Friday, 12 April 2013
While you may have a household printer at home, there are times when it's preferable to get your printing needs taken care of by the professionals. The average home devices are fine enough for small jobs such as copying a recipe for a friend or creating a map for driving directions. When you need multiple high quality copies or are creating a special document or paper, however, it's best to turn to the professionals. Whether your copy job is for home, work, or school, a print shop can be the best resource for top quality results. Some of the personal copy jobs that are best taken to the pros are: flyers for your garage sale, holiday newsletters to send out to your friends and family members, lost pet signs, birth announcements, wedding invitations, and many more. It's convenient to copy one or two sheets on your household machine, but if you need lots of copies, or those that are in sharp color or require sturdy tag board or construction paper, you need a professional grade printing press or copier. There are multiple times when it's wise to take work related items to the professionals for copies, as well. If you're in need of flyers or brochures to market your company's wares, you want the copies to look as crisp and attractive as possible. In business, you will be judged by the quality of your promotional material and informational packets. Shoddy, amateur print jobs will make your company appear unprofessional. If this is the first impression a potential customer has of your business, you won't be drawing him or her as a new customer. In addition to paper copies, businesses can have their logos, slogans, and company names printed on tee shirts, water bottles, ink pens, ball caps, and more. While in school, there are some papers that should not be done at home. So many term papers, manuscripts, research papers, dissertations, and other important documents get lower grades due to some sort of household printer mishap. Home devices tend to jam, run out of ink, or have some other sort of mechanical calamity at the worse possible times. If these crucial papers were sent or taken in for professional printing, a lot of headaches could be eliminated. Many modern shops have email addresses for customers to simply send in attachments with instructions for their jobs. A pickup time will be agreed upon and the task will be accomplished professionally and promptly, guaranteed. If every student took this extra precaution, GPAs around the nation would be higher. While home devices may be convenient, they are definitely not for the big and important jobs. For personal use, business needs, and school papers, it's best to leave the crucial printing tasks to the professionals.
The washroom or toilet of a commercial premises, pub or nightclub is the area of the establishment that is visited by guests and clients who need to use the toilet, and afterwards wash their hands. It should be considered as one of the most important areas for such a business. Cleaning and maintaining the washroom is of utmost importance, and the equipment you purchase should be high quality, easy to clean, and robust. As money is usually a concern at the time of opening a business, or during a refurbishment, purchasing sanitary ware could possibly be an area where you attempt to save money. Saving money at the outset may seem like a good idea but may cost you more money in the long run. Cheap quality products that need replacing in a short space of time will incur extra cost for the replacement products and labour required to install them. You should be cautious that your washroom area complies with local hygienic laws, and additionally you have the correct equipment. Obtaining the equipment for your project is usually time imperative to meet your opening deadline, or to reduce the time your washroom is closed during the refurbishment. You will need to check the availability of your chosen products to make sure they are ordered in time to fit in with your project timescale. There are guidelines in place to make sure you have at least the minimum facilities in place for the number of people who are likely to be using your premises. The layout of your washroom should be given serious thought in respect of maximizing the use of the available space, the layout of your service pipe work, and if necessary allowing for any Disabled Discrimination Act (DDA) requirements. Choice of materials will be an important factor with regard to cost, durability and the overall look of your toilet area. A nice clean washroom will give a good impression of your establishment, and a bad washroom will give a negative impression of your establishment. The accessibility of your toilet must be clear, and all the items in your washroom must be easily accessible. A cluttered rest room is hard to use and hard to keep clean. Stainless steel products such as urinals and hand washing equipment are very hygienic and robust, and will give your washroom a clean modern look. They are now fairly close in cost to china products but have the benefit of vandal resistance and a long life span.
Back in the days (not entirely over) when stockbrokers raked in commissions every time their customers made a trade, "churning" was a way to boost the broker's income at the customer's expense. The broker created needless transactions to boost his bottom line. No lawyer - nor, for that matter, any accountant, financial planner or other professional - should want to ever give a client reasons to feel abused that way. But when you bill by the hour, there is always a risk that things may get out of control, or at least might appear that way to an outsider. An email glibly using the "churning" description is one of several to become public in a dispute between the law firm DLA Piper and its client Adam H. Victor. The fight has opened the broader topic of whether, and to what extent, attorneys look out for their own interests when deciding how many hours a project should take. Victor, an energy industry executive, filed a counterclaim after DLA Piper sued him for $675,000 in unpaid legal bills. He contends that the firm's "sweeping practice of overbilling," along with subpar work, grew worse as the firm expanded. The emails in question confirmed his worst suspicions, he said. (1) Most lawyers and other professionals are honest. Yet, as William G. Ross, a law professor at Samford University's Cumberland School of Law, pointed out to The New York Times, "the billable hour creates perverse incentives." (1) Professional advice must be based on a close relationship of trust. I realized when I set up shop 20 years ago that I couldn't help a client if the client did not call me to say there was a problem. Clients might hesitate to call if even a seemingly simple question could set the meter running, with no end in sight. The hourly billing model didn't make any sense to me. Instead, I encouraged my clients to call whenever they had something on their minds. If I could answer questions directly, I did so for free. If the issues would take more time and research on my part, I offered fixed-fee quotes up front so clients could decide whether they wanted to proceed. I was experienced enough to make reasonably accurate guesses as to how much time each project would take. Eventually, when I had employees to add to the mix, I could also estimate about how much manpower, and at what levels of experience, to bring to the assignment. The risk of a bad estimate belonged with me, not with my clients. The people we serve are generally in no position to judge what it will take to complete the assignments they give us. So I decided to operate based on flat fees, agreed to in advance, the vast majority of the time. That is still how Palisades Hudson operates today. Lo and behold, in two decades we have had virtually no billing disagreements with our clients. Every rule has exceptions. There are situations in which my colleagues and I have very little control over the time involved in a task. In tax audits, for example, the auditor sets the scope of the process and can change it without advanced notice. In those situations, we often work for our clients based on hourly rates. But we document our time closely, and keep the client well-informed about expenses as we proceed. If we determine an issue will cost more to fight than to settle, we tell the client that we believe the matter is not worth pursuing. Time-based billing can work, especially for small firms or sole practitioners whose clients personally know the individual who handles their projects and where the professional has the experience to get the job done efficiently. For the most part, however, I think advisers make a mistake when they view their time as the product they sell to the people they serve. People hire us to help them solve problems. We don't want to create new ones in the form of unexpected bills.
Monday, 25 June 2012
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