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The Benefits of Investing in Managed Server Hosting

If you own your own businesses and have a website or an online store, you have some kind of hosting service. Of course, the question will come up eventually whether you want a server that is managed by someone else or do you want to manage your own server. Obviously, if you manage your own, you save money, but outsourcing your server to be managed by another company is often a very wise investment because it frees you to concentrate on your business.

Of course, if you are spending a lot of time managing your own servers, then you are wasting a great deal of time and energy that could be spent elsewhere. Many companies hire people in-house to watch over and manage the servers, but this is also an expense that many smaller online e-commerce stores simply do not have the money to cover the costs.

On the other hand, by outsourcing your servers, data transfers, security, upgrades, hardware support, monitoring, and troubleshooting can in fact save you time and money over hiring a team of IT professionals to manage the servers in-house. You are outsourcing all these functions and support that someone else is managing while you conduct business and concentrate your time and effort on growing your business.

While most people that begin an e-commerce store manage their own servers in the beginning, as the business grows, it is a wise investment to look into a managed server because in the end, as your business grows, you will save money over hiring a team of your own to support the server. You may get away with managing the server yourself in the very early days of your business, but as your company grows, so do your time constraints. This is where outsourcing your server’s management makes the most sense.

In addition, once your business is large enough, then you can justify the cost of outsourcing your server’s management because trying to hire a team of your own will be more expensive than outsourcing. Obviously, when you are growing your business you need to be wise as to where you spend your funds.
Besides saving money on outsourcing your server’s management, you are also making sure it is supported 24 hours each day. Obviously, if your site is not up half the time and you are running around putting out fires, you simply cannot concentrate on expanding your business. Outsourcing makes the most sense for your business needs because the support and updating of the managed server becomes someone else’s responsibility.

Lastly, there are huge advances in outsourcing your servers that simply was not available just 15 years ago. These outsourcing avenues make it possible for you to afford to run your online business in a professional manner and continue to do what you love best without having to deal with servers, files, updates, and security. With managed server hosting, you are in fact able to focus on what is most important, the ability to continue business growth.

Starting a Business – Tips to Test Your Readiness

Being your own boss is wonderfully exciting, but running a business isn’t for everyone. Starting a business comes with certain challenges.

The most common reasons people decide to start a business is because they want to be self-sufficient, become wealthy, or change their lifestyle.

Many writers would like to use their writing and editing talents to make a living for themselves. Perhaps, that’s you! If so, you may be wondering if you are cut out for the endeavor and if you can find enough clients and make enough money to at least pay your mortgage.

What sacrifices and risks will I have to take to be successful? How will I balance family and business? What’s going to happen to me if this venture doesn’t work out? These are common questions and fears any entrepreneur has to face when looking at self-employment.

To determine whether business ownership is for you, here are some questions you might want to ask yourself. Answer as honestly as possible. This will give you an idea of your level of preparedness.

  1. Am I a leader or a follower? If you are not a self-starter or need someone to tell you what to do next, this could be problematic if you are the only decision maker in your company. It requires self-discipline to operate a business. You have to be able to manage your time well, focus on tasks, and make good decisions.
  2. Do I have social support of family and friends to accomplish my goals? The more support you line up when starting your business, the better off you will be in the long run. Having a family member or close friend to brainstorm with can help take the pressure off the everyday decisions of starting your business. A spouse who is jealous of the time you spend on your business will probably not give you much encouragement to pursue your goals.
  3. Am I physically capable of starting and running a business? Health issues or having an unstable family situation or personal life may worsen if you put yourself under the stress of starting a business.
  4. Am I willing to invest my own money and work long hours for little pay, sacrificing personal time and lifestyle, maybe for years? You may go from working 40 hours a week to 14 hours a day. You will eventually be able to make a living at writing, but the first year or two may not show much of a profit.
  5. Have I made proper provisions for income and insurance (health and life) while waiting to achieve business success? You will need at least one year of income saved up while you launch your business and begin to start turning a profit. Many people start out by writing part-time while keeping their day job. This makes for an easier transition into full-time self-employment. Some companies will allow you to keep your health insurance when you leave the company, but it may be at a higher rate. Check into this before you pull the plug on your day job.
  6. Do I have up-to-date working knowledge of any technology necessary for efficient operation in order to keep pace in the business world? Do I possess the necessary skills and abilities to start a business? Is my current education and experience sufficient? You may need to take classes or purchase office equipment to facilitate your business. Get the logistics in place first. There are many online networking groups that will provide feedback and assistance for writers learning the trade.

For an in-depth analysis of your readiness for starting a business, see [] The Small Business Association has a self-paced, online tutorial that can be completed in about 30 minutes.

The better prepared you are, the better chance you have of being successful in your venture.

Real Estate Investment – How to Spot the Deals

Finding Great Fort Lauderdale Properties

In the Fort Lauderdale Real Estate market today, investing in real estate represents a great opportunity. Maybe even easier and more profitable than ever, as we continue to see Fort Lauderdale Homes for Sale for less than they would cost to build. As the market begins to improve there will be many happy real estate investors. Even in a healthy market, with new tools to find and evaluate potentially profitable properties, you need to be careful and make sure to maximize the odds of winning, by considering some of these tips.

The process of finding Fort Lauderdale ‘diamonds in the rough’ has been revolutionized by the Internet. You can spend a great deal of time on-line finding descriptions, prices, photos, and useful legal info about properties. In the Fort Lauderdale Real Estate market properties a great deal of information can be found on line at the Broward County Property Appraisers website. With all the digging you can do nothing will replace having a great realtor, who is on the ground working full-time on your team. Remember fees paid to the realtor at closing are most often paid by the seller so have an agent you can count on in your corner, is a bargain.

Find a realtor who is willing to sit down with you and discuss exactly what types of property you are looking for. Make sure they understand the competitive need of finding these homes first and acting quickly. Build a relationship that will make you a top priority to the realtor and the relationship will benefit both parties.

Even if you use the web to find a great value, be prepared to have your realtor do some investigation. The only way to judge properly is to visit the property, the surrounding area, and investigate the trends of recent sales. If you visit on your own, look at, For Sale signs of unrepresented sellers, For Rent signs, and talk to some of the neighbors. I do suggest that should you want information about the unlisted property you have your realtor call for you; it’s about maintaining that relationship.

The person next door might know something about the property, if you see them stop and chat. Be prepared to make more than one visit, in different kinds of weather and at different times of day, if possible. Property, houses, and neighborhoods look different at different times of day. They even look different on weekdays compared to weekends. Use your due diligence period wisely.

Having an inspector, inspect a property is a given but sincerely the best way to check for a leaky roof is to go when it’s raining. Sometimes you can even spot issues from the exterior by the homes eaves. The goal here is not to buy the property, the goal is to buy it right and make a good investment with this in mind the more information you can get about the property the better.

Once you have done your homework, entering a contract contingent on an inspection is the next step. When you and your realtor write the offer contract the goal is to obtain the best price, not to force the seller to do repairs. Your realtor can provide you with a list of experienced and reliable inspectors for you to interview. Finding the least expensive inspector should not be your goal. Find one you can talk to and develop a relationship with, the price will be repaid many times over, especially if you use them regularly in the future. The more you can learn about the property during the inspection the better off you are.

Review the report carefully. It’s not required that everything be perfect, think of it as a blueprint for your renovation plans. Every major and minor flaw should be recorded. Leaky plumbing or roofs, damaged walls or floors, inoperative air conditioning, hot water heaters, etc. Look especially for things that could cause a dangerous situation such as aluminum wiring, or old fuse panels, and possibly result in a more expensive project down the road.

Everything is negotiable, and there’s no rule about who pays for repairs. Very few properties, even newly constructed ones, are perfect. If you are planning on getting a great deal, plan of accepting some flaws.