Biggest Obstacles in Thesis Writing

Biggest Obstacles in Thesis Writing

If you are not aware what a thesis is, you are in for a real treat. Now that you are in graduate school, you will understand that it is the ultimate challenge you will face in the years to come. Why? Because a thesis is a cumulative study of what you have learned since the day you first stepped into that classroom on your first day of graduate school.

A thesis will determine your competency to carry out intensive research based on your field of study. It is the final requirement after you get a passing grade in all your classes, complete your course assignments, and pass all your final exams. You must submit your thesis, defend it in front of a committee, and get a passing grade on it. Only then will you receive your PhD.

Even though a thesis only consists of a few parts, it should still be written properly, with credible resources and references, as well as actual experimentation, analysis, and data collection. It seems like a lot, right? But there is more to it than that. If you are about to start your dissertation, you better be prepared for all the challenges you fill face along the line.

What are the obstacles to thesis writing?

Writing a Thesis Statement

Composing an Impressive Thesis Statement

This may seem like a small detail considering the word statement, but it is actually the basis of your whole dissertation. Your thesis statement should be clear and concise. Its main purpose is to explain what your research is all about so that the panel can decide whether or not you have achieved your goal as a researcher. Your statement should not be a general dissection of an existing problem. It should be about something that is original, yet relatively specific in your line of study.

Doing an Extensive Amount of Research

You would think that Googling information is enough; however, you have to fact-check, cross-reference, and validate your research materials. If you end using false information, not only will you look bad, you will also fail graduate school. Research is a big deal because it will determine whether or not you are capable of gathering enough information that is useful enough to solve a problem once you set out on your career.

Collecting Data and Statistics

This then is the most tedious part of the theses writing process. If you do not have access to the proper data resources, you may find yourself having to do an independent data collection. This includes handing out surveys, calling people to ask them about their personal information and their answers to your questions, determining a relevant sample size – and that is just the tip of the iceberg. Luckily for you, this is the digital age and you can simply disseminate your survey all over the internet or place an ad for it on forums like Reddit.

These three may be the biggest hurdles of your dissertation writing process. At some point, you may even find yourself asking someone, “Can you write my dissertation for me?” or even buy theses to ease the workload. Just remember that as hard as the work can get, the rewards are surely greater.

How to Creatively Market with Booklets

How to Creatively Market with Booklets

One of the most effective and influential marketing strategies is brochure advertising. Many marketing experts agree that there is no better way to share a targeted and concise message to an audience and when brochure format is not adequately large, booklets are the ideal solution.

When something ‘more than a brochure’ is needed, booklets are perfect.

Booklets have the advantage of more space than a brochure being available. Booklets can effectively present a brand and promote its benefits. Typically, booklets are kept for longer than brochures too.

Typically, the distribution of booklets is quite easy. They can be folded to DL size and mailed easily.

When attracting new customers is a business’ purpose, booklets can achieve this end because they are more substantial and have a high quality look and feel. Essentially, booklets can serve as a mini-catalogue.

Booklets that are well-designed attract customers. Through the practical format used, information that is useful and clearly branded can be shared.

There are many good ways to market creatively with booklets and provide more value. Exchanging booklets for contact information can be a good strategy as can the display of booklets at a point of sale.

When booklets are creatively designed so that innovation is foregrounded, it is possible for a business to leverage its brand above its competitors.

5 Receipts Businesses Need to Keep

Businesses need to keep important receipts to protect themselves during an audit, according to blogshoeboxed.com.

The following receipts are especially important to keep.

1. Meal and entertainment receipts.

Meals and drinks are often used to help win clients. However, the line between between meeting friends and business associates is often blurred, making these expenses a common target for auditors. The receipt should contain a note of who attended and the purpose of the meeting.

2. Travel expenses.

Travel is another area where the line between business and pleasure is often blurred. Receipts for accommodation, taxis, meals and tickets should distinguish between personal and business matters.

3. Vehicle related receipts.

Assets such as cars, which are used for both business and personal reasons need to have the business portion accounted for separately. This percentage can be applied against vehicle costs in any claim.

4. Gift receipts.

Items such as tickets could be treated as gifts or entertainment depending on whether the giver attends the event with the client. It’s important to document this so the accountant can categorize the receipt correctly.

Student Builds Working Submarine

A high school student has managed to build a working submarine, writes Gizmodo’s Andrew Liszewski.

The inventive teenager, Justin Backerman, has already built a remote controlled cleaner, a home theater built into a helmet and now a submarine that can operate to a depth of nine meters. Liszewski said that compared to the science experiments being carried out by his peers, the creativity and skill shown by Backerman is remarkable.

The submarine was built using a three meter drain pipe that was sealed with large amounts of waterproof marine glue at both ends. Ballast tanks were added to enable the sub to descend and rise in a controlled fashion. Motors, audio and TV communication equipment were then added along with powerful lighting to allow Backerman to explore the floor of his local lake.

The device took just over six months to design and construct. As Justin used materials that he could scavenge, that total cost came to just under US$1,000.

Even States and Cities are Re-Branding

Re-branding isn’t just for large companies , states and cities all over the world are rethinking their image in an attempt to appeal to domestic and international tourists.

According to Gizmodo, these campaigns are increasingly popular as competition to draw in tourists, and their money, heats up. Some of the most interesting examples of regional re-branding include:

  • Amsterdam, the most recognizable city in the Netherlands, has increased its appeal and emphasized its individuality with a campaign called “I Amsterdam.” The play on the iPhone seems to have worked and giving the city a new image.
  • Colorado, the American mountain state, has long been trying to tell potential visitors that it has more to offer than skiing and camping. A new campaign called “Making Colorado” is designed to highlight the state’s increasingly sophisticated and cosmopolitan nature.
  • Shrewsbury is a quaint English town and has been trying to distinguish itself and attract tourists with “A Shrewsbury One-Off.” The idea is to showcase the town’s Tudor heritage and unique atmosphere with some old-fashioned English humor.

SEO Right From The Start

SEO (search engine optimization) has certainly come a long way. From it’s humble beginnings to it’s complicated workings today, SEO is an important part of your website design and your marketing efforts as well.

According to Search Engine Journal, getting the top position on Google’s search results has never been so important.

The most important thing is keeping SEO in mind when building your website so that right from the start, you’re ahead of the rest:

  • Keywords. Keywords are an important element of any SEO campaign. You want to have a list of top level and long tail terms that describe your business and it’s offerings. Use Google keyword tool, Market Samurai, Moz and Google search to compile a list of keywords you’re happy with.
  • Using the keywords. Keywords must be used in your website’s title title tags, keywords and meta descriptions, domain and graphic descriptions.
  • Navigation. Use well ordered semantics with your links and internal navigation systems to ensure that when Google’s bots crawl through your website, it understands what’s there.

Signs You Need an Assistant

Signs You Need an Assistant

People should watch for the key signs that they need an assistant, said The Daily Worth’s Sandy Fernandez.

There’s lots of hard work, but few results

People often get stuck into a flood of administrative tasks with out getting their core work done. When this happens, it’s time to consider outsourcing.

Deadlines get missed

When deadlines are missed, it’s usually because the person has too much work on. Missed deadlines can sink a small business as clients need to trust that the business can deliver on its promises. Hiring a project manager or assistant can help with managing deadlines and allocating work more effectively.

Same parts of the job are uninteresting

People should consider outsourcing the parts of their business they don’t enjoy or are not good at. For instance, many people in creative roles don’t enjoy working with balance sheets and profit and loss statements, so may consider bringing in a financial expert to handle those tasks. Another option for employers is to enlist the services of a virtual assistant , who are able to take care of certain tasks from a remote location.

Accounting For China’s Informal Banking Structure

China’s economic apparatus is complex and sophisticated, with many facets that people, particularly non economists, don’t really understand. One of these obscure facets is the informal banking sector, which has come under close scrutiny in recent years. Informal banking is a huge industry in China, that includes more than 14% of the country’s GDP, amounting to something between 7.1 and 12.14 trillion Chinese dollars.

Informal banking fills a niche in the Chinese financial market underneath dominant national banks, and local government borrowing schemes. According to John L Thornton, in his China Center Paper, Chinese local governments command one-third of outstanding bank loans . Thornton said that state infrastructure projects soak up 30-40% of total Chinese loans.

As the government absorbs so much of the country’s credit, small and independent borrowers are left without financing options. Informal banking structures target this niche. Xia Gang, chair for the Bank of China said that informal lending organisations are “fundamentally a Ponzi scheme.”

Virtual Offices Help Businesses Communicate Reliably

Established business enterprises with capital to spare can hire staff to communicate with clients and rent property. Start up businesses that function on a tighter budget are seeking the help of virtual offices to compete with established business rivals.

Small business expert Amy E recently published an article on the advantages that virtual office services provide to small enterprises. Amy said, “The virtual office can offer a prestigious business address for correspondence with clients.” In order to receive work, a business enterprise needs to meet with clients, and a meeting requires a meeting place. Virtual office services provide that meeting place affordably.

Telephone communications are fundamental to business interactions and telephone reliability is directly linked to business success. Virtual office services provide a telecommunication solution for emerging businesses. Centralized telephone numbers, virtual receptionists and call forwarding are all available.

As communication and reliability draws in work, the business will develop and become more complex. Virtual offices help establish business communications and reliability.

WHS Broadens Duty To Consult For Employers

Under current Work Health Safety (WHS) legislation safety guidelines that replaced the former Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) legislation, the onus of ‘duty to consult” has broadened to now encompass all workers in decisions regarding health and safety within the workplace.

To reflect modern workplace arrangements, the WHS legislation has broadened the definition of ‘worker,’ and the term ‘employer’. Those terms now include a ‘person conducting a business or undertaking’ (PCBUs), which encompasses sole traders, principle contractors, unincorporated associations, partnerships, franchisees, self-employed people and volunteer organizations that employ people.

According to PerformHR, the WHS act imposes the onus of duty of care on PCBUs to consult with workers and engage their input on workplace health and safety matters.

Workplace health and safety consultations can be an informal process that involves obtaining the views and ideas of employees, and can include more formal consultation involving Health & Safety Representatives, a Health & Safety Committee or other relevant face to face arrangement.