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What Sets Good Contractors Apart from Average Ones

What Sets Good Contractors Apart from Average Ones

From a bigger picture point of view the availability of integrated solutions is a good thing because it allows for more service providers to enter into the market and provide the much needed competition in just about every industry, but it does tend to make for somewhat of a double-edged sword because it can also make for a serious drop in standards. In the many sub-industries which fall under construction for example, a highly qualified contractor who does general house work can be just as good as one which has learned the trade through practical experience.

7 Icebreaker Questions That Could Kill Your Business Relationship

7 Icebreaker Questions That Could Kill Your Business Relationship

  Every customer relationship starts somewhere. Classic “in person” questions like “so, what do you do?” rarely lead to memorable conversations that can get the small business leaders noticed. Some awkward questions can even lead to making a bad first impression that ends the relationship even before it starts.

Heavy-Duty Lift Systems in the Automotive Industry

Heavy-Duty Lift Systems in the Automotive Industry

In focus this week is one of the many behind-the-scenes elements which go into the smooth running of the automotive industry. I mean employees in particular who work for car manufacturers tend to take many things for granted, one of which is indeed all the machinery which makes their jobs that much easier. They’re suitably justified in doing so though, make no mistake about it – I mean when you go into work your primary objective is simply to get the job assigned to you done, with very little time, room or mental power to second-guess every little thing.

5 Top Causes of Small Business Data Loss

5 Top Causes of Small Business Data Loss

You shouldn’t need to be told just how important it is to protect yourself against data loss. It can radically reduce productivity, erode client and customer confidence, and even see you facing legal action. So, you should clearly understand some of the most common causes of data loss – only by knowing what they are can you get started tightening up security and following best practices. Human Error Yes, human error is one of the top causes of data loss. It happens all the time, especially when staff have not been well trained. They might delete the wrong files or open a malicious email that destroys your system or corrupts your data. Viruses and Malware Viruses and malware spread like wildfire, and your data is the kindling. This is generally more of an additional problem than the main aim, but it’s still an issue you need to address. If any type of malicious software infects your system, it can either damage, delete, or corrupt your data. In the case of ransomware, data can be held hostage until you pay an unlock fee. Hardware Malfunction Recent research indicated that over 40% of users lose data simply because of hardware or system malfunctions. What’s truly maddening is that such malfunctions are often entirely avoidable. You may, for example, continue using a hard drive that shows signs of breaking down, or you may fail to replace a PC that keeps turning itself off. Water Damage When we talk about water damage, what we often mean is beverage damage. It’s incredible how much data is lost simply because people are irresponsible when it comes to carrying coffee. Unfortunately, liquids can easily short circuit important electronic components, and this often makes recovery of data impossible. Power Outages Finally, power outages can shut down your entire

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