Your Handy Guide to Food Hygiene & Standards

Food hygiene and standards are important for the hospitality business. There should be a comprehensive food safety management system in place, that is communicated to all staff members of your restaurant kitchen. This ensures everyone knows what they need to do when it comes to cooking, preparing and serving food safely. You will also need to provide your staff with the right uniforms such as chef coats, chef aprons, gloves, shoes etc. You can easily find staff uniforms such as chef hats for sale, through uniform suppliers. The next step would be ensuring you’re hiring people with good character who will follow these rules as well as encouraging them on an ongoing basis so there’s no lapse in their motivation. Training programs can help improve your employees’ compliance rates but also increase individual knowledge about cleanliness procedures, something that is vital if you want great results.

Your customers deserve a high standard of service from start to finish therefore making sure health certificates are up to date and up to the required standard is important.

You should always have the correct equipment and facilities to prevent your food being contaminated with other products, which can happen if you’re not careful. Keeping all surfaces clean is vital as well as ensuring any machinery used for cooking or preparing food also meets health standards so that it doesn’t contaminate anything during prep work. Ensuring you are using proper hygiene techniques at every stage of the process will help ensure this happens. If you’re taking orders from customers make sure they are written down correctly on a separate piece of paper instead of writing directly onto menus, even though this might seem like an easy option in keeping everything together. If you’re using any pre-packaged ingredients, make sure the dates are still valid; if there is one thing people have been taught from birth it’s that ‘if in doubt throw it out’. This applies to food as well though and expired products could be contaminated with bacteria which may give customers foodborne diseases.

Network Marketing

Businesses from HomeSo I guess the first question is why do you want to run a business from home? Well the most common answer for this will be for extra income and for the benefits of being able to start your business alongside your traditional job if you have one. This gives you the path of least resistance in starting a business. For example, if you try to set up a traditional business you have masses of overheads, rent to pay, employees to pay, bills to pay and all this is whilst trying to build a customer base before you can take a penny yourself.It’s for this reason most businesses fail in the first year. A business from home on the other hand can be run in your spare time, requires very little outlay and you generally have very little if any overheads.This makes a home business very easy to set up. It’s a great way to secure an income before setting out on your own, meaning you have some income already coming your way easing that burden in the initial phases of self employment. The most important thing for me and what made me decide to travel this road was the free time it buys you to spend with your family and on your hobbies. If you set your business up right and put the effort in early it could virtually run itself. Meaning you are free to pursue other interests whilst earning what we call a residual income. That’s an income that continues to be paid for life.So what business should I do from home?Network Marketing – Below is the Wikipedia definition of Network Marketing:Multi-level marketing (MLM), (also called network marketing, direct selling, and referral marketing,) is a term that describes a marketing structure used by some companies as part of their overall marketing strategy. The structure is designed to create a marketing and sales force by compensating promoters of company products not only for sales they personally generate, but also for the sales of other promoters they introduce to the company, creating a downline of distributors and a hierarchy of multiple levels of compensation.The products and company are usually marketed directly to consumers and potential business partners by means of relationship referrals and word of mouth marketing.Is Network Marketing a good choice? Well it’s a fantastically easy business to set up and for me the real beauty is the way it is structured. The person who introduces you can only be successful if you are, so they have a vested interest in making sure you succeed.This means that the support and help you receive whilst getting your business going is second to none. Unlike a traditional business model where you learn by trial and error and those errors usually being costly, with Network Marketing you learn by someone else’s mistakes so you are free to build that residual income we talked about earlier.With this in mind the one thing I would say to people about Network Marketing is it is not a get rich quick scheme, it should be looked at as a 3-5 year plan. Don’t get me wrong you will earn money usually from the outset but to make a real level of Residual Income will take approximately this long depending on your level of commitment and success. In my opinion sure beats working 40 years for a crummy gold watch (if your lucky!)Internet Marketing – Why Internet Marketing? Well in much the same way as Network Marketing it has very low cost set up fees, no overheads and you can get started with a bit of imagination and a desire to learn.Other schemes are actual jobs like envelope stuffing at home etc and these can be a valuable alternative but bear in mind they do not pay very well so depending on your income need these may bot be the right focus for you!

What Is Viral Internet Marketing?

Every person who walks on the face of the earth has been a subject of viral marketing at some time or the other, whether consciously or unconsciously. In the same strain, every person who promotes a product or service indulges in viral marketing. Quite simply put, viral marketing is the promotional tactic where you create a buzz about your business to a few people in the hope that they will pass on the message to other people. It is an endeavor at creating brand awareness through a chain reaction effect. Viral marketing has been present in the world since Adam, but in the times of the Internet, a new flavor called the viral Internet marketing was perfected. Viral Internet marketing can be simply looked upon as a better streamlined version of the traditional viral marketing.

The Internet can be used as a very significant tool to create and pass on awareness of your brand. There are a ton of Internet resources that can be harnessed to this effect – you can blog, post on forums, interact in chat rooms, participate in social networking sites, etc., which would become a very direct approach at tapping the Internet’s vast traffic. When you viral market your brand here, you speak about your product. That could set people talking about it. Those impressed with the product will pass on the message to others. That’s the whole idea, actually.

Now, there are two ways a viral Internet marketer would go about the promotion. Some of them like the direct in-your-face approach. They would directly launch with a glorification of the features of the product, perhaps put a very impressive video or .pdf file or something like that to grab the attention of people. Having a sales page on the website is a very popular option. Offering discounts for groups is a very brazen viral Internet marketing tactic, because there the idea is that one person who is impressed with the product will bring in others. All these are direct methods.

But then, some marketers prefer to create the virus of the idea surreptitiously. They will not openly speak about the product, but would subtly make them know of their best features. That creates a sort of intrigue. Today we see a lot of fiction authors, game developers and even Hollywood movies using this tactic of viral Internet marketing, with great success that too.

A special mention must be made of article marketing here. This is a tactic of viral Internet marketing that every entrepreneur is either already using or at least thinking of using it. Here, the market gets some professional articles written and submits them to open directories on the Internet. People visit here through search engines and get indirectly sold to the product’s idea. They could visit the website link below. When suitably impressed, they will definitely tell their friends about the product.

People are also using direct email marketing as a bid to market virally on the Internet. In short, almost all the Internet’s resources are being used in this brand of marketing. Word-of-mouth publicity has always been the best. Viral Internet marketing is an attempt to tap its great potential.

Copyright (c) 2008 Colin Meunier