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Legal translation service – what you need to know

Legal translation service – what you need to know

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When it comes to translating a document, you have two choices: You may go to a self-proclaimed talented freelancer or you may approach a reputable company that follows industry standards. Costs of working with a freelancer may be less, but the risks are proportionally higher. A sad experience of Coors illustrated this, when their ‘Turn it loose’ slogan ended up as ‘Suffer from Diarrhea’. Talk about being lost in translation!

However, when it comes to legal documents, there is only one smart choice, and that is working with certified and experienced translators. Since law is very much dependent on the culture of the land and on the particular subject that is dealt with by the document, inaccurate or wrong translation may have dire consequences. That is why businesses invariably turn to reputable translation companies that work with certified and experienced translators.

Legal translation services may be required by any business or individual, though they are most commonly required by law offices and courts, especially for court proceedings on an international level. So, when lawyers deal with foreign documents, legal translation services are a must. What’s more, if the translated document is to be legally valid in another country, it has to be translated and certified by a “sworn translator”.

A sworn translator is a person who has been certified by his or her country’s government with the power to execute a sworn translation. This is different from a certified translation. In the latter case, the translator is highly competent and is a member of an association or club (like the American Translators Association in the US). While this offers a guarantee of the quality of work, it is not legally binding. The document may be well translated, but it will not have any legal validity. A legal translation service will provide you with a translated document that bears the seal of a local civil court which identifies the translator as being a sworn translator. Any translation that is produced by a sworn translator may be deemed as being a legal document when it bears the official seal and signature. Every page of such a document will be signed and sealed in this manner.

Most businesses documents need legal translation services only for certain documents that require legal validity in a foreign language. For instance, a translated birth certificate, degree certificate, patent certificate, proof of identity, official documents or a company’s articles of association require legal translation services when they are rendered into a foreign language. Only then will such documents be accepted as being legally valid in the foreign country.

As businesses grow, the demand for corporate documents to be legally translated is on the rise. Sworn translations may be more expensive but it is the very nature of accuracy and legal validity that make them costly. And smart businesses are happy to shell out the extra price. Better safe than sorry, especially for legal documents.

How to use factoring to finance your trucking company

How To Use Factoring To Finance Your Trucking Company

Financing a business, especially in today’s environment, is very challenging. Trucking companies, by their nature, are cash intensive. You have a continuous outflow of expenses. Fuel. Drivers. Maintenance and all the other expenses that must be constantly handled. Income, on the other hand, is more challenging. It tends to be irregular because more clients pay their invoices in 30 to 60 days.

In summary, you have regular expenses but irregular income. This creates a gap that is opened at expense time and closed once the income arrives. And unless you have enough funds to cover the gap, your trucking company will run into serious problems.

One way to cover the gap is to get clients to pay sooner. This can work sometimes, provided the client is willing to pay quickly. If they are not, your only alternative is to get business financing. This can be very challenging, especially in the current lending environment. Getting a business loan is a long complex process that has a lot of uncertainty. Fortunately, small business loans are not your only option.

If your biggest challenge is that you can’t afford to wait for your clients to pay, you should consider an alternate form of financing called freight factoring. In essence, freight factoring is the equivalent of getting a quick pay. But the quick pay does not come from your client, it comes from the factoring company.

The transaction is fairly simple. You sell your invoice/freight bill to the factoring company, who gives you an initial advance of 90% of the invoice. This advance can be higher in certain circumstances. You get the final advance of 10% (less the factoring fee) once your client actually pays the invoice.

One of the big advantages of freight factoring is that most factoring companies look at the credit quality of your invoices as your most valuable asset. This is very important – because small companies with a solid roster of clients can usually qualify. One further advantage is that a factoring program can be set up quickly – usually in about a week.

In conclusion, freight factoring can be an ideal solution for business owners that cannot afford to wait 30 to 60 days to get paid.

How to make money and make a difference – part 2 of 2

How to Make Money and Make a Difference – Part 2 of 2

Looking for a way to earn money from home while making a difference in the world? If your search turned up futile for a home-based business with a mission for global change, you could always find an easy-to-run business that frees up more of your personal time, allowing you to contribute to causes you support. Alternatively, you can start your own business with a mission to make a difference. Here are some ideas to consider.

The Big Picture: What kind of difference do you want to make?

You could either approach this from looking at the world’s most prevalent problems (hunger, shelter, environmental, etc.) or you can target something you personally are passionate about (helping children, troubled teens, sports, crafts, nature preservation, etc.) and work from there. First, get an overview idea of how you would like to make an impact.

Get Specific

Once you have a global idea of what you’d like to do, get specific about how you want to contribute. For example, if you chose “the environment,” you might get more specific and say “recycling.” Now we can begin to see what kind of business you could craft around this specific aim.

Start Local

Even if you have aspirations of global change, it pays to start local. Gather your local resources, including family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, and branch out to community leaders and decision-makers. Identify the greatest local problems involving your issue and make a list of potential solutions. For example, if the biggest recycling problem in your neighborhood is that most people don’t recycle, then think of some potential solutions. You may choose to interview some people to gather pertinent information (for example, go door to door in your neighborhood on recycle day, knock on doors where the recycle bin isn’t outside, and ask people what would it take for them to recycle consistently? Make a note of the answers you get and find a way to solve that problem.

Monetize

Next, look at your list of solutions and see which ones could be monetized. This step may require input from a colleague or associate, or a business-minded person. This step focuses your attention on which solutions could become profitable (since the purpose of your business is to make money and make a difference). It might involve crafting and selling products made from recycled or sustainable materials, or it might involve providing a service or creating a completely new concept.

Global Impact

Before launching your business, consider its potential for global impact. If you truly want to make a difference on a global level, it would be wise to consider this angle before choosing a business name, creating marketing materials, or developing a brand. Leave yourself room for global expansion. For example, “Sacramento Recycling Solutions” doesn’t necessarily fit for a global company in the same way that “Recycled Solutions” would.

Good luck with your entrepreneurial endeavors and congratulations on your decision to make a difference.

How to use the law of attraction to create a fun and exciting retirement

How To Use the Law of Attraction To Create A Fun and Exciting Retirement

One of my friends recently held a best-and-final inventory close-out sale for her fireplace shop. The economy hadn’t been kind to her over the last three years, and it was heartbreaking to watch her fears accumulate as she thought of how to continue to support herself when her business of 33 years was no longer there. She needed to find a job for retirees, something ideal as a part time job for herself that would be ideal for retirees.

Using the Law of Attraction

I know that using the Law of Attraction to create her next business opportunity would be a wise way to open herself up to the good that can happen to her. I think of this Law as the invisible power behind all that happens in our lives. I know that harnessing its power to create what you want, to have your own desires manifest in the way that you’d most like, is eminently doable. It’s simply a matter of observing and then governing the manner in which we think. And if you’d enjoy creating a Law of Attraction career, understanding how your thought makes this law work can be most important.

Defining the Law of Attraction

The Law of Attraction is today’s name for The Law of Cause and Effect. It sometimes looks as if things, events, and people come into our life from the outside of ourselves, in. The truth is, that we are actually creating those things with our thinking and they are being expressed (or, pressed out) from inside of us with our thought process.

It’s true that “what you think is what you get.” The words may seem trite but they pack a wallop of a message, because they contain the meaning of the Law of Cause and Effect or today’s Law of Attraction. Each of us is a thinker. We have been from the get go. Our thoughts have evolved from a simple “I am alive” to the more complex processes we go through now as adults.

We think in a three-step process, and this is the reason you’ll find so many things in our earth experience appearing in a trinity. They’re manifesting from what is our nature, out into our daily lives. When this trinity of thinking begins, you have a desire that wells up from inside of you. Instantaneously, the second part of the trinity happens – you begin to think about your desire. As you think through the process, you eventually come to a conclusion and this is the third part of the trinity. It’s also the part where the “magic” of the Law of Attraction happens and what you wanted in your desire, plus what you thought about it and came to a decision about, actually appears in your life.

You Can Only Think One Thought At A Time

One of the nicest, easiest parts about the Law of Attraction is that you can only think one thought at a time. It is our nature for things to happen easily, and only having to think one thought surely is easy. But the next nicest thing is that we can choose which thought to think! We can choose to think happy thoughts, sad thoughts, loving thoughts, angry thoughts, etc. I realize that you may think those thoughts happen automatically, but if you look more closely, you’ll see how your choice is in there. And that’s one of the greatest parts about the Law of Attraction: you can choose which one thought you will think! So if, like my retiring friend, you want a part time job, you can choose to think “I am attracting the perfect part-time job for retirees right now.” There is no limit to what you can choose to think for or about yourself.

What You Resist, Persists

I know how doubt can insidiously snake it’s way through your heart and mind. I know how you can craft arguments as to why the Law of Attraction can’t possibly work for you. I want to share this with you: whatever you are absolutely convinced about is what you get in your life. So, if you think this Law won’t work for you, it works by not working! And if you think it will work for you, it works by working. I cannot imagine why you wouldn’t want to test this and see if I’m right about this. Why not use a tool that can make your life easier – find that new job, gain a group of clients whom you’ll love – rather than hunkering down and be fiercely determined this doesn’t work? If you are able to reason about your doubts, and if you can tell yourself that it is okay to be successful, you will be, and I would personally love that.

Be Appreciative Now

If you want a wonderfully practical way to test The Law of Attraction to see if it has any validity, I’ve got a great proposal for you. Begin today to meander through all the areas of your life and jot down some notes for things for which you are grateful. Go ahead. It’s painless! How about that nice toaster that made you toast for breakfast? Aren’t you grateful for it? And the convenience of having a pantry in your kitchen? And the love of your pets when you feed them? What about the afghan you have on your leather chair so the shock of sitting down on these chilly mornings is eliminated?

Do you see what I mean? Just the everyday things that are there that you don’t normally think about, but you use them all the time. If you will make a list of all that you are grateful for, here’s what will really be happening:

* You’ll be thinking thoughts of gratitude.

* You’ll become convinced that you have a great deal to be grateful for.

* Your conviction will begin to formulate into more things for which you can then be grateful, and if my experience is anything to lean on, one of those things will be your new part time job for as a retiree.

If you follow my suggestions, you’ll be putting the Law of Attraction into use toward your career. Your business opportunities will blossom into that part time job for retirees you so desire, and I know that many other opportunities to use this law will occur to you in the process of your life itself.

It's not all about work

It's Not All About Work

“Success is about the quality of the journey, not about the destination.”

We’ve all heard the phrase above, but most probably, not many business people follow its inherent advice.

One day, a ranch owner who had decided to retire after fifty years of arduous work called a real estate agent to put his ranch up for sale.  He was ready to enjoy his life after so many years of struggle and hard work. 

The real estate agent paid him a visit and they spent a big part of the day riding around the ranch, to see what it had to offer a potential buyer.  About a week later, the agent went back to the ranch to settle the listing and to get the owner’s approval for the ad he was going to post to sell the property.

The ad was thought for a city person.  There was a large city about 200 miles away, and the ad wanted to appeal to a person tired of the congestion, contamination, and poor quality of life in the city.  It talked about the freedom the fields offered, about how the river that crossed the property sang its way down the hills, about the peace that was felt in the presence of the bright colors that painted the beautiful sunsets every single day, about how rewarding it was to sit on the front porch at the end of the day to watch the horses play and eat. 

After the agent read the ad, the ranch owner walked to the window and just looked out for a few minutes.  Eventually he said to himself: “Seems like this ranch is really not for sale”.  He turned to face the agent and told him that the ad had just described his dream, and that he was finally aware of how much he possessed.

A hectic life and the obsession to restlessly do more and earn more, sometimes blinds us and tires us too much to be able to enjoy what we have accomplished.  Most of the time we are only thinking about what we have not achieved yet, and it seems to be the tragedy of human nature to always postpone living.  We dream, and dream, and dream some more about the shiniest day, instead of noticing the bright sunshine that every day brings.

There is no soul on the planet that is not guilty of this.  Even the biggest leaders, the best motivational speakers, and the most illuminated of persons, have fallen prey to the anguish of daily routine.  The difference is that they eventually discover that by not slowing down to enjoy and smell the roses on their path, their accomplishments become less rewarding. 

When you stop and take a moment to enjoy and honor where you are, your life takes a deeper and more fulfilling meaning, and it helps you get energized to follow through.  When things are tough, there is nothing better to keep you going than to focus on the things you have succeeded at and on everything you are thankful for.  

Radical changes and aggressive leaps forward are very frightening; equally, constant change and improvement can consume you.  True leaders design a progression route that is composed of short journeys, allowing time for celebration and for taking pleasure in the successes achieved along the way.  This is how effective leaders invigorate their teams to aim for the next goal.

There are many ways in which leaders show their appreciation for their people, and even more ways in which they energize and inspire: by taking the time to celebrate every achievement.  These leaders always strive to make everything fun and fulfilling.  Just as shown in the animated movie, Monsters, Inc., they know that laughter and happiness are far more empowering and energizing than fear and constant struggle, and that a happy team translates into a winning organization.  

In order to become such a leader, you have to let go of the deeply set belief that business is a very serious matter.  Being successful in business never meant you should stop smiling; much to the contrary, it is just another way to experience life and its most meaningful rewards, the ‘simple’ things that we normally take for granted.  True leaders take the time to be grateful.

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