Posts made in February, 2015

Why You Should Consider a Professional Video Conferencing Service for Your Legal Practice

There’s one thing that lawyers and others that work in the legal field often have to contend with: travel. If you work in the legal field then you likely know the struggle. You have to travel to visit clients, speak to witnesses, get depositions, and speak to parties related to the case.

Either you’re traveling to them, or they’re traveling to you. In either case, it’s an expense that can balloon out of control. It’s also something that can take your focus off the problem at hand and lower productivity. The solution to these problems is video conferencing.

Leveraging Video Conference for Your Business Needs

Video conferencing wasn’t always the most reliable technology. There were issues with connections, voice and video quality, and court reporters unable to record properly from a jittery source. But that’s all changed. Technology has caught up and video conferencing can now deliver clear voice and high definition video.

This means that you don’t have to go out of your way to speak to clients, colleagues, or witnesses. Since you can also record that quality voice and image data, as well as have a court reporter transcribe it all, you’ll never have to second-guess your information.

Onsite or Third-party Video Conferencing Services

Along with making the decision to use video conferencing comes the question of whether you should set up your own or hire a third party. Professional video conferencing can represent an expensive investment. It’s not as easy as using a free conferencing application or web tool. Professional video conferencing requires dedicated space, equipment, and connection.

Each one of these things come along with a price tag. And that’s not just a one-time price. You will have to maintain that equipment and you will have to pay regularly for that data connection. Even the space may cost you if it’s not located at your office.

Another route is to use a videoconferencing service. You can use these types of services as needed. Think of it as hiring a camera crew for a specific occasion. They will come in, set up, coordinate with you and leave when the conference is over. They can also record it for you, and if you hire a professional legal support service, they will come along without benefits such as court reporting.

These services are out there, but they’re not all the same. If you need a video conferencing service, then you should evaluate what’s out there. There’s a lot of video conferencing services out there, but not all of them cater specifically to the legal profession. If you or your coworkers are often on the road to see people, then contact resources such as Pulone Reporting Services for more information.

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Sustainable Shipping Solutions For Your Business

Reduce, reuse, recycle – this should apply to every aspect of your business if you want to reduce your environmental impact. Shipping is one aspect that can lead to a lot of waste, both wasted materials and wasted money. Custom eco-friendly packaging and shipping practices can reduce your shipping costs by reducing the amount of packaging you need, which then reduces the amount of garbage ending up in the landfill.

Reduce

Over-packaging your product is both frustrating for your customers and bad for the environment. For fragile or unique-shaped items, the best solution may be custom product and shipping boxes. Work with a company that can create just the right boxes to keep your product safe while cutting down on excess packaging.

A custom-fit box also prevents waste when it comes to packing materials – you will need less packing to fill in the space if the item fits snugly in the box. Corrugated boxes work well if you are skipping packing material, because the corrugation offers some cushioning and shock absorption properties.

Reuse

Encourage reuse on the customer end by choosing a box design that is sturdy enough to act as storage for your product when it’s not in use. Depending on your product line, you can even print the instructions directly on the interior of the box lid to further encourage your companies to reuse it.

If this isn’t an option, you can reuse on your end. Purchase product boxes and packaging made from post-consumer recycled materials. Boxes, packing peanuts, and shredded paper packing are available from recycled goods.

Recycle

Make recycling easy. Use foam peanuts and biodegradable bubble wrap that breaks down quickly in moisture. Shredded paper packing is another green alternative. Avoid wax- or plastic-lined boxes when possible – many municipal recycling programs don’t accept these.

Make a recycling statement right on the box, encouraging your customers to recycle the packaging material. A simple statement that your company is committed to the environment and that the packaging is made from recyclable materials will help remind customers to do the responsible thing.

Environmentally responsible packaging and shipping doesn’t stop at the packaging. Combine shipments when possible. This cuts down on the amount of packing materials used and lowers the carbon footprint since there won’t be a need for multiple delivery vehicles. Make eco-friendly choices helps everyone in the long run, both within your business and in the world at large.

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Hello to everyone lucky enough to fall upon this little site of mine. My name is Shaun Hardy, and I love to talk to people about their businesses. You see, brushing up on the economy and watching business trends has always interested me. I’ve been a business owner myself, so I typically know the ins and outs of what goes into running a business. One of the most difficult—yet invigorating—times in the life of a business is when moving or selling. I hope to share a bit of the experience and wisdom that I’ve collected over the years concerning business, specifically moving or selling a company.

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