There is almost too much information out there to sift through when planning to attack a new market or start a new venture. You need to be selective and focused. It should rarely be necessary to buy data. Here are ten top research tips.
1. Google – everyone uses search engines and Google is the most popular. However, try the ‘advanced search’ facility which enables you to use more search criteria to improve the quality of what comes back.
2. Check rivals – look at the sites of those you compete with. Register to receive their regular newsletter or RSS feed – let them tell you what they’re up to!
3. Search people – research the people you want to do business with, or who compete with you. Find out what they’re involved with – read their blogs, read criticism and praise.
4. Read minutes – most public organisations publish meeting minutes on the web. This can give you valuable background information if you’re tendering for public sector work.
5. Learn search techniques – there are some clever things you can do with ‘&’ and other symbols to gain specific information. Some examples are listed opposite.
6. Ask the obvious – if you want to know what a word means, type into the search engine the phrase ‘xxxxx means’ and you’ll probably get a definition back.
7. Join a newsgroup – these are popular at home as well as at work. News and user groups give you access to a community of people most likely to know the answers to your questions. Ask people as well as a search engine.
8. Numbers count – many people forget that search engines can search phone numbers and postcodes. Google your own work phone number – you may be surprised what is revealed!
9. Go to university – you’ll be amazed at how much new knowledge you can harvest from a university’s website. Find the homepages of the academics researching your business sector. Most will have hyperlinks to papers they’ve written. Also visit university library sites – they’re full of free information.
10. Check out books – the book reviews on sites such as Amazon often contain enough to inform you without having to buy the book.
Source: The Entrepreneur's Book of Checklists
Friday, October 31, 2014
There is almost too much information out there to sift through when planning to attack a new market or start a new venture. You need to be selective and focused. It should rarely be necessary to buy data. Here are ten top research tips.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Umat Islam keliru tentang membenarkan pegang anjing dgn tangan yg kering adalah dalam beberapa keadaan seperti darurat dan memburu. BUKAN pegang dan bela secara SENGAJA.
Bersikap ihsan kepada haiwan sememangnya satu tuntutan dalam Islam termasuk berlaku ihsan ke atas Anjing. Telah terbukti di dalam hadith yang sahih seorang pelacur tua telah dimasukkan ke dalam syurga kerana memberi minum seekor anjing yang kehausan.
"Ketika seekor anjing berpusing mengelilingi sebuah perigi dan hampir mati kerana dahaga, seorang pelacur daripada suku Bani Israil melihatnya. Lalu dia menanggalkan kasutnya dan memberi anjing tersebut minum dengannya. Maka Allah mengampunkan dia kerana perbuatannya itu." [Hadith Riwayat al-Bukhari di dalam kitab Shahihnya, hadis no: 3467]
Namun, kempen "I Want to Touch a Dog" bukanlah cara yang dimaksudkan oleh Nabi sallallahu alaihi wasallam.
Bersikap ihsan bukan bermaksud membela ataupun membelai. Sebaliknya ia bermaksud menjaga hak-hak haiwan trsebut. Sebagai contoh, apabila sakit ianya dirawat, apabila lapar diberi makan.
Bagi orang Islam, anjing tidak boleh dijadikan "pets", dibelai-belai, dimanja-manjakan, berbeza dengan kucing yang boleh menjadi teman kita bagi umat Islam.
"Kucing ini tidaklah najis. Sesungguhnya kucing merupakan haiwan yang sering kita jumpai dan berada di sekeliling kita." (HR. At Tirmidzi, Abu Daud, An Nasa’i, Ibnu Majah, Ad Darimi, Ahmad, Malik. Syaikh Al Albani dalam Irwa’ul Gholil no. 173 mengatakan bahwa hadits ini shahih)
Islam menetapkan kucing adalah haiwan peliharaan dan disifatkn dekat dengan manusia tetapi bukan anjing. Namun, kita diizinkan pelihara anjing dalam dua keadaan sahaja iaitu:
1. membela anjing untuk menjaga keselamatan
2. membela anjing untuk memburu
Selain daripada itu, tidak pernah diizinkn oleh syariat malah menjadi janggal acara seperti "I Want to Touch a Dog" diadakan apatah lagi diasaskan oleh orang Islam sendiri.
Saya menyokong sepenuhnya apa yang dilaksanakan oleh sahabat saya salah seorg Doctor Pakar di pusat perubatan swasta yang mengadakan rawatan percuma ke atas anjing-anjing pemburu masyarakat orang asli yang cedera. Perbuataan ini dikategorikan bersikap ihsan kepada anjing.
Saya bukan anti anjing, Tapi saya cuba sampaikan mengikut perspektif syariat dalam isu ini. Umat islam tak perlu 'support' kempen seperti ini. Sebaliknya umat Islam perlu 'support' kempen "Ihsan" kepada haiwan secara keseluruhannya termasuk anjing dan lain-lainya. Ini membuktikan ke-universal-an Islam.
Adakah selepas ini akan ada program "I Want to Touch a Pig" ?
*Tepuk dada tanya iman :)
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Believe You Are Your WorkWhen you’re in University, did you ever wonder how it would be like once you have graduated and officially stepped out of the comfort zone, which is the student life, and entered the workplace? Sure, some of you may have had dreams of donning a tailored business suit and signing big deals. Yet others would be dreaming of saving lives, be it in the medical profession or the public services profession.
And then you will get those who dream of making it big on a public stage one day; the artists, the performers, the designers. Put together every other profession in between all that was aforementioned and all that weren’t, and you would get the idea of how fresh graduates are sometimes known as the “eager beavers”. We now take a look at the top 10 earning professions for those who have just been certified in their chosen fields. Some of the entries are quite a surprise, while others will only have your mother nodding in agreement and tutting at you, while you roll your eyes for the umpteenth time.
Do take note that these findings are taken from JobStreet.com who used their “salary matching feature” in order to conduct a study to find out average salary for each sector.
10) IT – Software (~ RM2,452/month)
What is IT? Apart from it being the acronym for “information technology” (any child can tell you that now, such is the hold that technology has over people nowadays!), it can be divided into two main categories: software and hardware. The former is referring to the programs within a computer, regardless of their architecture, and it has a non-tangible nature. Engineers who are tasked to maintain the software have to ensure that the programs installed are able to run the computer systems or hardware.
The nature of this job may sometimes cause the engineers to have odd working hours as the programs may crash at any time of the day, hence jeopardising business.
9) Sales – Corporate (~ RM2,456/month)
Don’t misunderstand, this job is very dissimilar to the normal salespeople who accost you and pitch their talk for all sorts of things by the sidewalks or in eateries. The word “corporate” should already be a give-away; this position requires one to be able to close large orders or sales between their company and another, all while maintaining close business ties and safeguarding relationships. For example, if Fuji Xerox were to sign a deal with Mercedes in order to provide all their offices with printers nationwide.
The amount of money that is transacted between these two large companies and the significant amount of profit earned would therefore ensure that the salespeople in Fuji Xerox will be working very hard in order to maintain their relationships with Mercedes in order to secure them for any future transactions.
8) Actuarial Science (~ RM2,475/month)
Now this is an interesting position to be working in, as it involves the application of “mathematical and statistical methods to assess risk in insurance, finance and other industries and professions”. Putting it simply, it means that an actuarial scientist is required to be fully qualified to perform a whole lot of calculations that actually includes a range of other subjects such as financial economics, probability and statistics. This is in order to estimate future contingent events for long-term insurance coverage that requires the knowledge to discount the value of funds set aside and invested.
These long term coverage required that money be set aside to pay future benefits, such as annuity and death benefits many years into the future.
7) Aviation (~ RM2,533/month)
This field was once the writer’s dream job, believe it or not. Given the chance to pilot a plane into the clear blue skies, free as a bird, and watch the earth fall away behind. But we aren’t here to reminisce about dreams gone by! Aviation is best defined as “design, development, production, operation, and use of aircraft”, and the word was first created in 1873 by a French writer and former naval officer, Gabriel La Landelle. In our previous article, Top 5 Highest Paying Jobs, a pilot is able to command a respectable salary that puts it on the number one spot with all the risks that they have to bear when in charge of an aircraft.
The people who are responsible for building and maintaining a solid and safe carrier, whether civil or otherwise, are also responsible in bearing the risks. Hence, it isn’t hard to see why this field makes this list.
6) Geophysics (~ RM2,600/month)
There are two ways to look at this field. One is through the olden-day definition where it is only concerning the geological applications: Earth’s gravity pull and its internal structure, amongst others. However, modern-day definition now takes into consideration the hydrological cycle (oceans and ice) as well as the factors that associate with other planets in the solar system. Sounds complicated? It sure is!
Not only does this field include people who study about all of the aforementioned elements, such as those who spend most of their time outdoors studying various features of the Earth or use computers for modelling and calculations, it can also involve people who are working in the oil and gas industries as they try to tackle the complex energy challenges faced by today’s modern world.
5) Sales – Engineering / IT (~ RM2,612/month)
Once again, this field is far removed from the individualistic sales that depend on consumer-type sales methods; instead, it relies more on the salesperson having in-depth technical information and problem solving skills about the product or service. This is so that he or she will be able to provide advice and support (in terms of pre-sales and post-sales support). Not everyone is tech-savvy who will be able to understand the technical language that inevitably comes in this field, so one will need the patience and the ability to translate it for non-technical people.
A keen interest in all things engineering and IT will also be beneficial as the IT industry is expanding worldwide whereas the sales engineer will need to tailor solutions as they need to interact with customers having problems with equipment or are seeking a quick fix.
4) Doctor (~ RM2,719/month)
Here, we have the one job position that many, if not all, parents secretly hope their children will take an interest in. Not only is it a noble profession that garners a lot of respect where one will be able to serve others and save lives, but the job itself also pays considerably well. Generally, these people can also be known as physicians or medical practitioners, and they “promote, maintain, and restore health through studying, diagnosing, and treating illnesses, injuries, and other physical ailments”.
Since there is a need for most of the doctors to be at work for irregular, and sometimes very long, hours due to the need for them to be on standby (for emergency cases), they are able to command a higher pay as their years of experience increase. In addition, doctors are able to branch out into various fields of speciality, such as for the brain, blood, female reproduction or children.
3) Sales – Financial Services (~ RM3,054/month)
Financial services actually encompass a broad range of organizations that manage money but it can best be described as the intangible economic services that are provided by the finance industry. The individuals who work in this industry are the ones who are qualified to “sell securities to individuals (such as life insurance or retirement income), advise companies in search of investors, and conduct trades.” This is in addition to the basic sales skills of managing consumer behaviours and maintaining relationships.
Some of the primary responsibilities that are tasked to these financial salespeople would be to determine the financial needs of clients as well as the areas of improvement in order to assist them in achieving financial security.
2) Corporate Strategy (~ RM3,200/month)
Concerning the need for companies to create value across different businesses, this field requires its strategists to understand the way that the operations of a corporation harmonise together to achieve its goals as well as its overall scope and direction. You will be required to know how to respond to pressures from competitors as well as external issues that involve the needs of customers. This is called strategic planning for the company in order to position the company towards its chosen approaches.
In short, one can actually say that it is all about “specifying the organizations objectives, developing policies and plans designed to achieve these objectives, and then allocating resources to implement the plans”.
1) Pharmacy (~ RM3,640/month)
Finally (but not least), we have the top field that a fresh graduate will be able to rake in the big bucks with: pharmacy. What immediately pops into your head as you read that word? The person in the oversized white lab coat who stands at the back of places like Guardian or Watson’s? That’s quite correct, yes, but did you also know that in this field, a pharmacist is able to work in different sectors such as in the nuclear pharmacy, which involves “preparing radioactive materials for diagnostic tests and for treating certain diseases, thereby requiring additional training specific to handling radioactive materials”.
However, to put it simply, it is essentially a science that requires precise techniques to prepare as well as dispense drugs and medications. The primary aim for pharmacists is to ensure the safe and effective use of pharmaceutical drugs.
Top 10 Earning Jobs for Fresh GraduatesSo there you go, my young ladies and gentlemen, the ten jobs that will give you the best pay once you step out (freshly minted) from your tertiary institution.
Monday, October 13, 2014
long as you are alive, anything is possible. The only valid excuse you
have to give up is if you are dead. As long as you are alive (and
healthy and free) you have the choice to keep trying until you finally succeed.
3. You are strong. You are stronger than you think. One little setback is not enough to stop you from achieving your goals. Neither are 10 or 100 or 1000 setbacks.
4. Prove yourself. You don’t want to be known as someone that is weak and gives up. Go out there and prove yourself to the world and to yourself. You CAN and WILL achieve what you set out to do. The only time you fail is when you give up.
5. Believe in your dreams. Don’t sell yourself short. In life there are going to be many people who will try to bring you down and tell you what you want to achieve is not possible.
6. Your family and friends. Let the people you love and who mean the world to you be your inspiration to persist and persevere. Maybe you need to try a different angle, study more or practice more but don’t give up!
7. There are people worse-off. Right now there are many people who are in a worse situation and environment than you are. Are you thinking about giving up running 5 miles a week? Think about the people who are unable to even walk and how much they would give to be able to run 5 miles every day.
8. You deserve to be happy. Don’t ever let anybody tell you otherwise. You deserve to be happy and you deserve to have success. Keep that mindset and never give up until you reach your destination!
9. Inspire others. Be an inspiration to others by refusing to give up. Who knows what someone else can achieve because you never gave up and in turn inspired them not to give up.
10. You are so close. Often when you feel like you want to give up you are so close to making a huge breakthrough. You are just a heartbeat away from success.
Sometimes it can be rather difficult to build successful
relationships with men. That is due to the fact they are absolutely
different from women. If you really want to understand men, I should say
that simple communication is not enough. There are lots of books
available about men and their psychology. Perhaps you’ll be surprised to
find out some interesting things about women that are important to men.
I recommend you to get acquainted with these things if you want to
avoid numerous misunderstandings with your man. Here are some of them.
One of the greatest things that really matter to men is respect. They do everything possible in order to be respected by their friends and colleagues. When a guy sees that he is not respected enough by others, he suffers greatly. Moreover, lack of respect may even lower his self-esteem. When it comes to relationship with women respect also should be taken into consideration. We usually don’t pay much attention to this thing, but those girls who give boys respect will win over.
I was amazed to discover that almost all men can’t live without appreciation. They constantly need compliments on their achievements. The only thing you have to do is to be grateful to a man and his happiness will be endless. He will experience the same feeling as you do when hearing about his love. Just say a few compliments to your guy and you will see the difference.
3. Your Smile
Do you know that your smile is fantastic? You can charm everybody with it, especially your man. Let him enjoy the warmth of your happy smile. Surely, every man wants to have an optimistic woman in his life who will always share her positive emotions with him. If a girl is happy that means she has a loving and caring boy. By showing your happiness to your guy you’ll give him an opportunity to understand how good he is. Remember that such small thing like your smile contributes greatly to your relationship with the one you love.
4. Time to Think
The fact is that men don’t think very quickly. When some great events happen in their life, they need extra time to process everything. Every time your man has to make a serious decision he will always hesitate and think it over for a long time. As a rule, it takes him much time to consider all pros and cons of the situation. As for women, they always know what they think of the issue discussed.
5. You Look Beautiful
It doesn’t mean that your guy will grudge when he sees you wearing your favorite pajamas at home. However, it will bring him more pleasure to watch you looking your best. But you shouldn’t use a lot of makeup or buy the most expensive and stylish clothes. Actually, being beautiful is not looking like a top model. Natural beauty is much more appreciated than anything else. Your sweetheart will be happy to know that you make efforts to look amazing only for him.
6. Compliments on His Work
Another thing that matters to your man is your praise for his work. Try to compliment him whenever he deserves it. If a guy works hard to achieve success, your appreciation will certainly motivate him for greater results. No matter what your husband or boyfriend does, your compliments will cheer him up. Moreover, you can improve his mood with your pleasant words.
7. Your Laugh
You can be sure that your laugh influences your man in the same way as your smile does. Without a doubt, your laugh has a magical effect on your close people. It is the brightest sign of your joy and happiness. If you smile and laugh a lot, your guy will always feel comfortable with you. I’m convinced it’s impossible to build a happy and successful relationship with a man if he often sees you dissatisfied and unhappy.
It is obvious that you should be aware of your man’s likes and dislikes, things that make him happy. In such way you can reach a mutual understanding with the most precious person in your life. Bear in mind all these things when you communicate with your sweetheart. Which of them do you find the most effective? Please share your thoughts in the comments section.
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Kami ingin mengalu-alukan anda sebagai sebahagian dari komuniti blog
Nuffnang dan terima kasih kerana sudi mendaftar blog anda dengan
Nuffnang! Kami ingin berkongsi petua bagaimana meningkatkan pendapatan
blog anda dengan mengikuti langkah-langkah tersebut.
Apakah yang anda perlu lakukan?
Sebelum kita boleh memperuntukkan iklan kepada blog anda, sistem kami memerlukan masa untuk memproses trafik blog anda. Proses ini akan mengambil sekurang-kurangnya 21 hari selepas anda memasang unit iklan di blog anda, oleh itu jangan risau jika tidak ada iklan dipapar di unit iklan anda. Selepas blog anda diserahhakkan kempen, anda akan mendapat emel tentang info kempen tersebut daripada Ad Operations kami. Jika anda tidak berhasrat untuk mengambil bahagian dalam kempen tersebut, anda boleh emel ahli Ad Ops kami untuk menarik diri daripada kempen tersebut.
Sebagai rangkaian blog yang terbesar dalam Malaysia, terdapat banyak cara untuk anda untuk mengambil bahagian dalam komuniti Nuffnang. Berikut adalah tips daripada kami:
- Cara-cara untuk meningkatkan trafik blog anda.
Kami mencadangkan minimum 20 views setiap hari. Anda boleh mensasarkan untuk mencapai 100 views setiap hari jika trafik blog anda melebihi 20 views setiap hari.
- Pilih susun atur blog yang memberikan ruang untuk unit iklan!
Nuffnang mempunyai 3 jenis unit iklan yang anda boleh letak di blog anda iaitu leaderboard, skyscraper, dan large rectangular. Kebanyakan pengiklan akan memilih unit iklan leaderboard dan skyscraper, oleh itu kami mencadangkan supaya anda memastikan blog anda mempunyai ruang untuk unit tersebut. Untuk maklumat lanjut berkaitan dengan saiz and penempatan unit iklan, sila log masuk ke Nuffnang dan klik "Add ads".
- Pastikan Nuffnang mengetahui apa jenis blog anda!
Pada masa anda berdaftar dengan Nuffnang, anda dikehendaki melengkapkan kajian untuk memilih kategori blog anda. Dengan ini, ia membolehkan kami untuk mencari blog yang sesuai untuk kempen iklan yang berkenaan.
- Memahami pembaca blog anda.
Dengan memahami pilihan pembaca blog anda, anda boleh mengetahui bagaimanakah pembaca anda akan bertindak terhadap iklan dan jenama yang ada pada unit iklan blog anda. Iklan Nuffnang adalah disasar kepada kategori atau golongan yang berkenaan. Justeru itu, pilih kategori yang sesuai untuk blog anda, bukan sahaja akan membolehkan kami untuk memperuntukkan iklan yang sesuai kepada blog anda, malahan dapat menambah pendapatan blog anda.
- Pengiklanan banner Nuffnang.
Nuffnang akan memapar iklan di unit iklan yang ada pada blog yang telah berdaftar dengan Nuffnang. Unit-unit iklan tersebut membolehkan kami mengukur trafik blog anda, dan pada masa yang sama dapat mengiklankan di blog anda. Dengan cara ini, anda akan mendapat pendapatan. Walaupun anda hanya dikehendaki meletak salah satu unit iklan di blog anda, tetapi lebih banyak unit iklan yang anda letak, semakin tinggi peluang blog anda akan dipilih untuk kempen iklan yang berkenaan.
Sekian, Terima Kasih.
Yaaaay! Finally, i decide to cash it out.
Just wanna share regarding my first payout from Nuffnang.
I earn it from 2008 till Sept 2014, its being 6 years to get this.
Well im not a hardcore blogger.
Its not much compare to year i earn it and to what other bloggers are receiving on their blog but it’s a good start and it inspires me to work harder as a blogger.
But i feel exited, happy & graceful i got paid by blogging activities, its being along time to get all this.
Thanks Nuffnang :)