Tertarik Jadi Reseller untuk Usaha Sampingan? Ini 7 Produk yang Bisa Dijual!

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Melimpahnya keuntungan bisnis reseller membuat usaha sampingan tersebut masih dilakoni, terutama bagi pebisnis pemula. Selain itu, reseller mempunyai sejumlah keuntungan seperti tak membutuhkan modal besar, fleksibel dilakukan di mana dan kapan saja, hingga tak mengharuskan menyewa toko fisik. Perkembangan teknologi pun turut memudahkan praktik reseller. Pasalnya Anda bisa menjalankan jenis usaha tersebut dengan smartphone dan koneksi internet memadai. Sementara untuk produk, di bawah ini ada tujuh item menjanjikan yang bisa dijual untuk bisnis sampingan.

  1. Pakaian

Sebagai salah satu kebutuhan primer, pakaian pastinya akan dicari konsumen dari berbagai lapisan. Di sisi lain, Anda perlu mempertimbangkan jenis pakaian yang akan dijadikan produk reseller terbaik. Dalam hal ini Anda bisa menjual item dengan target pasar luas, misalnya busana muslim dengan aksesorinya seperti peci dan kerudung. Seragam sekolah jadi pakaian lain yang berpotensi laris di pasaran. Jangan lupakan juga tren yang sedang digemari masyarakat. Asal menjual pakaian akan membuat bisnis reseller Anda mustahil berkembang pesat.

  1. Sepatu

Seperti pakaian, sepatu adalah item yang diperlukan banyak orang. Jenis sepatu juga relatif bervariasi, dari yang kasual untuk sekolah, bersifat resmi seperti pantofel, hingga sport shoes untuk mereka yang gemar berolahraga. Jika Anda sudah menentukan jenis sepatu yang ingin dijual, Anda tak akan kesulitan memperoleh keuntungan bisnis reseller dari produk ini. Sebagai tambahan, Anda bisa menjual jenis alas kaki lain seperti sandal atau boots. Pastikan tipenya sesuai dengan target pasar dan tren yang sedang berkembang, ya.

  1. Ponsel pintar

Untung yang akan Anda peroleh dari menjual ponsel pintar memang menggiurkan. Maka wajar saja kalau jumlah reseller yang menawarkan gawai terus bertambah. Hal tersebut dipengaruhi juga oleh tingginya peminat smartphone dan internet di Indonesia. Supaya kredibilitas tidak diragukan, Anda perlu menjalin kerja sama dengan vendor atau distributor resmi ponsel yang bersangkutan. Anda juga perlu berhati-hati saat memasarkan ponsel mengingat produk reseller terbaik ini rentan dicuri atau didapatkan dengan metode penipuan.

  1. Homemade snack

Sampai sekarang bisnis kuliner masih menjadi salah satu jenis usaha paling menjanjikan bagi pebisnis pemula. Dari sekian banyak produk yang dipasarkan, homemade snack atau camilan buatan sendiri termasuk yang potensial untuk Anda jual sebagai reseller. Selain harganya terjangkau, sebagian besar homemade snack yang laku biasanya mempunyai nama unik yang mudah diingat. Carilah produsen homemade snack yang sedang booming di pasaran dan tengah membuka lowongan reseller. Jangan sungkan juga untuk menawarkan diri kalau Anda menyanggupinya.

  1. Buku

Keuntungan bisnis reseller pun dapat Anda peroleh dari menjual buku. Beberapa penerbit ada kalanya mendistribusikan buku yang mereka terbitkan melalui jasa reseller untuk menjangkau pasar yang lebih luas. Di sisi lain, konsumen yang memilih reseller umumnya tertarik karena harga yang dibanderol pada buku lebih murah dibandingkan versi toko. Pastikan juga Anda bekerja sama dengan pihak terpercaya untuk menghindari penjualan buku bajakan yang merugikan penulis maupun penerbit.

  1. Kosmetik  

Kosmetik adalah item berikutnya yang dijamin memberikan keuntungan melimpah bagi reseller. Kebanyakan konsumen memilih membeli kosmetik dari reseller karena harganya yang bersahabat. Selain itu, reseller kadang menawarkan produk-produk kecantikan impor yang jarang dipasarkan di supermarket atau apotek. Meski menguntungkan, produk reseller terbaik ini perlu diwaspadai juga. Tak sedikit produsen yang menjajakannya lewat reseller untuk menghindari pemeriksaan dari pihak berwajib dan BPOM.

  1. Perlengkapan bayi

Satu lagi produk yang bisa Anda andalkan saat hendak menjajal peruntungan sebagai reseller: perlengkapan bayi. Alat-alat makan, popok, hingga aksesori bayi sering kali dicari para ibu baru maupun orang-orang yang ingin memberikan hadiah. Tak sedikit di antara mereka yang lebih memilih beli dari reseller karena harganya terjangkau. Sebagai reseller bertanggung jawab, Anda juga wajib memastikan setiap perlengkapan bayi yang diberikan produsen dalam kondisi utuh dan belum kedaluwarsa.

Demikian tujuh produk yang dapat memberikan keuntungan bisnis reseller besar bagi pebisnis pemula. Jadi, apa Anda siap memulai peluang usaha sampingan anda?

Advanced Business Communication Solutions

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You may need have the talents in your team and reliable business partners supporting your business but without good communication, all of them will end up in vain. Good and effective communication between business lines and with business partners is the key to optimum business operation. In this era when information technology rules, your business needs the best communication system that meets the current challenges.

Alcatel Telephone System is among the leading names in telephone based communication system. In this era of digital technology and internet based communication, Alcatel has been evolving to meet the current and future challenges. For years, Alcatel has been a highly respected brand for PBX and PABX telephony system installed at many business facilities all over the world. Today, Alcatel embraces the internet based communication with more advanced business communication system. Alcatel system is more than just PBX or PABX network but it is designed and built to integrate telephony voice call and conferencing call more advanced communications including data network, video conferencing, unified communications, and many more.

Alcatel is offering complete product ranges for business communication solutions including lines of PABX devices and systems with easy installation, easy set up, and user friendly interface. Its product ranges are also including Alcatel Network Switches designed to fit with your business operation specific needs. Here in Dubai, VDS is proud to become the preferred distributor for Alcatel business network and communication solutions, ready to provide the best solutions for the thriving business environment in Middle East and surrounding regions.

VDS is committed to deliver best solutions to its clients. More than just supplier and installer of business network communication solution, this company is committed to assist its clients with the right system and products that comply with their business operation needs and feasible in term of budget.

Using Business Technology in a Modern Workplace

Most people are not and would not consider themselves to be computer geniuses, yet nearly every person in business world uses a computer daily. If they have been working in an industry for a particularly long time, they are sure to have seen the advancements that have been made and the technology that makes their work easier, once they have been trained to use it.

If you have not jumped on the progress bandwagon that increases in technology have started, you may be lagging too far behind. One definition of failure is the result of not accepting progress. You should keep in mind, however, that progress does not mean eliminating procedures and processes that work well within a company. If the procedures work just fine and nothing is gained by changing them, they should remain the way they are. Change should not be made when it is not necessary, although business people should constantly seek a ‘better way’. If something works for the company, it should remain in effect until something better is found, not just ‘comes along’.

When change is necessary due to new, advanced technology, it should be welcomed. Resistance from employees only makes the change more difficult. Employees should be made aware that procedures will change, that new equipment will be brought in or that a new computer system will be integrated. Whenever an employee or department is affected by a change, they should be warned ahead of time and given enough time to prepare. Employees need positive encouragement so that they will more easily accept what will happen. This is called change management, and its methods should be studied by management before business-wide change is implemented.

Once new technology is incorporated into a company, employees and administration should see the benefits take effect very quickly. If a change has caused problems within the company procedures, those issues should be focused in on and eliminated. At times, new computer systems will have bugs or glitches that make them work incorrectly. Company executives must work diligently to find solutions to these issues before they cause any damage to the company. They should be aware that if new technology is brought in, they will need to be watching for these obstacles. They need to monitor the progress of the newly implemented change to make sure it is truly beneficial to the company overall.

Employees can benefit from new progress and changes because they learn new technology and computer systems as their company incorporates them (this knowledge is a great resume booster). They can take these new-found technological skills with them to another job or to obtain a higher position within the same company.

Making All the Right Moves With Business Technology

Chess is a brutal mental game. So is business. You need to make your moves carefully.

These days, information technology is at the foundation of almost every business. So, what is a smart business owner to do?

Know the phases of the game and have a plan

In chess, people often talk about “first mover advantage.” More important is the last mover. You have to be durable. Many businesses start out small, with just a small number of computers. In the beginning, perhaps only basic email, word processing and simple accounting is needed. However, over time, the company grows and the IT needs usually grow with it. This growth needs to be planned and carefully implemented to ensure its operations during good times and bad.

If the computer system is down, a myriad of outcomes could result. If a single user computer is down, the impact could be similar to the loss of a pawn in a game of chess. Lose your entire IT infrastructure and it could be “checkmate.” Forty percent of businesses fail as a result of a major disaster.

Food for thought: From chessmaster Peter Thiel’s lecture War and Peace, “A good intermediate lesson in chess is that even a bad plan is better than no plan at all. Having no plan is chaotic.”

Know the relative value of your pieces

In chess, the queen is the most valuable piece on the board. When it comes to computers, it’s tempting to lump all applications together, but really there is a whole set of gradations.

Some applications provide basic functionality, e.g. a basic contact database, while others will provide full business process automation. When developing your IT strategy, it is important to understand and know the value to the business so that a good move can be made when selecting technology. For example, many businesses will stick with a separate accounting program (e.g. QuickBooks) and a service management system rather than moving to a single full-featured application. The result: Double data entry, workflow inefficiencies and potentially inaccurate decision making.

Similar inefficiencies can result from a poorly architected cloud computing strategy. If multiple cloud solution providers are used, it may be difficult to integrate and share information between them.

Food for thought: From chess grandmaster Danny King, “You can’t take your moves back. Once you play your move you could be stepping into some horrible trap.”

Know how your pieces work best together

The correct way to play chess is to use every piece (chess is a team game)! In IT, at its core, there are users and there are applications. The power users will really use the applications and the information it makes available to them to improve their efficiency and productivity. Others need basic functionality that is very easy to use and very reliable. It’s important to match up the right user with the right computer with the right application. You have to strike the right balance. By using all the pieces effectively together, your IT infrastructure can help make your business great.

Food for thought: From Bruce Pandolfini, one of the world’s greatest chess teachers, “You want the bulk of your moves to be objective and analytical. But being good at chess also requires being good at reading people.”

By practicing chess strategies in your business and IT planning, it can help your business grow and to be more profitable and proficient which will have a huge pay off. I am not a professional chess player, but my IT Radix staff and I love thinking about strategy, especially in IT and how it relates to your business. Today’s the day to start developing your IT strategy in the game of business!

Small Business Technology – What You Really Need

Overview

Technology is not the answer to all small business problems. You must deal with employee theft, salaries, processes, credit, insurance, customer relations, cash flow and more. But in all of these areas the proper implementation of technology can save you time and money and enable you to work more efficiently. Remember, it is all about working smarter, not harder; information technology is supposed to serve that specific task. Here are some must have, low cost tools for your business:

Web Site

This is a low cost and efficient means to give you 24/7 customer support, sales and communication, not just in your geographic area, but around the world. Your Web site can even be a tool of internal communication for your employees. The big hype of making tons of money “over the Internet” is exaggerated, but your Web site can be an excellent communications and advertising tool — which leads to indirect profits — and even a direct money making tool if developed properly. A good website explains your product or service and introducing perspective customers to your business. Remember to focus on the customer when designing your website, not yourself. Focus on benefits and advantages that you offer.

Email

Neater and cheaper than faxing, faster then FEDEX or the Post Office. Email is the premier tool for communications. For example, one of my client companies had telephone bills that reached into the thousands of dollars per month; after implementing a simple email system their phone bill was $68.00. They actually communicate more frequently, but email has cut down on expensive faxing costs. The danger of email comes from junk mail, viruses and bad email etiquette.

Junk mail can be dealt with by using simple filters. For example, Microsoft Outlook comes with built in junk mail filters which work quite well. Leverage the systems you have before running out and spending money. Email etiquette is really up to your corporate culture. Some companies have no problem with employees CC’ing every one in the business and others regulate against it. Just figure out what works for you and then let people in your business know what you prefer. Email opens the doors to great advantages but equally dangerous threats. That is why you must, absolutely have the next item on this list.

Anti-Virus Software

Viruses will attack your computer systems. The only question is will you fight back. Protect your data! In the 21st century information is more valuable than cash! An Anti-Virus program will alert you to a possible virus infection, and be able to get rid of the virus before significant damage occurs. Most modern anti-virus software programs will also protect you from other types of malware, including spyware, bots, and other such internet dangers. Any anti-virus software from a reputable vendor will suffice. Be sure to turn on automatic updates as new viruses are created every day. Also, make sure to schedule a full virus scan every week; I schedule them for non-working hours.

Local Area Network (If You Have More Than 1 PC)

Increase productivity and communication within your company by networking all the computers in your office. With a network you only need one printer for multiple users, or one Internet connection. Collaboration and communication within your office is vital, and if you always have to get up and share disks or memory sticks with others, you’re wasting a portion of your day just walking from desk to desk. Even a small network of two or three computers requires maintaining. In order to decide whether your support provider is a good choice, you should assess their familiarity with the different types of computer network:

Peer-to-Peer Network

In this type of network, no single machine is more important than any other machine. Each person decides which files will be shared with the network by setting permissions on a folder-by-folder basis, and each user may limit others in the workgroup from accessing portions of his or her hard drive. While a peer-to-peer network can get the job done, especially in a small business, the main drawback is the volume of passwords and privileges that reside on each machine. In addition, having users access information off another user’s hard drive could slow down processing speeds. This type of network is only recommended for small, low traffic offices.

Server-based Network

A server-based network contains one or more computers that have a central management role in the network. Servers can control file storage, e-mail, printer access, Internet access, security management and backups. There are software packages available that allow you to set up a server-based network, such as Windows Server, LINUX or UNIX. Ideally, a server should be a dedicated machine that is not used by any employee for any other purpose. For example, a server generally maintains a security database outlining who belongs to the network and what privileges each user has. Users can then access data from any networked machine, based on their individual passwords. Servers can also allow you to centralize your data, simplifying access and backup. Another server option is an “applications server,” which runs all the company software. This option can save money on software licensing by limiting the number of people who can use a single program at any given moment.

One question to consider when using a server-based network is how fast you can access any backups of the server if the system crashes and you need to restore data.

Back-Up System

If your business catches fire, if your hard disk crashes, if your computer is stolen — where will your data be? Across the border? In 10 feet of water? Back it up, store it off-site and sleep soundly. A recent customer recently lost over 10,000 files (email, contracts, original artwork, etc.) none of which was backed up. We were hired to try to recover the missing information. Do you know what a headache it was to manually get back SOME of those lost files? Some businesses never recover all of their data and subsequently, go out of business.

Office Productivity Software

The most common software applications in all businesses are a word processor, spread sheet, desktop publishing, and presentation software. These basic business programs will enable you to create, edit and manage information, publish your own brochures, make your own newsletter, and make exciting presentations. There are numerous productivity suites on the market, including some excellent online editions, such as Google Apps, that are free.

Other must have products/services include:

Desktop Faxing: If you must fax, at least stay at your desk, instead of walking to a fax machine. And don’t print paper from your PC just to fax it. Fax right from your PC, it saves time and a few trees. A desktop faxing software installs a working fax machine as a printer on your computer so you never have to leave your desk.

Accounting Software: Save time, reduce mistakes and see instantly what your money is doing. Some accountants will give you a discount if you provide your financial information in computerized format. In selecting an accounting software, be sure to work closely with your accountant, your computer consultant and even your business bankers.

Contact Management: You used to rely on just a Rolodex but now you can track thousands of clients, potential customers, partners and associates with software. Also you can keep a record of every communication with clients to minimize mistakes.

Computer Hardware

None of this software does any good if you don’t have a good computer system. If your computer is old and not working efficiently then upgrade it or just buy a new one. An old computer that runs slower than your workers is more costly than upgrading or purchasing a new machine. Employees will always complain that they need a faster computer. Here is a simple test to determine if they genuinely need a new machine: Who waits for who? Does the worker wait for the computer, or does the computer wait for the worker? If the worker waits for the computer then (and only then) is it time to upgrade.

Technical Support

Where are you going to turn if you need technology help or advice? This is the million dollar question for many small businesses. In some cases, you might know someone that “knows computers.” While this can help in a pinch, your best bet is to rely on computer industry professionals. They can be more expensive than the kid next door but a reputable technology professional can save you much grief and aggravation in the future. Remember, your computer tech will have access to your precious business data so make sure it is someone professional that you can trust.

Hopefully, this article has given you an understanding of what technology investments your business will need. Remember, you don’t need to buy all of them immediately, but eventually you will need to invest some of your hard earned money into computer systems that will make your life, and your business, better.

Mobile Business Technology Tools

Whether it is servicing or marketing teams that you company is looking at to make more efficient and productive; a full-integration of mobile technology tools is paramount just to keep up with the competition, not to mention beating them. Today in business we must deal with shortages of labor and therefore efficiency, not only due to cost is a make or break for a company. Let me explain why these issues are so important to me.

You see when our teams set up in a new territory and grid out the market with maps, like all companies do, we know we have to get to all the locations ASAP and sign up customers, without efficiency. We cannot win that market or even begin to scratch the surface and believe me we have spent some big dollars in the past trying to integrate our online service calls, with our communication system out in the field.

I remember 15 years ago, all we had were pagers, then came the alpha-numeric 1-way and then 1.5 way pagers? They were great back then about the time cell-phones came into play. Computers and email – you wish. Unless you were with ARPA-net or Bell Labs you did not even know it existed. Eventually the technology got better and many companies early on immediately jumped on board. FedEx and UPS were early adopters and yet nothing as good as what your company now seems to offer.

Small Business Technology Recession Tips

Consider the minimum technology that is needed today to run any company. A Small company needs computers, applications (Word, Excel, QuickBooks) internet access, printers, phones, PDA’s and a website. If any one of theses technology items were not working correctly. Your business could come to a halt or be severely impacted. Repairing or replacing these items creates unexpected expenses such as loss of productivity

Consider the small business technology budget. Replace only if broken is usually the motto. Consider Proactive Services.

Are your computers still under warranty? If yes can we extend the warranty on them? If not can we get an extended warranty. I know HP and Dell allow you to extend the warranties on their hardware. It is cheaper to extend the warranty of an existing computer, server and printer then to buy a new one.

Place your computers in energy savings mode to reduce electrical expenses. Check the Internet for tips on placing your monitors and computers in energy savings mode.

Consider free software to manage your computers. AVG for antivirus and Spybot for spyware are a great start. Open Office is another.

If you use a computer consultant ask if they have pre-purchased blocks of time available. These hourly blocks of time usually come with a discounted rate and no expiration date.

Shop your around for the best Internet price.

Don’t skimp when it comes to maintaining your business network. Consider an online backup or Managed Services for you computers and Servers. For a flat fee per month most computer consultants will maintain your entire network from top to bottom.