How To Ensure Your Catering Equipment


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Catering equipment is expensive and if anything goes wrong such as breakages or theft, you may suffer huge set-backs if you can’t really afford to replace it in a hurry. You may suffer large profit slumps if you can’t produce food as quickly you usually would. Catering insurance can not only cover your equipment but also your customers, your employees, the food you send out and if you operate a mobile catering business, they can cover your vehicle fleet.

Mobile catering is a fast growing business, you will often see an army of these vehicles offering all foods imaginable at festivals, concerts and funfair’s. Mobile caterers can also cover weddings, corporate events and other similar occasions. Mobile catering compared to the traditional set-up such as a shop or restaurant, has relatively cheap set-up costs. Without expensive buildings to rent you will need a much smaller start up fund. Mobile catering is just like any other business and has the same odds against them, including the hazards of being mobile and using public highways. Different types of vehicles can used for mobile catering from small trailers dragged behind a normal vehicle, food carts, large vans or trucks witch can not only deliver and sell the food, but cook the food inside them to in industrial quality kitchens. Insuring the vehicle is necessary and you need to let your insurers know you are using your vehicle for business. They may not cover you and you may need to find specialist insurance from a company such as NCASS (Nationwide Caterers Association or Simply Business. Most mobile caterers in the UK offer a comprehensive combined liability insurance package which covers all issues including up to £10 million to cover, public liability, products liability and employer’s liability including busy periods and over time.

If you are just about to start up your own catering business, be it in a pub or restaurant you may wish to purchase all your catering equipment from the same place, such as the cash and carry Makro. Purchasing all your equipment from the same place can ensure conformity, giving your kitchen a professional feel and easy flow, making your chefs job’s easier. You will also build a relationship with the supplier making any later repairs or further purchases at a later date, easier. One of the biggest investments involved with setting up your business will be kitting out your kitchen. You will need expensive industrial grade catering equipment and your kitchen needs to flow, allowing your food to flow seamlessly from the prep area to the cook line and onto the pass towards your customers table. There are some places you can save money, renting equipment or leasing it is a great idea on certain pieces of kit. Items such as ice machines are ideal to rent due to their short life span. Big industrial ovens and steamers are ideal to buy second hand due to their long life and high cost.

One are you will not wish to scrimp on is your insurance. Protecting yourself from expensive lawsuits is imperative to business owners. You may also wish to investigate Loss of business insurance, that will help recoup some lost revenue or something totally out of your hands happens near your business. You may also wish to check out specific peril insurance, this covers natural disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, floods or power outages. A more in depth guide into the different kinds of insurance can be found online at


How can you become a Counsellor


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Counselling psychology  like many modern psychology specialities originated around World War II as the U.S. Military has a strong need for vocational placement and training. As far as rewarding careers go, if you are good with people then you need not look any further than a career in counselling. Counsellors help people to explore their emotions that are often related to their experiences. This helps clients reflect on how these experiences can affect their lives and may offer insight into an alternative means of dealing with these issues. Counsellors do not typically give advice, more that they help clients to reach their own conclusions and decide their own course of action. There are many different models of counselling depending on what institution you work within. Some experiences and situations almost all counsellors will find themselves in include;

–        establishing a relationship of trust and respect

–        encouraging clients to discuss sensitive or embarrassing subjects

–        actively listening to their clients and emphasising with their situation

–        accepting without bias the issues raised by the client

–        challenging any inconsistencies they notice the client saying or doing

–        undertaking personal therapy

Counselling jobs are extremely varied and it is guaranteed that each day will be totally different and new challenges will arise constantly. Currently there is a swell in demand for counsellors and psychotherapist. Whether you choose to train in counselling or psychotherapy mainly depends on what work you see yourself doing in the future. If you wish to work somewhere such as a GP practice or school where you will be dealing with issues such as health problems and depression then chances are you may wish to train as a counsellor. Alternatively, psychotherapists will deal with more private individual based therapy over a longer term with clients. Psychotherapy training takes longer, and you will be required to undergo your own personal therapy, counsellors are also advised to but may not be required to. A British student can typically expect to find themselves studying to become accredited for up to 3 years, whereas psychotherapy can take up to 5 years. There are also introductory courses available that may help you deciding whether counselling is the right path for you. Lasting about 80 hours covers many modules related to counselling and is ideal for people with little to no prior experience or knowledge of counselling. More information on the different specialities available can be found at the counsellors guide or for more advice for counselling students visit BACP. Online learning centres such as NCC Home Learning offer a wide range of courses including an amazing counselling course.

There are many different types of counsellor, from marriage counsellors, grievance counsellors to therapists dealing with sexual health or mental health problems. You will not really need to decide what area suits you best until you are on a course, chances are you will find your niche while learning. You can perform a test online that may help you decide what kind of counsellor you should be, check it out here Alternatively if you want to find an accredited counsellor near you there are a many directories or search engines online such as the counselling directory.

Counselling really can cover an extremely large range of topics including career counselling,  credit counselling, crisis management, emotional therapy, existential counselling, genetic counselling, intervention, postvention, relationship counselling, suicide intervention and telephone counselling to name just a few. It is truly a diverse and wide ranged career path with many options available to those willing to train. If you enjoy helping people and are a good listener capable of viewing topics as objectively as possible then counselling may be for you.

Your Guide To Keeping An Organised Schedule


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When you’re at work, one of your top priorities should be organisation. Without a good grasp of time management and personal organisation, important documents are likely to get mislaid and urgent deadlines will not be met. The same goes for when you’re looking for a job – you’ll have to demonstrate to your prospective employer just how organised you can be, not just within your job but also on a daily basis. For example, if you’re constantly running late, you will not make a great impression. Organisation counts for a lot, whatever job you’re in, but it’s even more important if your role is secretarial. So here are some tips to help you keep to an organised schedule.

Stay on task

Many people are fooled into thinking that if they multi-task they will be able to complete several tasks at once. The problem with multitasking however, is that your brain becomes distracted and then you find it harder to settle back into what you were originally working on. So forget procrastination, and forget trying to answer your email, finish off a phone call and research your next project. Stick to one task at a time and see it through to the end. Then once you’ve finished, cross it off and start the next item.

Write everything down

Making a to-do list before you leave the office each night can really help you to stay on schedule. When you arrive to work the next morning, instead of having to figure out what your tasks for the day ahead are, you’ll already have everything written down. If you can, prioritise each task so that you complete the urgent deadlines first and leave the more relaxing work until after lunch when your brain is feeling a little sleepy. Another good idea is to assign a time limit for each task, giving you a better idea of how much you will realistically be able to accomplish in one day. Tate secretarial jobs will require you to juggle many tasks at once, so keeping a written record of your to-do list will ensure you do not forget anything.

Use your time wisely

It’s perfectly natural to have off days every now and again. Although you may not feel like doing much work, you can actually make the best use possible of your time. Organisational tasks such as filing do not require much brain power so if you’re feeling a little off-colour, rather than spending an unproductive day desperately hoping your boss won’t notice that you’re on Facebook instead of doing your work, spend the day getting all of your documents and files in order. At least then you will not have to look far to access something on another working day where you are extremely busy.

Take a break

You may feel that you’re too busy to take your lunch break or that taking five minutes out of your hectic schedule to get some fresh air will slow you down. In actual fact taking a short break can have a positive effect. Just five minutes every few hours will help your brain to switch off and you’ll start to see a way through those problems. So instead of working yourself up into a frenzy and then losing motivation and energy towards the end of the day, take a couple  of short breaks every few hours and you’ll have enough motivation to work until the end of the day and not leave the office feeling spent.