Most Used Online Entertainment Services During The Covid-19 Pandemic

The past 12 months has been a rather difficult year for the entire world, as we have all been affected in one way or another by the global pandemic caused by Covid-19. During this period, many countries around the world have been put into lockdowns to combat the spread of the virus, and this has ensured that many of us have been using online entertainment services to get us through these lockdowns, and below we look at some of the most used services during the pandemic.

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Of course, one of the best ways to entertain yourself whilst at home is using television and watching TV series and films. These are usually available through your cable subscriptions, but due to the high cost of these, many don’t have access to them, so only streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video have offered a cost-effective way for consumers to watch their favourite TV shows and films for a small monthly subscription fee. The best thing about these types of services is the library that they have on offer as there is certainly content on there for every genre. Continue reading “Most Used Online Entertainment Services During The Covid-19 Pandemic”

Businesses Thriving During The Global Pandemic

The past 14 months has been a rather difficult period for many of us, as we have all been affected in one way or another by the global pandemic caused by Covid-19. However, although it has been a difficult period for many of us, there has been some businesses that have altered the way in which they are operating through the pandemic and have been able to thrive through this pandemic due to the way that they have evolved and below we look at them.

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One business that has been able to thrive during the pandemic has been that of online marketplace giants Amazon who have seen their stock go through the roof during this period. Amazon has acted as a place in which consumers can use to purchase almost everything that they require around the house whilst in local lockdowns, as the public have been worried to leave the house to go for their everyday shopping as they don’t want to catch the virus and then pass it on to someone vulnerable. Continue reading “Businesses Thriving During The Global Pandemic”

The Growth of Online Casinos During The Covid-19 Pandemic

The use of online casinos was never something that was low in demand. Popularity surged with technology – as the games became better equipped, better dramatized, and the technology became stronger in its support of mobile – the surge in popularity of this betting pastime began.

Over the past 12-14 months, the world has changed forever. Lives have been devastated, economies ruined, and the planet has become an almost unrecognisable place. People have been forced to stay at home, meaning their hobbies, interests and daytime habits have changed – no longer can they go and socialise with friends, everything is done at home. Continue reading “The Growth of Online Casinos During The Covid-19 Pandemic”

Finding Components you can Trust

To find a supplier that you can trust can sometimes be hard work. If you already work with a company that you like, then you are very lucky. Sadly, these days it is not always easy to find a company that you like and can stick with. Companies are going out of business and this means that your supplier may suffer form this fate and you may have to find a new one. Or you may find that the one you use is not that good and you would like to find a better one. Either way you will need to look out for a company that can supply you with the components that you need, at a good quality but also a competitive price.

You might find that SL Plastics will be able to help you with this. They have been in business for a long time and so have good experience and can supply plastic and metal components. They like the idea of keeping customers for a long time which means that they will want to provide a good service at a competitive price so that you keep returning to them. It is therefore worth contacting them with your System Plast Components needs and see whether they will be able to help you. Continue reading “Finding Components you can Trust”

Where to Get Free Business Help

When you run your own business and you get problems, it can be hard to know where to go to for help with this. There used to government help available and this was very valuable but this is no longer available on the same scale due to the government cuts. This means that you may have to find other ways to get help. These days it might be more likely for small business owners to look online for help, but this can be pretty overwhelming.

If you look on a search engine, you will find that there are all sorts of places that you can go for help. This seems like a great things, because you can get the help that you need, but it is not really The problems are that, firstly the list is rather overwhelming and it can be hard to know where to go to first and secondly you will find that it is very hard to tell whether the information is reliable and correct. It is worth remembering that anyone can publish anything online and it does not have to be right. Therefore, it is worth making sure that you can find information that you know will be right. Continue reading “Where to Get Free Business Help”

Consumer Protection in the UK

Consumer rights and protection laws provide a means for individuals to fight back against abusive business practices or traders.

Through the implementation of these laws, businesses can be held accountable for taking advantage of any unsuspecting customer who may not know the ropes.

Therefore, it’s crucial to understand your rights to know when something’s wrong.

What are my rights?

Under the Consumer Rights Act 2015, when exchanging in a purchase of goods or services, the customer and trader enter into a contract. Continue reading “Consumer Protection in the UK”

Commercial Finance – Is it right for my business?

Commercial finance is a general term used to define a range of different financial products available to all manner of businesses. Used for all manner of reasons, with both short-term and long-term options available, depending on what your business needs. Commercial finance deals are agreed with by external lenders and offer an alternative to traditional methods of lending such as banks, or raising money from friends or family. If you have been bypassed for a bank loan, commercial finance could provide you with that extra option to get you the additional funding you need.

So, what are the options? How can your options be utilised and why could it be so beneficial.

What are the benefits?

Whether you are searching for the extra finance to fund growth, or if things are just starting to turn slightly negative and cash flow is suffering, commercial finance could be your option. It is within the responsibilities of a company director to ensure the best results and outcome for a business and everyone associated with it. Continue reading “Commercial Finance – Is it right for my business?”

What can businesses learn from Silicon Valley’s success?

What can today’s start-ups looking to accelerate their growth learn from Silicon Valley’s high tech boom of the 1970s and 1980s? In the space of just a few years, this southern portion of the San Francisco Bay area – centered on Santa Clara Valley – became home to so many high-tech computer companies that it earned the nickname “Silicon Valley” after the silicon chips these organizations were using. It has in turn become shorthand for the US digital technology industry itself.

Today, Silicon Valley has grown to encompass the entire San Francisco Bay Area. It remains a leading high tech hub and focus of a strong start-up ecosystem – attracting as much as 43% of US venture capital funding, and home to dozens of “unicorn” start-ups, worth over US$1 billion. Yet around the world, other clusters of start-up innovation have also sprung up – so many that Slate magazine jokingly created a map listing all the places dubbed “the new Silicon Valley.”

So what was it that turned Santa Clara Valley into Silicon Valley? Why here, in this once-remote and rural part of America? According to Bryan Pearce, Global Leader EY Entrepreneur Of The Year, and Jeff Grabow, EY’s US Venture Capital Leader, there are five key factors that converged to transform this part of San Francisco Bay into the world’s leading technology hub. Entrepreneurs can look to leverage these components of success in order to accelerate growth within their businesses.

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Five Steps to Becoming Self Employed

If there are only five steps to becoming self employed, why doesn’t everyone do it? Here’s the thing: everyone can become self employed if they have discipline, drive, and the ability to overcome some tough working situations. Learn how to find self employment opportunities, and find success.

There may be five steps that lead to self employment, but everything hinges on one simple skill: the ability to find work. Through self-promotion, die-hard job seeking, ad placing or a combination of efforts, everyone who wants to succeed as an independent contractor has to succeed at finding paying customers. Learn how to make the process a little easier.

Becoming Self Employed

Step 1: The Self Employment Resume

Obviously, the first step to becoming self employed is to have a resume that highlights skills, education and experience in the professional’s chosen field. It does very little good to start any type of job hunting without having a great resume ready, so get one ready!

Often, success in self employment isn’t about finding opportunities but seizing them…and it’s pretty hard to self-sell without a resume that shows off skills and accomplishments. Even those with very little work at home, or independent contractor, experience can highlight other job experience they’ve gained, skills they’ve acquired and education they’ve completed. Remember that a resume should always stay professional, read in the third person and be presented on a single typewritten sheet – no colors, images or added embellishments necessary. Continue reading “Five Steps to Becoming Self Employed”

Self Employment is the Loneliest Job

For professionals who feel cooped up and hemmed in by an office environment, the thought of work at home seems sweet. But for those who have actually experienced self employment, working alone isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Self employment is really the loneliest job, one that brings a lot of stress and boredom. Can you handle being self employed, and working alone?

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For busy parents, work alone might sound like an ideal dream. Daily distractions often make it difficult to reach self employment goals. In these cases, working alone suddenly becomes desirable, needed. Successful self employed professionals have to learn to work even with home-oriented distractions. The phone will ring. Roommates and spouses might want to chitchat. People may come to knock on the door. And, if there are kids in the house, they’ll be sure to demand their fair share of attention. Continue reading “Self Employment is the Loneliest Job”