How to start your own taxi firm – success stories

Transportation is an essential element of any economy. It facilitates movement of people and goods thus playing a significant role in trade, and by extension development. The importance of transportation has meant that many people usually want to get into this business as the rewards are worth it. Getting into the air or sea transportation business is not that easy as it requires an enormous capital investment beforehand.

Land transportation, on the other hand, is quite easy to start. There are several forms of transportation on land such as rail or trams, cable cars, etc., but this article will solely focus on how you can start your own taxi business. The majority of the taxi businesses around the UK such as A Taxis of Bristol, Zone Minicabs, and Comcab all began as small companies and grew slowly over the years into the companies you know today.

Taxis - Bristol

By following the blueprint of these successful companies, the process of starting your own taxi cab business can be summarized as follows:

Evaluating the idea

One needs to walk around and do some basic research to determine whether the taxi business idea is indeed suitable to the location you have chosen. Does it have the potential to generate profits that you want and to sustain itself?

Developing the business

This entails coming up with a business plan of how you want your business to be. This will involve drawing up plans for where and how you will get finance, licenses, customer retention strategies and long-term sustainability.

Getting your first vehicles

Once you have completed the two processes above, the next step involves purchasing, leasing or hiring the required vehicles for the operation. This process needs one to be very selective as you don’t want vehicles that cost a lot to run and maintain as this is not good for business. Continue reading →

No more clutter, no more stress

Spring is finally here, and many of us would have got on the marigolds and dusters and set to work on the big spring clean. The sense of reward when we finally sit down having dusted and cleaned every nook and crannie of a house is one hard to rival, a cup of tea tastes all the better when it’s been earned.

decluttering hacks

One thing many of us can forget, is the need for a deep declutter alongside the deep clean. If anything, we should declutter first. Having excess items and clutter around the home has been linked to both stress and low concentration levels. Oakwood doors: the leading UK provider of internal oak doors, have shared some clever little decluttering hacks to help free up some space in the home and the mind. Try a couple of these out and let us know how you get along!

  • Throw away, give away, or donate one item a day. We aren’t saying you have to get rid of all of your possessions, but trying this method will massively cut down the amount of clutter you have by the end of the year, what’s better, you can continue it the year after! It feels rewarding when you manage to give something you no longer use to someone who will.
  • If you find it difficult to get rid of clothes, try using the hanger method of clearing things out. Once you’ve gone through manually and thrown everything you definitely won’t wear again, start putting washed clothes back in the wardrobe with the hangers facing the opposite way. Within a few months it will be easy to see what you are and aren’t wearing, and odds are you won’t wear those shorts that are collecting dust at the back of a draw again, so get rid!
  • Set smaller goals to start with. Maybe you’ll challenge yourself to fill a box or a bag with items you don’t need or use. Once this challenge is completed, start it all over again. The key is to try and be a little ruthless with yourself. If you’ve considered throwing or donating an item a few times and you find yourself looking at it again undecided, it’s time to go. If a bag or box seems too much, then just set yourself the goal of 5-10 minutes a day.
  • Use a number system. This can be great for sorting things into categories, for example if you chose the number 5, you’d choose 5 things to throw, 5 things to donate, and 5 things to find a proper home within your home for. It might be an idea to still make a box up for things you just can’t do away with, but to get them into storage or in the attic. After all, as the old saying goes, out of sight out of mind.

The main thing is to just go for it! Get it into your head that this is what you need to do and keep thinking of the reasons why. Change your views so you aren’t thinking of it as decluttering, but uncluttering, and keep in mind the benefits.

5 Essential considerations when viewing a House

As exciting as buying a home is, the stress that can come with it is huge. The financial investment alone can cause our hairs to turn grey, and it’s hard to be 100% sure you’re getting the right place. Your home is a reflection of yourself, and it’s important you’re fully happy with it. In our experience, the more preparation you have, the less bumpy the ride.

buying a home

It can be helpful to listen to the advice of a few people who have been there and done it, and CNM Online, the leading radiator and heating company, have shared their experiences with us. You still have to be prepared for anything, but these top tips and considerations should help take some of the pressure off.

  1. Visit the property in both sunshine and rain if you can. It’s easy to fall in love with a place when the sun is shining, and it’s great to get a feel for natural lighting and whether your garden will get any sun during the warmer months, but visiting when it’s raining is also essential. You want to make sure you don’t just love it because the sun is shining, make sure you’d still be happy there when it’s all doom and gloom outside. The rain will also allow you to check for any leaks.
  1. Location, location, location. Make sure you are fully familiar with the area and your distance to all the essentials, Drs, schools, supermarkets and post offices. The countryside does have its appeals, but you’ve got to make sure you’ve really thought about it logistically. Living in the city centre might seem ideal, but you may be miles away from a good supermarket or have to pay extortionate rates to park. It’s all about finding the right balance and what works for you.
  1. Don’t just look at it, use it. We can all try and be a little too polite when viewing a house, treating it like an art gallery and not daring to touch any of its contents. Turn the taps on, check the locks on the windows and doors, ask all of the questions you may have on your mind. Be thorough, they’re trying to sell the house so should be more than happy to help.
  1. Check the boiler and the heating system. Make sure all of the radiators are working, and check how old they are. Some older models may be inefficient and use a lot of energy to heat the home, if you’re planning on spending a long time there it may be worth calculating the cost of replacing these. You’ll also want to check how old the boiler is and when it was last serviced, as any problems with that in the near future and you’ll be a pretty penny out of pocket.
  1. Hey neighbour! Before you put pen to paper it might well be worth having a chat with your neighbours. Ask them questions about the area and get a feel for them as people. We also advise visiting the property in the evening when everyone is home, to see if you can hear much coming from the neighbours or the neighbourhood. A little noise never hurt anyone, but if the property has thin walls you’ll need to consider this.

History of the Mobile Phone

Busy lifestyles call for a digital assistant that can keep up with you: enter the mobile phone as we know it. Ready to rock your day? Don’t forget to check your phone first! Our phones may allow us to connect with the people that matter most to us, but they do so much more now. Keeping track of appointments and world news has become truly effortless. Yet the origins of the modern day phone are far from being this flexible or even useful, but very much still ground-breaking and revolutionary. Indeed, these rudimentary versions set the stage for what we use and enjoy to this day. The use of mobile technology has skyrocketed over the last ten years, opening the door for more than just mere communication. A large percentage of online sales are conducted by mobile phone instead of being done at the desk. If you want to order a taxi, you may turn to an app faster than the classic telephone directory. We’ve come a long way since 1876, and that’s always a good thing.

The timeline below presents the history of the telephone in a clear, easy-to-understand format.

The History of the Mobile Phone

How to Make Friends Easily

Making friends can often be very difficult, and some people find it tougher than others to make new buddies. While there is no way of easily attracting friends and becoming more sociable, there are several things that you can do in order to change your current situation and get some more pals. Here are a few of the things you can do which will help you to get more friends:

Socialize more

This might seem like an obvious piece of advice, but a lot of people don’t do this when trying to get more friends. If you want to make friends, you need to make some kind of effort. If you’re not going to school or college, this becomes even more difficult, as it’s tough to socialize in a world where you don’t interact daily with many people. If you have a job, try to make friends with more people in the work place, either by attending more social events or by striking up more conversations at the water cooler or coffee machine.

Make Friends

Go online

If you’re hoping to date somebody, online dating might be something that you’d like to try. However, the online world isn’t just for those looking for romance. In fact, there are hundreds of chat rooms where you can meet new friends – finding good chat rooms can be a difficult task, however. Be friendly and don’t try to argue with other people all the time, and you’ll be able to find yourself some online friends as well as offline friends. In some cases, you may even meet people who live in the same area, and meeting up for real will become possible.

Reconnect with old friends

If you’re struggling to make new friends, it might be time than you tried to connect with some old friends. You never know which ones might still be living in the same area, even if it has been years since you last spoke to them. Connect with the friends you really got along with well, and invite them to meet up for a drink or a coffee in order to catch up on what’s been going on in the last few years.

Be friendly and outgoing

Finally, you’ll find that it’s much more difficult to make friends if you’re not very friendly yourself. Sometimes, you have to cast aside any worries, be yourself and simply be nice to people. You’ll soon discover that people start to like you and want to spend more time in your company.

When Diets Go Bad – Moving On From Disordered Eating

It’s hard to talk about diets without talking about the other elephant in the room — disordered eating. It takes a lot of different forms, so it’s hard to break it down into terms like anorexia or bulimia. Those are not the only ways that disordered eating can manifest. If you’re really wanting to think about trying to have a healthy life, you need to conquer the mental game of losing weight. We’ve written about it before, but we really never expanded on why this stuff is so important. The truth is that you have to think about the mental game to prevent yourself from falling into really bad eating patterns.

If you let a diet get out of control, it can really take over your life. If you’re thinking about food constantly, you get in the way of a lot of time to actually live. You will need to make sure that you’re always thinking about the bigger picture. There is no dress that is worth damaging your health just to it into. We’re not trying to be sexist here — after all, men do have eating disorders as well. You have to make sure that you’re always thinking about treating your body with the best of care.

disordered eating
The downside to getting caught up in eating disorders of any kind is that they really do play hell on your metabolism. This means that once you heal from the eating disorder, you might actually find that it’s really hard to lose weight. This is because you’ve proved to the body that you’ll enter starvation mode on purpose, therefore it tries to protect you from just about anything and everything that it possibly can. It’s the only way to go, really, and the body knows exactly how to take care of things for you. It will regulate your metabolism up or down based on what it thinks you need to do. Starving your body is like telling your body that there isn’t going to be food for a long time, therefore the body needs to hold onto fat.

It’s the way we’re wired.

If you’re dealing with an eating disorder, you need to make sure that you’re not doing it on your own. Even if you think that you’re strong enough to fight things on your own, you still don’t want to try to do this on your own. It makes a lot more sense trying to get someone that can really stand by you when things get rough. That’s truly the best way to have a bright, shining future still waiting for you.

The consequences of an eating disorder can actually be quite severe. You might find that your skin is constantly dry, your hair is falling out and periods actually stop. Again, everyone is different — these are just some symptoms that seem to affect girls who strive to be “skinny” at all costs.

Again, we’re not trying to pick on anyone. But we would be out of place as a diet blog to not discuss responsible dieting. Take your time — this is not a race. You aren’t going to win a prize if you drop weight faster than your friends. You don’t have to put your life on hold just because you’re not at your goal weight. You need to always make sure that you’re thinking about the bigger picture — your health, of course! Good luck!

Dazzle in the 80s Superstar Costume

Today, the 1980s fancy dress costumes are back with a bang. People look at this interesting era with a new perspective and this has lead to the popularity of 80s fancy dress. Be sure to gear up for the next fancy dress event by dressing in attractive and stylish 80s costume.

The number of 80s parties hosted today can be attributed to the influence this era has on today’s music and fashion. More numbers of both men and women are on the lookout for the best 80s costumes.

So, what exactly are the best 80s costumes available?

A good place to start is to get inspired from the movie stars and television series heroes of that era. Surprise everyone at the party by dressing in the 80s superstar costume or dress as 80s music star. There are numerous options and all you have to do is choose the best costume depending on your style and personality.

80s Superstar Costume

You can go with the classic 80s superstar costume all with the heavy metal look. Faded and tight ripped jeans, big hair combined with leather, spandex and buckles was what the 80s superstar looked like.

With 80s costumes you can go for the exclusive heavy metal look or for the soft, romantic look. Recreate the style with 80s superstar costume that comes with trousers velour and leopard print jacket. Do not forget the unique and eye catching accessories like the aviator specs or the wild boy wig.

If you need to attend a fancy dress party, consider wearing the flashy and dazzling 80s wild child costume. This 80s fancy dress Madonna style costume is designed to make you glitter and shine through the evening and be the center of attraction. Team this up with the typical 80s make up to get completely into the character.

The 1980s was all about wild designs, bright colours and bold accents. Nothing is in fact too much for the eighties. At any fancy dress bash, you will create a sensation with the 80s wild child costume. Dressed in something like that there is no way you can be deprived of a good time. Continue reading →

Baby Gift Ideas – What about a Teddy Bear?

The best baby gift ideas are those that last a lifetime and that a baby can someday pass on to their own children. Teddy bears make great baby gifts because they will last for decades, and children never outgrow the love they have for their favourite teddies. Teddy bears are traditional gifts, but they make great baby gift ideas because they are good for boys and girls, and they help dress up a baby’s nursery, too. Choose a teddy bear to show you really care!

My First Pooh Bear

Winnie the Pooh Bear

What could make better baby gift ideas than a whimsical and oh so lovable Winnie the Pooh Bear? This soft, plush bear recreates the first versions of Winnie the Pooh, and it makes the perfect baby gift because it is so luxuriously soft, huggable, and adorable. “My First Pooh” is embroidered on one of Pooh’s feet, and a buzzy bee is embroidered on the other. This bear makes the perfect decoration for a nursery, and will certainly become one of baby’s favourite toys, and that makes it one of the best baby gift ideas you can find.

Natures Purest Hug Me Bear

Purest Hug Me Bear

Buy a new best friend for baby when you choose these baby gift ideas. This delightful, soft plush bear is meant to be cuddled and hugged. Made of natural, organic cotton that is coloured naturally, as well, this incredibly soft and snuggly bear is all natural and wholesome for baby, and it will remain soft and lovable as baby grows up. This bear is 8-inches tall and does not contain harmful dyes or chemicals; it’s an all natural product for baby’s safety.

Paddington Bear

Paddington Bear

What better way to give a baby something they’ll treasure forever than to choose Paddington Bear, one of the most beloved bears of all time. Baby gift ideas don’t get any better than this large bear, complete with duffle coat, Wellington boots, and bag, ready to head off on all types of adventures as baby grows up. Attached to his coat is the tag, “Please look after this bear. Thank you,” which will teach children the responsibility of caring for their toys, too.

My First Teddy Blue

My First Teddy

Looking for great baby gift ideas for the new baby boy just got a lot easier. Teddy bears make great baby gifts, but often they seem like they might be more for little girls than little boys. This My First Teddy is created in a super-soft, huggable fabric in a lovely baby blue, perfect for the newborn because it includes safety stitched eyes and it’s machine washable. Baby will loves this delightful teddy, and it will make a great nursery decoration, too, which makes it perfect for all your baby gift ideas now and in the future. Also available in pink for baby girls.

Hug Me Bear Pink Jumper

Hug Me Bear Pink Jumper

If you’re trying to find the perfect baby gift ideas for little girly girls, this bear hits the mark. “Hug Me” is printed in matching pink thread on this cute bear’s paws, and the jumper can be personalised with baby’s name and birth information up to four lines long. Soft and very plush, this is one of those baby gift ideas that doesn’t come along all the time, so make sure to pick up one for all your friends who are expecting baby girls. Also available in blue, red and violet.

If you’re stuck for baby gift ideas – a teddy bear is the perfect solution!

How to create an organised home office

More and more of us work from home than ever before. Self-employment’s on the increase and employers have woken up to the advantages of remote working. So if you’re one of the nation’s army of homeworkers, you need a home office where you can work undisturbed.

When you think about creating your office, the first things that come to mind are a decent desk for your PC and phone along with a comfortable chair. You will also have to decide which spare bedroom, bit of the garage or unused space you’re going to convert. What you might fail to consider is something that’s just as important, if not more so: storage and organisation.

Organisation is key

The key to a successful home office is organisation. And organisation means good storage. If you don’t have adequate storage solutions you’ll run out of room pretty fast, as the paperwork can pile up easily. Legally, you have to keep certain correspondence and receipts for a minimum number of years and you’ll need somewhere to store them. Storage unit providers, such as Shelfstore, offer a host of products and solutions to help you create an organised home office.

organised home office

Typically, you’ll need to store a mix of files, books and boxes packed with all sorts of different bits of paper, stationery, and maybe a few CDs and DVDs, of all weights and sizes so you need shelving that’s strong and sturdy as well as practical and attractive. Pine shelves with adjustable supports are a good option as they tick all the boxes. Available as shallow shelves which are perfect for books, plastic wallets and files and deeper ones which are better for boxes, baskets and containers. Don’t forget you can add a cross brace or backboard for extra strength and stability too.

Mix and match

Your shelving also needs to suit the space you work in. Offices come in all shapes and sizes and now, so does shelving. If you’re a bit cramped and need something not too tall, go for wide shelving or shelving with a stepped effect if you need it to go under stairs. Mix and match sizes if you need to, and don’t be afraid to have floor-to-ceiling shelving where the space allows.

How you use your shelving needs to be considered. Keep things you need to lay your hands on regularly close to your desk and stow your older paperwork on shelving units further away. Stick labels on files or on the shelves so you know where everything is. A simple option is to group similar items together or file alphabetically.

Nerve centre of the home

Your home office is the nerve centre of your house. It’s where you’ll spend the most time during the day and it needs treating with care as you won’t get much done if you’re always having to wade through piles of clutter and mountains of mess. Keeping on top of things and having an organised home office can make all the difference to how your business performs, so make sure yours is organised as best you can.

The top 10 work related accidents

There’s no denying the fact that workplace safety has improved over recent years. However, risks do remain. According to figures provided by the Health and Safety Executive, 28.2 million working days were lost in the UK in 2013-14 due to work-related injury and illness. Meanwhile, 133 people were killed while performing their duties over this 12-month period.

To help minimise the dangers that exist in working environments, firms can take advantage of the health and safety courses offered by specialist training providers like SHEilds. It’s also important for managers to be aware of common risks. With this in mind, here are ten of the top work-related accidents to watch out for.

1) Slips, trips and falls

Slips, trips and falls are a frequent occurrence in a range of settings. Slippery floors and the presence of hazardous objects are often the cause of these accidents. In many cases, the incidents are not serious. However, sometimes victims suffer broken bones or head injuries. The accidents are particularly dangerous if they occur at height.

work related accidents

2) Back and neck strains

Another common workplace problem is back and neck strains. People can suffer these injuries when they lift heavy or awkwardly shaped objects.

3) Burns

Burns are a big problem too. These accidents can occur in a range of settings, including factories, laboratories, garages and kitchens. They can be caused by both chemicals and sources of heat.

4) Cuts

Cuts are another top work-related accident. These injuries are especially common in industrial settings and kitchens.

5) Vehicle crashes

Another major cause for concern is vehicle crashes. Accidents involving cars, lorries, forklifts and other vehicles frequently occur in warehouses, car parks and on the highways. Continue reading →