So you think all office papers are equal?

economy 80gsm paper might be fine for general office work and copying, but would you want to use it for letter writing?

People judge the quality of a business by the materials they are handling, and if your paper looks economy, then they will associate that cheapness with your business, and the content therein, false economy possibly?

These are some of the terms used for paper.

Copier Paper is the most common of all papers, it is generally A4 size and by far the most common weight is 80gsm. There are various grades and brightness of copy paper, but it is pretty much a cheap and cheerful paper that is used literally ‘by the bundle.

Laser paper refers to any type of paper designed to accept the toner used in laser printing. This can include labels and pre printed cheques.

Inkjet paper can be broken down into many sub groups, including glossy paper, photo paper, labels, greetings cards and business cards and all ready to be run through your inkjet printer. Many inkjet papers are coated with a finish, either matt (for general use), or glossy (for more specialist use) Matt paper has a bright white finish and will dry quickly and is for general use. Gloss finish is a shiny coating that absorbs the ink and is commonly used in photographic papers and brochure papers.

Photo paper Is a increasingly popular type of paper these days, due mainly to increased digital camera use, and the inclusion of digital cameras in mobile phones. Photo paper will produce sharp clear images and deep quality tones; it has a glossy (or matt) finish and dries to normal photo shop standards. This is of course dependent on the quality of inks and printer used.

Computer paper is paper designed to be used with certain types of printers, also known as listing paper, and is normally continuous feed paper either plain white, or with green stripes to aid data reading. It can be single or multi part.

What you use the paper for will affect the decision on what to buy, the four main elements are Weight, Opacity, brightness and smoothness.

Weight most paper sold is 80gsm paper the weight is determined by a set procedure, but a layman’s guide would be that the heavier the weight, the better the quality. Heavier paper also has a better ‘feel’ and people will take this on board when evaluating the content they are reading from it. Normal 80gsm paper is used for general office work, while heavier 90gsm and above paper are better used in a situation where a third part could come into contact or for presentations for example.

Opacity put simply is how well it stops light from travelling through it. Nothing worse than a flimsy looking piece of paper.

Brightness is a very important element in paper quality; a low brightness paper will not make the toner/ink stand out as well, whereas a bright paper will have the complete opposite effect. A bright, heavy paper will make the text clear and classy.

Smoothness is the big factor. There are so many different types and finishes of paper this could run and run as a paragraph. Laser paper and inkjet paper by and large tend to be smooth papers with lasers especially needing smooth paper to allow the toner to be applied evenly for best results. Inkjets cope better with textured paper which also allows the ink to dry quicker.

Many cost conscious business use a few types of paper, one for everyday use (normally 80gsm copier paper), and another for presentations (normally 90 or 100 gsm) and often a third paper which will be a more expensive laid paper textured finish in cream ivory of velum, which they use for correspondence. This saves the cost of pre-printed letter heads etc, and with a good quality laser printer, your clients will not know the difference.

Whatever the size of your business, ensure you pick the paper that is best for the job, as well as your pocket of course.

Sourcing Cheap Electronics From China, How To Tell The Shysters From The Super Suppliers

Times have never been better to futureproof your income by reselling cheap electronics on eBay as a home business.

Unfortunately newcomers to the business certainly need to keep their wits about them when it comes to looking for cheap electronics suppliers in China.

You would have to be deaf, dumb and blind not to see the growing demand for cheap electronics.

Take a moment, look around you and I’m sure that you will see at least 5 electronic devices in the room you are sitting in right now. Think about how many electric devices are scattered around your house and you can basically say that we all have become pretty dependent on electronics.

The market for electronics is huge and, according to the market research firm Forrester people buy about 60% of electronics offline and 40% online.

This makes potential sales for anybody coming in reselling China electronics absolutely huge, whether it is through eBay, Amazon or on their own online store.

There are still risks in this industry, as there are in any industry. With the sale of cheap electronics the risk lies very much with the merchants and shysters that want to take advantage of you and your customers.

Some problems that resellers have encountered include:

* Suppliers who do not put products through quality control
* Suppliers who don’t offer delivery or wholesale warranties
* Suppliers who charge you for something but don’t deliver
* Suppliers who sell you something then send you something completely different
* Suppliers who try to sell you counterfeit products
* Suppliers who charge you to become a ‘wholesale’ or a ‘dropship’ member then charge you retail price for ‘wholesale’ items.

That’s not to say there are not good suppliers out there that want to help you reach your goal of being completely self sufficient in a work from home business but it does mean you need to be particularly careful to sort the shysters from the super suppliers.

So how can you tell the shysters from the super suppliers?

The first thing to do when you find a potential supplier, either online or through a trade publication, is to check out their online reputation and see if anybody has had dealings with them before.

Forums, review sites and fraudwatch/customer complaint sites are usually a good place to do that.

Finding these sites is not hard. All you usually need to do is to go to Google and type in terms like:

* Wholesale forums
* Dropship forums
* Reseller forums

If everything checks out there, or there is nothing about them, check out the site itself and the documentation around the site. This is usually a useful step in finding out whether or not they are a reputable company.

Warning signs include:

* A shortage of valid contact details
* A badly put-together website
* A shortage of unique product photos
* A shortage of a product description or one that looks suspiciously like materials from another wholesale dropship company
* Prices which are too low or too high
* No information on the correct procedure for return of products
* No information on delivery and manufacture warranties
* There are many obvious counterfeit products on the site

If this all appears to be fine and you are considering setting up a dropship supply chain management system to resell cheap electronics then you may well want to place a test order to make sure:

* The product gets to you in a timely fashion (anything longer than three weeks is suspicious)
* The product is in good working order
* The product is exactly what you ordered and has exactly the same functions
* The customer service department is able to help you with product and shipping questions
* There is no promotional material in with the package

If that is indeed the case then congratulations you have found a super supplier. Now you can sell on eBay knowing that they will be dedicated to helping you and your customers get the most enjoyment out of their products as possible.

Beware of the Knockoff

When searching for the perfect designer bag there are many to choose from, however there are also many imposters. If it is high quality and expert craftsmanship that you are looking for then you can find that in Hermes handbags or by choosing a mulberry handbag, however there are many places that sale fakes, so be aware of the imposters. While there are many good replicas available where looks are concerned, the quality leaves something to be desired. It is also much harder than one might realize to spot one of these replicas.
When looking for evidence that your Hermes handbags or a mulberry handbag is “real” the first thing to do is always compare the labels. A replica’s label will always be very close to a legitimate label; however there will be some small differences, either by the way it is attached to the bag or by the overall design. The next major give away is the stitching and lining. While the stitching may be harder to detect every line such as Hermes or Mulberry has a very distinct stitching pattern they use on all of their handbags. It is also important to check the lining which is usually substandard in many replicas, while a true designer bag will carry the unmatched quality of their product even to this hidden part of the bag.
One of the easiest ways to tell whether you have one of the “real” Hermes handbags is to check the company’s website. Here you will find all of the newest bags available and if you cannot find yours even in the archives or it is several season old there is a very good chance that it is a replica. You can also check to see if a mulberry hand bag is “real” the same way. While many that purchase these types of handbags already know each of the new designs by sight, others might have some trouble discerning, which is the “real” version of their favorite designer.
There is one major way to tell if your Hermes handbags or mulberry handbag is “real” and that is simply by looking at the price tag. While some of the best knockoffs can still catch hundreds of dollars it is important to remember that a real designer bag will be in the thousands. There are some retailers who can offer legitimate designer handbags for a deeply discounted price, however if you find Hermes handbags or a mulberry handbag for $100 or $200, then there is a very good chance that it is a fake.
Knockoff handbags can be an interesting little secret for those who are not concerned with quality, or for those who cannot afford the “real thing”, however this type of bag is nothing more than a slap in the face of the individuals who work very hard to design these handbags for the discerning consumer. It is also important to realize that when a replica is purchased that the actual designer does not share in the profits for their work. It is always better to purchase a “true” designer bag, and to leave the knockoffs to those who are merely looking for a showpiece and not concerned with the quality of the product they are purchasing.

Am I my Suppliers Keeper?

One way of dividing export control breaches is those which are internal to a company, e.g. unauthorised deemed exports to company personnel, and those which are external to a company. In the latter category, a significant proportion involve transactions with the supply chain. In this population of transactions, a further logical subdivision can be made into breaches which are committed by the purchasing company and breaches which are committed by the supplier. This often results in a situation where the purchasing company effectively washes its hands of any breach by the supplier – “we flowed down the requirements, it’s your fault you didn’t comply”. What is the role of export control training in addressing this situation?

Abandoning suppliers and failing to offer export control training,and/or other support may be too simplistic an approach and,overall,be more damaging than getting actively involved. From a purely compliance perspective the “leave it with you” approach may, arguably,make sense;the suppliers breach is not your breach, assuming the relevant requirements were correctly flowed down. However, compliance is not, or should not be, a standalone function carried out for its own sake but rather it is simply a means of ensuring that business is conducted in accordance with applicable international trade legislation. The goal, therefore, is not compliance but the compliant conducting of international trade. The first goal is easy to achieve with 100% success, simply cease to conduct any international business! The reality is that a breach by a supplier is just as capable of stopping your production line as is a homegrown breach. Given that the production stoppage risk per incident is approximately equal,attending to one whilst ignoring the other cannot be an acceptable approach to risk mitigation.

Having accepted this proposition,the corollary is a rejection of the “I’ll leave it with you” approach to supplier difficulties in the trade compliance arena. Once the need for engagement has been recognised the questions then arise; how much engagement and how best to deliver? Should support be limited to export control training or should it be expanded to offering what might be termed operational support? In general, the further down the food chain a company sits the fewer resources it has for specialist functions, including export control training and compliance. However, it is also the case that supplier to large customer relationships are not, typically, one-to-one. A supplier in a given industry will typically supply many larger players and it would not be effective, either for the supplier or the purchasers, for the supplier to receive support and guidance from each one. The difficulty for purchasers therefore is how best to provide an appropriate level of compliance support, without swamping the supplier and/or providing what amounts to a subsidy to their competitors, since an improvement in supplier compliance will benefit all customers of that supplier, not solely the party providing support to the improvement. There may also be issues or concerns around any liability which might attach to the support provider in relation to subsequent breaches by the supplier, especially if the level of support goes beyond the provision of export control training, but it should be possible to address these by the use of appropriate legal safeguards.

What is clear is that the responsible commercial approach for purchasers is to be, at least to some extent, their suppliers’ keeper in relation to international trade compliance. At least, export control training should be offered, with further support being dependent upon a number of factors, including the importance of the relationship with a given supplier.

Tips in Starting a Small Business

Anybody can start a small business especially if he live in a free country like the United States. As long as you know how to operate this little endeavor and work hard to make it succeed, you are sure to have a successful business. Nowadays you can sell products or services even if you have no or minimal startup capital.

The first thing to do in starting a small business is to know how much capital is needed. If you have more money, you will have a variety of business options to choose from. If you do not have capital, you can get a business loan from a bank in your community. Your loan will be approved if the bank sees you have enough means to pay back. Never utilize your personal money for your business as this will mess up your household finances.

Know the kind of business you wish to start and operate . There are limitless possibilities to choose from. Some of these ideas can be derived from the internet. You can also go to the library and look for ideas on different kinds of business ideas.

After you have an idea as to what business to operate, know more about it. Check the industry thoroughly and know how others made money out of it. Look for competitors in your locality and check how they run theirs. You can also ask them questions about their business. See what is wrong with theirs and look for ways to correct such flaws when it comes to your own business. Find ways on how to market your trade to people.

Have an action plan for your small business. Make sure to write down in a journal every step for you to achieve your goals even the small ones. This will make you be aware on what action to make after completion of each step. A detailed and properly outlined plan will make each task less overwhelming.

Determine the business structure you shall utilize and then accomplish the legal forms. Your business can be solely owned by you (sole proprietorship) or you can have a partner (partnership). You may also choose a corporation or LLC if you have other investors with you. Know that each kind of structure has varying policies and liabilities.

After choosing your business structure, you need to get a license for your small business. There are specific kinds of businesses that need a license. Check if the kind of business you want needs this license. After you have acquired this, you can then start running your business.

Make sure that before you start your business, you have plenty of time preparing for it. It is not advisable to rush the procedures as this will make you lose money. There are also schemes promoted by some people where they claim that you can get rich immediately. Remember that when something seems too good to be true, it then is. Always research and scrutinize cautiously such schemes before you sign up or pay for it.

These are the tips in starting your small business and eventually making more money.