Reasons Why Crowdfunding Should Be Considered when Starting your Van Business

Starting your Van Business can be tough ... better get some crowdfunding on your side

When seeking for funds to start a business, there are many options available. One option that regularly gets ignored is crowdfunding. This piece takes a look at major reasons why you should consider crowdfunding when starting your van business.

It is Inexpensive

With crowdfunding, you only need to create properly drafted campaign messages for your audience on the crowdfunding platform. There are no long meetings to navigate and you don’t have to travel half around the country to meet prospective investors. You can completely run a campaign on your own, using money saved to take care of other important aspects of business such as buying van insurance for business and advertising.

Your Business Remains Yours

Many sources of income for a new van business will involve giving up some stake in the business to the investor. Crowdfunding removes this problem. Of course, there needs to be some form of value for backers to be able to invest in your campaign but you only need to worry about fulfilling the offer promised instead of worrying about shared ownership of your business. As a van business, possible offers could include 50% off rates for a specific period of time, free services for a specified number of days in a month for backers, and more.

Build a Loyal Community

With a properly organised crowdfunding campaign, you can create a community around your business. Instead of starting from scratch to source for clients, you will already have a small army of backers ready to spread word about your new van business and help you get it off the ground.

Get Actionable Feedback

You may have created a quality plan for your new van business but direct feedback from backers can help you fine tune the business plan for an improved shot at success. Similarly, when your backers see you approach to taking valuable advice on-board it can lead to more display of goodwill which will encourage other backers to invest in your business.

Easier access to additional funds

If your van business gets off the ground and backers can see tangible progress being made, it is easier to source for a second round of funding. The extra funding campaign doesn’t have to be expansion-related to be a success. Investors are more likely to put in money into a business when there is enough and traceable traction.

So as you plan funding for your van business, do not make the mistake of ignoring crowdfunding as a source of business capital.

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Uses of Sand in The Construction & Building Industries

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Sand is often used as a contraction material within the building and construction industries. It’s usually supplied as back run sand, beach sand, white mason sand, utility sand, filtering sand, septic sand, fill sand (aka sand fill), concrete sand and mason sand. Here we’ll discuss and expand on each of these sand types and their specific uses within the construction and building industries.

Back Run Sand

This is type of sand can either be quite coarse or fine, and is usually used as concrete mix for either fence posts and patios. The colouring is usually a mixture between gold, beige or tan.

White Mason Sand

White mason sand is a specific type of mason sand that is used in specific applications such as mixing with mortar and concrete when laying bricks or white blocks. This sand is favoured for this application as it leaves a nice white mortar line between the bricks.

Mason Sand

Mason sand comes quite coarse, and like white mason sand it is primarily used to mix with concrete and mortar to lay bricks, blocks and stone. Unlike white mason sand, general mason sand comes in a variety of colours brown, white, beige, grey or tan.

Concrete Sand

Concrete sand is quite coarse as it is used for mixing with cement for larger applications. It is also often used in septic systems due to its coarse texture.

Fine Utility Sand

Fine utility sand is usually used as a back fill around utility piping. It is quite fine compared to most other sand we’ve discussed, making it the perfect option for placing around fragile underground pipes. Other applications include being used to back fill trenches and to fill sand bags.

Utility Sand

Utility sand is also quite fine and is primarily used for the exact same applications as fine utility sand.

Beach Sand

Beach sand comes in a variety of colours, ranging from beige, grey, brown and tan. This type of sand is often used when building patios or verandas, playgrounds, sandboxes and sometimes even creating fake beach settings.

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How to Hire the Best Talent

How to Hire the Best Talent

We all want our business to have the best of the best when it comes to talent. Here are some tips on how to hire the best talent to make sure your company succeeds.
How to Hire the Best Talent
Think High-Tech
Whether your business is traditional or tech, you need to use the latest technology what hiring if you want to hire the best talent. This means using proactive recruited, building relationships with candidates like you would customers and consider using a Talent Management System, While sites like LinkedIn can be useful it may be better suited to go through professional candidate placement forms if you are looking for the best of the best.

Play Hard to Get
If you want to attract the best talent, don’t look desperate. Quality candidates who see your brand spamming every adword and social media platform looking for new employees each week will get the impression you can’t keep employees. That is why you need to present an attractive and confident brand. Do things that make high-level talent come to you. This includes the obvious like salary and benefits but also reaches far beyond. A highly talented candidate wants to work in a place where they are challenged and involved in creative and cutting-edge projects. They are also looking for a flexible and fun work environment. Countless big companies have lost out on incredible talent due to antiquated dress code and schedule policies. Remember, if you build a great work environment the talent will come to you.

Look Beyond the CV
A college degree isn’t everything when looking to hire the best talent. Look beyond past work experience and education, though while important they don’t paint a full picture, this is only one way to look at talent. If you are looking to grow your business you need to surround yourself with creative, high-level thinkers, who are passionate about their work. This means asking candidates about what they do on their free time, are they involved in relevant clubs and activities that confirm their passion for their field.  Are they truly interested in the job or just doing it for the paycheck? Also be sure they are good communicators and can work in a team because at the end of the day even the most “qualified’ candidate is only as good as their communication skills. A resumé is a good way to get one angle on applicant but it is far from the full picture. Consider going bowling instead of an interview, it may sound wacky but it will give you a much better sense of the person you are looking to have join your team.

So remember if you are looking to hire the best talent, utilize technology and professional agencies, make your company a desirable place to work, and don’t see an applicants CV as the end-all in the process. We hope these tips on how to hire the best talent will help you staff your organization with the cream of the crop. Good luck with your new candidates.

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Leave No Space Untouched! How Signwriting Helps Your Marketing Campaign

Do you know How Signwriting Helps Your Marketing Campaign?
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There are many different ways to spread the word about your business to new potential customers who could help your business grow. The latest method of marketing that has taken the world by storm is, of course, online marketing, which has grown rapidly since the online world has become immensely popular. Your business really needs an online presence if it’s going to compete with the well-known brands, though other forms of marketing can still be extremely effective.

Advertorial signs provide a great way to let people know about your company and what it has to offer. You could place your adverts on large billboards located around the city centre to capture the attention of local customers. Alternatively, you might want to place signs on bus stops and train stations to attract those who live in your immediate area. You may benefit hugely from placing well-written signs on company cars to get the word out there about your business. However, you need to make sure your adverts look great because otherwise, they’ll simply convey a lack of professionalism.

Due to the need to make signs look amazing, many businesses choose to utilise the services of signwriters in Perth. The professionals have created signs so many times that they know exactly what works and what doesn’t, but you still need to make sure you find a company you can trust.

The experts found at http://www.totalsignco.com.au are commonly utilised because they have a track record of success and make it their number one priority to make sure your signs make an impact. Below, this article will detail a few things professional signwriters can do for you.

Why You Should Utilise the Professionals

You may think that you could save a bit of money by creating and printing your own signs, but you need to be aware bad-quality graphics will only stand to hamper your business. Here’s why it’s usually a good idea to utilise the services of experienced professionals when it comes to signwriting:

  • They will make your writing and graphics stand out – The professionals will work with you through every step of the creation process to ensure you love your signs, which promise to make an impact when they’re printed.
  • They know what works – You might not know where the best places to advertise are or what the best mediums to hold your signs may be – this is one area where the professionals can be of great assistance.
  • They know everything about the latest design techniques – If you’re going to compete in the modern world, you can’t let your signs look old-fashioned. Let the professionals create advertorial signs that will bring your business into the 21st century.

Finding a Company You Can Trust

There are lots of companies offering signwriting services in the Perth area, and that can make it difficult to choose the right one for your needs. However, if you go with a company that has extensive experience and a proven track record of success, you can expect your sign marketing campaign to make the impact you need.

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Why Do We Need Construction Signs?

Everybody has a dream job, and for many people, an outdoor-based career working as a team to create something new is ideal. Construction is at the heart of society, and it’s the reason why countries have infrastructure, housing for citizens and properties for businesses. The world needs people to work in construction, and it’s a job that can be very rewarding. However, needless to say, it’s also a job that can be dangerous if health and safety are overlooked or neglected.

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Construction yard managers and owners have a duty to keep their employees safe. That means providing them with an area that has as few hazards as possible, and while there will always be some potentially hazardous areas, they need to be clearly signposted.

Construction signs are used to keep people, assets and vehicles safe, and all construction yards should have them if they’re going to make sure the risk of any accidents is minimised. All workers at a site are required to wear hard hats and reflective clothing for their own safety, but that doesn’t eliminate the risk of people accidently injuring themselves due to hazards that aren’t clearly marked out.

Ensuring Safety at the Construction Yard

Of course, the main priority is saving people’s lives and avoiding injuries, but company owners also don’t want to have to pay out large sums of cash in compensation because they neglected to make their site safe. Signs are vital when it comes to making a construction site a safe place to work, and here’s why.

  • Protecting people – Needless to say, the number one reason for safety signs is to protect workers and visitors at the site. There’s a lot of heavy machinery and hazardous areas at a yard, and people need to be aware of which places are safe to walk. Large and clear signs are the best way to ensure people don’t end up having any preventable accidents.
  • Ensuring safety for drivers – Many vehicles will be driving in and out of construction sites, and that’s why safe areas need to be clearly marked out. It’s important to make sure pedestrians and cars are kept well out of each other’s way to eliminate the risk of any injuries.
  • Taking care of assets – all that heavy machinery at a construction yard is expensive, and it’s important to protect them in order to keep hold of finances. Signs can be used to mark out safe working areas, set speed limits, warn drivers of upcoming difficult terrain and highlight dangerous areas.

People, assets and vehicles all need protecting when it comes to ensuring a construction site is a safe place to work, and there’s no reason to risk any accidents when signs can highlight any and all potential dangers. Those who want to know what signs they need can find more information here, but the best companies will be able to give professional advice and guidance.

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Auto Industry Spotlight: Tesla Model III

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Tesla Model 3Details on the much talked about Tesla Model III are rolling in. After much anticipation some more information on this financially accessible electric vehicle from the legendary Tesla Motors. Here is a round up as part of our Auto Industry Spotlight: Tesla Model III.

On first look, the Tesla Model III is breathtaking. Tesla’s new all electric premium sedan features a streamlined smooth design with rounded corners everywhere and is breaking the mold by removing the cosmetic only grill seen in other Tesla models. The Tesla Model III debut model also sports big flashy wheels and a hot red color bound to get attention. They also showcased a more conservative sliver color.

Starting at $35,000, the Tesla Model III is the only electric vehicle in this class to provide this level of performance. It is decidedly fast (though predictably not quite as quick as its luxury older brothers) and boasts an EPA range of 215 miles. The company advertises a zero to sixty in under six seconds, which should make taking your kids to soccer practice a lot more fun. The relatively low cost is due to the company’s “Gigafactory,” a massive factory located in Nevada that will be pumping out more lithium ion batteries than ever factory in the world combined. A major factor in the cost of quality electric vehicles has always been tied to the high cost of lithium ion batteries.

As the Tesla Model III is designed to be an everyday consumer sedan, it is also putting safety first. Tesla promises the Model III will attain the highest safety rating in every category. This is a big promise and if Tesla can deliver it could really shake up the mid-range sedan market. It can also comfortably sit five passengers and appears to be a lot more fun than your average mini-van. The company has not disclosed too many details about their “autopilot hardware” (guesses are it could be similar to Google’s highly publicized self-driving car) though we could be getting a lot closer to a self driving car, though given how much fun this things looks like to drive, this could be a potential downside!

Conclusion

So whether you are interested in a Tesla Model III for the environmental benefits, the costs of fuel saving, the novelty, the speed, the design, or the safety benefits; you are likely pretty happy right now. For your sake and that of Tesla Motors, hopefully your excitement will continue because the Tesla Model III will not be available until some time in 2017. To keep you interested Tesla is letting you reserve one for only $1,000 in cash now. So keep your fingers crossed, your wallets ready, and your foot on the gas… or should we say battery?

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