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Reducing cellular telephone expenses: simple changes can mean big savings

Reducing Cellular Telephone Expenses: Simple Changes Can Mean Big Savings

The key to effectively managing cellular costs lies in accurately identifying the usage needs of individuals and groups. These needs may be related both to how each user conducts business, as well as the appropriate communications requirements for accomplishing user-specific tasks or functions.

Identifying opportunities for savings in this area of administrative expense can be as simple as running a cursory check on usage versus plan limits and features, although fine-tuning the details may require more expert assistance.

The following are RED FLAGs for savings opportunities:

Overages – this is clearly the most common source of cellular cost abuse as excess usage (above and beyond plan minutes) can easily turn a $60 monthly charge into $200 or more. If a user regularly exceeds their plan minutes, the plan needs to be revised to accommodate the user’s actual activity. If a user exceeds plan minutes only occasionally, or even just once during a calendar year, the excess charges will likely result in costs far greater than the expense incurred by moving up to a higher usage plan. In addition to excess regular minutes, overages can also come in the form of roaming or long-distance activity. Again, plans should reflect realistic user activity.

Unused phones – an unused phone creates expense, but offers no productivity. Unused phones may be due to inactive or retired employees, users having multiple or substitute devices, or a user’s preference for other means of communicating and conducting business. Regardless of the cause, an unused phone means unnecessary expense; furthermore, these expenses can be significant when considering larger corporate environments in which there are greater numbers of employees, increased turnover and more intra-organizational relocations.

Right-sizing – while an under-used phone will generally not incur the kind of excess expense seen with overages, it still represents unnecessary expense. A 2000-minute plan for a 250-minute user that never approaches or exceeds the plan limits should be appropriately adjusted.

These next two items represent areas for savings opportunities that require a little more attention to logistics, but can result in meaningful expense reductions:

Pooled Plans – these plans provide for a shared pool of minutes for multiple users. For example, a plan offering coverage for 5 users at 500 minutes each provides for a total of 2500 minutes. Pooling minutes mitigates the risk of overages, as any one user’s excess can be offset by all other users’ shortages. While pooled plans are offered by all cellular providers, they are not always published, so it is in your organization’s best interest to inquire as to each vendor’s plan requirements. For instance, each vendor may require a different minimum number of users in the pool, and will offer varying levels of pooled usage.

Special Features – voicemail, caller ID, rollover minutes and text messaging are some of the more common special features offered by providers. All plans should be carefully reviewed to determine which users require or depend upon which features, and how the costs of these features impact total billing. Rollover minutes are most effective when users have erratic activity, or experience seasonal or isolated variations in usage.

Those responsible for managing an organization’s indirect cost structure will find other helpful tips and strategies in the links located in our biography section.

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Plenty for everybody – project team success depends on it

Plenty for Everybody – Project Team Success Depends on it

Project team success depends on a number of variables, but the one that shows up as most important involves the willingness of team members to collaborate. And collaboration requires a belief that there is plenty for everybody. And it’s tough to spot as the reason a highly qualified, highly resourced, experienced, interdisciplinary team just did not click.

A story to illustrate, followed by eight recommendations for project team selection and success.

A client asked me to work with a team that just didn’t meet expectations. A critical project, lots of resources, clearly defined roles, clearly stated objectives, experienced people that could see the problem from many sides, more than enough time and money resources and top management visibility; this team had it all. And yet, output just didn’t meet what was expected – the team members agreed expectations were high, but achievable.

So what was the problem? In many of these kinds of situations there are any number of factors that can lead to poor performance. But lack of collaboration and sharing is always at or near the top. In this case, it was the single over-arching reason for the lack of performance. In this team of six high achievers were two that had been highly successful as individual contributors, but had little experience – or interest – in working in a collaborative setting. Their input was critical to the team, but they were reluctant to provide much, unless they received credit and recognition for their individual contributions. The other four members of the team were used to sharing, had been successful at it, and assumed all team members shared that value. Wrong. These two highly successful individual contributors saw the others as competitors – competitors for credit, recognition, rewards.

They really didn’t believe there was enough for everybody. And because of that belief, there wasn’t. Every member of the team ended up keeping their cards and self interest close to their vests, and little information and sharing occurred. Little leverage.

It only takes one or two negatively competitive types on any team to really screw it up. That had happened with this team.

I’d like to report that the two “not enough for everybody’s” were turned around.. They weren’t. They were released from the team and replaced by two people with the ability to collaborate and share – and the team ended up meeting expectations.

The belief that there is plenty for everybody is the cornerstone to collaboration and sharing. With the belief that there is plenty for everybody, there will be! Without it, there never can be enough. It’s the difference between a glass half full or half empty. It’s the difference between optimism and pessimism. It’s the difference between sharing and hoarding.

So what to look for in project team members to ensure that collaboration and open communication will occur?

1 – It goes without saying that experience, education, industry experience, technical skills, are all critical – I don’t care how collaborative and sharing someone may be – or how much they may believe there is plenty for everybody – if they aren’t perceived as bringing “chops’ to the table, they can’t contribute, and the seeds of discontent may be sowed among the other members.

2 – Look for people who are successful and collaborative not only in their work, but outside their work as well. Collaboration skills can be learned, but instinctive collaboration and sharing provide a huge head start. There is no better way to build collaboration skills than to work on volunteer committees, boards, church groups, non profit organizations.

3 – Remember there is no “I” in “We.” Look for how accomplishments sre described. Does the person refer only to themself, or are they generous in their recognition of the contributions of others.

4 – In describing accomplishments, spend time getting to the need for sharing and collaboration in their accomplishment. Are they aware of the contribution of others. Do they seek out individual contributor roles or roles requiring group skills and abilities?

5 – Get an example of when they were a good follower – what does that mean to them? How did they perceive their own performance in supporting roles to others? Have they demonstrated the willingness and ability to follow someone else, and be supportive?

6 – Look for people who participate in collaborative and team sports or activities – where the group is dependent upon each othet for success. This does not mean golfers and tennis players and skiers don’t make good collaborative teammates, but basketball, football, baseball and softball team membership provide more chances for supportive and sharing behavior.

7 – Look for “givers” – people who contribute without calculation of immediate reward. An example of this quality is the mentor who gives to others without expecting promotion, publicity or a raise in pay.

8 – And once the selections for the team are made, institute a group recognition and reward structure – give the team credit and recognition. Picking out team members for special recognition is OK if something unique happens, but too much of that behavior can breed competition in the team – and that kind of competition reduces sharing and collaboration.

Look at your own beliefs and the beliefs of your organizations. If you see “me” behaviors – and you will, work to establish the belief that there is plenty for everybody.

Private label rights scam

Private Label Rights Scam?

The internet is filled with millions of business opportunities. Many of these opportunities are legitimate, but others are not. One of the opportunities that you may found online involves the buying of private label resell rights. Unfortunately, there are too many individuals who mistakenly believe that this business opportunity is a scam. The reality is that it is a real, legitimate way to make money.

If you are interested in purchasing the resell rights to a private label product, you will first have to find a product to purchase. There are a number of different products available; however, most of them are either for e-books or software programs. Once you have found a product that you would be interested in obtaining the resell rights to, you will then have to find a specific product to purchase. This can easily be done by searching the internet.

When it comes to selling a product, whether that product was obtained through private label resell rights or not, you need to find effective marketing strategies and selling methods. These methods may include the use of online classified ads, the use of online auction websites, or the development of a product website. Before deciding on a particular selling method, you are advised to examine the advantages and disadvantages of each. This is important because different selling methods work different ways for different individuals and products, no two have the same results.

With online classifieds, you will find that most are free to use. That is why online classifieds are a great way to market your private label product. Unlike many other advertising methods, they do not require any additional expenses. If you are interested in finding a free classified website, you can easily do so by performing a standard internet search. That search should produce a number of results. Those results should be links to online classified websites.

Another popular selling method is to create your own website. This website should be used to outline the product which you are selling and the cost of it. Even if you do not know how to design your own website, you should be able to take part in this popular and effective selling method. Professional website developers can create a professional website, for a small fee, or you can build your own website, with the assistance of a site builder or pre-made website template. It is also important that you add a shopping cart that accepts paypal or credit cards to your site. This shopping cart will enable your customers to purchase your product online.

You can also use an online auction website to sell your product. Online auction websites will give your product the opportunity to be viewed by thousands, if not millions, of consumers. The only problem with online auction websites is that more and more individuals are using this selling method to sell products, which they have acquired the resell rights to. This competition may make it difficult or impossible for your product to sell.

Private label resell rights are an amazing opportunity, but you need to know how to make that opportunity work. By keeping the above mentioned points in mind, you should be able to make money by selling a product that you didn’t even create.

Movers and packers in visakhapatnam

Movers And Packers In Visakhapatnam

Oftentimes people have to shift their home or office from one place to another. And when it comes to relocate home or office, people have to face the situation which is chaotic and the process of hustle and bustle. The process can be one of the most stressful tasks of life. It makes people tense, stressful, irritating and boring. But you can get rid of such kinds of issues with the professional moving companies or movers and packers in Visakhapatnam, India. There are a number of removal companies in Visakhapatnam. You can choose one of them and make your home shift or office shift easier and simpler enjoying cheerful and hassle free relocation experience.

Moving companies of Visakhapatnam are engaged in offering a wide range of moving services for year. Hence they are experienced in the field. Almost all moving agencies of Visakhapatnam are also registered and licensed and have great expertness and long experience in the field of moving and transportation. Hence they are reliable and trustworthy. You can choose one of them and make your relocation hassle free. Generally movers of Visakhapatnam offer full moving services which include packing of goods, loading of goods, transportation of goods, unpacking of goods, rearranging of goods, etc. If their clients need storage facility for some days, they also provide or arrange warehousing and storage facilities for the safe and secure storage of goods and belongings.

Almost all Packers Movers Visakhapatnam based companies have excellent infrastructure and professionally trained workers and staffs. In this way they are committed to give a hassle free solution to all your relocation needs in Visakhapatnam. They are capable to handle all kinds of relocation situations such as local household shifting, industrial goods shifting, residential relocation, corporate relocation, business move, commercial relocation, etc. They are capable to handle all forms of relocation in very systematic and hassle free manner and ensure their clients for safe and peaceful relocation experience. They show a great enthusiasm in entire process of relocation from packing at your old home to unpacking at your new home.

Almost all Movers and Packers Visakhapatnam based companies also offer some other related services. They offer allied services like air cargo services, sea cargo services, car carrier & transportation services, warehousing & storage services, freight forwarding services, postal & parcel services, international logistical services, domestic & international courier services, escort transit moving services, personalized car carrier services, door to door services, etc. The best thing about movers of Visakhapatnam is they are offer quality services at very affordable price. Also they assist in planning your budget for your move and make pre-move survey. Many of Visakhapatnam movers offer free online estimates and helpful packing & moving tips.

Thus, it seems that movers and packers in Visakhapatnam are dedicated to give you completely a hassle free relocation experience. Whether it is residential relocation or it is commercial relocation. If you too are looking for a mover in Visakhapatnam choose one of reputable movers that fits your needs and make your relocation hassle free, comfortable.

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