Amazon is here. 3 ways individuals and businesses can leverage on its arrival.

27-Jul-2017 17:19:59

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by Yolanda Graham

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Despite opinions that Amazon would never make it into Asia (some expressed as recent as March 2017), its arrival into South East Asia isn’t really much of a surprise. In the dawn and rise of digital commerce, there are no borders or boundaries. If growth is the goal, businesses have to innovate and take risks. So here Amazon is.
 
Every role in the business supply chain will be called upon to enhance performance, all the way from manufacturing right through to after sales service. So whether you're an individual or a business owner, you would benefit from these tips on how to survive – and thrive in an ever-changing business landscape.
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3 things you need to know about becoming a freelancer

06-Jul-2017 09:55:12

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by Yolanda Graham

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The idea of being your own boss is undeniably attractive. You have the freedom to decide when and how you want to work as well as whom you want to work with.

Once you start freelancing, however, you might discover a few challenges that you didn’t foresee. Finding clients, getting paid on time and learning that you make a terrible boss (and employee) for yourself may be some of them.

When the realities of freelancing sets in, the initial excitement of being self-employed will fade away. You find yourself longing for a steady paycheck, colleagues, and a career path that’s more mainstream.

But should you really give up on the challenging yet rewarding life as a freelancer? To help you start off on the right foot, here are three things you need to know about becoming a freelancer.

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7 things you should do on your first day back from a holiday

28-Jun-2017 14:47:13

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by Yolanda Graham

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Coming back from a break from work – whether it was a long weekend, a staycation, a two-week trip, or a month-long sabbatical can cause a bit of anxiety. You’re thinking you need a holiday to get over your holiday, just so you can avoid all the work that has piled up while you were gone. But you can’t go on holiday forever, so you drive into work anyway, say hello to your colleagues, and sit down and try to get back into the groove.

To others, you look like you’re busy checking your emails, but in truth you’re staring at your screen, your brain still dreaming about the beach.

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How to leave your job on a good note

22-Jun-2017 12:19:25

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by Yolanda Graham

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So… a change is on the horizon and you’re getting ready to leave your current job in pursuit of greener pastures.

If you’re leaving because workplace issues, you may be tempted to give your colleagues a piece of your mind before you step out. You imagine a deep satisfaction from airing your grievances. Realistically, however, what you can expect from exit venting is unwanted drama and a damaged reputation.

Think long-term and leave on good terms. It's important not to burn bridges because you might need your past employers for a reference. Here are a few ways you can leave your job on a good note:

 

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5 attributes of a person with excellent communication skills

15-Jun-2017 12:30:00

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by Yolanda Graham

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Look through any job description and you’ll most likely find “excellent communication skills” listed as a requirement.

Inside and outside of work life, communication helps us build and maintain relationships, and accomplish goals. In business, communication skills help companies achieve their aims and objectives. Employees with excellent communication skills are able to explain things, convey messages, ask relevant questions, and avoid or resolve conflicts effectively.

Let's take a closer look at some of the things people with excellent communication skills do consistently. 

 

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