What Does it Mean to Be or Get Bonded for a Job; And Where Do I Apply for a Bond?

If you’ve given up looking for a job and have decided to become a self employed housekeeper or handyman instead, having yourself bonded is a strategy that will make you more marketable. To be bonded for a job, or “get bonded” means that a person is being insured against theft. For customers concerned about the honesty of housekeepers and handymen coming into their homes, a bond ensures that the individual’s criminal background has been thoroughly checked out by an insurance company. It also means that the insurance company has secured funds that are available to the customer in case of theft. If for example, a housekeeper walks off with a HDTV or a ruby necklace, the insurance company will make every effort to track down the valuables and prosecute the thief if found. In the event that the items are not recoverable, the insurance company will settle a claim with the property owner.

Being bondable or bonded gives a self employed worker a serious advantage against the competition, especially when there is so much competition out there right now for any type of job.

How the process starts is with a phone call to your insurance agent. Many insurance companies provide this service and should be able to give you the best rates for a policy. If you don’t have an insurance agent, another place to check on the internet or in your local phone book. Bonding companies are listed under “Bonds: Surety ¬†amp; Fidelity.” You might even wish to compare rates and shop around for the best deals.

The application usually asks for a social security number, the type of business being operated, and the value of what is being insured. For a housekeeper or handyman, the insurance agent can advise you as to what is a realistic dollar amount.

What you pay for the bond depends on what is being insured and how risky the company feels you may be. The standard fee for a bond of this type seems to run between .5% – 1% of the amount needed. For a very small housecleaning or handyman enterprise, the bond will cost you approximately $100-$150 a year.

Once you’ve cleared the background check from the insurance company, you are mailed a document which shows that you have been bonded. This paper contains the name of your company, the insurance company and the dollar amount being insured. When a customer asks if you are bonded, you can furnish a copy of this document as proof that you are indeed a “bonded” worker.

20 Influential Business Women and Women in Business

Business women and women in business are powerful, influential and inspirational, they may be in your country or even your place of work, wherever they be, they are everywhere – and a good job too!

Starting a business or being in business requires strength, determination, networking, risk taking and delegating to name but a few things.


Here is a list of 20 business women and business women in no particular order you may find interesting and want to find more out about.


  1. Michelle Obama
  2. Jacqueline Gold
  3. Kavita Oberoi
  4. Hillary Devey
  5. Condoleezza Rice
  6. Susan Chambers
  7. Ofra Strauss
  8. Deborah Meaden
  9. Kanya King
  10. Hillary Clinton
  11. Madonna
  12. Rachel Elnaugh
  13. Cathie Black
  14. Anne Lauverergeon
  15. HoChing
  16. Delphine Arnault-Hancia
  17. Martha Stewart
  18. Delia Smith
  19. Natalie Massenet
  20. Michelle Mone


These are just some of the inspirational women out there at the moment making a difference and you can do it to. Here are some top tips to help you be an even more successful women in business or business woman:


  1. Never give up on your dreams and ambitions – you are the only one holding yourself back.
  2. Remember that if you can dream it then you can achieve it.
  3. Always be confident. Confident in what you are doing and where you are going.
  4. Don’t ever be afraid to ask for help.
  5. Remember to delegate tasks and so on, this will free up more of your time to work on other things.
  6. Remember that you can have it all, a family, a career, a business and whatever else oyu desire.
  7. There will always be hurdles to jump over and mountains to climb but with determination you will be successful.
  8. Always remember that if you fail to plan then you plan to fail.
  9. Remember to set goals, targets and aims and to surpass them.
  10. Networking can help you meet new people, new suppliers and new contacts.
  11. Remember to take some time off.
  12. Always have a business plan for things you are doing or would like to do, a business plan will act as a guide and will help guide you to success.
  13. Remember that success doesn’t happen overnight it takes patience, effort, hard work and sometimes a bit of a struggle.


I hope you have found this article both useful and helpful, good luck with your businesses or in business

What You Need to Start Your Own Business

A successful entrepreneur can tell you that a good business owner plans every step in the creation of a business to avoid mistakes. According to a report entitled “The Small Business Economy: 2010” published on the Small Business Administration website, approximately 15.3 million Americans were self-employed in 2009. In order to join the millions of self-employed people in the United States, you need to understand how to start a personal business.

Idea A good personal business starts with an idea. Get a pen and a piece of paper and write down every kind of business you think that you would like to start. You can begin eliminating businesses that you do not feel confident about, or that you know you will not be able to apply the proper time and resources to. What you have left is a short list of businesses that you feel you could dedicate time and money into to get started.


Research You need to narrow your short list down to just one business idea, and you do that through research. Start reading books on the businesses you are considering starting. Find out how the businesses work, the kind of experience you need to be successful and the materials you will need to get started. Get out and visit companies that already exist so you can see first hand how it works. If you are able to, you should work for a couple of these companies just to get an intimate idea of whether or not you want to start that kind of business.


Experience and Education


When you were deciding on a businesses, part of your research dealt with determining the experience and educational needs of the industry you have chosen. If you are lacking in the necessary educational background, then take the time to fill in what you are missing. Take classes at the local community college, or go back to school full-time to get the degree you will need. When you’ve completed the research, you need to get experience in your field. You can start working for an existing company through a full-time job, or spend a summer as an intern learning the business.


Mentor Once you have decided on the kind of business you want to start, you need to find a mentor to help you get started. You may find a mentor working full-time for an existing company, or you may know someone already in the industry you want to work in. You are unlikely to find a mentor working in your industry of choice in your own geographic area. You will be seen as competition by those business people. But reach out to people that you would not be in direct competition over the phone or the Internet, and see if you can find someone that will help you to understand what is needed to start your business.


“Starting and Managing a Business,” SBA.gov

“How to Start Your Own Business and Keep Your Sanity,” USNews.com

“7 Tips for Part-Time Business Owners,” Entrepreneur.com

Get Great Results From Employees: SAFE uses the Law of Attraction to Achieve Dramatic Performance

great results from employeeAs a manager you probably use a process for goal setting and tracking that is based on the acronym SMART. SMART provides you with the ability to track your subordinates’ progress and gives you opportunities for coaching and performance improvement.

SMART is a linear, logical process that fits nicely with traditional management styles. But it may not be the best tool for supporting great breakthroughs and getting dramatic performance improvements. In this, as well as employee development, a new goal setting process, SAFE, may offer superior results.

SAFE is non-linear and a bit illogical, in that faith plays a big part in SAFE’s process.

SAFE combines the best aspects of SMART with the power of the Law of Attraction. SAFE stands for

  • See your goal,
  • Accept it,
  • Feel it with emotion, and
  • Express it.

You may be initially reluctant to acknowledge, let alone utilize, the power of the spiritual world. Traditionally, business has relegated spirituality to something employees do on Sunday. But that is changing. The science of quantum physics is beginning to confirm much of traditional spiritual wisdom, including the Law of Attraction. Businesses that thrive in the future will take advantage of Universal wisdom and learn to access the full power of attraction and creativity.

The SAFE Method of Goal Setting

Pick a business goal for your group that involves the entire group. Perhaps there’s a quality or customer service target that would set your group apart from the average group others doing similar work. Let’s use a customer service goal as an example.

See the Vision

Begin by imagining the customer service goal that would set a new standard for your business or industry. Do you feel excited? Good, now ignore the next thoughts of how in the world you’ll accomplish this new standard. That will come later. For now, it’s important to See the goal achieved and to Accept that the ways to get there will come.

Accept, Feel, and Express

Spend some time visualizing your world after the goal is achieved. See, with rich emotion, the recognition you and your group receive from your company, from customers, and from business analysts. In your mind, read the articles about your group’s accomplishments. Feel the pride that comes with a team of people making a great accomplishment.

Replay (Express) this vision several times over a few days, each time enriching it with emotion and detail.

Share Your Vision

Now it’s time to enroll your employees. Gather them together and share your vision for the future. Ask them to withhold questions about how to achieve the vision. Share your vision in great detail, painting a rich picture that includes customer’s positive reactions and stunning recognition for each employee.

Seek to enroll everyone in the vision as something worthwhile and exciting. Ask them to think about the vision over the next few days without trying to figure out how to accomplish it.

Each day, send out an email or a voice message reinforcing some aspect of the vision. As you discuss business issues make it a point to touch on the vision. Perhaps put together a collage of the vision and post it on a bulletin board.

The How

Refrain from trying to lay out the action steps to reach the goal. Instead, accept the nudges of intuition and inspiration that naturally come as a result of holding the vision strongly in mind.

Soon you’ll find that the appropriate action steps are apparent; they’ve surfaced as inspirations, questions, and suggestions during your many vision meetings. Begin working toward the vision as actionable ideas unfold. Don’t worry about identifying all the action items; they’ll unfold over time. Continue to see the vision clearly and with emotion, trusting the process.


Using SAFE, you’ll find your employees engaged, enthused, and motivated. They’re a part of the vision, perhaps each seeing it from a different perspective and with differing motivations. But they will be engaged and committed as long as the vision is held firmly in view as the group’s future.