How To Choose a Reputable Courier

When it comes to choosing a courier for a package – whether it is a delicate package or a large parcel or something that is worth a lot of money – it is important to do your research first before jumping in with the first courier that you cross paths with. Although many couriers will be widely known due to marketing and ease of access, depending on the style and size of your package they may not be the best courier for you. Likewise, if you want to have your package delivered quickly, the same courier service responsible for swift service may not have so many positive reviews when it comes to ensuring the package’s safety.

Similar to any online service that you are unsure of, taking care and putting the research in will hopefully save you from bitter disappointment later on. Some of the key things to look out for when choosing a good courier are:

Know your Parcel
For a start you need to know the dimensions (that’s height, width and length) and the weight of your parcel, as well as its intended destination. Knowing the specifications of your parcel will ensure that you can get an accurate quote online and will also ensure that you pay the right amount of postage up front with no nasty postage surprises – although import tax may still be required of the recipient depending on the destination of the parcel.

Price
Pay close attention to the price. Obviously you’ll want to go for a good deal, but if the prices seem too good to be true, then in all likelihood, it probably is. Unlike cheap produce or chocolate that you can buy from a supermarket, couriers are providing a service and a certain amount of labour will go into this service. Essentially, as they say, you get what you pay for…

Along this same vein, be careful that you are not overcharged for your service. Use price comparison websites or compare prices yourself manually, as the price comparison websites will always give the lowest price which may not be reflective of your parcel’s dimensions.

Delivery Style
Does your courier request a particular pick up and drop off time? Will they give you a tracking number? These are the sort of questions you want to be asking, as they are an indication of a good courier who provides a dedicated service. By asking for specific pick up information they imply the intent to see to it that the package is safely picked up and delivered. Obviously you can never be 100% sure of a delivery service but if they are requesting specific information, it gives further proof that this is a courier company that cares about its service.

Tracking numbers and information is also useful to have as you can check up on your parcel as it makes its journey. Particularly helpful if you’re running a small business and are sending out valuable stock, with closer relationships perhaps with your customer base.

Reviews!
With today’s technological world, it is very easy to find reviews online if the courier is genuine and reputable. Try to read a small sample of reviews before you decide to buy. Check whether or not the reviews sound genuine as unfortunately there are scripts that people can write in order for them to generate fake reviews online on behalf of their products. If there are a number of reviews of varying lengths and in different writing styles, then you’re probably in the clear.

Please bear in mind that many large companies may not have 100% positive feedback. In general people are more likely to make a comment on something if they have a complaint about it, which is why we may see more negative reviews than positive on a service online.

Personal Experience
Finally, Word of Mouth is still in existence, even if competing with the web… so take advice from friends if they have used a courier before. If you are completely unsure, ask a relative or a friend who has used a courier. Chances are somebody you know will have needed a courier service at some point in their lives, so it is always good to ask.

Happy posting!

Steven Korrell is an online content editor for www.randlogistics.com, a market leading parcel broker delivering goods across the UK and all around the world.

How to Find A Property Conveyance Solicitor

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If you are in the process of buying or selling property, you may be searching for a good conveyance solicitor to work with. There are many types of lawyers and legal professionals who you can choose to work with, but not all specialize in real estate law. For example, a criminal lawyer may have a profound understanding of criminal law, but he or she may not be aware of all of the nuances associated with real estate law. The process of conveyancing can be intricate, detailed and confusing at times, and there are many laws related to various components of the buying and selling process. Working with a procession with experience in this area of the law can be beneficial.

 

Certifications and Affiliations

Many individuals who practice real estate law have local certifications and affiliations related to this specific area. Some of the associations and organizations that offer certifications and membership require lawyers to meet minimum guidelines regarding training, continuing education and other relevant factors. You can begin researching some of the certifications and affiliations that solicitors in your area may be affiliated with, and you can research the educational or membership requirements that are in place for those. This can help you to determine which certifications and affiliations are most relevant when you are searching for a solicitor in your area.

 

Experience and Expertise

You can also read a solicitor’s professional resume posted online to learn more about his or her qualifications. Some specialize in certain niche areas of real estate, such as residential or commercial real estate law. Some may have graduated from a prestigious university, and they may have been working in the field for many years or even decades. Experience matters when you are looking for a real estate lawyer to help you buy or sell property, and the more experienced professional you can find, the better.

 

Conveyancing is a complicated process, and the law touches on many related areas in a real estate transaction. From the sales contract to property inspections, appraisals, mortgage financing and other areas, the law spreads into each of these areas. A solicitor’s knowledge, skills and support in this area can help to guide you through your transaction. However, not all solicitors have the same qualifications and experience, so pay attention to each of these points carefully in order to make the best overall decision possible. In addition to these points, you may also consider interviewing a few professionals to find one whose personality you enjoy. After all, a real estate transaction may take several months to complete, and you may work closely with your professional throughout the process.

Why Business Owners Hire a Lawyer

Whether you run an online business or are constantly present at your company’s location, it is important that you are aware of liability laws and how they may impact you. Even if you operate a virtual company and have employees who work from an office, your business may be liable in the event that they are injured. Personal injury lawyers can work with your business to ensure that it is protected from liability claims. It is in your best interest to meet with a lawyer prior to starting your company so that you can deal with any potential liability issues.

 

Investing in Business Liability Insurance

One way to protect your business in the event of a personal injury lawsuit is by investing in business liability insurance. This type of insurance provides your business with coverage in the event that an employee wins a lawsuit against your company. If the employee is awarded a judgment by the court, the insurance policy will pay for the judgment amount. You do not have to worry about draining company funds to afford the claim of an employee.

 

Workers’ Compensation Claims and Lawsuits

Often, an injured employee will want to seek workers’ compensation. Workers’ compensation is a form of financial support that pays for all of the worker’s expenses during his or her time off of work. People typically only associate workers’ compensation claims with those who work in the construction industry. The reality is that numerous other individuals, such as working mothers, may also have workers’ compensation claims. An entire family may depend on the income of a working mother. If she becomes injured at work, then the family may need a source of income from a workers’ compensation award to survive.

Because state statutes typically limit the workers’ compensation award that an employee may receive, the employee will typically try to sue the business or other individuals responsible for causing the injury. Workers compensation lawyers can help your business prepare for a lawsuit if an employee has maxed out his or her workers’ compensation benefits.

 

Potential Liability in Owning a Business

If you plan on owning and operating a business that hires employees, then you must consider investing in insurance to protect your company. Hundreds of carriers have authorization to write workers’ compensation insurance policies in your state. An employee may also be eligible to receive compensation from a public carrier. States typically have their own state-run workers’ compensation funds to provide benefits for injured workers.

If a business owner fails to invest in workers’ compensation insurance, he or she may be subject to penalties under the law. A business owner may need to pay a hefty fine and may also face penalties for misrepresenting records. Failing to have workers’ compensation insurance for businesses with over five employees may be a felony or misdemeanor crime in one’s state.

 

Prepare Your Business for Success

Your business should always be prepared in the event of a lawsuit. If an employee is severely injured on the job and suffers from a permanent disability, then he or she may be entitled to unlimited benefits. Make sure that you are ready to handle any employee claims by speaking with a personal injury lawyer. A personal injury lawyer may help you find the right insurance policy or assist you if an employee has already filed a lawsuit.

How to Turn Your Home into a Restaurant

A new trend is popping up in New York City, Tel Aviv and around the globe. This new trend is to start a restaurant out of your home. This may sound crazy at first, and a direct assault to health code laws, but there may just be something to it. If Airbnb can give strangers a chance to stay the night on each other’s couches, why can’t people meet up for a meal in someone’s living room? That’s what the makers of Cookapp and Feastly must have thought.

 

Restaurant Apps

Cookapp and Feastly work basically the same way, only in different locations. Cookapp is only in New York, Feastly was created in Tel Aviv, but has expanded through Europe and recently entered the New York market. These apps work similarly to Airbnb. Hungry patrons can peruse the apps for people serving meals in their home. They make a reservation and voila! Someone has a working restaurant out of their home.

If you are passionate about cooking, this may be something you can do. Whether you have equipment for restaurants or know how to work the basics really well, you may be able to create a delicious restaurant experience in your own kitchen.

To avoid health code violations, Cookapp and Feastly meals are technically “free,” but a “suggested donation” is listed next to the meal posting. Cooks must submit to a home visit and background check before they begin their restaurant. If approved, they can begin serving gourmet meals to customers.

 

Traditional Restaurants

You can also go the traditional route. If zoning and health code laws allow, you could convert your home into a restaurant. Set up a few tables in your living room, advertise with a sign our front and start cooking!

Starting a restaurant isn’t as easy as all that, obviously. Your home will need a little bit of renovation to be eatery ready. Here are some things you can start to think about.

-Do you love to cook that much? Sure, it’s fun when it is you and four friends, but what about when it’s room full of impatient strangers? If that still sounds fun, then great! If not, you may need to reconsider.

-Will you need help? Cooking, serving, and hosting are all full time jobs in other restaurants. You probably can’t do them all, so you need to find someone to help you.

-Do you have the right equipment? Depending on how big your dining room is going to be, you may need larger cooking equipment for restaurants. You’ll also need the tables, chairs, dinnerware, and silverware. This is all stuff you will need to purchase upfront before you even begin making money. This page is good resource to find out more about restaurant equipments.

-How will you advertise? You need to create a Facebook page at least, and preferably an Instagram and Twitter as well to begin advertising. You can also take out ads in the local newspaper or magazine. After a few test runs, contact the food section of your local paper to come review your restaurant. This is always great publicity!

 

Starting your own restaurant easy, but with the right tools and attitude, it can definitely be worth it. Have fun!