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The 7 Secrets to Successful Skip Hire

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Our research suggests that there are over 17 million skips hired in the UK every year for domestic use alone! That’s a lot of skips and if you’ve ever looked in Yellow Pages you’ll see that there are a lot of skip companies out there to choose from with no real way of knowing what kind of service you’re going to get before it turns up!

If, like us, you’ve ever hired a skip, chances are you will have had a good experience with a professional, licensed waste collector with no hassles or grief.

Unfortunately, this is not always the case. If you called more than one company before you actually hired a skip you may have found that some of them:

– won’t quote prices over the phone

– won’t tell you what time it will be dropped off, or picked up

– will only accept cash payments to the driver

You might have even had a bad experience where the driver has refused to take away your skip without throwing some of the rubbish back in your garden, demanded more money before taking it away, damaged your property by bad handling of their wagon and the skip…

This guide is for you: It answers all the most common questions associated with skip hire so that you know exactly what you’re getting into when you hire a skip and understand the whys and wherefores involved in skip hire so you never have a bad experience…EVER!

1. How can I tell which skip companies in the Yellow Pages are the good ones?

Unless you personally know the company, you can’t. Any fool with a wagon and a skip can get an advert designed and printed to entice you to call them, but mainly it’s a lottery not just in terms of prices and service, but also in terms of what actually happens to your waste – something that depressingly few of us actually think, or even care about.

Skip companies are not actually regulated at the time of writing. The good ones operate their own licensed waste transfer stations (regulated by the Environment Agency) and are members of the Institute of Wastes Management (a professional body that promotes education and raising standards in waste management).

The bad ones are just cowboys that often fly-tip your waste and therefore add to your council tax bill – cos the council are the ones who have to clean it up! (Flytipping is now costing local councils over £2.5 million a year! That’s our tax money!)

Did you know? “Every 35 seconds, somebody, somewhere is fly-tipping in the UK”

2. Why do skips cost so much money?

No-one is pretending skip hire is cheap, but think about the overheads involved:

Skip Wagon £35,000+

Skips £500/each for standard builderskip

Vehicle Insurance £2000/year per vehicle

Public Liability £1250/year per vehicle

Employer’s Liability £1250/year per vehicle

Skip Wagon driver £25,000/year

Fuel £20,000/year

Office staff £18,000/year per member of staff

Landfill taxes £18/ton increasing by £3 every year until 2010 where it will stand at £35/ton

Recycling costs Cost of buying shredders, trommels, weighbridges, picking stations etc – £millions

Soon adds up doesn’t it? Getting rid of waste is not a cheap business, but it has to go somewhere!

3. Why isn’t my skip dropped off and picked up when I ask for it?

This isn’t always the skip company’s fault – too many people don’t understand that hiring a skip is not like calling a taxi. Just think about what goes into the average skip lorry driver’s day – it’s heavy haulage we’re talking about here, and lots of things can go wrong on a pick-up or drop off that will slow down the whole day’s schedule, such as a customer putting toxic waste in a skip, overfilling it, or the driver being given incorrect drop off details by a customer.

We publish a national trade magazine for the industry called “The Skip” (www.theskip.net) and through this we are pushing for more skip companies to incorporate new technology like Vehicle Tracking to improve delivery schedules and take-up of this kind of improvement is increasing all the time.

In the meantime, you should be patient waiting for your skip because it’s rarely a case of deliberately bad customer service.

4. Why won’t they take the skip away if the rubbish is just over the fill line?

It’s not the skip driver being unreasonable – it’s the law! They are legally bound to not carry unsafe loads and unfortunately many people order smaller skips than they need in order to save a few quid. Our advice – order a larger skip than you think you need because you will always fill it – just don’t go over the line!

5. What actually happens to my rubbish when they take it away?

If you’re not asking this question, you should be. Landfill space in the UK is running out fast. It is estimated that by 2010 there will be virtually no landfill space left in Britain and the government is increasing the landfill taxes that waste management companies have to pay every year. The best skip companies are investing heavily into new plant and technology to the point that many of them are recycling over 90%! Using these companies will eventually reduce prices and massively increase recycling rates – something we should all be interested in.

The bottom line is – the cheaper the skip, the less likely it is that the waste is being responsibly managed.

6. Why won’t my local skip company take a credit card or even tell me prices over the phone?

This is mainly a historical thing. Most skip hire companies have evolved over the past 25 years from construction and demolition companies, and the traditional way they do business is either by issuing invoices or cash-in-hand! Also, a lot of companies still charge for waste disposal by the tonne and won’t always quote an exact price because they don’t know exactly how much it’s going to cost them to get rid of until it comes in.

7. Why do I get quoted so many different prices for the same service from different companies?

The answer’s in the question – you don’t get the same service from different companies! You get different levels of service from different companies. Most of the time, you get what you pay for. After you’ve had a bad experience, you’ll wonder whether it really was worth saving £20 by going with the cheapest you could find.

Plus there are other factors such as skip permit prices. All skip companies are supposed to tell you that you need a permit if the skip is to be on a public highway. These permits are provided by the local council – sometimes the company by law has to sort it out for you, sometimes you’ll have to go direct to the council yourself.

The variances in skip permit price across the UK are staggering – some council’s charge nothing and issue them the same day, some charge £70 and make you wait weeks before issuing.

In the end…

It’s up to you. You now know pretty much everything necessary to make an informed choice about which skip hire company to use.

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What is Marketing? Employing the Marketing Mix in Your Small Business Start Up Strategy

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As a Start Up Business Consultant, I am often asked the question: “What is marketing and how do I employ the marketing mix in my small business start up strategy?” In answer to this frequently asked question, I would like to begin by explaining what marketing is – and what it isn’t.

What is Marketing Anyway?

To understand marketing, you need to grasp the “big picture” of what marketing really is. Here goes. Marketing encompasses the entire planning process (from conception to delivery) of taking your product, service or idea to a targeted audience — ready, willing and able to make a buying decision. This exchange between buyer and seller satisfies the mutual needs of both parties, and therefore defines the ultimate purpose and goal of marketing — your product or service for my hard earned cash.

What is the Marketing Mix?

The combination of your product or service, pricing structure, the delivery system for getting your product or service into the hands of potential buyers, and the promotional activities required to satisfy your target are essentially the marketing mix.

What Isn’t Marketing?

Now that we’ve discussed what marketing is, let’s take a look at what it’s NOT. Many of us have heard the term marketing used to describe a number of activities related to promoting your small business start up. The most common piece of misinformation is, that marketing is advertising or promoting your small business start up’s products or services. This explanation is far too limiting and does not give you the full picture of what marketing really is. You owe it to yourself to learn all that you can about marketing, because every business decision you’ll ever make will have a direct impact on some form of your overall marketing activities.

Marketing Terms that Every Small Business Start Up Should Know…

…and understand!

marketing concept: The business philosophy of your company’s management team that expresses your sole purpose for being in business and achieving your sales goals. Satisfying customers and meeting their needs is at the heart of the successful marketing concept.

marketing strategy: Your goals for satisfying the needs of your target market through the planning and implementation of the marketing mix.

marketing mix: The combination of your product or service, pricing structure, the delivery system for getting your product or service into the hands of potential buyers, and the promotional activities required to satisfy your target.

target market: A segment of the market that a company selects in which to direct its marketing efforts.

marketing campaign: A coordinated plan of action for promoting your product or service to a targeted market, which ties in all aspects of the marketing concept, your marketing strategy and marketing mix.

Employing the Marketing Mix in Your Small Business Start Up Strategy

Now that we’ve successfully answered the “what is marketing?” question, let’s move on to looking at the development of a marketing mix, based on your start up’s goals and objectives, for satisfying the needs of your target market.

Employing the marketing mix in your small business start up strategy requires a recipe of four ingredients, which are necessary to satisfy your intended target.

These ingredients are:

(1) your product or service,

(2) your pricing structure,

(3) your delivery system for getting the product or service to its intended target; and

(4) all of the promotional activities involved in attracting new customers, such as advertising, publicity, sales promotions and personal selling.

Coupled together, your target market and marketing mix are what make up the marketing strategy for your small business startup.

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3 Types of Group Conferencing Units

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Organizing a face-to-face meeting can be quite time-consuming and difficult, especially if the participants are spread out over a wide geological area. So, to simplify matters, it can benefit to organize an audio conference, which is appreciated for its ability to save on things like cost, time and even carbon emissions. Here are a few of the most appealing group conferencing systems:

Speakerphone

The original speakerphone formed part of the traditional desktop telephone. It is limited in features and unlikely to include any echo cancellation capability while also only having a single microphone. This type of system is most practical for use by one or two people who are sitting relatively close to the phone. The sound quality when several people are speaking at once is quite poor, which can have a negative impact on productivity.

Conference phone

The conference phone is a standalone unit that is designed to work in an open-air environment and may feature one or more extension microphones. This type of phone system is used for supporting a conversation of multiple participants. Even though the conference phones are quite simple to use, the latest phones in the market are very sophisticated and complex tools.

Most of the high-end conference phones are built with technology like echo cancellation and digital signal processing technology to make sure the conversation is clear for all participants, while working to eliminate background noise, such as overhead fans, computers and side conversations.

Installed audio conferencing system

The installed audio system is built with individual components that make it possible to get the clearest phone conversation possible. The separate parts of the system are placed in different areas of the boardroom to maximize the experience. Plus, each part of the conferencing system has its own controls. This makes it possible to easily maximize the audio output by adjusting the speaker outputs and microphone gain levels.

This type of system is great for the larger rooms because it includes digital processing capabilities that can overcome most noise problems, with technology like multiple echo cancel mixes. Plus, it is even possible to connect the installed system to the latest video conferencing equipment for the more all-inclusive session.

Once the right type of conference phone has been found, it is possible to benefit in many different ways. For instance, one of the obvious benefits is the ability to reduce costs by eliminating travel, hotel fees, gasoline, etc. While it does cost to invest in one of the high-end and feature-rich conference phones this is certain to be a lot less than the expense of having several participants travel to a single location for a face-to-face meeting. Other benefits including the ability to save time, improve sound quality, ease of use, and improve group interaction.

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Homeopathy Weight Loss Tips and Treatment

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Homeopathy weight loss remedy are popular in India and many parts of the world, as the homeopathic remedies for weight loss have become more and more fashionable currently for three reasons. First, these treatments are very effective as many people are satisfying with good results. Second, they are completely safe for anyone, even for babies and expectant women. Third they are able to be taken with other medicines or supplements.

Today people are trying to lose weight usually by altering their eating habits and increasing their exercise routine. Holistic supplements can help as well, aiding in weight loss and supporting your diet and exercise plans as homeopathic medicine are round pellets composed of sugar and extracts that dissolve under the tongue.

As homeopathy weight loss medicine work best on healthy people with those having a strong immune system. Losing weight plays a very big role in treating and preventing heart disease, heart failure, high blood pressure, unhealthy blood cholesterol levels, type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases. With just losing a weight of 5% of body weight can eliminate, reduce, or prevent these conditions in many people that are overweight. It is necessary to reduce fat intake and to incorporate a low calorie diet (LCD) in any weight loss diet plan.

Some weight loss tips for diet are:

Eat slower and chew your food thoroughly. It takes 20 minutes for your brain to signal to your body that it is full and if you eat too fast you must be overeating.

Drink plenty of water-Try to drink at least 8-12 glasses of water daily it helps to improve your fat metabolism and also flushes out impurities.

Leading Remedies in Homeopathy weight loss:

Homeopathy uses natural remedies to treat the whole person:

• Fucus Vesiculosus is a natural remedy used in the treatment of obesity by reducing fat.

• Graphites treats metabolic dysfunctions

• Spongia tosta treats obesity caused by a thyroid conditions

• Hypothalmus is used to treat obesity as it helps in controlling hunger.

Homeopathic Weight Loss Treatment for Excessive Fat and Weight.

PHYTOLACCA BERRY’s Mother Tincture is perhaps the safest and sure way of losing excessive fat around abdomen. Once you loose your excessive weight and fat you don’t get it back as your body takes care of itself and keeps you from gathering up excessive fat. The dosage is 15 to 20 drops of the tincture in half a cup of hot water thrice a day half an hour before or after meals but you must have to avoid chocolates, coffee, mints, red meat, carbonated and alcoholic drinks while taking homeopathic medicines. You have to take this medicine for at least 30 to 45 days after that you start to feel the results.

We all know fitness is an important part of life and one should take all the necessary measures to stay fit and healthy. Obesity and overweight is an increasing trend as more people are gaining weight due to their unhealthy lifestyle. Homeopathy weight loss treatments is gaining popularity as it is the most safest and natural remedy in achieving people their weight loss goals.

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The Unique Approach of Using Radiation in Treating Prostate Cancer

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Nowadays most of the attentions of the people are focused on the medical fields. It is the result of the different forms of diseases that brings threat to the entire health of the family. There are even several forms of organizations both from the government and private sectors that support the campaign against any type of life-threatening diseases. Most of these organizations believe that the best way to stay away from the harmful effects of diseases is to maintain a physically fit body.

Several sensible suggestions were also made by other concerned citizens regarding with this matter. Since cancer is one of the most dreaded types of disease nowadays it has acquired the fear of most of the people. Almost all individuals nowadays are very much aware of its negative effects towards their lives. The most horrifying factor about cancer is that, even the medical experts are not yet sure of its exact treatment.

As of the moment the only way to get rid of cancer is through the use of radiation specifically prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is one of the most complicated strains of cancer according to medical experts. This type of cancer originated from the prostate glands of male patients. The prostate gland is the one responsible in secreting the hormones needed by the body.

Prostate cancer is relatively difficult to cure because of the area where it is located. The worst thing about this type of cancer is that is does not have any early symptoms to warn its patients. Its symptoms will only occur during its advanced stages wherein the harmful cancer cells have already managed to affect the other organs of your body. Another problem with prostate cancer is that it is difficult to diagnose because of its nature since there are several forms of diseases that has something to do with the prostate glands.

Since the prostate gland is located between the urethra and the bladder of the patient, it would be really difficult to locate the area where cancer has also managed to penetrate. The tendency of prostate cancer to multiply and affect the other portions of the body is highly possible to happen. The best way to deal with this type of problem is to use radiation.

Radiation has been popularly used in treating different types of cancer. Although it has some side effects that could be harmful for the patients, it still recommended by several doctors. The best thing about radiation is that the surgeon can control the amount of radiation that he or she is going to use during the surgery. It would be nice for the patient because it also means that the other organs of the body will not be damaged during the treatment of prostate cancer.

Since the exact cure for this type of cancer has not been known by the medical experts as well as the public, the only way to survive against cancer is by preventing it to spread and affect the other portions of your body.

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Drinking Water, Hemorrhoids and Alcohol Consumption

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There is a lot to be shared about the connection between drinking water, hemorrhoids (piles) and excessive alcohol consumption. The news media, health blogs and healthy living magazines constantly remind people to drink more water for better health.

We all know water is better for us than soda, sugary drinks and all the other liquids most people prefer to drink than simple water. But we all have cravings. I used to drink lots of soda thinking I was getting enough water from it.

These same health sources also warn that excessive alcohol consumption and hemorrhoids are a painful reality for many heavy drinkers. Piles are inflamed anal veins that grow into small or large masses inside or outside of the anus.

They are commonly known as internal or external hemorrhoids or external piles and internal piles. Hemorrhoid symptoms are chronic itching in and around the rectal cavity. They also cause a stinging burning pain that makes walking or even sitting extremely painful. Severe inflammation of anus veins can cause bleeding from the anal region that can be scary.

Let’s look at drinking water, excessive alcohol consumption and hemorrhoids a little more closely.

Drinking Water and Hemorrhoids

Water is absolutely essential in digestion, absorption of nutrients and bodily waste elimination through urination and bowel movements. Health experts recommend as a general rule of thumb to drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of fluid a day. If you’re exercising or losing bodily fluids more rapidly you’ll need to drink more, but the “8 x 8” rule is a good to gauge follow.

Drinking water helps prevent chronic constipation, which can play a big role in developing piles. Straining when passing bowel movements can lead to blood swollen veins around the anal region. When a person’s body is not properly hydrated from drinking enough water constipation can happen that causes painful piles to develop internally or externally.

Dehydration is significant contributor to hemorrhoids. Drinking plenty of water can greatly reduce the risk of getting this condition that effects millions of people yearly. It can be caused by digestive problems due to poor body hydration. You would be amazed at how many cases could be prevented using the “8×8” rule.

Chronic diarrhea is another major cause of piles forming. Diarrhea’s spastic motion adds a tremendous amount of unhealthy pressure to the anus that can cause straining like with constipation. Strong spastic pressure on the anus that can also cause anal fissures besides inflamed anal veins.

When people do develop hemorrhoids their doctors always tell them to drink plenty of water to help flush out toxins while keeping their digestive system healthy to prevent a future outbreak.

If you don’t like the taste of tap water or want to live eco-friendly avoiding bottled water invest in an affordable water purifier for the kitchen faucet.

As a former hemorrhoid sufferer who went through laser surgery in Los Angeles I make sure I drink plenty of water daily. Hydrate to beat them!

Excessive Alcohol Consumption and Hemorrhoids

By no means am I telling people not to drink. I enjoy one glass of red wine with dinner most nights. My doctor told me it was good for my heart in moderation. If I’m at a dinner party it’s not uncommon for me to have two or three glasses of red wine while enjoying good company.

When I go fishing or camping with family and friends I enjoy more than a few bottles of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. As I’ve got older in life I’ve learned my drinking limits and no when to not push it to excessive alcohol consumption.

Where excessive alcohol consumption and hemorrhoids becomes a dangerous mix is when it comes to heavy or binge drinking. College was my first experience with excessive alcohol consumption and piles. I wasn’t drinking enough water or eating right. My sophomore year I developed a very small external hemorrhoid.

It still hurt like an itchy fiery bee sting and I was embarrassed to tell my friends. My parents took me to a doctor who prescribed me a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) to treat it and eliminate it. The growth was very small and was caught early, so it could be treated without surgery or banding. There are other many excellent hemorrhoidal products you can buy online for hemorrhoid relief and treatment.

Alcohol dehydrates the body badly and robs it of precious vitamins. Most people when they drink alcohol skip drinking water in between alcoholic beverages and don’t take a vitamin for a day or night of drinking.

Heavy drinkers have a higher risk of getting this rectal condition because of alcohol dehydration and lack of vitamins in their bodies. It’s recommended to take a multivitamin 4 hours before drinking alcohol. When you drink alcohol make sure to take your vitamins.

Drinking too much alcohol can cause severe constipation and small, dry stools that are tough to pass during bowel movements. The strain and pressure to pass a bowel movement makes the veins in and around the anus inflamed. This is a major factor to internal and external piles developing.

People that consume alcohol excessively will commonly experience digestive and bowel movement problems. This is because alcohol in any common form (beer, wine, whiskey etc.) acts as a diuretic that will dehydrate the alcohol drinker.

A person who is dehydrated normally experiences constipation and is forced to severely strain when passing bowel movements. Binge drinking can also lead to highly elevated blood pressure, which in turn increases the pressure to delicate veins in and around the anus.

The important thing is to drink water even when you’re drinking alcohol to stay well hydrated. Dehydration, constipation and diarrhea contribute heavily to hemorrhoid risk or can make a current hemorrhoid condition worse. Water is your friend when it comes to hemorrhoids. Excessive alcohol consumption and hemorrhoids are two things to avoid if you can.

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Prolific Virtual Assistance Services

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Outsourcing has become a common practice among all the business owners. They are looking for established companies who can offer their business with effectual and consistent services at cost-effective rates. India has become the leading offshore outsourcing country in the world. Do you know the reason why?

More and more global companies and business entrepreneurs are choosing Indian outsourcing companies for many reasons such as nominal and high-quality services, skilled labor, increased productivity and efficiency, reduced operating costs and many more. Whether it is research assistance or data entry assistance, Indian companies have everything to offer.

There has been a great evolution of virtual assistants services concept for the past many years. Due to the advancement in internet access and remote login tools, many small-sized companies are moving towards virtual service providers for efficacious and cost-effective services.

Who is a virtual office assistant provider?

A virtual employee is like a regular employee who provides your business with administrative, technical or virtual assistance, depending on the business needs. A virtual associate works from a remote office and performs all the daily base office tasks with complete exactitude.

You must be wondering whether the virtual service provider offers other professional services or not. Virtual office assistant providers offer basic office services as well as professional services like: data entry services, executive, research assistance services, etc.

In this kind of service, there’s no need of face to face interaction. You can communicate with your virtual associate via: email, telephone or some common software as it saves both money and time.

Some of the services offered by virtual service providers include: administrative assistance, internet research assistance, data entry assistance, executive assistance, Craigslist assistance, etc.

There are many companies in India who offer inimitable and ingenuous virtual assistance service for the clients at nominal rates. You just have to find the right one according to your business needs. Before choosing a virtual assistant company for your business, make sure the company offers the following:

  • The company has a team of highly talented and versed professionals who can work under extreme pressure and deliver impeccable results for your business.
  • The virtual office assistants offer potent virtual assistants services at faster turnaround times (TAT’s).
  • The company offers services at low-hourly rates.
  • The virtual associate company keeps you regularly updated with the latest trends
  • The company provides a 247 customer support for the virtual office assistance queries, etc.

Keeping these points in mind, you can get a perfect virtual assistant company for your business.

With a virtual service provider, you can work on your important projects and handle cliental meetings rather than wasting time in performing basic office tasks. You can even spend time with your family and live a stress free life.

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