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Business Done Right: Your Guide to Company Formation in Hong Kong

Starting a business requires knowledge in planning, legalities, production, and regulation, among other things. It’s quite complicated to form a Hong Kong start-up company, especially if it’s your first time to do so. Here are some fundamental steps you can follow to get started.

company formationCome up with a Business Plan

This is the most basic step involved in entrepreneurship. The thing is, you don’t have to be too technical about it. A well-prepared plan will help you achieve growth one step at a time. Think of your business plan as a breathing project instead of a one-time document.

Train Yourself

Think of yourself as a student who needs to gain new knowledge and skills. There are numerous free online and in-person resources that can help you get started. If you have entrepreneur friends, try asking them if they know any resource that helped them remarkably.

Choose Your Business Location

This is arguably the most critical step because an inappropriate location can translate to poor sales from the get-go, and ultimately, failure. Consider factors such as proximity to suppliers, the competition, transportation access, demographics, and zoning regulations.

Decide on a Business Structure

The organisational structure of companies will always vary. Do you want to do it alone or form a partnership? Are you thinking of incorporation or forming an LLC? Your business structure can reduce personal liability for losses and debts, and give you tax benefits. You might want to read extensive information about business structures to help you decide.

Apply for Permits and Licences

Get your documents ready. Different businesses require different paperwork, so research about your particular industry. You should also be ready for taxes such as employment taxes, sales taxes, and state income taxes. Lastly, apply for permits and licences to operate based on your business type and location.

Once you’re all set, recruitment of employees will come naturally. Remember to secure every single detail before giving your company a go. It’s a big investment, so take care of it even before it begins.

Controlling Infection in Your Dental Practice

Infection not only spreads in hospitals, but also in dental practices. Constant exposure to all sorts of patients and possibly infected medical tools places dental staff and patients in close contact with pathogens, especially those found in blood.

disposable dental supplies

All sorts of airborne and communicable diseases could be present in your dental office and can spread to patients and staff. This is why it’s important to take the necessary steps, from regular cleaning to the use of various disposable dental supplies, to effectively control and prevent the spread of such within the confines of your space.

Modes of Transmission

There are many possible ways infection can spread in your dental practice. These include direct contact with oral fluids, blood, or other patient materials, and droplet contact—which happens when a person sneezes or coughs on another person.

Diseases can also spread through the inhalation of “evaporated bacteria” that remains airborne for extended periods. Indirect contact with contaminated objects, such as dental supplies, instruments, and equipment, environmental surfaces, or a staff’s contaminated hands can also spread infection.

The Urge

The American Dental Association (ADA) highly recommends that dental practitioners, auxiliaries, and laboratories employ all applicable infection control procedures in their practice, following the standard precautions described in ADA’s guidelines for infection control. The organization also encourages dental professionals to keep themselves informed about the latest studies that can improve infection control and risk and disease management in oral health care.

Employing the Standard Precautions

Make sure to clean and contaminate all surfaces, including the dental chair, drawer handles, countertops, instrument trays, and dental light before any patient enters the examination room. You can cover these equipment and surfaces with protective covers, which you need to replace after each patient. Clean and sterilize non-disposable items between appointments and throw disposable dental items properly after use. Provide your staff with protective garb, including masks, gowns, gloves, and eyewear.

Don’t compromise the safety of your staff and patients. Employ the proper infection control procedures in your practice and provide the best care.

The Power of an Accountant

accountingMany presume accountants are some of the most boring people on the planet, but is that a fair assumption? Is accounting in the UK as soul-suckingly depressing as many would want us to believe?

Let’s look at what accountants do as part of their jobs, and see if it’s as dreadful as everyone makes it out be. First, consider two of the most highly regarded professions in society, doctors and lawyers.

Power and Responsibility

Lawyers deal with the problems people have with their relations with one another and the law. There’s always something exciting going on in a courtroom, from criminal trials to political scandals. Doctors, on the other hand, hold lives in their – well – hands, if that’s not something that will keep you on your toes, nothing will. From surgeries to strange biological anomalies, the wonders never stop for physicians on the move.

Have you noticed the similarity between these two professions? They have complete control of the public’s fate, their performance will significantly affect the lives of the people they’re dealing with, and the effects are most likely permanent. Most people would fold under that kind of pressure while others rise to the occasion.

Accounting Powers

What does any of this have to do with accounting? Everything. Accountants are some of the most important people in the modern infrastructure of society. Without accountants no one’s paid, people can’t open or manage bank accounts, no one’s offered a UK accounting package, and do you really want to do your own taxes every single year?

Accountants can read economies, make financial predictions that sound ludicrous to everyone else, until the moment they come true. Companies and businesses would wither and die without a competent CPA at the helm. Doesn’t the prospect of all the responsibility and power just make you tingle all over with excitement?

What People See

So why is there a negative perception of these number crunchers? Well, a lot of it has to do with what everyone sees them doing. Lawyers can orate in front of crowds in a trial; doctors conduct tests and do surgery. Meanwhile, accountants sit in front of spreadsheets and write reports for their clients.

It’s not visually appealing, but people need to look beyond what they see. Those written reports will have untold consequences on hundreds, if not thousands of people. Accountants take on a significant role in making sure the world economy keeps on turning, and people should stop calling them boring math monkeys with no real lives, and give them the respect they deserve.

Signs You’re Doing No Justice to Your Dental Implants

dental implantsYour dental implants aren’t your real teeth, but they still need regular cleaning. Just like real teeth, implants can develop bacteria, cavities, and tartar if you don’t do routine maintenance. If you are planning to get permanent dentures from your Guelph dentist, you must learn the proper maintenance to avoid plaque and other problems, such as infection and irritation.

Here are signs you’re doing it the wrong way:

You’re Scrubbing Hard

Daily flossing and brushing are crucial to your implants’ durability. Most supplemental products allow you to clean the permanent dentures properly. Some people say their teeth don’t feel fresh unless they scrub hard. Brushing, however, should be a gentle process.

Aggressive cleansing may damage the implants. Look for a good quality electric toothbrush than a normal one. You should reach the point where the crown goes under the gum. Floss your implants twice a week to maintain its cleanliness. Ask your dentist to review your brushing techniques to ensure that you’re cleaning the implants properly.

You’re Not Getting Oral Irrigation

Oral irrigation is effective in reducing plaque accumulation around the natural teeth and new dental implants. Have regular check-ups so you’ll know the current health of your permanent dentures. If needed, your dentist may also suggest a special mouth rinse for intensive cleaning.

You’re Using Harsh Whitening Pastes

Abrasive cleaning solutions and whitening toothpastes may take away the coating on the implants and produce wear on the acrylic. Avoid toothpastes with harsh ingredients, like baking soda. Fluoride toothpaste is the most suitable option, as it doesn’t damage the implants. Buy products wisely and consult your dentist first before using a cleaning solution.

Routine maintenance is necessary to maintain the durability and longevity of the implants. After the surgery, you’ll be largely responsible for the success of your implants. Visit your dentist every three months for the first year to avoid infections and other dental problems.

3 Great Places for Retirement Living

real estateRetirement will be the longest vacation of your life, and even if it seems like a long way off, think again. It’ll sneak up on you quicker than you think. This is why it’s important to plan and prepare for it as early as now. Your retirement years are a great time to live a more active lifestyle; hone your golf skills, take up a new hobby, exercise, and meet new friends.

Here are three great places to retire and enjoy your well-deserved break:

Ashville, North Carolina

Nestled in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Ashville is a city with a vibrant arts community, great outdoor adventures, and sumptuous organic and vegetarian eats. It is best known for Bitmore, an 8,000-acre estate built in the late 19th century by George Vanderbilt. This architectural piece paved the way for the growth of craftsmen, artists, and landscape gardeners—all seen in Asheville’s mountain real estate, gardens, galleries, and stately old homes.

While Ashville is cosmopolitan, it embraces simple pleasures, such as bluegrass music, locally grown food, and festivals. Home to various mountain homes and communities, it is rated as of the top places to retire.

Duluth, Minnesota

Winter in northern Minnesota can be extremely cold, but there are surprisingly many ways to escape the weather in Duluth. From excellent performances by the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra to exhibits at the Art Institute to quiet afternoons at the Great Lakes Aquarium—the country’s only all-freshwater aquarium, there’s always something to do. The city is also home to cross-country ski trails and a downhill ski resort, so you can enjoy the winter.

Outdoor concerts, festivals, and farmers markets come in full swing when spring hits, making up for the city’s single digit temperatures experienced majority of the year. Duluth is the perfect place to retire if you want to live an active lifestyle.

Williamsburg, Virginia

Williamsburg is the definition of modern-day comfort for retirees. You can play golf all year-round in one of the city’s twenty vast golf courses, or shop at several malls and shopping districts. There are three nearby airports and half a dozen hospitals within an hour’s drive. The local university, College of William and Mary, boasts academic excellence and is popular for having educated three US presidents. Retirees can take classes where James Monroe, John Tyler Thomas Jefferson, thanks to the institution’s Christopher Wren Association.

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http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/on-retirement/2013/05/24/7-ways-to-prepare-for-retired-life
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Japan’s Largest Yakuza Group Launches Website

Image by Alexander Krivács Schrøder | Wikimedia

Image by Alexander Krivács Schrøder | Wikimedia

Japan’s largest organized crime syndicate has created a website to attract more members and improve their image.

‘Purify the nation league’

The homepage of the Yamaguchi-gumi shows a sign that reads “Banish drugs and purify the nation league.”

Along with the sign is a video of its members on a visit to a shrine and their corporate song. Photographs also show some of the yakuza helping victims of the Fukushima earthquake.

The Yamaguchi-gumi is similar to the Chinese triads and the Italian mob. It is the largest yakuza group of the country, which allegedly participates in white-collar crime, prostitution, and extortion.

The group, however, is not illegal, as they have a headquarters. Historically, authorities tolerated the gang, with some corrupt police officers overlooking the crimes they committed.

‘Like all Yakuza groups’

Police reports shown that the membership of the group has fallen in the past few years, with an all-time low number of 60,000 members last year.

Experts, however, believe that the website is just a way for the group to present a friendlier image.

“The Yamaguchi-gumi is like all yakuza groups in that they make their money from racketeering, protection money, gambling, extortion, real estate development, labor exploitation, waste disposal, sports, the entertainment business, and the nuclear industry,” said book author Jake Adelstein, who has an upcoming work titled “The Last Yakuza: A Life in the Japanese Underworld.”

“The website has no context or any real mention of the crimes they have been involved with or industries they control. That’s not the purpose of the website. The point of the website is to demonstrate that the Yamaguchi-gumi is actually a humanitarian organization,” Adelstein added.