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Share Protected Data with Jupyter Notebooks on Kubernetes with a Sidecar

Learn how to share protected data with user-shared Jupyter Notebooks with a BYOD approach

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You have an application (example- Django/python or even a jupyter notebook containing ML code) and it is running inside a Kubernetes pod, ie, it has been containerized using docker and launched within a Kubernetes cluster. (I am assuming you have some idea about the application containerization process.)

For this tutorial, I will be using Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) on the Google Cloud Platform. You can get a new GCP account with your Gmail account. You will receive a $300 credit to use within the year and can follow along in this tutorial. I am assuming that you know how to launch a Kubernetes cluster using GCP.

Using the GCP developers console, launch the cloud shell to create a cluster using the Google Kubernetes Engine. It looks something like this –

Before we create the Kubernetes cluster, we have to create a google bucket to store the protected data. The google bucket needs to have a unique name for the sidecar container (a docker container with a GCS fuse point) to interact with it.

You can directly use the GUI from the developers’ console to create a bucket, drag-and-drop some test data, and proceed to create the Kubernetes cluster using GKE.

gcloud container clusters create \
- scopes=https://www.googleapis.com/auth/devstorage.read_write \
- scopes=https://www.googleapis.com/auth/cloud-platform \
- machine-type n1-standard-2 \
- num-nodes 2 \
- preemptible \
- zone us-east1-b \ ## your zone
- cluster-version latest \
sidecar-gcsfuse-test ## name of your cluster

Once the cluster is created, add relevant permissions –

kubectl create clusterrolebinding cluster-admin-binding \
- clusterrole=cluster-admin \
- user=your_email@gmail.com

Once the cluster is ready, we have to create a persistent volume (PV) and a persistent volume claim (PVC) for the sidecar container to use.

The sidecar is designed with a bi-directional mount point — it connects upstream to the google bucket to get privileged data and downstream to the application to share the data. The application then accesses the data in a non-privileged mode thereby ensuring that it cannot alter the data in any form.

The application also gets its PV and PVC where it stores and modifies the data that it has accessed from the bucket without altering the original data in any way.

To deploy a PV and PVC for the sidecar, we can use an NFS mount or simply a standard GCE disk.

apiVersion: v1
kind: PersistentVolume
metadata:
name: sidecar-test
labels:
app: gcsfuse-test
spec:
accessModes:
- ReadOnlyMany
capacity:
storage: 12Gi
persistentVolumeReclaimPolicy: Retain
gcePersistentDisk:
pdName: sidecar-test
---
kind: PersistentVolumeClaim
apiVersion: v1
metadata:
name: sidecar-test
labels:
app: gcsfuse-test
spec:
accessModes:
- ReadOnlyMany
resources:
requests:
storage: 9Gi

We use a depoyment.yaml to deploy the sidecar. We have to make sure we link to the correct file path, in this case, '/test/' of the GCS bucket with secure data.

- - -
apiVersion: apps/v1beta1
kind: Deployment
metadata:
name: gcsfuse-test
spec:
replicas: 1
template:
metadata:
labels:
app: gcsfuse-test
spec:
containers:
- name: gcsfuse-test
image: ananyak8srenci/gcsfuse-sidecar-data:latest
volumeMounts:
- mountPath: /data/sidecar-test
name: sidecar-test
mountPropagation: Bidirectional
securityContext:
privileged: true
capabilities:
add:
- SYS_ADMIN
lifecycle:
postStart:
exec:
command: ["gcsfuse", "-o", "allow_other", "-o", "nonempty", "sidecar-test", "/data/sidecar-test"]
preStop:
exec:
command: ["fusermount", "-u", "/data/sidecar-test"]
volumes:
- name: sidecar-test
persistentVolumeClaim:
claimName: sidecar-test

Create a persistent disk for the sidecar. Then deploy the PV, PVC, and the deployment.yaml.

Deploy the sidecar –

gcloud compute disks create --size=200Gi --zone=us-east1-b sidecar-testkubectl apply -f sidecar-pv-pvc-fuse.yamlkubectl apply -f sidecar-deployment.yaml

Once your sidecar container is deployed, test it by making sure you can see it in the list of deployments and pods.

kubectl get deployment
kubectl get pod

Then shell into the sidecar container and attempt writing files and deleting files in the GCS bucket it is associated with.

kubectl exec -it your_gcsfuse-test-deployment -- /bin/bash

The following video shows the GCS FUSE mounted sidecar container writing and deleting secure data in a google bucket.

Thanks for reading! Please feel free to leave a response if you have any comments or feedback.

Next, we will take a look at deploying a jupyter notebook and connecting it with the sidecar container to obtain bucket data in an unprivileged mode.

Part 2 — Deploy a jupyter notebook and connect it with the GCS-FUSE sidecar container.

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How I got a job as a Data Scientist during the pandemic

I took the risk of leaving my well-paid software engineering job in R&D

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In 2020, I transitioned into Data Science in the Bioinformatics field. I also left a more secure job in the same industry as a Full Stack Engineer during the pandemic. People thought that it was a crazy thing to do, but I had a solid plan and I plowed through it.

Here is how I designed the transition:

It was not something I did in a matter of months, but it was more of a plan that took years to perfect. 

After my master’s thesis based on big-data (genetics and bioinformatics)in 2017, I trained myself on cloud technologies starting with AWS since the two go hand in hand with all of the new technological integrations.

I took up a job as a full-stack engineer with a computing department in a major public university developing pipeline code for analyzing big-data (genomic) for client institutes and laboratories. Now the thing about this post is I had not applied to it nor did I know about it. I was actually interviewing for a different position at the time with the same department shared with me by a recruiter. During the interview, based on the scope of my work, they offered me the post. Not only did they have a great deal of trouble finding someone to fill that role; they were prepared to offer a lot for the task. 

I learned that exhibiting your range and depth in a particular subject matter (like finance or mathematics or genetics) in a coding interview during an interview with a bank or financial institution or a research institute pays off big time. I also only focussed on domain-specific industries and not just tech companies, because you might always come across someone who is better than you at coding or is faster and has more experience writing test cases, but you will not usually come across someone with a huge deal of subject matter knowledge as well in a core scientific filed. that’s one way of standing out in an overcrowded job-market, with multiple people claiming they have all the “tech-skills” the job has asked for, sometimes for even more years than that specific tech-stack has been around…

so, it’s best to leverage your non-comp science background, with say literature or linguistics, social science, chemistry, finance, economics or population genetics, or neuroscience. Wherever data and al]nalytics can be applied, you can have a skill-set that can completely stand apart.

these jobs might not be extensive or well-advertised. Helps if you do some research and stick more to fields that are growing or something that is well-funded, is of national cultural importance yet somewhat obscure. 

So, after I created the pipeline, My contract was extended for a few years and I was offered a full-time role. I ended up not taking up the full-time role because I did not yet want to constrict myself to that field or the area. I learned and absorbed as much as I could on the job, including cybersecurity, GCP, Kubernetes, etc, knowing that I might not be using everything subsequently but it still increases my scope of finding a new job should the opportunity arise. 

Your brand (can just be your LinkedIn profile and an up-to-date resume to hand out to anyone or available somewhere online). During the latter half of the year, I was approached by a recruiter on LinkedIn asking if I was interested in a Data Science role for a prominent client. 

Every past experience in college, blogging, mentoring, etc has led to this position at this time of my life. For someone with about 5 years of total technological experience, I have had to heavily rely on every experience I could count on

Also, apply for a job when you have an upper hand. For me, it was not actually requiring that specific job but if I had it anyway, it would be awesome.

These were the broad steps I employed to land a role as a Data Scientist at a premier agtech+ pharma company.

If you are interested in the genomics and bioinformatics field, follow along for the upcoming posts on processing and analyzing high throughput sequencer data.

Would you like to learn more about the steps I took? Please let me know and I will add subsequent posts.

PS: I am offering free resume critique for a limited time. Reach out using this form- 

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How I addressed a gap in my tech skills to land a 6 figure contract

If you are a beginner or been in tech for a few years, this is going to help position your brand better!

Back in fall 2017, while still working on my bioinformatics thesis for my master’s degree, I received multiple interview requests (around 7-8) via LinkedIn. The interviews ranged from various contracts and full-time opportunities at the University of Chicago, Genentech, Monsanto, Cyrus Biotech, Illumina to name a few.

I was over the moon. I felt that I was definitely doing something right and that I had mad skills that everyone wanted.

Bear in mind, I was looking specifically at python programming based bioinformatics engineering jobs-

Fast forward to the interviews: Most of the time I managed a great interview and did sufficiently well at the take-home tasks or multiple grilling technical interview rounds – and just when I was expecting an offer, I was told that I couldn’t be hired for my visa status or just that they were looking for someone with more experience. If either of these sounds too familiar, read on!

I could not do anything about the visa part, nor I could do anything about the experience since I was already stretching myself thin working 7 days a week 2 years straight – at coursework, part-time job, Research assistantship, and writing my thesis. I had only taken a few weeks off for summer to travel and have some leisure time for those 2 years.

The only thing I could do is learn and try and apply as much as I could to the projects that I was already working on. Soon I was preparing for interviews that were fundamentally different from one another- some requiring python, C++, and AWS and Hadoop, or some that focussed on python, machine learning, R, testing, databases, and then some that required python, advanced SQL, stats, machine learning, etc. In a nutshell, extremely different tech stacks for very different job profiles!

It became quite evident to me that no matter how much I was covering, I was almost always falling short of something – in terms of experience or knowledge on top of my very limited option for finding short term contracts.

This meant that I now had to re-strategize my job search and understand what I really needed to focus on. What was clear to me was I had no difficulty securing great interviews for jobs that we willing to pay well. So I took that as the starting point – a reinforced understanding that my skills were in demand although I might have some experience/ knowledge gaps.

This led to changing my approach –

My main focus at this time was to successfully defend my thesis, and get my MS degree was to research the track I wanted to focus on or was being steered towards. After some analysis, I decided to integrate cloud technologies with programming.

This included focusing on Linux, networking, AWS stack, some security, and monitoring along with python (and a bit of C++) programming. I also integrated bits of Continous Integration and Continous Deployment/Delivery (CI/CD) with Jenkins, some Ansible (based on python) for Configuration management, and Docker for containerizing application.

These DevOps tools (Jenkins, Ansible, Docker, Container orchestrating with Kubernetes) can be picked up easily if you are familiar with some Linux, bash, and python programming.

Practicing these while learning them is also not difficult- at most, you will need to get a virtual machine set up to try out the DevOps stuff or get a free account with some credits on AWS or GCP to practice using some features.

Moment of truth-

Finally, with my thesis out of the way and graduating with a GPA of 3.9, I started taking another round of interviews. During this time, I no longer held my part-time job at the IT department at my university but was still employed by my department to train graduate students in bioinformatics while working on some projects and receiving a small monthly stipend. What really got me through the next 2-3 months before I landed my first 6 figure contract, was my business income from my blog and ancillary work. But that’s a topic for another day.

Once again landing the interviews wasn’t the hard part- but this time I was more selective about the track I wanted to work on and accepted 3 interviews and chose the offer that best aligned with my experience and future expectations.

How I approached the interviews was also more defined- I tried gauging what the complexity was while they opened the discussions by describing the project or requirements. I tried my best to position and align my unique experiences and tools I had worked on within a broader scope of application development or DevOps knowledge and skills.

This just goes to show that there are multiple ways you can land a 6 figure tech contract in your twenties without a ton of experience under your belt. You don’t need a CS degree or have to graduate from a boot camp, but might need to be familiar with some specific domains or fields (like biosciences/finance/statistics, etc to name a few), and show great initiative and a way to communicate your skills to the prospective employer. For some 6 figure roles that are very specific, you will definitely require some sort of an advanced degree – may be a Ph.D. or at least a master’s degree in a closely related field – although you could also leverage your economics degree with your coding skills to work in the financial analytics or banking sector as well.

Also, the learning doesn’t stop once you land the contract- you need to be constantly learning and applying yourself in order to keep your job/contact and stay relevant in this rapidly changing environment.

Hope this was helpful. If you want to read about specific topics in tech-based career or small business fields, feel free to reach out!

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5 Tips for Entrepreneurs Moving Abroad

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These days, more and more people are making their living as self-employed entrepreneurs, which means, in large part, that they are location independent and are thus ideally positioned to travel the world, see new places, and set their own schedules and routines while still earning a living.

Of course, an interesting parallel dynamic is that more and more people are now moving around the world, in general, as a result of major advances in both communications and transportation technologies in the last 50 years or so.

Put the two together, and you’ll find that many professional entrepreneurs will spend at least some time living abroad during their lives, whether that means Australians moving to America, or Brits moving to Thailand.

The thing is, moving to a new country is a pretty intense experience, and can be quite difficult in a number of ways. Moving to a new country as an entrepreneur, where you really are relying solely on yourself and your own ability to keep things moving forward, and where you lack the social network of a conventional office job, only adds to that complexity.

If you are an entrepreneur and are planning to move abroad — whether for an extended period of time, or only for a relatively short, predetermined duration — it’s a good idea to plan out a few ways of keeping yourself balanced, centered, and positive during the transition.

So, here are a few tips.

Be disciplined, and reintroduce structure to your day as soon as you
possibly can

Moving to a new home, never mind a new country, entails a certain degree of chaos. The
environment that you were previously familiar with (both in terms of your living space itself, and the wider social setting) is radically different, and your entire pace of life may be completely disrupted for a significant duration of time.

For those who are moving overseas and are re-entering the world of conventional work as soon as they arrive – in other words, getting up at a certain time each day, and going to an office building or physical site where interactions will occur with co-workers – a large part of this chaos is mitigated more or less automatically.

For an entrepreneur, however, there is very little if anything to add structure back into your day once you’ve arrived at your destination, and your entire life can suffer quite dramatically as a result. Certainly, your professional life is unlikely to thrive when you are faced with a highly disrupted routine.

Perhaps the first and most important thing you should do once you’ve moved into a new home is to do whatever it takes to re-impose discipline on yourself and reintroduce structure to your daily routine, as soon as possible.

This can take various different forms and can include many different components. A good place to start is simply waking up at the same time each day, regardless of all other factors.

Setting a clear starting time for your day’s work, as well as a clear “clocking off” time can also work wonders. The key is that you start reclaiming control of your life, by reclaiming your use of time, and the way in which you structure your day. Don’t let the chaos of the move drag on indefinitely and run your schedule for you – because if you let that happen, it could be weeks, months, or even years before you come back to a productive point of balance.

Force yourself to get out and explore the new environment, rather
than withdrawing

Some people are naturally extroverted and outgoing, and see moving to another country as a tremendous opportunity to get to meet new people, and engage in new and varied social interactions.
There’s a significant subset of entrepreneurs who fit into this category – namely the “Digital Nomad” crowd, who specifically embrace an entrepreneurial lifestyle so that they can wake up in a new location every day, and fill their lives with as much adventure and uncertainty as possible.

Unfortunately, however, there are also entrepreneurs who are naturally more withdrawn or introspective, and who may have moved to a new location for some reason other than the desire for adventure, or who may really enjoy the idea of the adventure that comes with living in a new place, but find it difficult to manage in practice.

Humans are creatures of habit, and we all tend to follow the path of least resistance quite easily. If you find that you are feeling a bit overwhelmed, disheartened, or intimidated, after having completed your move, you should be higher on guard against the desire to seclude yourself from the world.

When you’re in a new setting, don’t know anyone there, and aren’t particularly engaged with the local society or environment, it can be tempting to minimize outings altogether. Instead, you may opt to focus on spending as much time as possible secluding yourself in your apartment or house, getting your head down, and just doing your work or catching up on your web surfing.

Ultimately, however, you’re never going to feel comfortable or more at ease in a new environment until and unless you force yourself to get out there, explore, and find your equilibrium.

Regardless of how antisocial, withdrawn, or demotivated you may feel in the period of time immediately following a move, force yourself to get out of your home, do some outings, and engage with the society around you nonetheless. This is essential for helping you to settle in and feel emotionally balanced, and that energy and an emotional balance will also contribute significantly to your ability to do good work in your business.

Set aside an area of your new home as a working space or office, on
the day of your arrival

It’s a pretty common scenario that when people move homes, they kind of leave the job of “getting moved in” and “settling in” half completed. That is, many people move homes, only to leave certain boxes stacked up around the home and garage for months, if not years, down the line.

This is not a good strategy for anyone, but at least if you are going to work in an office every day, the messy and chaotic state of your home won’t directly influence the environment in which you have to work.

As an entrepreneur, however, working with your laptop in bed, or on the sofa, while surrounded by clutter and mess, is a losing strategy and one that you really need to be on the lookout for.

On the very first day that you move into your new property, set aside a particular space – ideally an entire room – to use as your home office. Then, focus on getting that space tidied up, and “ready for action” as soon as possible, regardless of whatever is happening in the rest of the home.

There are various reasons why this is important, but primarily, it comes down to the fact that to work productively and to the best of our potential, we need to be able to enter a “flow” state where distraction fades away, and we can get immersed in our work. This is always going to be more difficult in a cluttered, chaotic, and undifferentiated environment.

That being said, you should work on systematically unpacking all of your belongings and getting the rest of the home up to a decent standard, too.

Keep yourself grounded – reintroduce familiar rituals and props to
give you a sense of familiarity

Having a certain degree of discipline and structure in place is an essential part of managing to settle into a new environment after a move, not to mention being able to get back to running your business productively.

But it’s not all just about being disciplined, or imposing a routine on yourself in general terms. Reintroducing a sense of familiarity is arguably just as important in terms of enabling you to get back into the flow of things, and pick up where you left off before the move.

To a large extent, this degree of familiarity is going to come down to re-establishing the rituals and reintroducing the “props” that you associate with your ordinary routine.

So, in order to keep yourself grounded, do what you can to reintroduce these rituals and props as soon as you can after completing your move, whether that means eating a certain food for breakfast, or listening to a certain soundtrack when going through your planner for the day.

Force yourself to stay busy and engaged in productive pastimes –
don’t sit around “killing time”

A well-known saying tells us that “procrastination is the thief of time.” This is true at the best of times, but following a major life upheaval such as a move, it becomes all the more significant.

In order to get yourself re-established as an entrepreneur as soon as possible following a move, you have to actively put systems in place to motivate productivity, and discourage time wasting.

This is important because, following a move, your natural routines will automatically become disrupted, and you will feel that there is a sense of “license” to “slack off” so to speak, and “find your bearings.”

Be a bit unforgiving with yourself, however. Activate web blockers, create to-do lists for each day, and hold yourself to a standard of action rather than giving yourself carte blanche for time wasting.

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Cash Flow And Your Home Business – What You Should Know

Whether you’ve got a huge business or, as we’ll talk about here, a home-based business, cash flow is one of the most important things you can focus on. Many businesses do not fail because people stop wanting to work with them – they fail because they simply do not have enough cash flowing through their business at one time. Let that sink in! You could fail because of your own money management issues, rather than your business not being a hit.

Let’s talk about what you should know in regards to cash flow and your home business.

Getting Your Invoicing Right

Do not wait to invoice somebody once you have delivered a product or service. This will
seriously hurt your cash flow and business. You need to have a prompt invoicing process, so get into the habit of sending invoices quickly. You could send invoices immediately, or on a daily basis, depending on what you do.

If you provide a service, it could even be a good idea to ask for a deposit, or part payment part way through. This can help your cash flow immensely and is a reasonable request.

The sooner your invoice, the sooner you’ll receive payment – but this doesn’t always mean a client will pay straight away, or even on time. Have a prompt follow up service, too. Don’t give them a chance to forget that they owe you for your services. There’s software that can help you with this, and you can even use services like BCashflow Positive Positive to pay off some of your invoices while you wait if you need more cash.

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Don’t Be Too Lenient

You must be fair, but you can’t be a pushover, either. If somebody isn’t paying, make sure you ask them if there’s anything you can do to help – for instance, allow them to pay in installments. However, don’t be afraid to take more formal action if you need to. You should make sure you have an eye on your accounts receivable turnover all the time.

Don’t Overcomplicate Your Accounting

Even though you’re a small home business, hiring a professional accountant could still be a good idea. You can also use high-quality accounting software to help you and track the numbers. You will be able to use this to forecast things like cash flow for your planning purposes.

Separate Your Business And Personal Finances

Mixing business and personal finances is a recipe for disaster, as it can leave you unsure of your business performance. You need to keep these two things separate so you can see what’s going on more clearly – it’s also much better for your accounting.

Have Some Cash In Reserve

Access to emergency cash could help your business to stay up and running when you really need it. Building a cash reserve will help you to manage cash flow like the experts. You’ll have peace of mind, as well as money for emergencies so you don’t have to take out high-interest loans. Cash in reserve will also allow you to take advantage of opportunities when they present themselves.

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Taking Hold of the Reigns and Managing Your Small Business Effectively

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When you first set up your small business, chances are that you’re going it alone. You’ll begin from home, coming up with a product concept and figuring out how it can best be manufactured. Once you have something tangible to sell to the public, you may start outsourcing parts of your working process. You might bring in a web designer to create your E-commerce store or a product photographer to take pictures of your stock. However, these tasks are generally carried out remotely or from a neutral location. It’s not until you have launched your product and start experiencing demand and success that others become involved in your company. You’ll suddenly find yourself dealing with members of the public and taking on full or part time staff. This is when you will begin to gain authority and responsibility, and is also when you will have to start taking management of your business extremely seriously. This will help to ensure that the cogs of the machine keep turning smoothly and that any interaction with your brand is a positive one. So, here are a few steps that you can take to manage your small business as effectively as possible!

 

Preparing for the Worst

 

When you are running a small business, you should generally take an approach of seeking out positives. However, there are situations where you should dwell on the negative a little for the sake of your business’ progression. One of these situations is preparing for the worst. If you effectively prepare your business for potential problems, you can prevent these situations and incidents from occurring and protect yourself, your employees, your clients, your brand image, and your money along the way. Here are a few ways to achieve this.

 

Conduct Risk Assessments

 

In business, something that referred to as a “risk”, is something that has a significant probability of manifesting or happening. As a business owner, you need to conduct various risk assessments throughout your workplace, so that you and your employees can be aware of any risks involved in tasks that have to be undertaken. Once a risk assessment has been carried out, you can then focus on implementing risk control measures into your business plan. You can offer training to anyone that is involved in any activity that poses a risk, which will minimise chances of problems developing down the line.

 

Implement Health and Safety Measures

 

As we have previously established, when you run a small business, you take on a position of responsibility and hold this responsibility over numerous individuals – from employees to members of the public. You need to ensure that any individual who comes into contact with your business remains safe and well until they leave. Preventing accidents from happening can help to protect your employees (meaning that you always have a reliable workforce rather than members of staff away sick), your customers (ensuring that everyone who comes into contact with your brand has a positive experience), and yourself (as you then won’t have to face expensive court cases and fork out compensation). Now, there are various health and safety measures that you can focus on. Start out by surveying your workplace or commercial property. You should ensure that any potential hazards that cannot be altered are clearly labelled. This could include putting up “low ceiling” signs, “mind the step” warnings. You should also signpost temporary hazards, such as wet floors by using “wet floor” signs. Keep walkways free and ensure any damage to the space is rectified immediately (this could include calling an electrician, plumber, or construction worker out).

 

Know How to Deal With Unexpected Incidents

 

Any small business owners should seriously consider carrying out an emergency management online degree. Sometimes, your business will fall prone to threats that couldn’t possibly be anticipated. Perhaps there will be damage from criminal activity. Maybe there will be damage from natural disaster. While you can’t anticipate these issues, you can learn how to deal with them when they arise. This degree will help you to identify potential emergencies that your business could face, as well as endowing you with the knowledge of the best way to go about rectifying issues and putting wrongs to rights should they come to life. One argument against studying that many small business owners put forward is that they “don’t have the time” to study. But with online degrees, you can fit study around your other commitments. This allows you to benefit and progress all round!

 

Establishing Yourself as a Leader

 

In order to maintain control in your company, you need to establish yourself as a leader, placing yourself at the top of the ranks. Many small business owners allow themselves to come across as overly soft and many staff members or clients will take advantage of this, trying to get away with unacceptable behaviour or wangle unreasonable deals out of you. Instead, you need to be reasonable, but firm. This will ensure that you maintain a positive atmosphere in the workplace at the same time as being respected. You will then be able to guide your business in the direction that you want it to go with as little hassle or confrontation as possible.

 

Establishing Managers and a HR Department

 

If you begin to take on increasing numbers of staff, chances are that you won’t have sufficient time on your hands to manage them all effectively by yourself. If you were to dedicate adequate time to properly managing your team, you’d fall behind in other important and progressive areas. But not to worry. You can have the best of both worlds. You just need to recruit individuals who can manage your stay on your behalf. To start with, you should consider recruiting managers and developing a HR department.

 

Managers

 

Managers will often carry out similar tasks to your other employees, but they will also manage their colleagues on top of this. They will monitor progress, report problematic behaviour, and can act as a middle person between you and your employees. They should have strong leadership skills and should be stern enough to reprimand negative behaviour. However, they should also be someone that staff feel they can reach out to for help and support.

 

HR

 

HR is absolutely essential when it comes to promoting any growing company’s success. The role of a HR department is to enable your business to distribute staff effectively and ensure that all staff are content with their working conditions. The individuals working within this department will carry out various jobs for you. They will:

 

  • Establish a framework for the policies and procedures that come hand in hand with the employment of new staff.

 

  • Establish a framework for the policies and procedures that existing staff work by.

 

 

  • Process sick notes.

 

  • Note complaints and help to resolve workplace drama or conflict.

 

Now, seeing as the role that a HR department workers carries out is so wide spanning, you may initially find it difficult to find the right person for the job. What’s more? There aren’t really any specific courses for people to take to specialise in HR. So, you’re going to just have to focus on a few traits that should make a good HR employee. Some of these include:

 

  • Good communication
  • Good organisation
  • A balanced outlook
  • Empathy and compassion
  • Administrative skills

 

As you can see, your business journey really isn’t over when you launch your products and start taking profits. In order to succeed, you need to take hold of the reigns and manage your business as effectively as possible. Hopefully, the above information and advice will help you to achieve this!

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Why Investing is So Important To Your Financial Future

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Many people discuss how important it is to start investing when you’re young as it’s only through investment that you can guarantee a secure financial future for yourself.  

 

These may be wise words, but in living in such a fast paced, consumption driven society, where the cost of living is getting higher and higher – and many of us are having to borrow money even to just keep a roof over our head, the idea of investing a portion of your monthly income seems somewhat ludicrous to many people who are struggling to make ends meet.

 

However, when you flip this on it’s side, perhaps the ludicrous aspect is that they remain trapped in a job where they are trading time for money – thus struggling to make ends meet – when if they had invested, they would be living a life of much more financial abundance.

 

In this sense, the best time to start investing is today.  Yes, it would have been great to have invested in bitcoin several years ago and made a killing, but all we have control over is the current moment, and therefore now is the time to get on the Midas Letter website and start looking at future cryptocurrency trades and trends that you can benefit from today.

The reason investing is so important to your financial future is that we live in uncertain times, where we can see that the government isn’t necessarily going to be able to provide for us in later life, due to the impending ‘pension crisis’ and drains on our economy due to the baby boomers reaching later life.  

 

We can see that there’s going to be a huge strain put on the health system and as a result, more and more people will be requiring premium private treatment – which will likely rise in cost due to the economies of supply and demand.

 

These are somewhat daunting times, yet, there’s something you can do today to create a more secure financial future – and that is to invest.

 

With regards to investing there are many different forms and ways to invest your money, the most common picture people pull up in their mind is that of the stock market, yet often a more reliable and accessible option is to purchase a few investment properties or create an asset in terms of writing a book, building a business, or leveraging any of the many ways to make passive income through the power of automated business systems that you can run from the comfort of anywhere you have an internet connection.

 

Most people, however, are trapped in a state of instant gratification meaning they are stuck in a system where they trade their time for money – and get instant reward, but then spend that reward, and therefore have to keep trading their time for money.

 

The investor, takes a different approach and must get comfortable with the prospect of working hard now (with little reward) in order to reap sustainable future reward as a result of his or her initial effort.

 

The reason investing is so important to your financial future is because you ultimately want a good quality of life; and to have this you need both the time and money to enjoy life – which is where investing in your future, by building assets and leveraging your resources comes into play.

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