Investigative Detective – Find Personal and Business Information Like a Professional

Do you love mysteries? Is there a detective lurking there in your subconscious? If you are like most of us, your mind can’t let a puzzle go until you have solved it, but sometimes the answer you are looking for eludes you.

We are all amazed at the flood of information available to us online. Do we need a recipe for chicken? We can find 101 ways to cook chicken. Do we need to know how to remove ink stains from a shirt pocket? We’ll find 99 different answers. We have seen how children and young people have put themselves at risk on Facebook, MySpace, and other social networks. Unscrupulous people are also on their computers in the middle of the night. We need a balance between our need for connecting and our need for protection and knowing the truth.

Most of us want information for very legitimate reasons and public information is available for anyone to see, and this includes our own records open to the public eye. Our privacy is important and we are warned about identity theft and how to protect ourselves. We want to be sure that information about ourselves is correct and then take steps to ensure we keep private matters private.

By the same token we have the right to public information about other people and services that concern us and this is where we can benefit from public information online. In this day and age when people are no longer growing up in places where everyone knows everyone else, we will need information services more than ever before. The data is there for our benefit and to assist us in making right choices in life, and to feel safe.

Here are some of the common kinds of information that you or someone close to you might need:

1. Mystery cell phone number or a misplaced important phone number. You have tried 411, the phone company and yellow pages and are stymied.
2. Background information on a company you would like to do business with. It’s a good idea to look before you leap.
3. Information on someone you would like to hire, but the personal references are insufficient. Perhaps you have moved to a new city and need a doctor or mechanic. Or you are looking for a church or particular kind of a minister. Perhaps you are interviewing for a nanny and you can’t take a chance on hiring just anyone. Our children are precious.
4. Information on possible tenants or even a neighbour that you don’t feel comfortable with. You don’t want to rely on gossip but would like to know more.
5. Your personal records — are they correct? Here is an opportunity to correct mistakes.
6. Doing a genealogical search? You can find this information too in public records.
7. An unexplained item on your bank account or credit card. The credit company has removed the charge, but you would like to know who used your card, for your own peace of mind.

Even though the information is completely open, searching online can be a long and tedious process of sifting through myriad data bases. It’s a good idea to look for packages specially designed to include all the specific needs described above. As the information age takes us into uncharted waters, we all need to be aware of what is at our fingertips to keep us safe and our privacy intact.

Home Business Tips – Are You Overloaded With Home Business Information?

The most common problem with new people in the home business scene is they get easily overloaded with information. I admit, I’m part of the problem. After all, I have over 4000 articles on the web at this point in writing. However, if you want to stop information overload, you have got to nip the problem in the bud and basically get organized. That’s what it’s all about – getting organized.

The first thing you might want to do is create two email accounts. Or if you have already have one (which is likely), then create a separate account. For your main account, sign up for the gurus whose information you respect. You’ll want to keep only the best emails in your main account. For your separate account, sign up for all other lists in your niche. This is where you can pick up great marketing ideas from the emails you receive. You do not necessarily want to ‘use’ the emails, but you want to spy on them.

The next thing you’ll want to do, if you are just starting out, is to organize your learning. For example, one week you might spend time learning AdWords, and the next week you can focus on article marketing tactics and strategies. Another week you can learn list building and how to set up an autoresponder and market to a list etc. Doing this is almost like following an organized ‘classroom schedule’ and it will make your learning much more progressive, so you are able to take action faster.

Finally, you’ll want to make a to-do list each day of items you need to take action on. Then work through that list and focus on nothing else. I guarantee that you will get a lot done this way and your business will grow faster.

Value of Online Reporting For Credit and Business Information

In the past businesses had to make phone calls or request credit information via fax from credit bureaus. Information about competitors was difficult to obtain. Online reporting services regarding credit information, company profiles, and vendor verification have changed all that.

Unfortunately these services for information specifically focussed on South Africa and other African countries have been limited up to now. There are only a few online services available enabling company managers to check the creditworthiness of consumers, obtain in-depth research reports regarding specific economic sectors and niche markets, as well as country reports.

Value of Information Available From Online Credit Services

No doubt, there is no lack of information on the Internet, but sourcing for such can be a daunting task. It is no longer the lack of information that is an obstacle for business risk management, but the overload thereof. Company CEO’s find it difficult to work through the tons of information clutter when all they need is to subscribe to these services.

With such an online reporting service, the user has direct access to credit information and can set profiles for alerts. Should any changes occur in the consumer or competitor profile regarding creditworthiness the user is alerted immediately. Instead of having to conduct periodic searches to keep tabs on the creditworthiness of clients and business partners, a profile can be created once and alerts received.

The information provided by credit information services is accurate, up to date, and relevant to the risk management division of the business. The clutter of information is thus removed enabling faster and more accurate decision making.

The online reporting services for Africa also for instance, provide bank code monitoring services as well as consumer tracing and valuable customised country and company reports. Online reporting services should be used if a business wants to streamline information sourcing and credit checking functions.