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“Invest in people like they will stay forever. Build systems like they will leave tomorrow”

Someone on your team announces at the staff meeting that he or she is leaving for a new job; someone on your team is stealing from you and you have to let that person go; someone on your team suddenly dies. You are suddenly facing a health issue; you are suddenly involved in a serious accident and incapacitated for a long period of time. You simply decide to retire. You simply decide to sell your business.

When people suddenly leave, die or simply have to go, no one remembers what that person was doing or how that person was doing it. No one remembers how the company did, how the company use to deal with such and such a situation, what is the most appropriate action to deal with such and such a situation and where to find the critical information that is urgently required.

In today’s work environment, employee’s turnover is becoming more and more frequent. It is not uncommon for workers to put in only a few years before moving on. It is not uncommon for an aging business owner to decide to retire or sell is business to spend more quality time with his family and friends or even to pursue other goals. These trends, far from disappearing will only intensify in the future. Add in a revolving door of contractors and freelancers, and the whole thing may soon start get pretty messy.

In today’s economy, people are the company, people are the business. More than often, the business owners are the business. They bring in the innovations and ideas, they build the products and services, they craft the branding and marketing campaigns. When they leave, for whatever reason, it is as if they are taking a slice of the business with them. Between documents spread out on their desks, the shared drives and all these files buried in their personal desktops, all these files that may get wiped out when employees leave, the past work and information you need to access is scattered to all digital winds.

Having the right systems and right tools in place will help you bridge the gap and transitioning when employees, teammates or business partners suddenly leave for new opportunities. Having the right systems and right tools in place will help you bridge the gap and transitioning when you will decide to retire or sell your business. Having the right systems and right tools in place will help you maximizing your assets.

Let us help you.

JMD

Owner of JMDlive.com,  Bunkumless.com , JMD Systemics and King Global Earth and Environmental Sciences Corporation, J. Michael Dennis is a former attorney, a Crisis & Reputation Management Expert, a Public Affairs & Corporate Communications Specialist, a Warrior for Common Sense & Free Speech, the ultimate fixer helping you achieve greatness. JMD is also a Columnist and the editor of  The Futurist Daily News , a Social and Political Blog.
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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.

Need a fast overview of how things are going?

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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Profitability

“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

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Bunkumless.com: The best thing since the invention of the time machine

Since 2012, I have personally typed and carefully went through every single email I sent. I sent thousands of emails, resulting in an 18% sent-to-publication success rate. There was and there is still no miracles here, only painful experiences, hard work. blood, sweat and tears.

During my first few weeks I made sure to carefully note every email I sent, every response I received and whether it led to a successful new acquisition or not. For every five emails I sent, I would get one new subscription.

Over the next year and a half, I would continue sending about five hundred emails a week that, resulted in 150,000 visits to my client’s blogs and websites. The conversion rate averaging 40%, this eventually led to a total of 60,000 new subscribers.

You want to achieve the same results?

There are two options:

Option 1: You click here to hire me;

Option 2: You do your homework.

You decided to do your homework!

This is a full-time job and here is what you need to do to drive thousands of signups for your business:

  1. Do your research

Before ever sending out your first emails or answering any emails you may receive, you need to research the people, the persons you are talking or want to talk to:

Google their name; read their work online; bookmark some of their great pieces of work; scroll through their social profiles; learn about what makes them tick, what annoy them or makes them angry; check their political affiliation, how they feel about important social topics and their opinions on the subjects.

This research will help you learn what they are interested in and what they are most likely to notice in a conversation. Use this information wisely and in a timely manner. This being done, look to attract media attention.

  1. Make yourself familiar

You are now ready to procced with your first email campaign. There is a reason why it is called “Cold Email”. It is your first contact with people who know little or nothing about you. Unfortunately, people tend to like places, things and people they are familiar with and ignore unfamiliar people and novelties.

Before sending an email, make sure to devise a way to get your contact to remember your name or the name of your product or service. Before sending your emails, follow your prospective contacts on social media. Try interacting with them and see how it goes. Contact them after a big change or success in their life. A quick “congrats” or “Happy Birthday” will go a long way.

  1. Personalize your emails

Most people can immediately spot a mass email and are quick to discard it. In your email to strangers and prospective customers or clients, make sure you mention their name, their product/service or the name of their company. Write and tell them about why they are special to you and what made them stand out among many others.

  1. Find something you have in common

Never send an email before finding at least one thing you have in common with the person or the business you are reaching out to. Finding something in common with people you are trying to talk to makes you more likable and familiar to them.

  1. Strike a conversation

People love being asked questions and talk about themselves. Make sure you hit the right topic and they will not be able to resist replying. Whoever you want to talk to, learn enough about these persons to figure out what gets them excited. Strike and make sure to maintain a conversation about it.

  1. Use emotional hooks

Like for “Cold Calls” using “emotional hooks” in a cold emailing takes a few smart adjustments but when done properly, they are incredibly effective and produce amazing results. One of the most basic emotions is “Desire”. If your prospects are truly motivated, if they have “Desire”, if only for one of your products or services, then they will feel connected to you. And the more they desire, the more interesting you and what you have to offer become.

  1. Make it short and simple

The ideal length of a Public Relations or Marketing pitch always has been two to three paragraphs. Apply this simple rule to every cold email you send. Avoid overselling, getting lost in long pitches or overwhelming your reader with too much info. Avoid alienating your readers: go straight to the point.

Think about what you want to say, the message you have to convey. Stay focus. Focus on the main point of your email and edit out all unnecessary parts. Assign a goal to your email and then, to each sentence. This being done, edit out all the sentences that do not support the main goal of your email.

  1. Make your email about them, not you

Focusing on yourself and the points you are trying to bring up, focusing mainly on the benefits of your products or services is a mistake. Your email will not be relevant to anyone, to any person unless you focus on them.

Make your email everything about your contact, your prospective customer, not you. People love to talk and hear about themselves. Use this petty human characteristic against your reader and start with focusing on them and only them.

  1. Check the clock

Before sending any email, double check the time zone of your prospects, of your targeted audience and schedule the release of your emails to reach them while they are at work and still focused enough. 5:00 P.M. is not a good time.

Mornings are best, but not too early. Tend to aim at 11 A.M. deliveries.

If you want them to notice you, be respectful of your prospects’ time and make sure your email is still relevant. The perfect pitch is timely, relevant, personal and intriguing enough to get a conversation started.

  1. Follow up

Follow-ups get 30% higher response rates than first emails.

Make sure to follow up by writing a quick email acknowledging how busy and important your contacts are while politely asking them to consider your email one more time.

One last word

Again, all of this is time consuming and if you don’t have the right tools, this will fast become a full-time job.

If you do not have the time, I can do it for you.

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

 

Young lady standing and making phone call with message icons Bunkumless.com: The best invention since the time machine

Bunkumless.com, is now providing “FREE” professional and corporate virtual branding and marketing services to its clients around the world.

If you are a startup or have a small business and you do not want to invest in additional infrastructure or employees to grow your business, you should certainly hire a virtual assistant or a corporate virtual services provider firm!

Bunkumless.com may well be that firm. Bunkumless.com virtual assistants and corporate services are known for reliability and dedication toward work assigned. Bunkumless.com only work with people who are 100% committed to growing their business through real, targeted creative marketing. And they get results.

If growth matters to you, if you want to level up, this opportunity is for you.

What Bunkumless.com is offering you is a FREE 30 minutes’ consultation to evaluate your branding and marketing needs and wants.

During this 30 minutes’ FREE interview, Bunkumless.com provides you with initial advice and a possible strategy that you can follow based on your actual situation, goals and desired results. Bunkumless.com works through your business model, find out where you may need some work, and offer you suggestions.

For more information on this offer, click here

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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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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“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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Snapchat

Share your services, products information and more

Snapchat is the social media platform for smartphone users, especially young adults, to share photos, videos, drawings and text. If you are new to Snapchat, it is important to take your time to become acclimated to the site; it is not like any other social media site you have joined recently.

In the past, the site was not known for its robust business presence, but that is changing. Business leaders, recognizing the power and potential of the up-and-coming entrepreneurs in the young demographic using Snapchat, have started snapping quick and inspiring messages to their fan bases using the platform.

Once you are up and running on Snapchat, you will want to follow a few people to get used to the site.

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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