Friday, 24 September 2010

Where do you go when a scammer targets you?

Have you ever been targeted by a scammer or what looks like a deal that is too good to be true?

What do you do?

I am fortunate, I hate met and spoke to Charles at Scam Detectives. So when we got a scam email, I knew it was a scam and although my husband wasn't so sure it was a scam (but it was indeed a fraud), we forwarded it to Charles who verified, yes indeed it was a scam.

You can read about the latest courier and hauliers scam in more detail over at Charles' blog.

Hope this helps you avoid the scammers out there


Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Exploring the Landlord / Tenant relationship

After reading an online friends plea for housing help the other day, I became interested in the relationships between Landlords and Tenants.

So I started to look at what resources there were out there, and one led me back to Tessa Shepperson's site, where I guest blogged back in the summer.

She has a good post about what the actual responsibilities of being a landlord actually means. something I am not sure all property investors understand, but soon come to learn. I know I learned real fast.

Landlord responsibilities are not the first thing most people think about when they consider investing in property. But it is important to realise that if you become a landlord, you are taking on legal obligations as well as an income stream.

What being a Landlord really means

Tessa also tackles Common Law, and what it actually means.

Non lawyers often seem to think that there is this vast body of statute which details everything, so that somewhere there will be an act of Parliament saying whether their landlord has to get rid of the wasps nest in the loft and how long their notice period should be.

Some of these things will be covered by statute but others won’t.  What do you do then?  This is where the Common Law comes in.

Again handy to know from both points of view.

Whilst I didn't find the solution to my friends scenario, I did realise what a great resource this site is and wanted to share that.

And my guest blog ... Moving on a budget is here if you want to take a look.


Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Getting the best possible service from your courier

Booking a courier service is not rocket science (and even rocket science is fairly simple to a rocket scientist ;) ).

There are a few things that are useful to know first though - What type of courier service is needed?, is your chosen courier allowed to transport it? and what can you do to avoid the pitfalls and stopping your deliveries from going wrong?

The right kind of courier service is essential if you are looking to save yourself money getting something delivered. If it’s fragile or high value you will need a same day courier service. If it’s low value and durable a parcel courier or the local post office are the better options.

Resource: Avoiding mistakes with your courier service

Same day courier services – For urgent items that MUST be there today. These are dedicated delivery vans and the driver that collects, is the driver that delivers. Sometimes known as express delivery courier.

  • Fragile deliveries are safer, much less chance of breakages

  • High value goods are covered by the higher insurances offered

  • Without transhipping – reduces the chances of your cargo or freight getting lost to zero

  • Reliable, fast, dedicated delivery for when it has to get there on time and in one piece

Next day courier or OverNight Courier – Less urgent cargo or freight, can be delivered overnight if required.

Parcel Courier – Services similar to the Royal Mail, they mass deliver many small parcels and packages. This type of courier service is  ideal for small items that are not very valuable (less than £250).

Resource: Types of courier services

Using the right type of courier for your business will help you save money and time, so a little research first is essential.


Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Fuel Saving

With the price of fuel due to go up (again), are you looking at ways to drive more fuel efficiently?

We have some tips, please add some as well

In my last two blogs we looked at preparation for fuel efficiency and wasting fuel on small local journeys. In this blog we’ll look at the actual driving aspect of fuel conservation.

Driving greener has the much welcomed benefit of saving you money. If you have to drive, following our tips and tricks will allow you to maximise the usage of your vehicle and your fuel.

What are your fuel saving tips?