Are you tired of your office job? Ready for the chance to be your own boss? Or perhaps you want to find a way to work from home so you can spend more time with your family. Home-based businesses are the way to go. More and more people are discovering the freedom, enjoyment and monetary rewards of working from home.However, it can be tricky to determine which home based business opportunities are legitimate as well as which industries are right for your skill set and interests. It can be overwhelming to sift through information online to find what you are seeking. Whether your objective is to track down a list of home based businesses or you just want to learn how to make your dream business a reality, it makes sense to consider a few important things before you embark on your home business journey.As with any business opportunity, there are people out there who prey on individuals who want to start their own businesses. Some of these not-so-truthful companies or people will make promises of big money without the work, or ask for large sums of money to help you start your business.The truth is while no work big pay is an attractive thought, it is just not reality. These are red flag situations to avoid, or at least should lead you to research the business thoroughly prior to handing over your hard-earned money.The Better Business Bureau Online (bbbonline.org) provides information helping you to find out if a particular company has received complaints. The online site also offers a list of home based businesses meeting BBB Online standards, so you can hop on the site and determine which businesses are worthy of your trust.Searching online can also help you to determine what particular industry is right for your home business. You can learn more about the business that are working for other people like you as well as which businesses utilize the skills and knowledge you possess. A simple online search can reveal top home business ideas or the most popular or lucrative home businesses. Such research makes it easier to identify legitimate work at home opportunities.You may find that you need support and guidance once you have narrowed down your search to a particular business industry. Seek out online communities, message boards, and forum groups to join. These are places online where people with similar business interests and goals come together to network and learn from each other. Here, you’ll find people who are in the same boat as you, as well as professionals and even experts who know the ropes and can offer you valuable advice.Another important are to research involves affiliate opportunities and marketing programs, which can help you to make the most of your business efforts and increase your chances for making money. The existing opportunities are seemingly endless. In order to avoid becoming a jack-of-all-trades and a master of none, start small. Identify a couple of opportunities and give your focus and time to them. Soon you will begin to feel comfortable and reap the rewards, and then you can move on to try different opportunities to build your business.Above all else, remember to stick with it and don’t give up. It may sound cliché, but you really can learn valuable lessons from your failures, and even some of the most well-known success stories began with a person who was at the bottom of the pack and rose to greatness. Continue to educate yourself through online tools and sites related to your niche, and stay connected with online communities. In these ways, you can find the support you need to remain encouraged and reaching for your goals.
Business Excellence Quality Awards have in recent years gained popularity within the region, often championed by national bodies to promote quality and best business practices. Whilst the awards themselves are secondary in importance to the prevalent adoption of the business excellence concept, the ultimate aim is to improve national economic performance as a whole.The most popular Business Excellence model in the world is the Malcolm Baldrige Award. This was first introduced by the US government in 1987. It represents the use of quality management principles and tools in business management to realize systematic enhancement of business performance, based on the principles of customer focus, stakeholder value and process management.The majority of organizations use these models to identify improvement opportunities and ideas for future organizational development. For example, users of the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) Excellence Model do so for multiple of reasons; including self-assessment, strategy development and business management.The Middle East has recognized the benefits of the business excellence model and embraced it, this is demonstrated by the fact that a number of national establishments have in recent years launched national Business Excellence Awards e.g. the King Abdulaziz Quality Award (KAQA) in Saudi Arabia. Such awards can raise awareness of quality and stimulate positive attitudes towards adopting best business practices that address the needs of all stakeholders of organizations.Key practices in business excellence applied across functional areas in an organization include continuous and quantum leap improvements, preventative management and management by the analysis of facts and figures. Some of the tools employed are the balance scorecard, the Six Sigma statistical tools, Process Management and Project Management.Business excellence as described by the EFQM refers to outstanding business practices in managing the organization and accomplishing results, based on basic concepts such as results orientation, customer focus, leadership and constancy of purpose, management by processes and facts, people involvement and development, continuous learning, innovation, partnership development and social responsibility.Business excellence encourages the use of best business practice in areas where its impact will be most beneficial to performance. Its criteria can identify the strengths and weaknesses of management practice, for example benchmarking could be used to identify gaps and the best way to bridge them. Understanding the complementary relationship between business excellence models, best practices and benchmarking are fundamental to the success of these models as tools of continuous improvement.The national business excellence award program helps regional organizations improve their business performance and possibly command a leading position in product or process quality. This results in improved competitiveness and productivity growth. Such a program also raises awareness of quality costs which if poorly managed can be a significant proportion of product cost. Improved quality of products and services is synonymous with improved productivity, lower costs and increased profitability.The implementation of such a program at a national level results in an improved business leadership commitment to excellence in manufacturing and services, which is becoming more and more essential to the national economy and its ability to compete effectively in the global market place. As a result of participation, commitment to excellence becomes an integrated part of the strategic planning process of the organization.Business Excellence benefits all regional organizations, irrespective of their type, size and sector, as the concept of quality improvement is equally applicable to small and large companies, to ‘for-profit’ and charitable organizations, to service industries as well as manufacturing, and to the public sector as well as private enterprises. Enhanced management understanding of the operation, workforce involvement in quality, combined with placing greater emphasis on statistical process control results in spectacular improvements in the cost and quality of products and services.Business excellence quality awards help to improve quality and productivity by (a) stimulating regional companies to improve quality and productivity which in turn results in a competitive edge; (b) recognizing the achievements of those companies that improve the quality of their products and services and are role models to others; (c) establishing guidelines and criteria that can be used by business, industrial and governmental in evaluating their quality improvement efforts; and (d) providing specific guidance for other organizations that wish to learn how to manage for high quality by publicizing how winning organizations are able to achieve excellence.To promote wider participation in the business excellence quality award across the region, respective government institutions need to take a more proactive role in educating their business community on the importance of quality. As a member of the KAQA Award winning team for the industrial manufacturing sector last year, the author strongly believes that business excellence makes commercial sense, is a means to sustained growth in revenue and profitability and a sure way to regional competitiveness