Guy Steward

Electrical rewires and why they should be carried out by a professional

Why rewires should be carried out by a professional electrician

Electrical wiring is a vital component of any building, helping to power everything from the heating to all electronic entertainment systems. When looking at rewiring your home, there are a number of factors that you need to consider. First of all, what electrical appliances do you require cables running to, and what voltage do the appliance need to work properly and safely? Moreover, do you need additional sockets fitting? Often many rooms – particular kitchens – suffer from a lack of electrical outlets. When deciding where to have your sockets, it is important to think about what built-in appliances are in the vicinity, and what mobile appliances may be used in that room. As an example, you would need fewer sockets for a bedroom than you would for a kitchen.

Wall or floor wiring
Other aspects to think about would be whether you want the wiring to run through your walls or your floor, keeping in mind that in the future any further wiring work could require that these structures be dismantled in order to reach the internal wiring. As such, if you have wooden or laminated flooring you may choose to have the wiring run through you floorboards as it is easier and less messy to perform any work in the future; whereas pulling up carpets in order to perform any rewiring can be problematic and has a higher cost. On the other hand, if you decide to have the wiring running through the walls, keep in mind that would have to redecorate afterward.

Safe & sound wiring
Whether your property is an old-fashioned building or a relatively new structure, it is important that the wiring of your home is checked for any damages, and that they can safely carry the required voltage to their appliance. Any kind of damage can mean that your property will require a rewire in order to make sure that it is fire safe. Similarly, each appliance in your home will have a preset voltage requirement. It is vital that the cables running to this appliance are able to carry this voltage. Any wiring that is unable to carry the required load is again a major risk to the safety of your property, staff, and family.

Hire a fully qualified electrician
Rewiring your property, whilst being vital to the safety of the building, can be chaotic and disruptive to your everyday life. That’s why it is best to have any rewiring work completed before you move into a property. However, this is obviously not always possible, and you may already be living or working in a building that needs a rewire. In this case, it is still best to have a professional electrician complete any rewiring work all at once, rather than room by room. This will allow the electrician to analyze the whole building and meet its electrical requirements. It will also minimize any disruptions to your normal day as the work can be completed in a quicker timescale.

Finally, due to the dangers that electricity poses, it is highly important that you do not try to complete any rewiring work yourself. Make sure that you a hire a professional electrician who is fully qualified.

For more information or if you have any queries about any electrical services in London contact one of our Electricians in London.

Guy Steward

Startup Business Tips

Tips For Small Business Costs

Many first-time business owners are completely overwhelmed or unprepared by a number of small business costs associated with operating a business. Small business costs often lead to the failure of many businesses, especially during the first year, or they even prevent them from getting started in the first place. Through a wide array of government and private programs, however, many small business owners have helpful options to help them finance their mounting small business costs.

A business plan is a necessity for obtaining business startup loans and funding for your business. Without one, most banks and investors will not even consider providing you with business startup loans or other funding for your new business. But a business plan provides more than just the opportunity to receive funding. Properly done it is also a blueprint for you to map out your future success with a written plan that you can stick to.

A business plan for the sole purpose of receiving a small business startup loan must contain several components. The first few pages include the Executive Summary and the Table of Contents. After this is the company description

This is one of the most important sections of a business plan. Your company description will give potential investors a short history of your small business along with the future you are planning for it. It describes plans you might have to expand your business. For purposes of getting small business startup loans, this is one of the sections that loan providers and investors are most interested in.

In the company description, you will want to avoid mentioning that your business is a startup business. Startup businesses are considered very risky investments by most investors. As an alternative, outline details of what you have contributed to the industry that you are currently in or plan on entering. Without sounding arrogant, mention some details or things that you have changed or something you have done differently than others in your market that have proved to be successful. Also, discuss how your business has grown in recent months or years and don’t be shy about your predicted growth. Your excitement and passion regarding your new business need to be seen in the writing of your business plan to help increase your chances of getting a business startup loan.

One of the last parts of a well-written business plan, but certainly not the least important, is your marketing plan analysis. This is an explanation of your demographics using facts and figures and a study was done about your new, potential customers and clients. This section also explains your advertising plans, especially your target market and how you intend to reach them. This section must show that you have done extensive research, appropriate with your market to ensure that your product or service has a large demand. In order to obtain small business startup loans, you will also need to include a sound financial plan, including proforma financial statements for your new business.

Small business costs can be a large concern for entrepreneurs and first-time business owners. Fortunately, small business owners have access to business startup loans as well as other forms of business startup funding to help them overcome their financial stress. A business plan is an ideal way to show investors that you are serious about your new venture and that you know how to make it a success. With some extra financial help, most small businesses can pull through the tough times and remain a viable business as this boiler repair and installation company did.

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Consulting Startup

Consulting Startup – How to start a consulting business

10 Tips on How to Start a Consulting Business

Are you considering starting your own consulting business? I’ve been there. In fact, I left a very good job as a vice president in a market research firm to go out on my own as a planning and market research consultant, and, after some rocky months at the beginning, I made that work.

Becoming a consultant was how I made a living for 12 years between leaving Creative Strategies International and creating the product business for Palo Alto Software.


Considering becoming a consultant? Here are 10 tips:

1. Take it seriously

Do it right. Stay mindful of the old adage about a consultant being somebody who is between jobs. Avoid making that impression. Have a website and business cards. Establish a social media presence as a consulting business. Don’t let your clients or potential clients doubt you.

2. Never apologize for being on your own

If you work out of the home, or a small office, don’t pretend. Take meetings in your clients’ offices.

My favorite client, who was responsible for a serious portion of my consulting income for 12 years, once told me that “I like the single shingle consultant, because I don’t want to pay for overhead, and I want to deal with the person who does the work, not the person who sells.”

He was a powerful manager in a large enterprise, and had the budget to get brand-name consulting, but preferred the expertise over the overhead.

3. If at all possible, start with a consulting contract from the employer you’re leaving

Most successful consultants started out with one big reliable client, which is most often the last employer. If that’s not working out, you can vastly reduce your risk by finding the one big client you need to survive.

4. Plan for late payments

I needed a bank line of credit to survive when big companies paid late. And I couldn’t hassle my clients because they had signed the invoices and passed them on to the accounts payable function in the client companies.

You’re going into a business-to-business world, meaning that you turn invoices to your client and the client company takes weeks or months to pay.

Don’t hassle your clients for prompt payment. Do find out who is in charge of payables, and keep yourself informed on a payment schedule.

5. Under promise and over deliver

Repeat business is the key to success. It takes four times the resources to find a new client than to keep existing clients. Even when it’s 3 a.m. and you’re hating the job, stick to it to deliver your best work in the morning.

6. Start small to demonstrate your skill

For new clients, try to find a quick small job to demonstrate your skill without requiring the client to commit to a long term expensive job.

It’s the equivalent of having a cup of coffee together before you take the weekend in Hawaii. It’s also easier to sell an engagement when it starts with just a first step, meaning less of a commitment. And it gives you time to sell yourself.

7. Get your schedule and deliverables well defined, written down, agreed upon, and signed

Expect scope creep—clients asking for more after they’ve agreed on deliverables and price—and deal with it delicately, suggesting the extra work needs extra fees. This is one of the toughest problems you’ll have, and there are no easy solutions.

8. Write a boilerplate proposal

Do a boilerplate proposal that includes pre-written text on your background and qualifications. Give the client the peace of mind of seeing the formality of a proposal with a lot of backgrounds.

9. Avoid long legal contracts

You aren’t going to sue your client so they do you no good. Make it easy on yourself and your client by offering a simple commitment letter. And if the client needs you to sign a contract, if you have to negotiate key points related to intellectual property and work product, then do—but try to avoid it.

10. Don’t drag on with unhappy, unprofitable, or unproductive clients

If there is constant pressure and complaining, don’t fire the client, but do propose three or four times what you would normally charge if that client asks for a follow-on job. If your client is disastrously late to pay, you have an unhappy client. Don’t fight with them, you can’t win. Explore what the real problem is. Write off the debt. Go on to the next engagement.

I hope these tips help. I enjoyed my 13 years of depending on consulting for making my living. I liked almost all of my clients, as well as the changing face of the job, the new challenges, and a variety of work. I hope it works for you.

On reading this article and implementing these tips from Tim Berry, I have been able to turn my business into a successful painter and decorator company in London. Mark Rice, The Painting Specialist.

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Tim Berry is the founder and chairman of Palo Alto Software and
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