect way to ensure that your important papers stay safe from the rigors of travel. It is also important that you have your documents readily available. That means you want to have your wallets at the ready so that you can be ready to present your docs whenever they are asked for.

Leather wallets are easy to carry because of all the available configurations. You can carry them in your pocket or purse or just in a compartment in your carry on bags. Your passport is particularly important and a leather wallet is the best way to keep it protected. Remember, passports last for ten years so you want to keep it in good shape.

Then of course there are the leather travel wallets for carrying currency. When choosing a leather travel currency wallet you will need to be sure to keep in mind that currency sizes different per country.

That means you want a wallet that can easily accommodate any type of currency wherever it be paper or coin. Of course you will also need to keep your credit cards in your wallet too. Luckily, there are all manner of travel wallets available to fit just that bill, no pun intended. Consider safety too when buying leather travel wallets, Try to find a wallet you can easily conceal to thwart any would be robbers.

If you are like most people you like to keep organized during a business or pleasure trip and there are leather travel wallets that will help you do just that. Personal leather travel wallets can accommodate all sorts of calendars and other organization tools.

What is fun about these types of wallets are all the different styles and colors that they are available in. One thing is for sure leather wallets will treat you and your travel needs well. …

Grooming And The Traveling Man

We all travel through the year for business and / or pleasure. Whether you go away for a weekend, week, or a month, you need to know the basics of what to bring when it comes to your grooming needs. As the author of "Grooming Secrets For Men" I know that men want to know the best way to be prepared for a trip, so that when they get to their destination they'll be ready to look their best at all times!

First of all there are a few things to consider. If you are already using skin care products you have to decide if you're going to bring the whole jar / tube or just a portion of it. If you're going away just for a few days, or even a week, you should get yourself small plastic travel bottles / tubes. You can usually find a kit that contains several different sizes at your local pharmacy. Sometimes the kit even comes with labels so you can write what the product is and stick it on the appropriate bottle.

Once you have your travel size bottles, simply take your cleanser for example and pour just the amount you'll think you'll need into the travel size bottle. Do this for your other skin care products as well. This way you do not have to pack the large bottles or tubes, just the small travel size, which leaves more room in your suitcase for your clothes! Some skin care lines sell travel size kits. These are great for short trips. Just make sure to get the kit that is for your particular skin type.

When it comes to what to pack for your shaving routine, that all depends on what products you use. If you use a shaving cream that comes in a can, you can try to find a travel size can. Chances are you will not find a travel size can, and you'll have to bring the full size with you. However, if you use a shaving gel, you can for sure squeeze out some gel into a travel size tube and just bring that with you. If you're someone who uses a shaving brush, with a shaving soap, simply pack the shaving soap with the brush in a zip-lock bag and you're all set. When it comes to bringing your aftershave along, if it's in a large jar / tube, again, put some in a travel size container to save space in your suitcase.

Shower gels, shampoos and conditioners that come in large bottles have no place in your suitcase. Even if you have to buy more travel size tubes, transfer your shower gel, shampoo and conditioner each into their own bottle. You do not want to get to your location and have a counter full of full size products when you're only going to be there a short time. When all your travel size bottles and / or jars are filled and securely closed, simply put them …

Choosing the Right Luggage For Your Trip

Choosing the right luggage for your trip is one the most important decisions of the vacation planning process. Obviously if you want to go backpacking through Europe you are not going to be bringing a suitcase and if you are packing suits for a business trip you are not going to throw them in a backpack. So I guess the best question would be, "What are my options?"

Option 1: The Suitcase

The days of the hard suitcase are over. Now everywhere you look its fabric suitcases with multiple zippers for various compartments. They are for the most part light weight and very convenient. The most popular bags seem to be the ones that have wheels and a retractable handle so you can simply wheel you bag down the hall instead of carrying. The wheels can damaged despite and no one wants to buy a new bag just because of the wheels so you might as well learn how to replace your luggage wheels. An average bag will run you about $ 40 dollars and sets of 4 or 5 decent quality bags can be had for about $ 150.

Option 2: The Backpack

Visiting hostels around the world? Taking a short trip to see some friends? Just want to look cool? Then the backpack is for you. There are many variations of the travel backpack. There are very large ones that act almost as a duffel bag, very small ones that can be used as a daypack for short trips from the hostel and the standard sizes that come with multiple compartments for your water, guide books, clothes, etc. Strapping a bag to your back is the only way to travel between multiple destinations and you'll beat it up a bit with all of that traveling so buy a good one. They can be had for as cheap as $ 40 on sale but most will run you between $ 90 and $ 200.

Option 3: The Duffel Bag

Ah the classic duffel bag. Duffel bags have come a long way since the classic tan one compartment army bag of old. They still have one large main compartment but most have a couple more on the sides for easy access to water and books. They look a lot cooler now a days too and some can even convert into a backpack. Use a duffel bag when one large main compartment makes sense. Ski boots for instance would need such a place. Duffel bags come in a lot of sizes so $ 30 to $ 90 is a good bet.

Just remember to think about your particular travel situation in advance because the right bag can make the perfect trip. …

Travel Pillows As Gifts

If you are trying to think of a unique and useful gift for someone who travels a lot than considering giving them a travel pillow. If they have never owned their own pillow for traveling, they will certainly be grateful for this thought present.

Most people over the age of 10 or so, have a hard time getting rest or even getting comfortable when on an extending trip in a plane, train, bus or car. For someone who has to travel a lot for their job, this can cause major stress. While some of us can be productive during business trips and then catch some sleep when needed, most people are constantly struggling with the cramped conditions when traveling and not being able to move around to get into a comfortable position.

A good travel pillow will give our head and neck the support it needs to decrease the chances of ending up with aches and pains once we reach our destination. When traveling by plane, having your own means that you will not have to depend upon the airline to provide one for you. With all of the recent cutbacks, many airlines do not provide them anymore. If they do, they are very small and usually not much help in making you comfortable. And then there is the issue of cleanliness. You may wonder who was using the pillow on the last flight.

If you have your own pillow you can be assured that you will be able to rest more comfortably and will reach your destination more prepared for whatever work or play you have scheduled.

So how do we choose which one to give as a gift? Look for a good quality pillow that will provide firm support. The memory foam version is very popular because they give support where needed and also conform to the shape of the individuals head and neck to provide comfort. These ones compress so they do not take up much space in a suitcase. Inflatable models are another good choice for the frequent traveler since they deflate for packing purposes. Make sure that you purchase a good quality inflatable pillow, there are some cheap ones on the market that develop leaks easily.

Choose a travel head rest that has a removable cover for cleaning and one that has a nice comfortable material on the outside that you would like to feel against your face. If you are shopping online, read some reviews of the products to see which ones are popular with other people who tried them. …