How to Start a Stationery Collection

Do you have a relative or a friend who loves to collect notebooks, writing sets, pens and pencils, envelopes, and even Post-its? That person could be a stationery collector. Even with the popularity of electronic gadgets, a lot of people still find collecting stationeries a therapeutic and rewarding activity.

Stationery is a catch-all name for writing, typing, and printing materials. The name probably comes from the name of the vendor, a stationer, who has a store, such as a book shop, in a fixed spot.

Here are the things you need to remember if you want to start your own collection.

Seven Basic Types. If you are overwhelmed with the choices in hobby shops and bookstores in Singapore, you can start by building up your collection using the seven basic types of stationeries. These are memo pads, flat cards, folded notes, stamps and embossers, labels, contact cards, and non-personalized notes and cards. This list, however, still lacks other stationeries, so don’t limit yourself to these.

Build Your Collection. Like any type of collection, the stationeries you will select will be based on your taste and style. There are no rules that say you should collect only certain types of items, but if you’re planning to use some of your stationeries, you should stock up on the basic pieces. These include personalized stationery, memo pads for lists, formal stationery for correspondences, and stationeries for special occasions, holidays, and celebrations.

Enjoy the Hunt. One of the most relaxing activities that stationery collectors will tell you is shopping for new items. What makes the hobby more addictive is the satisfaction of finding a rare-looking piece with a different scent, color scheme, shape, text or illustration, and other details. If the activity is relaxing or therapeutic to you, go ahead and enjoy it, because that’s what hobbies are for.

Don’t Feel Guilty. If you feel like you have too many unused notebooks and your desk is cluttered with colorful pens and pencils, you don’t need to feel guilty about it. Unlike most hobbies, collecting stationeries will not eat up most of your income, because paper and office supplies are usually cheap. They don’t take up a lot of space, too, unless your collection already consists of overflowing shelves.

They’re Useful. While most collectors would feel horrified at the idea of writing on their collection, they can be useful for special occasions, like sending cards or letters to people on special occasions. They are also useful for other art-related hobbies such as drawing, calligraphy, and painting. You can give them away to friends and family instead of buying pre-made cards.

4 Private Jet App Services in Singapore

Have you ever jokingly wish that you could book an Uber from Singapore to Hong Kong, but rather than cab, you get a private jet instead? What if we tell you that you can? Yes, that’s right. Through mobile app services, you can conveniently book a private jet to take you to places. Some of these jets may even cost you lesser than flying on a commercial flight. Through just a click of a button, you won’t have to worry about crying babies or having small talks with an annoying passenger seating next to you. Check out these apps for a flamboyant ride for your next summer getaway.

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Victor, known as the ‘uber for private jets’ is a popular private jet hire service that lets you compare prices and book private jets. This booking app allows travellers to use the app on both web and mobile. One great selling point of Victor is that it provides total transparency on operator and aircraft details, offering total financial protection to its clients.

Javajet Asia
A Jakarta-based company, Javajet Asia offers private jet services in the continent, with an array of modern aircrafts. If flying from Singapore, you can fly either with Gulfstream 550 or Raytheon Beechjet 400A. Some of their clients are the head of states, Hollywood stars, royal families and business tycoons—so you can be a member of their elite club as well.

JetSmarter
Another app for hiring private jets, JetSmarter connects passengers and aircraft carriers to chartered flights, offering more than 3,000 aircraft for booking. All it takes is to download the app and sign-up. One of the app’s key features is the JetShuttle, where you can share an aircraft with other passengers. This feature allows you to book a seat on an already-scheduled flight or create a shared charter where you allow other passengers to join you. You will be surprised that a seat on this type of private jet flight can cost lesser than a commercial flight.

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With a network of more than 8,000 private jets worldwide, you can certainly fly privately and luxuriously anywhere in the world. This application features an empty leg availability, wherein the jet is booked for one-way only and have to return to its home base empty. The prices for empty leg trips are usually much lower than a regular private jet flight, since operators often offer heavily discounted flight prices for these empty trips.

Flying to your next vacation destination is now made easier. Download and use any of these apps to book your private jet, so you can travel in style, comfort and luxury.

Tips for Choosing a VoIP System for Your Business

Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is an advanced communications technology that many businesses in Singapore want to own. However, with so many service providers out there, not everyone gets the right plan for their company’s needs. Unless you are tech-savvy, it can be difficult to know exactly what to look for in a voice over IP plan. Here, we’ve put together some helpful tips on how you can find the right VoIP service for your company.

1. Determine whether you need an on-site or hosted VoIP.
There are two types of Voice over IP system to choose from: a hosted system and an on-site system. With hosted system, you won’t have to purchase and install additional hardware aside from the VoIP phones, which makes it convenient for small businesses and offices.

On the other hand, on-site systems require a bit of work from your part. Expect to purchase and install additional devices in your office, and make sure to ask your vendor whether you will be the one to do the installation or will there be someone to do the job for you. Also, find out if someone will come to your office in case of problems or you will have to deal with it yourself.

2. Find out if your Internet can handle the upgrade.
Since quality voip in Singapore relies on high-speed Internet in order to efficiently operate, it is important to make sure that you have enough bandwidth to support your new communications system. Ask your service provider what adequate speed is needed for the number of phones you will be installing on the site.

Other than phone usage, also consider how your employees use the Internet. If they do more uploads and downloads of files in a day, you may want to increase your bandwidth before upgrading to a VoIP system.

3. Check the provider’s international call rates.
Although Voice over IP plans area generally cheaper than conventional telecommunications company, choosing the most adequate service for your needs and calling patterns is essential in saving your more money.

VoIP in Singapore have varied rates according to call destinations. Do not consider only their ‘overall ranking’ as either the cheapest or the most expensive provider, but check closely their individual rates for the country you usually call to. Focus on your specific needs when looking for the best-priced service for your business.

4. Do not sacrifice reliability.
There are so many new VoIP providers in Singapore emerging almost every week. And most of these vendors market their services with promises of being the most affordable, most reliable, and offering excellent voice quality. However, the same way these providers appear, they disappear like a lightning, too.

Make sure to do some research to find out which VoIP in Singapore have the best record and reputation. The last thing you want to happen is not to be able to make or take calls when you most need to.

5. Identify the features you need.
Voice over IP systems in Singapore offer varying features, and you should look for one that caters most of your needs. Make a list of must-have features, and another list for functions that you wish to have but are not a priority.

Many vendors amaze you with so many functions in a given plan, but are not as essential as you think it would. Pin point your needs and find a plan that will save you as much money as possible without compromising on quality service. Also, consider add-on features if you can’t find a package with all the functions you need.

6. Find out if the system can be used on existing programs.
You are not going to change your entire system just to accommodate a new Voice over IP set-up. Instead, the VoIP should be able to fit with your existing system. There are VoIP plans that come with API to make integration of the system to an existing program easier. However, not all offer this feature.

On the contrary, you can decide not to implement Voice over IP on all of your existing systems. To come up with the best decision for your company, have a work with your IT professionals.

7. Read and understand the contract.
If your contract states a lock-in subscription for a year, you may want to look for another service provider with more favourable terms instead. Do not feel like you have to sign such contracts in order to get reliable services. Many service providers in Singapore offer month-to-month subscription, and therefore can be cancelled the next month, if you don’t find their services satisfying.

Also, with a month-to-month contract, this means that a provider continuously earning your trust in order to persuade you to continue your subscription for the next month. These service providers are likely to offer great services as they strive to keep their clients month after month.

8. Ask about the tech support.
Customer services and technical support plays a crucial role in having a smooth VoIP service. So, it’s important to ask the availability of the tech support of your provider before closing the deal with them. Find out whether their tech team is available 24/7 and during holidays in case of trouble with your VoIP system.

Choosing a VoIP system for your business can be quite confusing, especially when you’re faced with a myriad of options in the market. However, if you know the functions and issues of your company, and keep in mind these essential tips, you will be more knowledgeable and more likely to choose a great system for your type of business.

How to Get Painting Jobs for Your Home Painting Business

Getting the attention of the customers and painting jobs can probably become a problem for someone who is still starting their home painting business in Singapore. Because of this, you might need to look for jobs that can make your painting business more profitable. Luckily, there’s already a number of ways on how you can look and get some painting services jobs like by advertising your business or doing internet searches. So to help you search for more painting jobs to make your business profitable, here are some ways that you can do:

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1. Register in job websites in your area
Registering on a job website that’s available in your area in Singapore can really become helpful in your search for painting jobs. Websites that are similar to Jobster are actually designed so that you can key in some information about your house painting business and be notified when there’s a certain job that needs the kind of painting services that you are offering.

Once you have registered in the site available in your area, just enter the field of work that you specialize in and as to how far you’re willing to travel to get to the offered job. Lastly, set as to how many notifications you would want to get. Do you want to get job notifications daily, weekly or monthly?

2. Create a sandwich-board type sign

It may seem old-fashioned but creating a sandwich-board type of sign can actually help in looking for the kind of job that you want. After creating one, keep it posted in your current job sites like in front of the yard or near any traffic areas so that 5 star painting services at great prices in Singapore advertisement can be easily seen by a lot of people. This can make you seem more open to receive inquiries from people who can see your sign and could also be a great way to find your future job.

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3. Make some door-hanger advertisements
Try making some door-hanger advertisements and hang it in the door of your customer after you’ve completed your job with them. Make sure that your door-hanger ad has your house painting business’ name and your telephone number so that your future customers can contact you.

4. Inform people about your business
Promoting by the word-of-mouth is probably one of the most effective ways to look for painting jobs for your business. Inform you’re the people surrounding you that you’re going to start a business that specializes in doing painting services. Also consider making some business cards that you can give to your prospective customers or to people who can serve as referrals for your painting business. You can also try asking some of your satisfied clients if they can serve as your reference when your prospective customers would ask for some referrals or your past job records.

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Getting a number of home painting jobs can really be helpful to make your painting business more profitable and known. Aside from the ways mentioned above, there are still other methods that you can do to get the attention of your potential customers and to get more painting jobs.

Achieving ‘Value for Money’

Singapore is  the world’s expensive city according to a study of Economist Intelligence Unit released last March 2014. The government is thinking of ways to maintain its competitiveness and business-friendly environment despite the study. According to Lim Hng Kiang, the Trade and Industry Minister, Singapore will give ‘value for money’. This is the strategy.

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The Minister spoke at the Europe Day celebration in Shangri-La Hotel. You heard about the intense discussions regarding the rising costs of doing business here in the country. The Minister assured that the government is thinking about restructuring the economy so it can achieve and sustain quality growth.

So, how does the government achieve ‘value for money’? You have to understand what ‘value for money’ means. It is a term to measure if the organization (or country) has acquired maximum benefit from the services and goods it obtained. Here’s how the government can achieve ‘ value for money’:

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  • Economy: This means that the government should carefully use and allocate the resources in a way that it can save expenses, effort and time.
  • Efficiency: Efficiency means that the government needs to think of ways that they will deliver the same level of services for less.
  • Effectiveness: This means that the government should deliberate how to deliver better services for the same amount.

It sounds easy but we know that it can be very difficult. Since Singapore is dubbed as the world’s expensive city, businesses should endure the rising costs of rents, utilities and wages to survive. Unable to do so will lead to failure or bankruptcy.

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