Pushing Forward with Online Business

The internet has changed the way people do business.

I’ve known friends who have started online businesses which includes selling items online to selling their services online (like providing their writing, web design or marketing services).

It seems to me that, thanks to the internet, starting a business has never been easier as it has been compared to, say, 5 to 10 years ago.

Now while it appears that the internet has made starting a business easier, it seems to me that people have also somehow forgotten that just like other “offline” businesses they also need to consider the importance of the following:

Creativity and originality. People who start online businesses can sometimes do it just because it’s the trend. A couple of their friends are selling stuff online and seeing that they profit from it they also decide to start their own. They fail to consider that creativity and originality matters. What sets your business apart from the others? What need is it meeting? These are questions that need to be asked.

Knowledge of the market. To go into business is to know your market. Who is buying the goods? What is the demographics of the clients or customers? What makes them choose your products? These are but just a few of the questions that one who runs an online business needs to think about.

 

Quality of products or services. My stand is if one can not provide quality services or products, one should not be in business in the first place. Okay. I can be gracious and say that they can be in business, but they should work on improving their products and services. If this is no longer possible for them then they should really consider closing shop.

Manage the business and its resources well. One can have the best products but when management is not done well, I think the business will eventually fail. The business resources would include the data that a business or a company has. As the business grows and expands, one must learn how to manage available data and use it for the best of the business or company. Check out this page to know more about data management.

Passion and profit must go together. I think that passion is key in growing a business, but one needs to be able to gain good profit from it to sustain it. And if it’s only profit that is operative word for the business then I think it will not last.

By all means, let’s be entrepreneurial and use the internet to do so but let’s not forget to do it well. No, not just well but let’s do our best.

Music to Set the Day

Music helps set the mood of the day.

I learned this as a child. I learned it from my late mother’s habit of playing music on the stereo very early in the morning or as soon as she wakes up.

Somehow the songs ushered in calmness, peace, hope.

Mother would play worship songs for hours until she leaves for the office. During weekends, the songs would continue to fill the air until breakfast time.

I borrowed that habit of hers when I left home for university. Her habit has especially helped me during my lonely and challenging times when I lived by myself in Cebu for several years. This was also true during my 3 years of living in Thailand, far away from family and from any close friend.

I can still remember today how lonely some days could be while living in a foreign land. You do not just miss family and friends but there are days when you miss the sight, the sound and even the scent of your own country.

Ah, but I survived that 🙂

Today, my mother’s habit is still a blessing to me. And my husband also shares that habit. I wake up in the morning and I hear worship songs fill the air of our home.

I am grateful for my late mother’s and my husband’s habit. And I am truly thankful for the gift of music and to the Ultimate Creator of all music.

Finding Lawyers

A Forbes article in May 2017 cites that “lawyers are in the persuasion and collaboration business”.

My father, the lawyer. Being a daughter of a late lawyer myself I agree with the above observation or statement. Even as a young child back then, my father would mention to me that for lawyers to win their cases, they must really know how to persuade. And that a lawyer must work well with others and collaborate with them – that will not only ensure one’s success in the legal field, it will also ensure one’s longevity in it.

I can no longer ask my father today to what extent he understood the importance of persuasion and collaboration even during his early years in law school. But, today I wonder how law schools are preparing their students to be persuasive and collaborative even before they embark on their profession after passing the bar. I wonder how prepared they are to go into their field which is noted as being a very saturated one.

Too many lawyers? The legal profession appears to be a really saturated one. Statistics from the American Bar Association point out that in the US, there are now about 1.3 million lawyers! To add some more numbers: 35, 000 new lawyers enter the workforce yearly!

Yes, a person may love being a lawyer. Perhaps it is one’s childhood dream even, to some degree influenced by family members being lawyers themselves. Perhaps, it is the profession that best fits a person – one’s skills and abilities clearly point out to it as one’s sure career path. But the challenge today is perhaps more on how one can distinguish one’s self as the lawyer the people needs.

Being sought and found. How does one do that? How does a lawyer distinguish one’s self from other lawyers? Three things come to mind:

  1. Accepting high profile cases. A lawyer handling high profile cases will be mentioned in the news, on TV. Name recall from being heard or read about will certainly be a big plus for them in being sought by clients.
  2. Necessary promotion and marketing. A lawyer and a lawyer’s services need to be known, promoted in ever-widening circles thereby increasing one’s reach of clients. The best way for this to be done is to connect with a reliable marketing company with a specific focus on lawyers like that of the Lawyers of Distinction.
  3. Excelling in ones’ legal career focus or specialization. Whether it is environmental, criminal or business law one decides to focus or specialize on, one needs to excel and continue excelling in this area. Potential clients can search for lawyers with their specialization in mind. They can easily find them from Lawyers of Distinction as well based on their specialization.

Despite the large number of lawyers today, the reality is people still require their services. People just need to know who they are and where to find them.

Seeking Legal Counsel

We wish we have a just, fair and kind world. But unfortunately this is not always the case.

Sometimes other people could hurt us by their word or actions. At times, it may not be done intentionally while at other times, it may be done with a clear aim to harm. The harm or unjust action could be done to our property or to our person.

These are some of my recent experiences as well as those of my close friends wherein we had to seek legal advice due to an unjust and harmful action towards us:

Housing and Property Issues. A couple of years back, my husband and I had to seek the legal counsel of a lawyer because a housing developer did not fulfill his part of the contract in building a house for us which we already paid a down payment for. The guy just kept re-negotiating with us to give him time when the contract clearly says the house was supposed to be built within 6 months. After a year passed, we finally sought the services of a lawyer who wrote the guy of our intent to sue him if he doesn’t return the money to us. The guy then gave us back our money.

Cyberbullying.  A friend of mine became a victim of cyberbullying. Actually, there was just one person who was bullying her, posting her photos online and saying bad things about her due to a simple misunderstanding. I advised her to consult a lawyer. She did not sue the person but she told him she will pursue legal action if he does not stop and that her lawyer will contact him. The guy finally understood that his action has legal consequences and promptly stopped.

Car Accident. It is most unfortunate that a friend of mine lost her husband in a car accident. And to add to her loss is the other party’s insistence that it was the fault of her husband despite the testimony of reliable witnesses of the incident. I encouraged her to employ the services of a lawyer. During times of loss and injury like this, legal support can be very valuable. This is the time to seek out legal help, to contact personal injury attorney tampa.

Just as we seek counselors and/or pastors for help with some of our personal and relational issues, we also need to know when to seek legal advice so that we may take the best steps forward to protect us from what is unjust and from further harm.