Covid-19: Time For You To Change The Way You Do Business!

For most small businesses, if they are to survive the coronavirus and its aftermath, it is time to change the way they do business.

The coronavirus pandemic has pushed the economy into a slowdown of unknown severity. It could be a long, drawn-out recession, or a sharp dip followed by a swift recovery. Investors are already anticipating several epicenters of economic pain. Oil companies, airlines, hotels, restaurants, retailers and automakers will report steep losses and issue forecasts for the coming months.

It is no surprise that the virtual lock-down of large swaths of the  worldwide population has delivered a big blow to the economy, which is driven by consumer spending. But investors are intensely interested in whether traditional businesses will be able to survive and adapt to potentially huge changes in consumers’ spending priorities.

In industries that are seriously hammered by the outbreak, some might do better than others. In the restaurant industry, for example, some chains are more likely to thrive when most diners are not leaving home much or at all. Chains with an established takeout and delivery business, such as Domino’s and Papa John’s, are growing fast with the help of online ordering, while other fast-food companies that are heavily dependent on business from commuters might struggle.

The same may be said for all businesses large or small, from Amazon to the small corner business with an established E-Commerce Online Store Set Up. These businesses  are and will be still growing fast in the aftermath of the coronavirus with the help on their online ordering service. Most other traditional businesses that are heavily relying and dependent on business from commuters are already struggling and some are most likely not to survive.

You are a small business and you want to survive! You want to thrive in the aftermath of the pandemic and you do not have and E-commerce Online Store! Maybe it is time for you to consider the need to change how you do business.

Michel Ouellette, ll.l, ll.m
Business Growth Strategist
JMD Systemics
Systemic Strategic Planning / Crisis & Reputation Management
Skype: jmdlive
Michel Ouellette /  Joseph Michael Dennis,is a former attorney, a Trial Scientist, a Crisis & Reputation Management Expert, a Public Affairs & Corporate Communications Specialist, a Warrior for Common Sense and Free Speech.
JMD Systemics is her to help.

Covid-19: Nothing Like A Little Retail Therapy To Help Pass The Hours.

Good News in Consumer Shopping Trends!

There is nothing like a little retail therapy to help pass the hours.

You want to sell your products and services to homebound customers during the Coronavirus Pandemic! Doing so requires being sensitive to the reality of the pandemic. As the coronavirus pandemic moved across the world, the stock market plunged and many of the world’s businesses closed, there is still hope: “Customers are going online!”

My best advice to you: keep posting to capture this demand while using a softer approach to drive shopping. For every five posts, you make just make sure that two of them are relatable about life at home. This approach creates a softer sell in your feed while continuing to provide guidance to your followers during this time of pandemic.

And don’t forget: Staying In is So In!

Michel Ouellette, ll.l., ll.m.

Business Growth Strategist

JMD Systemics

Systemic Strategic Planning / Crisis & Reputation Management

Skype: jmdlive

Web: www.jmdsystemics.com

Michel Ouellette / Joseph Michael Dennis, is a former attorney, a Trial Scientist, a Crisis & Reputation Management Expert, a Public Affairs & Corporate Communications Specialist, a Warrior for Common Sense and Free Speech.

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Political Vetting: How well do you really know your candidate?

From now on, woe betide the party that having attested to the character and probity of its candidates, politicians and staff, is revealed to have been conned or simply been sloppy in its vetting. The political pain will be far worse than the earlier discomfort of often humiliating intense investigation of candidates.

In days gone by, political candidate vetting was never a very rigorous process. If you had a union leader, heart surgeon or hockey star as a good prospect, you really did not want to know anything else about the past of this political candidate. Unless you were very unlucky, past events or incidents of his or her life such as criminal conviction of any kind, spousal abuse, adultery or child molestation were unlikely to ever emerge.

Back then, the final test in candidate vetting, was the senior recruiter looking the prospect meaningfully in the eye, and saying with great solemnity, “Now, is there anything you have not disclosed that there is even a distant prospect, if it were revealed, that would bring shame or harm to the party or yourself?”

Today, that test is no longer sufficient.

Serious archival research, social media tracking, and even private investigators are now the norm and political parties are no exception to the rule. Political parties must now meet the new standard. The price of failure to do so is too high to pay.

Invasive inquiry, aggressive reference checking, difficult final interviews and even undated resignation letters are the new standard, the new norm.

JMD

https://www.jmdsystemics.com/

Michael Dennis is a former Corporate and Business Law Attorney, a Crisis & Reputation Management Expert, a Public Affairs & Corporate Communications Specialist, a Warrior for Common Sense & Free Speech helping you achieve greatness.

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How to Maximize Your Income

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Growing your business doesn’t always mean that you have to increase your expenses.

More often than not you already have everything you need to take your business and company to the next level.

The tricky part is finding and unveiling your unknown resources and figuring out where to allocate them for maximum impact.

Maximizing your profits is simply a matter of being smart about your resources.

This is the challenge that inspired me to create Bunkumless.com, a new corporate, business and entrepreneurial platform that shows you exactly where you may be leaking money, and where there is room for improvement.

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Check my Free Introduction Offer. There’s no pitch. Nothing to buy. It’s pure content. I am simply giving you free access to a Skype Consultation Service

This is your opportunity, your day-to-day ticket to keeping your finger on the pulse, enabling you to make informed decisions.

JMD

Owner of Bunkumless.com and King Global Earth and Environmental Sciences Corporation, JMD, a former attorney, is a Columnist for The Futurist Daily News and editor of the Social and Political Blog JMDlive.com  Follow JMD @ jmdlive

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Stop The Bunkum And Create A Real Business

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“Owning Your Destiny” is an incredibly powerful concept anywhere else but in the world of startups.”

Instead of focusing solely on growth, chart a path to profitability

As a startup, rather than buying into the idea that you have to use your first decade to build your audience, collect your data, or lock in your customer, figure out how to make money from day one.

Building a “Real Business” from the beginning

Real businesses make products and sell them for a profit. Real businesses provide services for a profit.

Real businesses focus on customer’s acquisition, revenue and profitability, not investors, valuations and the next fundable milestone.

Real businesses prioritize their customer’s needs over their customer’s eyeballs. They have a functioning business model, not a believable financial model.

Real businesses want to stay in business, not run for the exit

Real businesses create their own source of funding and do not have to ask anyone for permission to exist.

Scaling a business through happy customers and increasing revenues and profitability is no harder than breaking the addiction of spending money.

Most startups bleed red, real businesses bleed black. Stop the Bunkum, stop the nonsense and look for a profitable customer now.

It is up to you to make it happen now!

JMD

Owner of Bunkumless.com and King Global Earth and Environmental Sciences Corporation, JMD, a former attorney, is a Columnist for The Futurist Daily News and editor of the Social and Political Blog JMDlive.com  Follow JMD @ jmdlive

Taking Responsibility for Your Own Life

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Changing your life starts with the small, consistent changes you make day to day.

Since the beginnings of humanity, everyone of the world’s most successful and influential people and leaders, have been defined by their daily routines and lifestyles. Taking responsibility for your own motivation and intentions is a timeless activity, one that can lead to astronomical and heroic accomplishments.

Whoever you are, whatever your condition and wherever you may live, your mind will always dictate your reality. Believe in yourself, believe that you can and you will. You will achieve all your dreams and goals. Every single day, make plans and execute them. Welcome every day of your life and get up with the people. Time and consistency are key.

Consistency is how you create results. Every day, focus on what is important, on what you can do to improve yourself and others. Just remember, we never get where we are going alone and gratitude as well as empathy will go a long way. Give to your friend, to your family and your team. Speak with intention. Stay in integrity and act with regality.

If you want to be perceived as a leader, act like one. Start listening to your inner voice, that voice that tells the truth about you. Stop listening to your ego. Stop lying to yourself.

Train yourself to hear and see the truth and: Act on it!

JMD

Owner of Bunkumless.com and King Global Earth and Environmental Sciences Corporation, JMD, a former attorney, is a Columnist for The Futurist Daily News and editor of the Social and Political Blog JMDlive.com  Follow JMD @ jmdlive

 

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Decoding the Document Translation Quote Process

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At bunkumless.com, they keep their prices consistent, and payments can be made by credit card or PayPal.

[English & French] Pricing

Bunkumless.com is constantly striving to provide you with the highest quality translations at the most competitive pricing in the industry. Bunkumless.com has streamlined its operations to eliminate the fees added by many other translation companies, including project management and overhead fees. Providing you with simple and competitive pricing paired with the highest quality in the marketplace is a key element to their mission.

Bunkumless.com pricing for translation projects is determined by several factors:

  • The number of source words
  • The complexity of the subject matter
  • The amount of time required to complete the assignment

Bunkumless.com, strives to provide the highest quality and most competitive translation rates in the industry.

Decoding the Document Translation Quote Process

Take an in-depth look into the Bunkumless.com translations quoting process.

Translation Costs

The rates and possible overall costs for any given translations are always negotiated and agreed upon at the beginning of a specified project. Depending on your needs, the same rates can apply across many different projects. Should the scope of a project change, Bunkumless.com will work with you to agree on new pricing rates that are more appropriate for the new project or scope.

When you request a free, no-obligation quote, Bunkumless.com provides you with a detailed pricing quote broken down by document and language pairing.

Pricing

The pricing for translation projects can be done on a flat fee basis, such as price per page or hourly rate. However, this is not an industry standard nor is it recommended for many reasons. First, as every document is different, the number of words per page can vary significantly. Also, many countries use different sizes of paper. As for hourly rates, each translator has his or her own pace. More experienced translators translate faster while less experienced translators take longer.

A price per word methodology is a much more reliable and predictable way to ensure fair and accurate pricing.

Translation Price per Source Words

The primary factor in determining pricing is the number of source words in the document to be translated. As a general rule, when translating to French from English, the target word count will normally be about 20% higher than the source word count.

Since Bunkumless.com charges for the source words, you will have an accurate cost estimate at the beginning of each project, as opposed to if you were charged by target words.

Translation Rate per Complexity of the Source

Translation pricing per source words also depends on the level of complexity of each proposed document. A general business text that contains no technical terms letter will be priced lower than a technical patent document, a medical text, a complex legal contract, pharmaceuticals related document or software manual.

A general document or text will always be priced at the lowest possible price per word while complex legal documents and highly technical texts will be at a higher price according to their complexity.

Turnaround Time and Rates

Another key component to pricing is related to delivery time requirements. The turnaround is one of the first elements discussed prior to quoting your project. Perfect planning and, more importantly, enough time to line up resources let Bunkumless.com deliver high volume outputs at the most competitive rates in the market. A translation project that needs to be delivered in a shorter time frame may carry up to a 50% charge above our regular rates.

Despite this potential surcharge, Bunkumless.com will always help you out by providing you with the staff and resources to accommodate your rush projects. The need being, Bunkumless.com we will also deliver projects on a rolling basis with the most important documents being delivered first. Bunkumless.com always works with your team to structure a delivery schedule that will maximize quality and minimize rush costs.

Editing and Proofreading Prices

Editing and proofreading are translation related services that we can provide and that can be priced separately according to every specific cases. If you had a translation performed by another company or person and you are not satisfied or unsure of the quality of the translation, Bunkumless.com can provide you with an editing and proofreading rate that is lower than the one for full translation.

Normally, the cost to edit and proofread is 50% less than fully translating the text.

Desktop Publishing Fees

The rates for desktop publishing service projects are handled differently and are based on the number of target pages. Again, this is an industry standard and the most efficient way to ensure a clear and predictable bid.

Website Localization Pricing

The rates for website localization projects requiring coding can be determined by target pages. However, this can make the project more expensive for the client because many pages are generated automatically from a database.

In these cases, it is better to charge the development work on an hourly basis.

Trusted Translations Competitive Pricing

Bunkumless.com high quality translations and competitive rates are a direct result of our direct involvement in your project. Most translation companies outsource your translation to other translation companies. Bunkumless.com does not. Bunkumless.com always prefer to deal directly with you to ensure that you get a first rate product at the best possible rates. Bunkumless.com always strive to implement a pricing methodology that is clear and fair to the client.

Bunkumless.com also stand by all its translations If you are not completely satisfied with one of our translations, we will work with you and/or your team until it meets your complete satisfaction.

Billing

Bunkumless.com normally requires a retainer of services of 50% of the total payment upfront and the remaining upon delivery of the final product. For clients with proven good credit or that have a good payment history, Bunkumless.com can bill in arrears on a monthly basis.

Notwithstanding the above, Bunkumless.com will work with your company on a case-by-case basis to accommodate your billing needs.

JMD

Owner of Bunkumless.com and King Global Earth and Environmental Sciences Corporation, JMD, a former attorney, is a Columnist for The Futurist Daily News and editor of the Social and Political Blog JMDlive.com  Follow JMD @ jmdlive

 

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The monetary value of saying “No”

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Knowing how and when to say no is actually good for your health and sanity.

We all have limits to our time, energy and interests. To be, and to stay focus is learning to say “No”.

Learn to say no to toxic clients

Learn to say “No” to stressful clients, the ones that are more trouble than they are worth, the ones that do not pay on time. Unless necessary for your peace of mind to discontinue the relationship altogether, just make sure to limit your commitments with them to the bare minimum. Keep the lines of communication open, however, just make sure to set boundaries on what you will and will not accept. Clearly state your company policy upfront. This will reinforce, not jeopardize your relationship.

Learn to say no to people asking for freebies

When asked for a discount, a freebie or a special deal, think twice before acknowledging. If you feel compelled to give a discount, do so because you can afford it or because you really want the business. Nevertheless, always ask for something in return, either a new client referral, a larger order or a long-term contract. Make it a winning situation.

Learn to say “No” to late payments

Make sure your payment terms are clearly laid and enforce them.

Learn to say “No” to petty jobs

Beware of the client who asks you to “just do this one little thing” without offering to pay for it. If the request is something easy to be done and do not take too much of your time, you may choose to go ahead and do it. Preferably and even better, even if it feels awkward to do so, offer a price for the extra work.

Saying “No” does not come easy. However, once you learn this skill and if you learn to do it nicely, your clients will respect your professionalism and you will enjoy a higher income.

JMD

Original article first appeared on Bunkumless.com

Owner of Bunkumless.com and King Global Earth and Environmental Sciences Corporation, JMD, a former attorney, is a Columnist for The Futurist Daily News and editor of the Social and Political Blog JMDlive.com  Follow JMD @ jmdlive

 

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The Golden Rule in a Business Environment

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“Treat others as you would want to be treated.

Today, in a business or corporate environment, it is often too easy to adopt a cut-throat strategy and forget or dismiss everything about ethics; to stuff all ethical principles into our business values page, but to leave them out of every one of our day-to-day processes. Far from being useless in the business world, the concept of ethic is directly tied to a company’s or business’s long-term success. The Golden rule is short, succinct and powerful: “Treat others as you would want to be treated.

The Golden Rule is: Everything About Success

Treat your customers right and they will be more likely to come back and more inclined to recommend your products or services. Treat your workers fairly, and they will always provide excellent service. In a world where the question of ethics and moral dilemmas often arises, having a standard that you can refer to in your decision-making process is priceless. Having a solid set of ethics could be just what your company or business needs to stand above the competition.

Building a Reputation

The most valuable possession you have is your reputation. Guard it and protect it at all costs. Losing and then trying to rebuild a reputation is very difficult and sometimes even impossible. Following the Golden Rule in your exchanges with others and your decision-making processes is the most efficient and simple way to safeguard and maintain your personal and business reputation. Treating others decently is just as important in the business world as it is in your personal lives.

A cut-throat business strategy may work at first, but over time it will destroy the very environment it needs for its own success. Build your business in a sustainable way. Treat the members of your team, your customers, your vendors, and competitors fairly. Go above and beyond what whatever is required and expected. In the long run, this will always pay off significantly.

Keeping Everyone Happy

If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person’s point of view and see things from that person’s angle as well as from your own.

People are far more likely to complain about a negative experience than they are to talk about a good one. Ninety-nine good deeds and one bad, all the people will remember about you or your business will be the bad one. Bad news travel a lot faster and reach more than twice as many people as good news or a praise for a good service or product experience. Treating your employees and customers well is important. It is key keeping them happy, motivated, productive and coming back for more.

A satisfied workforce will be motivated to provide great service to your customers, and improve their loyalty as well. Pure simple appreciation can go a long way. Applying the Golden Rule in the workplace and putting others first is the simplest way to keep everyone [or almost everyone] happy. Most importantly, if you treat your employees the way that we would like to be treated, you will be rewarded with a dedicated, talented and loyal work force that will consistently meet the needs of the marketplace.

Dusting Off the Golden Rule

Today, for any businesses or companies, dusting off the Golden Rule and putting it to work is an everyday must. Doing it in your customer service department would be a good start but applying it throughout every aspect and level of your daily operations will always prove to be a preferable approach. This would and will instantly put you, your business or company on the fast-track for long-term sustainable growth and definitely pave the way to success. Treat others like people, not numbers and put yourself in their place once in a while.

Following the Golden Rule will help you achieve all your goals.

JMD

Original article first appeared on Bunkumless.com

Owner of Bunkumless.com and King Global Earth and Environmental Sciences Corporation, JMD, a former attorney, is a Columnist for The Futurist Daily News and editor of the Social and Political Blog JMDlive.com  Follow JMD @ jmdlive

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Good Business and Marketing Writing: Clear all the crap out!

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Bad business writing drives everybody nuts

Bad business writing drives everybody nuts, slows your business down and compromise your success and profitability. Poorly written material is a waste of your time, your employees’ time and your customers’ time. What you read and what people read is too often ineffective because it is too long, poorly organized, unclear, filled with incomprehensible jargon, and imprecise. It drives people and customers away.

Good business writing creates alignment, boosts productivity and profitability.

When writing email, technical bulletins, memos, business letters and marketing material, everybody, from the CEO down, must set an example by communicating exactly what they want. Good business and marketing writing commands that you clearly state, either in the subject line or title, and the first two sentences of everything you write whatever is to be achieved and the desired results. Lose the filler and do not waste anybody’s time especially your prospective customers’ time.

Do this right, and you will get a reputation for honesty, truthfulness and, more importantly, you will retain your actual customers and attract new ones.

When writing, focus on the end user and everything else will follow.

Clarity tells everyone that they can trust you. When writing business and marketing material, focus on providing the best user experience possible, the best customer experience possible. Whether you are designing a new blog or website, writing a business letter or drafting a memo or email, always make sure that whatever you write will ultimately serve the interests of the end user or customer rather than our own internal goal or bottom line. Doing so, it will surely and definitely improve your business productivity and profitability.

Bunkum does not impress anyone. Bunkumless does! Every employee and customer can understand that bunkumless rings true.

Good business writing reflects clarity and honesty.

Unclear writing allows unclear thinking. Clear business and marketing writing always make sure to use well-organized, active-voice sentences. Clear business and marketing writing is everything about explaining what is happening, what ought to happen, what people need to do and what customers need to know. Nothing else! Unclear writing and language reflects nothing else than confusion and dishonesty.

Good business and marketing writing makes smart people stand out. Prize clarity, you and your business will rise to the top.

Always make sure to say what you mean.

Bunkumless.com provides you with no bullshit, no nonsense business and marketing writing material.

Bunkumless.com always make sure that the material ending up on your desk is clear, efficient, productive, profitable and, above everything else, bunkumless.

The options are yours:

You may decide to waste your time rooting through your subordinates’ unclear writing, or you can spend effort changing your business or corporate culture to one that prizes brevity, clarity, and directness. Bunkumless.com is here to assist you.

That is worth the money and the effort:

Everyone in your business and organization, especially you and your management team, will end up more productive. Increase your productivity and you will increase your profitability. Your success is our success.

Yes, indeed:

It is time to clear all the crap out of your website, your blogs, your desk and inboxes and make your business and marketing writing efficient and productive.

It is time to commit to a culture of clarity. If nothing else, one thing is sure, it will make your day, your employees’ and your customers’ reading a lot less annoying.

JMD

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Owner of Bunkumless.com and King Global Earth and Environmental Sciences Corporation, JMD, a former attorney, is a Columnist for The Futurist Daily News and editor of the Social and Political Blog JMDlive.com  Follow JMD @ jmdlive

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