For those of you who are regular readers of my articles – you would have seen that over the past few weeks I’ve been concentrating on the topic of money.
Money is often something we don’t talk about with our friends and colleagues, other than the occasional complaint that there’s ‘never enough’ or ‘it’s something you have to work hard for’ – or another similar comment.
The reason I’ve pulled back the covers on this ‘taboo’ subject is because the relationship you have with money can seriously undermine your business’s success.
A few months ago I met Susanna – a Life Coach. She had been marketing her services on a daily basis and attending regular networking meetings. However despite all of her hard work her dreams of building a thriving business remained out of reach.
What Susanna failed to realise was that even with the best business-building strategies in place, because she hadn’t addressed her mindset and the beliefs she had around money, these were now keeping her stuck from reaching her income goals.
The money stories she had grown up with; the way her parents managed their money – in particular her mother’s spending habits – had become a major influence on Susanna’s life.
Taking a step back in her business and asking herself some poignant questions she was finally able to see how her family’s money legacy and her beliefs were the reason why she was struggling to reach her income goals.
Here are some of the ways Susanna’s relationship with money was showing up for her in her business.
By not standing in her power with money, Susanna would often:
• Reduce her fee when providing a quote to a prospect
• Cave in and offer a discount even after she had quoted her normal fees
• Go over the allocated time in her coaching session
• Not track her income
• Not check her bills/accounts/credit card statement to ensure all the charges were accurate
• Not follow up on errors she had found on her bills / accounts / credit card statement
• Not chase up overdue accounts that other people owed her, to name a few
Recognise any of them? What about these?
Not Charging What You’re Worth:
• Not contacting a client to re-negotiate your fee when you realise the project they’ve hired you for is clearly far more complicated and involved than what they led you to believe
• Not putting your fees up even though you’ve been charging a far lower rate than your competitors AND you’re delivering far better results than everyone else
• Putting WAY too much content in your coaching programs
• Being at the beck and call of your clients and dropping everything whenever they contact you – even the smallest of things which should have been handled by your team
• Being far too accessible for your clients and not charging enough for that privilege
• Thinking you’re not good enough and NOT launching your programs
• Not having a bold money goal
• Not putting away money and having a kitty that you can draw upon for any unexpected situations
• Not keeping a filing system to streamline the tracking and scheduling of your accounts
• Paying your accounts late and getting late fines
• Not regularly reconciling your bank accounts / statements / credit cards
• Not knowing how much money you owe
• Not taking an interest in your business’s financial situation and saying “Oh, my accountant/bookkeeper knows all of that’
• Not being able to understand the important elements of your business’s profit and loss and other business reports
• Not having a budget in place
• Not sticking to your budget and overspending
Tolerating Support Team & Supplier Inefficiencies:
• Bartering and doing contra deals being the ONLY way you get support for your business
• Making excuses for one of your team members who’s NOT pulling their weight
• Not following up with a supplier when they haven’t met a promised deadline
• Settling for second best and/or accepting something from a supplier when the quality they promised is not delivered
Your Spending Habits:
• Buying things that you clearly don’t need and that just end up collecting dust, alongside all of the other things you’ve bought (that you also didn’t need)
• Buying things for other people that they didn’t need and just end up collecting dust
• Spending outside your means because you want to fit in with other people
• Spending money – not because you need the item but because the act of spending makes you feel good
• NOT spending anything on yourself and being too frugal
How many do you recognise?
To step into your power with money (and no longer throw money away):
• Plug up those money leaks by making a commitment to yourself to NOT do any of the things I’ve mentioned above
• Develop some systems/processes to keep you on track to avoid falling back into those old bad money habits
• Get creative and make a Money Vision Board
• Stop complaining about that team member and finally hire someone that will provide you with the level of support you need to take your business to the next level
About the Author
Annemarie Cross is a Brand Communication Specialist helping ambitious women business owners to get noticed, hired and paid what they’re worth! Want to learn simple yet powerful ways that you can build your brand, your credibility and your income? Visit http://www.AnnemarieCross.com to access free inspiring ‘how-to’ articles and to sign up for our free audio mini-series ’7 Easy Steps to Build Your Brand, Your Biz, and Your Income.’
In the last few years, pellet production facilities have boomed all over the world, especially in Europe and North America. Important pellet exporters are Canada and Russia, while large pellet importers are Denmark, Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands.
The production capacity in all EU 27 states is estimated at about 9 million tonnes (2007). Globally it might be as much as 12-14 million tonnes capacity.
Leading pellet producing countries in the EU are Sweden (1.7 million tonnes), Germany (900,000 tonnes) and Austria (800,000 tonnes). Both Sweden and Austria have been leading pellet countries since the earliest days of market development in Europe, in the 1990s. Growing production capacities can also be found, for example, in France, Spain, Latvia, Estonia and Poland. Meanwhile, Russia has significantly increased its production capacities – from 50,000 tonnes in 2005 to 550,000 tonnes in 2007-nearly all of it for export. Canada’s plants produced about 1.3 million tonnes in 2008.
In terms of pellet consumption, Sweden, Germany and Austria lead the way in Europe, closely followed by France, where rapid market development has taken place in recent years. Italy has become one of the most important pellet consumers due to the increasing number of installed pellet stoves (about 800,000 stoves to date). Total annual pellet consumption in Europe presently amounts to about 6 million tonnes. On the North American market, about 2.3 million tonnes of pellets were consumed in 2008, with about 2 million tonnes of this in the USA.
Pellet Raw Materials
The issue of pellet raw materials and the pricing will be crucial for future market development. At present, the main raw material for pellets is sawdust. However, there is increasing competition for the current sawdust resources. One solution would be importing sawdust from China, Russia or South America. However, concerns about sustainable forestry and long transport routes might lead to a loss of consumer trust and support from public policies.
Another option is to use other raw materials. Agricultural products and residues such as straw, hay, miscanthus or other energy crops -forming so-called’agri-pellets’- have been at the centre of attention of the pellet community in past years. Unfortunately, all of these products are harder to burn cleanly than wood. Therefore, due to existing emissions legislation, significant product development is required before mass use of agri-pellets will be possible.
Another promising option is other forest residues, such as woodchips, log wood or short rotation crop (SRC) forests.
Conflicts of Use
Raw material for wood pellets is not infinitely available, at least not at relatively low costs. Fluctuations in sawdust availability and price are caused by the construction industry?C if this sector requires less material, this leads to lower activity in the woodworking industry, which results in lower quantities of sawdust being produced and available for pellet production.
Therefore, there is a debate in the pellet community as to where wood pellets should be best used in the future: in small installations to heat homes, schools and shops; or in large power stations where they can substitute significant quantities of coal.
There are those who argue that wood pellet heating is one of the few options available for the 100% CO2-neutral heating of buildings. User-friendliness, low fuel costs, and the fact that it is an environmentally friendly solution, have already convinced tens of thousands of consumers in Europe to make the investment in a pellet stove or boiler.
Others state that pellets, when co-fired in power stations, allow for a rapid substitution of fossil fuels at very low investment costs.
One answer that could potentially resolve this issue would be a strong increase in global trade. Wood pellets that are shipped half way around the globe have lost some of their environmental advantages, and will be a lot less attractive to homeowners and to the public programmes that financially support the investment. However, the environmental balance looks much better for large power stations in the vicinity of seaports.
Competitive and Clean
Wood pellets have a number of advantages compared with other wood biomass fuels, for example, as a condensed fuel, transportation is cheaper and less cumbersome. Due to the high degree of standardization, they allow for a very low-emission combustion, even in very small appliances (comparable to the emission of modern gas or oil heating appliances), but of course, without emitting CO2. Already today, pellets are a very competitive fuel in the heat market and have become a mainstream fuel in a number of European countries. If the price and the raw material challenges can be mastered, wood pellets will be one of the key technologies in achieving climate policy objectives.
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Do you have some capital and looking for new small business opportunities in the market? Well, it is a wise decision to start your own business. However, you need to do some serious thinking before opting for an option.
Starting your own small business is a very big step in life as it needs your commitment and desire to do your best. It means for any new business opportunities to be successful, you need to work hard on it. Plus, you need to be bold enough to face new challenges and must have the zeal to experiment with new marketing technologies and implement new strategies on regular basis. If you have a solid business plan, you can surely start your business without any problem.
But in case you don’t want to start your business from scratch, you can think about taking a franchise of any reputed brand. Being the owner of a franchised business has become a popular way of getting into business. By taking a franchise, you will get to work on a successful business model and a brand that has got a strong visibility in the market. Many kinds of businesses have experienced franchise success and there are many new business opportunities to choose from. This in no way means that you can opt for any small business franchise options that comes your way. You need to decide seriously about which franchise segment is right for you. A small business franchise can be too tricky for you to handle successfully and thus you must choose a business option which interests you.
Owning a franchise is not only about having your own business to get rich. To be successful in franchising you have to love the business you’re in. One of the best ways to accomplish finding the right new business opportunities for you is to look for options that match your own personality and lifestyle. It is important that a franchise of any brand must be owned by people who like and appreciate the product or service being like those of the owners. So, don’t find yourself in the situation of owning and operating a franchise business that you don’t appreciate.
A low cost franchise is usually a good option for a first time investors as it requires a relatively small amount of risk and offers good experience for someone who is ready to learn what it takes to run a small business franchise.
Once you have decided about the brand or segment in which you want to start your own business, you must decide on the budget that you are ready for investing in your business. It’s best to find a business for sale within your available budget and investment level. The initial fee to own a franchise varies greatly from franchise to franchise. Initial fees can be as little as a few thousand dollars to over a hundred-thousand dollars.
Lastly, in order to ensure that your franchise business become successful and profitable, you must be confident about your marketing strategy and be able to concisely explain to people what it is that makes your franchise worthwhile. So, choose an appropriate franchise and start your business soon.
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Today’s busy schedules can make it hard to find time to clean your home. You may feel a bit overwhelmed and just not able to keep up with the dusting, mopping, carpet cleaning, and other cleaning tasks. You’re certainly not alone. You shouldn’t be worried about someone stopping by or stressed out because you just can’t relax in your home. A professional company can clean your home and give you a chance to really unwind and enjoy your home.
One of the most difficult tasks in your home is carpet cleaning. While most people wish that their carpets would always look like new, life certainly doesn’t make it easy. Carpets can get dirty quickly, simply from regular foot traffic. That doesn’t even count the spills, pets, and other hazards! Your home’s carpets are a huge investment and they should be taken care of to protect that investment. Professional carpet cleaning services will ensure that your carpets look great and are healthy for your family. Many times, the dust and dirt deep inside can irritate breathing problems, such as asthma. Having your carpet cleaning done at regular intervals will not only prolong the life of these floor coverings, but also ensure that you’re not wincing when your kids are playing on them!
There are a number of other types of cleaning that a cleaning company can take care of for you. Dusting can often be one of the most time consuming tasks. This is especially true if you have a lot of knick knacks and breakables. However, you want to make sure your cleaning company provides employees that are careful and thorough. While accidents do happen, some items cannot be replaced. This is also why it’s important to only use a company that is licensed and insured.
If you have special cleaning needs, such as seasonal cleaning or window washing, make sure the company can assist you with these, as well. Some people are allergic to different types of cleaning supplies, too. If this is a concern of yours, ask if the company provides “green” cleaning sprays. These are safer for your family and pets, but they are also better for the environment. Many cleaning companies are using these types of products now and have had great results with them. From furniture polishes to stain removers, many will contain hazardous chemicals that might be better left elsewhere.
In closing, if you need to find a cleaning company that will meet your needs, ask your friends and family for recommendations. Some may have used the services of the same company for years. Others may be able to advise you about a company that they didn’t have too much luck with. Always make sure the company is licensed and insured. The employees should pass a thorough background check and flexible scheduling is always a plus. When it comes to your home, you can’t be too careful. However, in today’s busy world, a cleaning company can save you valuable time that you could spend with your family.
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If you have operated a small business previously, you understand that it involves more than a product and an “OPEN” door sign for your business to to become profitable and for the money to start rolling in. There’s so much more to it than most might think! Home businesses will usually face a number of obstacles and it’ll require a little more of effort to stay afloat.
The very first thing that you have to do is ensure that there are buyers for your products and services. Always remember to do your market research and then check on your competition. Can you provide a more desirable product? What differentiates you and what will make your prospects favor you rather than your competition.
After you’ve confirmed that you can get your share of the niche, then you can begin thinking of how you can fund your business.
At this day and age, a home business can be started with very little expenses. But unless you earn a fortune straight away, you’ll need to have some money reserved to carry you through when your business is not yet profitable.
Calculate approximately how much principal you will have to call for. Can your savings cover that or will you have to get deal allies?
You might make an effort to speak to your relatives and friends for some support. Although if you aren’t comfortable drawing them in, in that case ponder on applying for a bank loan. Although you must supply a detailed feasibility study and set up a systematic business plan for that.
Once you’ve got every one of your finances prepared, after that that’s when the difficult task commences. You’ve got providers to panic about, accountants to take into service, attorneys to confer with, personnel to enlist and direct, and clientele to listen to and look after.
Certainly, never delete the primary piece – marketing. Excluding marketing your products there’s no other way of allowing the world to find out about your products and services. If clientele don’t recognize you, so therefore there’s no way of taking them into your sales channel.
Accordingly, along with each and every one of these actions to undergo, the billion dollar query is… Is it, in spite of everything, worth doing? Well, for the hundreds of triumphant business owners who took hold of the chance to be their own boss and reach financial independence, the response is a colossal YES!
They get first-hand that it only requires appropriate groundwork and the mindset to go along all through your planned guidelines so as to achieve victory in any business or endeavor, for that matter.
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If you’re in the retail business, then it’s imperative that you accept as many different payment forms as possible. Gone are the days of cash and check. Plastic is king now. If you don’t accept credit, debit or related payment forms, then your business is as good as kaput. Keep your retail business on top of its game with merchant services.
If you’re new to merchant services, don’t worry. It’s a very simple process. There are some things you need to know to make the right choice, however. First, you need a great merchant services provider. There are many out there, but they’re not created equal. Some will charge ridiculously high fees. Others aren’t affiliated with FDIC-insured banks. There are some with positively lousy customer service departments. Don’t fall for any of these traps, or you’ll end up paying dearly. This could mean the difference between your business thriving or failing. Don’t let it happen to you. All you need is a little know-how.
Do you know what a merchant account is? It’s pretty straightforward. These accounts make it possible for you to accept payments via credit or debit cards. It’s also possible to accept gift cards, pre-paid cards and more if you have the right merchant services provider. These days, it’s imperative to accept as many forms of payment as possible. Otherwise, you risk alienating your customers, and they’ll take their retail business elsewhere. Keep them where they belong: In your store.
A great merchant services provider should do most of the work for you. It’s quick and easy. The clerk accepts a customer’s card for payment, and swipes it in the processing strip on the terminal. Then, the bank lets you know if funds are available. If they are, the sale is complete. Next, at closing time, you simply run your totals in what’s called a batch form. A few days later -voila! The funds appear in your merchant account. Unfortunately, there will occasionally be times when a customer attempts to pay with a stolen card. Don’t fret. The bank will quickly stop the transaction, and you won’t get taken to the cleaners.
Your merchant services provider will need to know what kind of processing terminal you want to use, and where you want to place it. Your equipment will need to be located near a phone or internet line, so that’s something to consider. Make sure it’s within reach of your customers if you accept debit cards, as the customers will need to be able to enter their PIN numbers themselves. It’s also wise to have two phone lines available at your business. That way, if a customer is trying to call your phone while you’re processing a sale, they’ll be able to reach you instead of getting a busy signal. This can compromise your success. Don’t risk it.
Do you have a friend or mentor in the retail business? Ask them as much as you can about merchant services providers. They’ll likely provide you with lots of great information. Perhaps ask them to accompany you at meetings with potential merchant services providers. Make sure you understand absolutely everything about the contract before you sign anything. Shady providers will baffle you with confusing lingo. Refuse to tolerate this.
Ask lots of questions to the merchant services providers who are vying for your business. What are their fees like? How about their customer service standards? What hours are the customer service representatives available? Do they offer the latest and greatest equipment? Are their contract details clearly outlined? Is there a dedicated rep who will handle your business? What hours are they available?
Sure, that’s a lot of questions, but this is your money we’re talking about. If you don’t protect it wisely, then you can kiss your precious retail business goodbye. You’ve come way too far to let something this important get in the way of your success. If you need to ask dozens of questions, then so be it.
Don’t worry; finding the right merchant services provider isn’t a painstaking ordeal. You simply have to know what you’re looking for, and make sure you’re not getting gouged. Again, this is why it’s important to be educated, and enlist the assistance of someone more knowledgeable, if necessary.
You’re now better-versed in the basics of merchant services. Once you get everything connected and functional, you’ll see increased sales in no times. Your customers will be so happy that you accept more than just cash or checks. They’ll be lining up at the register to purchase your inventory. Congratulations for taking this very important step toward a bright future. Soon you’ll see what a very smart decision setting up a merchant account is.
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Nellie Janney is a freelance writer who writes about a variety of topics including merchant accounts.
Whether you keep the collection of business cards you’ve been given by other people in a drawer, a box or neatly organized in a folder, there is one thing that the majority of the cards in your collection have in common; they’re boring. However, out of the countless number of dull business cards that seem like cookie-cutter copies of each other, you undoubtedly have a few in your collection that stand out to you. And for the select few business cards that stand out to you, you actually remember the person who gave them to you. While a plain business card makes it easy to forget someone, when you are handed a business card that makes an immediate impression on you, you are actually going to remember the person who handed it to you.
If you want to have a business card that makes other people remember you, it’s actually not as difficult as you may think. The key to making a business card that stands out to others is to be creative. Instead of following the masses, you have to be willing to express who you really are.
As you are working on designing the perfect business card, here are some questions to ask yourself to help decide exactly what you want to create:
What is Your Job Title?
If you work for a large corporation, you may be required to use a predetermined title on your business card. However, if you work for a small company or run your own business, you may be able to add a creative job title to your card. The key is thinking about what you actually do, and then thinking of a creative way to describe it. Examples of creative job titles include Chief Inspiration Officer, Number Cruncher or Research Evangelist.
How Does Your Business Card Feel?
Because business cards are something that people actually touch, you can use the feel of yours to create a lasting impression. Instead of a standard flimsy business card, consider having your business card printed on a unique stock. Your business card can be on extra heavy stock, or silk laminated. You can even go a step farther and have your card printed on plastic or waterproof stock!
What Colors are on Your Business Card?
If you want to be ordinary, stick with black and white. If you want to stand out, think about what colors best represent who you are, and then incorporate those colors into the design of your business card.
What is the Shape of Your Business Card?
While traditional business cards have sharp corners, this doesn’t mean yours has to have sharp corners. While sharp corners may be a good choice for those with a corporate role, rounded corners give a softer impression, which may be the perfect choice if you want to show that you care about others.
What Font is On Your Business Card?
While Times New Roman is a safe font choice, it’s not one that’s going to convey who you are. Fonts have distinct personalities, so take the time to find a font that matches your personality, and it will convey your personality to others when they read your business card.
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Most of us think that starting a business is easy if we have the capital to invest but to bring the success on it is not simple as building business infrastructures. It requires perseverance to survive from failures, a hard work and strong determination.
There are lots of categories where you can start your own business. If you are not wealthy enough to build the foundation then start from small and dedicated yourself to it. One day you will be surprised when your hard work pays off. Every successful businessman starts from small and struggle until they found their way to success.
We all know that time is so very important thus to have a watch is necessary. Therefore it is a good choice to make a business from it. Swiss-made replica watches are made to achieve luxury in affordable cost. To have a good earnings, canvass for a cheap wholesale Swiss watches and sell it at reasonable price. Having the looks of fantastic and luxurious accessory is not hard to bargain.
One of the most luxurious Swiss made replica watches is breitling watches. It has amazing features that surely suit the taste of everyone. It has a function that provides accurate readings of outside conditions. That could be an asset that adds great impressions to customers. Practical customers always choose multipurpose things/gadgets instead of buying each single-function item. With these attitude, breitling watches is marketable.
Speaking of simplicity but truly elegant, cartier watches is a choice. It is considered as historical and famous branded design. If we remembered Queen Elizabeth wore this kind of watch amidst 1938.Therefore this kind of watch brought a feeling of dominant and respected individuals. With the facts that Queen Elizabeth wore this, you can easily dispose it to different end users.
Always have a target customer when engaging in buying/selling items business. Definitely you don’t want to miss the needs of sports lover too. Panerai watches were founded in 1860 and became popular due to its precision machinery and excellent quality. The design is perfect for sport lover. It adds beauty and elegant looks while doing some healthy sports.
With wholesale watches, you can make money. Just consider the facts that whatever design you want to sell you need to buy them at wholesale cheap price. It will allow you to save a lot of money than buying them as per unit. Then later you will be in wholesaler watch list. It is good achievement and a sign that your business is growing up.
Selling those watches can be done in many ways. You can sell them to retailers, stores, internet and even direct to end users. Maintain a good relationship between you and the customers. With that attitude it makes them refer you to their friends and co-business leagues. Finally your efforts, hard work and perseverance will be rewarded.
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If you are looking to start a business on the web, then you are already on the right track. Web sales are growing across the board, and getting in now will do a world of good to help your business expand and prosper into the future.
But running your own business, whether it be a bricks and mortar storefront or a company exclusive to the web, involves a whole lot of hard work. In the end, it’s worth it to be able to run your own show, but every little bit of support can help.
One way you can help your business is by signing up for a specialized Internet merchant account. With a merchant account provider, you will have access to a whole world of possibilities that will benefit your business.
There are many different merchant account providers out there, so you’ll want to be sure to take your time and find the one that is right for you. Call around and ask a lot of questions about what services and deals they can offer to create a custom plan for your business.
One of the most productive ways that an Internet merchant account can help your business is through credit card processing. But before you can do this, your business will need to have a business checking account.
This account is necessary so that your merchant account provider has somewhere to transfer all of the money when someone makes a payment on your website.
How it Works
When you begin to set up credit card processing, your account provider will help you set up a link through your website. From there, the customer will enter the appropriate credit card information to be transferred to your account provider.
There are several different ways that your clients can enter their information, and it all depends on your preference. They can either do it using a secure web-based form, or else they can use specialized shopping cart software. Talk to your provider about the different options that might be right for you.
Regardless of the entry method, the result is the same. Their credit card number will be encrypted by your provider and then sent safely to both the customer’s bank and the merchant account’s bank. Once that payment is approved, the money will be deposited directly into your business’s bank account.
Safety and Security
One of the most important things to you, your customers, your account provider and the credit card companies is always the security of the credit card information. Many businesses and customers are wary about online transactions because of the threat of fraud, and that is why account providers do everything in their power to insure the safety of all transactions.
They do this in several ways. First, they offer full PCI compliance for all transactions. PCI compliance is a set of rules for everyone involved in the credit card industry. The idea here is that if you follow these specific and detailed instructions, everything should go through safely and securely.
But many account providers will take it one step further. Ask your provider about whether or not they offer fraud detection software to help enhance your feeling of safety.
What Can Benefit?
Just about any business that sells something online can benefit from credit card acceptance through a merchant services account. The vast majority of sales conducted over the Internet are paid for with a credit card. If you make your clients send you cash or a check in the mail, you are going to miss out on a whole world of business.
Conducting specialized online auctions is a great solution for many stores to get the highest price for their merchandise. When you sign up for a merchant services account, they can help you to handle these complicated transactions and get the best price possible.
Of course, many different online stores may not necessarily need, or benefit from, online auctions. For example, if you sell industrial rolls of duct tape, you probably don’t need to auction them off. This is because duct tape is a pretty common product to find. There is no reason to pit consumers against each other for something that they can just order easily from another business.
But if you deal in items that are rare or collectible, you can and should consider running an online option. Not only can this help you to raise the price of an item, but by being online, you can auction it off to people from around the world. This is fantastic for companies that deal in antiques, rare baseball cards or anything else where there is a group of people interested in the rarities that you provide.
Putting your business on the web is a great first step towards surviving in today’s cutthroat marketplace. The next step is signing up for an Internet merchant account. After that, you can focus on crafting your business so that it will continue to succeed as time wears on.
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Jim Hildebrand is a freelance writer who writes about a range of topics including choosing an internet merchant account.
Information needs is a topic commonly explored in the research on information behavior. We sought to explore whether tweens, with access to a greater array of information sources and formats than children had just fifteen years ago, may have everyday-life information needs that are unique as compared to those of older populations, as well as compared to those documented in earlier school-based research on students’ needs. In focus groups, tweens explained the common types of Juicy Couture Watch information needs they experience in their everyday life. The tweens’ most commonly reported information needs concerned concrete, immediate, or short-term goals and activities (rather than long-range needs, e.g., career choices); these included school work, social events and relationships, sports and hobbies, consumer information, fashion and popular culture, neighborhood information, and “stuff a ubiquitous term used to describe the object of spontaneous, undirected information-sharing, as in “stuff that went on at school,” “stuff that you found on the Internet,” and “stuff like movies or where to get the latest video games.”
The urban Ministry tweens differed in their concerns from the two suburban groups (School and University). When asked what local information tweens needed, the Ministry group included how to deal with bullies, dangerous strangers, drug and alcohol users, and unsafe places. For example, one tween in a focus group reports: “If you’re about to get into a fight, like how to react, how to refuse it, and not make people think you’re like a wimp when you refuse it.”4 Although the urban Ministry tweens shared concerns and needs with the other groups, these particular concerns stood out for them. All of the tweens stressed the need to Juicy Couture Jewellery share and receive private or secret information an intrinsic part of social information exchange. The ability to keep secrets, ranging from everyday “news” to more “juicy” topics such as quarrels or crushes, was an important part of friendship evaluation and trust. The need for privacy and the ability to trust peers seemed to be the driving force in interpersonal information-sharing. Face-to-face communication was usually preferred over other forms, even if it required traveling or waiting until friends could meet at school or at some other social spot. A prime example of private or confidential information in-eluded the following: ‘You tell stuff like if someone’s being mean to you, or you don’t like somebody and, like, got mad at them. Or if you got in a fight with somebody.”
The tweens had strong ideas of who could be trusted with certain kinds of information needs. Trust was a quality generally established through tenure and extended contact: “If you get to know someone for a school year, it’s considered your friend, you could tell them secrets. The first day of school when you go into a new class, if you see somebody who you think would be nice, you can’t start telling them all your secrets.” Tweens also suggested that they kept their IB separate from parents and other adults, as the following tween explained: “My dad, he’s always trying to get into my life like ‘What happened at school’ If my sister and I are talking about who we like and stuff, my dad’s like, ‘Oh, who’s this person’ Like he’s gonna get into our lives.”
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