Aug 242016
 

The concept of being your own boss has multiple advantages, the main being that you are not answerable to anyone. Franchising creates opportunities for individuals in charting out a new course in her/his life. To put it simply, you can say that the franchise opportunity Singapore combines the simple tenets of sole proprietorship with a joint venture schematic. The overheads of owning a franchise are not as high end as starting out a new business. Distribution of services or goods from the franchisor to the franchisee has solid potential. One is that the brand owner (franchisor) lends the trade name to the franchisee. The latter pays a royalty to the franchisor with a legal contract in place to conduct business under the name of the established brand.

It is not everyone’s idea of getting a business up and running. The franchisee has to follow the rules of the brand owner. Team effort is synonymous to getting the business on the right track and can be viewed as a partnership of sorts. This method of spreading the brand across continents has proved to be a worthwhile business opportunity. Wealthy patrons pay a large royalty in developing a base across countries and continents. Multi brand franchising has been on the rise globally by using the right tools in market penetration. A sustainable and workable business model, developed by both partners (franchisee and franchisor), rakes in large revenues. When you co-brand with multiple franchises there is no requirement to scout around for real estate.

A prospective franchisee has to be certain that the details are on point. Without legal counsel, the franchisee can fall flat and therefore essential to get all this ironed out before signing on. A franchise opportunity Singapore franchiseone.asia provides a platform for budding entrepreneurs in working on the new franchise business model. The return on investment with a franchise opportunity is multifold because the potential is huge. Despite paying an upfront franchise fee, if all the legalities are in order, the franchisee can rake in huge profits from the time the business is up and running. From a legal perspective, a franchisee does not own the business that s/he runs. The license provided, by the franchisor, runs through the agreeable timeframe. In summary, the basics of franchising entail that a brand that has immense marketability can be positioned strategically without large overheads for the franchisee.

Jul 212016
 

All over the world new foods are being introduced as restaurant owners choose to expand their restaurants. There are many difficulties that go into expanding a restaurant, however the benefits far outweigh most concerns and once dealt with accordingly there are big rewards. From southern food from the USA to shima from Africa, the finest F&B franchise Singapore has to offer is bound to do well.

Franchise For Business

A franchise is a way in which a restaurant owner chooses to take his brand out of his own kitchen and share it with many more owners who share in the same passion for food. Making this happen is sometimes not easy but in sharing the love for the food, many more will get to experience and enjoy what the owner wishes to give. This sort of company is great way to expand, with plenty of traveling involved, there is a lot of work that goes into it, but for the owner it can be fun.

One of the biggest obstacles that any restaurant owner must overcome before opening their restaurant, is choosing the meals they are going to serve and then getting the ingredients needed for each recipe. When belonging to a chain, fortunately the meals have been chosen, however getting each recipe exact could be hard as all the exact ingredient are needed. This, can be hard to overcome but once solved, there is plenty of money to be made.

There are different benefits to such a business. These include marketing, access to new or tried and tested recipes, as well as restaurant planning done as each restaurant must look the same, the owner will ensure that the correct items are dispersed to each restaurant. Everything is given by the owner to the new franchises.

There are a few things that can taint a company for a long time. This includes, that should one restaurant have a bad review it will reflect on the others. Another could be that the kits that each restaurant uses need to be made available for the setting up of each establishment.

There is little to no competition between the same franchises. The normal competition of making money stands but ends here as well. When working together, it’s the owner’s job to oversee the restaurant and ensure smooth running.

These sorts of restaurants are the best. Walking into establishments that offers familiarity, offers comfort as well. Food and beverage franchise in Singapore if done correctly will work well.

Jul 182016
 

Getting an ITIL certification might be just what your career needs to see advancement and growth in the growing IT services sector. Regardless of whether or not you come with a business or IT background, the certification enables you to understand the intricacies of IT Services management and allows you to optimize service production with the overall goals, and growth, of the organization.

So how exactly doe the ITIL certification work?

ITIL certification Singapore is held up as a benchmark for professionals who are truly knowledgeable about IT services management. That said, the certificate follows the same modules and guidelines across the world, and is easy to get through once you understand how it all works.

The Basics:

The ITIL certification is now based on a credit system, and a professional can attain different levels depending on the credits amassed. The four different levels are as follows: Foundation, Intermediate, Expert, and Master.

Foundation:

The foundation level certification is necessary for participants to eventually attain expert or master level certification. Classes are available for those who wish to pass the foundation level certification examination, where candidates will learn more about service management as practise, service lifecycle, key principals and models, generic ITIL concepts, selected processes, selected ITIL roles, selected ITIL functions, and a comprehensive understanding of technology and architecture. Completing the foundation certification gives a candidate 2 credits to use towards attaining the expert level certificate.

Intermediate:

The Intermediate level certification is split into multiple modules that offer either three or four credits each. The modules are divided into two categories-Service Capability or Service Lifecycle, and candidates can complete either one or a mix of both to gain enough credits to apply towards the expert level certification. Unlike the foundation certificate, training is required for all these modules and can be found at accredited training organizations like ITBM Singapore.

The service lifecycle category offers the following modules-service strategy, service design, service transition, service operation, and continual service improvement. The service capability category offers these modules instead-operational support and analysis; planning, protection and optimization; release, control, and validation; and service offerings and agreements.

Depending on the weightage, each module offers three or four credits to count towards the expert level certificate

Expert:

To attain the expert level certification, candidates need to have completed 22 credits through the ITIL credit system. The foundation and intermediate modules should yield 17 credits, and then the candidate must take the MALC module-Managing Across the Lifecycle-to get five more credits to complete the Expert level certification.

Master:

The ITIL Master certification is awarded to those professionals who have achieved the Expert level certification and can demonstrate application of acquired knowledge in their work. Successful candidates typically have over 5 years of experience in leadership, managerial, or other management and advisory levels.

Ready to get started? Check out ITBM at www.itbmcomat.com.sg to sign up for the Foundation and Intermediate Courses.

Jul 022016
 

When customers visit their favorite restaurant nowadays they expect only the best service from the restaurant staff and amazing food at the same time. After all, there must be a few reasons why a customer would go back to the same restaurant again and again apart from just good food at reasonable prices. It’s the customer services at the front end and at the back end of an organization that helps build a strong customer base and help retain customers. These front-end services rendered to customers are also known as point of sale services or customer facing services.

POS services are those services that are rendered to customers at the end of the service chain or at the time of rendering the final services to customers. In the food and beverage line, point of sale services deals with serving customers at hotels, restaurants, cafes and any other form of food and beverage outlet as these are the final or end points where customers are finally rendered the services.

To increase the standard of POS services in the F&B line, a lot of food outlets including fast food joints are implementing the use of e-menus. An e-menu is an electronic menu that is exactly similar to a physical menu printed on any form of paper or material but in the electronic form. E-menus are offered to customers on smartphones, tablets, and similar electronic devices. Usually the food outlet ties up with a software company like Konverge to provide them with the electronics and POS software that they need to render POS services to their customers.

Why do customers prefer e-menus nowadays?

* Customers these days would rather visit a restaurant or cafĂ© that has an e-menu as opposed to sitting and waiting for their order to be taken and here’s why –

* e-menus minimize waiting time for customers. They don’t have to wait for a waiter or host to get free and come to their table and take their order especially if they’re in a hurry.

* e-menus are completely error free, unlike manual labor who are prone to making mistakes and messing up orders.

* The visuals provided in e-menus increase the number of dishes being ordered and hence increase sales of the restaurant.

* e-menus accept all forms of payment including all debit/credit cards and cash payments.

* e-menus send the orders to the kitchen as soon as they are placed hence increasing the rate of table turnover and avoiding waiting or lost customers. Ensures speedy and efficient services.

An Overview of a Microsoft Excel Course

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Jun 292016
 

Computers / Laptops became part of any kind of business and maintaining records in the cabinets in the form of books, ledgers, files and papers are almost obsolete. From more than a decade most of the bookkeeping, accounting and records are maintained with the software of Microsoft Excel which is helping to store data electronically and also retrieve it when required and hence became an essential part of any business. It is used for the administrative purpose, store data, creating reports and analysing it that helps in the research and development of a company.

Different from Routine – How?

Most of the Excel tutorials / training programs are always designed at the basic level giving an overview of the program. But the training program module gives the learner a choice to choose the course as per the capabilities and that which can match the levels of the program like Basic and Advanced. For example if the learner has chosen an Advanced Excel Training Program, he/she shall be able to qualify the test as the program not only concentrates on training but also guides on passing the test. Because, Excel is a no theory to read, it requires a lot of practical knowledge that helps resolving issues on job and that only comes with practice and assessment.

Different Modules that match different requirements

There are a variety of modules that match every requirement. Microsoft excel can be learned from the scratch to that which requires writing macros and V-lookup. The courses designed are from regular certification to no certification, MOS certification to corporate trainings, Project management to human capital, Finance to data mining, analytics to BI. The duration of modules vary from 1 day to 3 days depending on the course and module chosen. All the courses are scheduled to take place from May to October depending on the type of course opted and number of students / learners registered.

Outcome

Every specific module is designed to achieve the objective of why that particular module is taken up. So the learner can gain hands on experience over application of this spreadsheet in their daily jobs and get required outputs by operating this tool on the basic level to end-user competence. A learner can use audit tool for running or recording a macro. From basic edit to enhancing text, formatting to making graphs, analysing to writing basic macros, a learner can actually play with the data.

Jun 252016
 

Successful restaurants always branch out and expand in different parts of a locality, state, or country. It isn’t easy to expand, nor is it simple to manage a chain of restaurants. But if bigwigs like Gordon Ramsay, Heston Blumenthal, Angela Hartnett, and Carrie Nahabedian can do it, so can you.

Here are 5 tips to ensure you efficiently manage and run your chain of restaurants.

1. Maintain uniform taste and quality

The reason a lot of people eat at an established food joint is the taste and quality of food which remains the same no matter where they are eating. Similarly, you need to have a good menu in place to maintain the same taste across your restaurants. If customers find different tastes in different places, it will affect the credibility of your business.

2. Develop a trustworthy relationship with customers

Customers are the judge and jury of your restaurant. Their experience will matter the most when it comes to building a business. Train your staff in handling customers and ensuring they leave your restaurant with a positive experience. Take feedback often and include their suggestions wherever necessary. Customers will, thus, understand you value their patronage and visit more often.

3. Automate your sales and services

It is important you are able to view and analyze the workings of your restaurant at any given time. Automate your restaurant using a point-of-sales system which will help you track inventory, provides a secure payment gateway, lets you view historical data, and ease the flow of service during working hours. You are also able to pull reports with the latest data for audits and improvements.

4. Keep track of your inventory

Food is a perishable commodity with different foods having a different shelf life. You have to make sure the food in your restaurant is prepared with fresh produce and properly stored products. Therefore, your stock has to be reviewed on a regular basis. Use the point-of-sales system for inventory management which will notify you in case a product is running low. It will also keep track of items which are in high or low demand allowing you to replace them accordingly.

Take a look at the business models of chains such as McDonald’s, Subway, Applebee’s, Chipotle etc. and similarly, mold your business. Expanding your restaurant business is a challenge, especially if you are a novice who is breaking into the market. But if you take the necessary steps to efficiently manage multiple businesses then you can be quite successful at it.

Jun 142016
 

There are a number of online digital agencies in Singapore that offer services to upgrade and improve your SEO ranking on Google or any other search engine and help convert online traffic to your website into sales.

What is SEO marketing?

SEO stands for search engine optimization and is the speed or frequency at which your name or company’s name or website, etc. appears in the drop down list of ‘free’ search results when it is typed in any search engine like google and yahoo. If your website has a good or high SEO it will appear in the top two or three options when someone types in keywords that are related to your company website or business and this can greatly affect the amount of traffic visiting your website and the number of hits your company website gets. The more people visiting your website could mean more prospective clients or potential customers for your business or company.

Digital agencies in Singapore like Visibiliti use certain special strategies to help improve your SEO ranking. Some of them are –

Posting only relevant information or content that is related to your business page or website. This is so that customers or people visiting your website do not get lost or confused reading content or information that is irrelevant to your business. Publishing quality content is a major factor in increasing your SEO ranking.

Digital agencies will make sure to constantly update your website content and post news feeds, pictures and quotes from known people to help keep the customers engrossed and involved at all times. Keeping your website content fresh and updated is another major contributing factor to your SEO ranking.

They make sure to include quality title, description and keyword metadata. This information is vital when an interested party types in certain words into a search engine bar as it picks up these same words from your website metadata.

Digital agencies make sure to create relevant links within the text and use alt tags to describe your website’s audio and video media. They also use alternative text descriptions.

What is conversion strategy?

Digital agency Singapore like Visibiliti help convert online traffic to your website into prospective sales and returns on your investment. This is known as conversion strategy. They do this by replacing informative words with action-triggering words, simplifying the flow of your web page, implementing elements in the background of your web page that induce action, increasing perceived value, and incorporating call to action elements in your web page.

Advantages of PMP Certification

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Jun 142016
 

To prove one’s mettle in work, apart from sincerity, dedication, hard work and professional skills, academic achievement and professional certifications are also often necessary. It increases one’s credibility as a professional. Such certifications also help in standardizing the benchmark set for professionals all over the world. There are many such certifications’ such as, Professional Certification in Accounting (PCA), Professional Certificate in Customer Relationship Management (PCCRM), Professional Certificate in Marketing (PCM), Professional Certificate in Technical Communication (PCTC), Professional Certificate in Human Resources (PCHR). One of the most commonly aspired professional certification for any individual is the Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification.

Exams to be cleared

The PMP certification is achieved by clearing an examination conducted by Project Management Institute based on the PMI Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK). However to sit for the examination there are certain prerequisites like: one has to have a bachelor’s degree, at least 4,500 hours of leading and directing projects and 35 hours of formal project management education.

PMP Certification has many advantages. Having a PMI certification is a way of showing one’s peers and supervisors, one’s dedication to work. It a way of showing one’s ability to take up and perform the functions of project management. It serves as an unbiased endorsement of one’s project management skills, knowledge, and professional experience at a global level. This certification is a sign of achievement as it shows that an individual has already demonstrated his/her excellence in the field of project management. It is also a source of great confidence boost for an individual as it gives a certain sense of satisfaction. PMI certification also opens doors for better opportunities with a higher pay package as it is conducted on a global level. This certification also ensures that one is prepared to take up more responsibilities as review of the current responsibilities is a criteria for sitting for the examination. Also the preparation to clear this examination further prepares individuals to take up more project management responsibilities.

Gaining a certification

Thus if one is aware of all the above mentioned advantages of Project Management Professional (PMP) certification, there is no doubt that one would want to attain this certification as soon as possible. Project management is not an industry specific function in any company. It is needed in every sector and in every industry. Hence having a certification in project management is advantageous for every individual who wants to e successful in his/her career as a professional.

May 052016
 

It is unfortunate that man has forgotten how to live a life that is in synergy with nature. But of late, more and more number of people want to enjoy nature and so, they choose exotic locations for their vacations. Among a few places in the world that offer great opportunities to enjoy nature in all its glory, the Penguin Parade Island that is located about 90 Kms. from Melbourne stands out.

Beauty of wild life

If you plan your visit to this place, you can not only enjoy the beauty of nature but can realize how wild life can be fascinating. Especially, when you look at the little penguins during sunset and when they come back home, you will wonder whether you are living on this planet or in the paradise that mythological stories describe.

But for enjoying this scene to the fullest extent, you must plan the visit to this place according to the time calendar that provides you with the details of the return of the penguins.

At the Penguin Parade that is also called the Phillip Island Nature Parks, you can indulge in various other activities as well. Especially if you visit the place along with your family, you are certain to enjoy them because almost all these activities are all family-friendly.

Buy some souvenirs

You can visit the souvenir shop as well as the cafe at the island. You can have a relaxed walk along the boardwalks and reach the beach. During these walks, you will be able to sight some of the penguins that may be resting even during daytime. Of course, a number of young penguins will be returning home when the sun sets.

Even if you decide to have a stroll along the rugged coastline of the place, you will be able to sight fur seals, whales, etc. also. The Swan Lake that is located before the entrance of the Penguin Parade will provide you with the opportunity of sighting various types of birds. Especially, if you are an avid bird watcher, you cannot afford to miss this activity. Of course, even if you are not a bird watcher, the sight of many rare birds will certainly excite you.

If you have surfing skills, you can surf to your heart’s content at Flynn’s Beach, Cat Bay or Summerland Bay. But if you have recently started surfing, you can try YCW or Smiths Beach.

In short, a visit to Penguins Parade will take you back to Mother Nature. That is the reason Penguin Parade in Melbourne is considered a must-see place. You can go for Melbourne airport to city transport to catch the Penguin parade.

May 032016
 

The maintenance of payroll is the most time-consuming activity in a company. The process of outsourcing the payroll activities involves choosing the appropriate payroll service providers. The cost associated with the payroll outsourcing and the laws involved with it also matter. The company would save the cost of maintaining a separate team inside their company and providing them with the training to keep them updated with the latest changes in the payroll systems.

Activities that are outsourced

The payroll, HR, and accounting are the activities that companies most often outsources. The top reasons why the companies should outsource their payroll activity are listed below.

The rules and laws pertaining to the payroll of employees change quite often. The PF percentages, benefits and the leaving taxes are all challenging factors. When the internal hiring increases, maintaining the internal payroll team becomes extremely challenging. To avoid these situations the companies should look to outsource these activities.

The payroll services Singapore offer great reporting outputs. The dedicated teams at the outsourced companies would continuously work out ways to improve the reports. In comparison, the internal teams require time to develop new ways of delivering the reports. The team at the outsourced company would be available to respond to your custom queries and would conduct meetings with your employees explaining the process they are following.

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The payroll outsourced companies offer the very basic to complex payroll activities for the different businesses. The dedicated teams ensure the salary for all the employees are calculated in time and reimbursed. The pay slips are made available online immediately. This helps the employees to point out any differences and get it rectified instantly. The annual bonuses and the increments of individual employees are processed efficiently.

Reduced pressure

The process of outsourcing the payroll activities reduces the pressure on the HR team. They would spend enough time to hire skilled employees who in turn would contribute to the profit of the company. The annual income reports with the clear specifications of the taxed to be paid are provided to the individual employees. The updated software used by these outsourced companies provide these complex reports in many customized formats.

The payroll outsourcing not only reduces the tension but also is a cost effective approach for the business. The cost that would be involved when an in-house payroll team can be diverted in improving other services like the customer support and sales teams.

Once the businesses choose the best payroll services Singapore there are , they can be rest assured that the complex activities in the payroll processing are executed to perfection. The employees would also have a expertized team who would assist immediately. The reports generated would be exhaustive and informative. With error free processing by reputed outsourced companies, the firms would, in turn, look to improve their business.

Apr 292016
 

The advantages of having a cohesive team in an organization are too many to ignore. On the other hand, companies are likely to be in a disadvantageous situation if they do not have a cohesive team. Therefore, it is imperative that companies take adequate steps for building teams. Let us look at some of the corporate team building activities .

1. Creating a garden

The company can depute teams to work in a nearby school or hospital so they can carry out gardening activities there. This will not only benefit these institutions but can help the team members understand the attitude and working style of the other members. Further, garden activities are so good that they enhance the health of the participants also since the members will have a chance to breathe the fresh oxygen let out by the trees and plants.

2. Hula Hooping

This is a fun activity and additionally, it can be a good physical exercise as well. It has been scientifically proved that such fun activities can reduce stress levels in employees because they may need good amount of oxygen while indulging in this activity. When employees cheer good performers, there will be a positive mood in the group that may go a long way in building a cohesive team.

3. Outdoor exercise sessions

Team members can schedule outdoor exercise sessions. This is also a good team building effort. While the team members can have enhanced health, they can get to understand each other better also. But team members should guard against creating peer pressure because the intention is to ease stress and not increase it.

4. Ropes Courses

Ropes courses are an excellent outdoor team building activity. Of course, members will find the activity challenging because they have to surmount obstacles in this activity for completing their goal. Not only that, members should understand the strengths as well as weakness of the other members and use them appropriately for accomplishing the goal. Once they achieve the goal, they are certain to appreciate the positive contribution of others which is good for team building.

5. Treasure Hunt

Treasure hunts are a highly popular activity and this activity is a very good outdoor team building exercise. Since every member has to provide ideas in this activity, there is a lot of scope for developing a good relationship among members, thus paving way for forming a cohesive unit.

There are a number of other outdoor team building exercises but teams should discuss and choose the ones that suit them and that help them achieve their aim of improving the relationship among the members.

Apr 272016
 

Mandarin is an ancient language from an ancient land and civilization that has existed for over a couple of millennia before many other civilizations have existed. It is one of the most pristine and beautiful civilizations which brought to the world some of the most interesting and phenomenal inventions of its time. It is a culture that has been very elite and classical. Along with the culture and civilization the Chinese have also brought in the Chinese language, which is also known as Mandarin. It is always known to be one of the most complex languages in the world. It has also been gaining in reputation of late considering the kind of global relevance and growth the language has in today’s modern world. Even though China is far from its genesis and roots back in the day, it still holds great relevance in the modern age. Learning any language is always advantageous and useful for anyone, however, the uses id Mandarin are significant, they are listed as follows.

Business

China is the second largest economy in the world. It is a powerhouse and has some of the major industries and businesses function out of that country. Business today is also very global in nature and China is the business hub of the eastern hemisphere of the globe. It is also one of the most central locations for all businesses. It is one of the best places for investments, and in order to carry out business in the region it is always best to know the local language which could alleviate many of your troubles while dealing in day to day business.

Diplomacy

China is also one of the most powerful nations in the world. It has one of the most powerful nuclear arsenal and is also the nation with the largest army in the world. The economic rise of China has elicited the rise in Chinese global power and has also strengthened the Chinese geo-political position in the world. Mandarin is thus, a very useful language to know, especially in the sphere of diplomacy.

Academics

Some of the foremost scholars in various spheres have all originated from China. Even today, China is the best place to learn and understand history. It is very useful to take up Mandarin classes in Singapore in this case in order to understand not only the culture, but to also learn about the sophisticated culture and history.