4 Basic Tips to Keep in Mind While Starting a Business With Taxis

Study after study has been conducted on how employers can attract and retain Millennials and how they are changing the workplace. However, as a non-Millennial, specifically a Gen-Xer (ages 34 – 54), I began to examine the impact or effect that Millennials are having on non-Millennials in the workplace. There are many characteristics of Millennials in workplace. Research has shown that they are very tech savvy, continuous learners, results-oriented, and socially conscious. Moreover, they want flexibility in how and when they work and they want constant feedback and encouragement from their managers. However, the expectation that stands out the most to me is for rapid career progression. This was never more evident to me than when I was promoted to my current position within my organization.

I work in the financial services industry and have been with the same company for a little over 13 years. I was hired into the company through their Leadership Development Program, which is intended to put graduates of the program on the fast track to success. Although I have progressed very nicely in my career, there were times when I felt that my career was being stalled. However, I later realized that my career stalled because I did not take control of it. Instead, I expected someone else to know what my next career move should be and to get me there. This is a distinct difference between Millennials and non-Millennials in the workplace.

When I first joined the bank, the only people I saw in the position in which I now serve were older or more mature men who had been with the bank for many years. Therefore, in my mind, it would take me years to naturally progress to that position. Once I was hired into the position almost two years ago, I was actually shocked to find that there were people in their twenties and early thirties in the position. My first reaction was that I could not believe that a company would entrust that level of authority to people so young and with such a lack of experience. Moreover, if I am honest, I didn’t feel that those younger employees had paid their dues to be in the position that I had worked so hard to earn. What I have come to realize as I have been in the role and in an environment with so many Millennials is that times have changed and what once took a high-performing employee years to achieve is now being accomplished in a much shorter period of time.

As Gen-Xers or Baby Boomers in the workplace, we have to make a decision as to whether we are going to resent Millennials for almost demanding that they are promoted quickly into Senior level positions or learn from them and position ourselves for rapid career progression, as well. Once I realized that many employers and hiring managers are placing more value on what the applicant brings to the table than on the number of years of experience in a specific position, then I began to set goals for getting promoted approximately every 18 months. Moreover, I am now more open to other career opportunities within the company whereas before, I thought that I had to stay in the same position for at least a few years before I considered a different position.

Millennials are definitely having a huge impact on the workforce. However, it is important that employers and managers manage the impact so that is does not negatively impact non-Millennials and the overall morale of the company. If managed properly, Millennials and non-Millennials can feel valued for their contribution to their organizations and work together to make the companies for which they work even more successful.

Gynevella Michelle Ballard is an entrepreneur, author, and public speaker. Michelle’s topics include, personal and professional development, financial literacy, and keys to living life on purpose. She is also currently enrolled in the Masters of Entrepreneurship Degree Program at Western Carolina University. Webmasters and other article publishers are hereby granted article reproduction permission as long as this article in its entirety, author’s information, and any links remain intact. Copyright 2016 by Gynevella Michelle Ballard.

4 Basic Tips to Keep in Mind While Starting a Business With Taxis

Several business owners around the world feel that their company has the most lucrative business of all. Each business is necessary in its place and niche, and, therefore, one cannot be compared to the other. When it comes to owning transport and starting a business with it, it is important to be accustomed to the trade plans and how one can work on it to make it better with every passing day. Taxi services are one such business options that several people think of as it is considered to be one of the most lucrative opportunities in urban cities.

People use the services of a taxi to reach their destination safely just like they would have if they travelled in a car owned by them. It is unlike other public transport where there is a crowd, and there are chances of not being able to reach the destination on time. If you ever intend to start a business of your own and provide comfortable taxi rides to people, here are a few tips that can help you.

• Ensure that your car looks presentable to anyone hiring it. Your car should be spick and span to attract passengers and accordingly reach wherever they intend to go.

• Affix your car with the latest technology and gadgets like GPS, music system, etc. this would allow the passenger to feel safe, guide your driver to the right destination at the fastest time and entertain your passengers with good music.

• Allow them to book your services beforehand. You may have a fleet of taxis randomly allowing passengers to hire it. You could increase the prospects by having the right marketing tools and allowing them to book your services beforehand. They can give you a call or directly book online.

• Make it convenient for them to make payments as there are times when passengers do not have money with them and insist on making a payment with their credit or debit cards. Having a swiping device would allow them to make the payments easily. You could also make provision for them to pay online beforehand or after they have received the services.

While a person hires a taxi service, the first thing they expect out of it is comfort and fast services. Availing these services customises the travel and allows them to move wherever they feel like and not have to follow any particular routes, unlike other public transport.

Speed Reading – An Introduction

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Why Playing By The Rules Is Important For Public Perception

No one likes a dishonest firm or entity. It really is as simple as that. Of course no one is ever squeaky clean and everyone is liable to make mistakes, but even if you’re teetering on the edge, you should ensure you’re always on the right side of the law and public opinion. In a world when phone cameras can make or break your reputation and every layperson’s opinion can be broadcasted to the world, playing by the rules has become more important than ever.

Maintain your public image:

When you do something wrong, it effectively obliterates from public memory all the good things you may have done before that point. It can be frustrating but as they say, ‘the rules have been put in place for a reason’. When dealing in business, it is essential to comply with all the set regulations and keep everything as above-board as possible. When you have honest and upstanding employees and management, this is no longer too much of a challenge. Ensure that honesty and transparency are some of the values your company and its employees cherish. Any public advocacy your company or firm engages in should also emphasise the same. Of course, it is not enough to simply say these things. It must be put into regular practice

Further your public image:

A positive public image can be furthered by constant reinforcement of your strengths and exemplary behaviour when it comes to complying with regulations. While you should not make a big display of how you’re following rules, as it is something you are expected to do, your public advocacy campaign can always imply that you do. For example, if a new industry regulation has been set that requires you to change certain practices, you can make an announcement about the new practices to be put in place in compliance with the regulations. Let us say there exists a hypothetical situation wherein the minimum wage for Class IV employees has been increased. You can send out a press release detailing your plan of action in accordance with the new regulation and also include the other benefits you have always been providing your employees. This not only sets you up as a good firm to work for as your employees have already been enjoying benefits but also as one that actively works to comply with regulations.

Playing by the rules thus sets you up as an honest and upstanding enterprise and will let you maintain and further a positive public image.

DVD Printing and Duplication – A Customer’s Experience

A DVD Duplication Requirement Arises

Sam works for a company that provides businesses with safety documentation and equipment as well as performing risk assessments for all kinds of eventualities. The business has recently started to move into the field of supplying safety information videos and has employed the services of a local video production company to film and produce the safety videos for them. Upon speaking to existing clients about the new video products and arranging a viewing for a select few companies, it became apparent that there would be a sizeable demand for video products and they would need to be able to supply them with copies of applicable safety videos as well as using them to promote their own company to other businesses.

So, they found themselves in need of a DVD printing and duplication company to assist with producing copies of their safety videos in bulk. Sam was assigned the task of finding a reputable supplier as she has a good technical and I.T. skillset and the necessary experience. The existing clients were very keen to receive the videos on DVD as soon as possible and the Managing Director was also keen to begin mailing out DVDs along with promotional materials to win more business for the company. They allowed themselves 2 weeks for the project from start to finish.

Approaching DVD Duplication Suppliers

Having had no experience with the DVD printing and duplication business before, Sam began with an internet search to see which companies turned up for the searches “DVD Printing” and “DVD Duplication”. She was surprised at how many companies there were in the UK offering these services and the scale of some of their operations. Sam had been under the impression that digital downloads had decimated the CD and DVD production industry but her research proved otherwise. The team had decided upon an initial run of 500 copies for each of 20 different videos, a requirement of 10,000 discs in all. Sam began by requesting quotes from the top ten companies on a finalised list. All these companies had very good, informative websites and good customer feedback, so she decided to use the quotation process as a customer service gauge.

Seven out of the ten DVD duplication companies on the list got back to her within an hour of the quote request and three of those followed up with a call. Sam spoke to a customer manager for a company during one of these calls and was very impressed with his courtesy, respectful approach and level of knowledge, so she decided to use this company. They didn’t supply the cheapest quote but she is a big advocate of the saying, “You get what you pay for” and this company gave her the impression that they cared and would supply a high quality product which was essential as she wanted to create a brilliant first impression with her customers, in turn.

DVD Artwork, Templates and Masters

The project manager for the chosen company, who’s name was Mark, suggested a meeting and was keen to show Sam around their DVD printing and duplication facility. As they were only a 30 minute trip from the offices, she accepted and went to meet him at 2pm the following day. During the meeting Sam was introduced to the bewildering array of printing and packaging options available for DVDs but things became much clearer once she explained what the project was about, the project budget and what was needed to get across to the clients. Sam decided upon a lithographic print for the DVDs as she had some great still shots from the video production sessions which would make great DVD printing artwork and DVD packaging artwork. As she was good with Adobe Photoshop, Mark suggested that he should supply Sam with DVD templates and packaging templates for her to produce the artwork for the DVDs herself as she had a good idea of what she wanted to see on the finished product.

They discussed the differences between printing techniques for DVDs; screen printing is good for artwork featuring blocks of colour and text and lithographic printing is best for printing photographic images onto the DVDs themselves. The DVD packaging is digitally printed and so regardless of whether the image is black and white or all singing and dancing full colour, the printing costs are the same.

The DVD Duplication Suite

Mark then showed Sam around the DVD duplication suite at his company where the copies of the DVDs are produced. The suite consisted of many duplication towers all linked into a central controlling master unit. The duplication drives themselves are the same as those found in a desktop PC and the towers house as many as 20 drives. In order to maximise the efficiency of the suite there were many of these towers running simultaneously and loading and unloading of the DVDs from each individual drive was performed by a robotic handling system rather than manually. Performing the task by hand would obviously have been extremely laborious and prone to human error. The robotic system minimises potential damage to the surface of the printed DVDs as they are lifted using a series of small, rubber vacuum cups. The loading and unloading process is very fast enabling the suite to duplicate many thousands of DVDs very quickly to reduce project lead times.

The DVD Master and a Format Issue

Following their quick tour of the duplication suite, they discussed the DVD masters and how the videos were to be presented to clients and potential customers. Their discussion revealed a serious issue with the DVD video files. The video files were in an AVI format and were split into chapters for each of the 20 DVDs but each DVD needed to have a menu graphic and to provide the option for the viewer to select the chapter that they wanted to watch. This meant that each DVD needed to be re-mastered to include the menu system and the format altered so that the DVDs would play in a standalone DVD player as well as on a PC or laptop.

Suddenly, two weeks was looking a bit tight for the project as all this had to be done for 20 different DVDs. It also added to the project cost but Sam really didn’t want to cut corners with the presentation of the DVDs and so she modified the budget and made a mental note to remember to consider the DVD mastering for the next project.

The DVD Packaging

There is an amazing array of different types of DVD packaging available but Sam settled upon a simple, clear standard DVD case for this project as this allowed her to include an 8 page booklet inside the case on the left hand side which was held in place by moulded plastic clips. The DVD case printed cover then slots down inside the clear plastic sheath on the outside of the case.

The Production of the DVDs

Sam spent the next two days producing the artwork for the DVDs and learnt a lot about producing artwork for printing, such as making sure that the photographic image is not too dark as dark images do not print well and also about keeping any text well inside the edge of the print (allow at least 4 to 5mm clearance). She also learnt about the requirement for a 3mm bleed zone around the edge of the artwork to allow for printed image bleed during the process. The masters were produced and verified by the end of the week which left about 4 working days for the chosen company to produce the DVDs. They were cutting it fine but the supplier managed to come through for them. The supplier had committed to delivering some of the DVDs on the Friday of the following week and they made a delivery on the Friday morning. The final products were great and Sam was satisfied that she had made the right decision with regards to the supplier who were very supportive throughout the project.

The DVDs proved to be extremely popular and were all gone within the following two weeks. Thankfully, as the supplier had all of the information on file they were able to produce another run of 10,000 in only 3 days. Mark and Sam then discussed the possibilities of producing the next run of DVDs using the replication process rather than the duplication process as the quantities would be higher and Sam could make a saving on the unit cost at the expense of a little more production time.


Sam’s first experience of the DVD printing and duplication industry was a mostly positive one largely due to having found a good supplier but there were several points where better planning was required or experience would have assisted. She makes the following recommendations to anyone else who finds themselves in the same position:

Do some thorough internet research on potential suppliers
Make a judgement on the kind of customer support that you can expect by asking for a quote
Ask about templates if you’re going to do the artwork yourself
Discuss what works and what doesn’t with your supplier, don’t wait until 3 days before you need DVDs
Make sure that your master is correctly formatted for maximum player compatibility
Don’t try to do everything last minute, that’s when mistakes are made and money is wasted

Treat your supplier with respect, you’ll most likely get a great service that way.