Upon getting information about an upcoming school science fair and the need to consider a topic of interest, many students will typically have no idea where to get started. While the science fair is typically a common occurrence in any school at any grade level, there are different types of topics that should be taken a look at depending on the age of the student. After first taking a look at the many different categories of science projects, you will be able to locate a suitable choice of topic to take to the next level.There is a wide variety of categories that fall under the types of science projects that can be chosen for a school science fair. These include biology, chemistry, physics, microbiology, biochemistry, medicine, environmental, mathematics, engineering, and earth science. While you may not have yet learned very much in any of these categories, don’t be afraid to see what each one entails. Taking a good look at your interests will allow you to focus on the right direction to take.Many resources are also available for those who are unsure as to the topic they are wanting to use to create their science projects. If you take a look at the topics that fall under the biology category, you will likely notice that there are topics that deal with plants, animals, and humans. For those who are in 2nd grade or 3rd grade, an interesting topic may be to determine if ants are picky over what type of food they eat. While this topic might not be of interest to an 8th grader, it is certainly something in the biology category that an elementary school student would enjoy.Along with the biology category, a high school student may want to take a look at diffusion and osmosis in animal cells as this would be a more appropriate topic for the grade level. A student in 6th grade would be more advanced than an elementary school student, but not as advanced as a high school student. At this middle school grade level, a topic of how pH levels effect the lifespan of a tadpole may be of interest.Whichever resource is used to locate a topic for science projects, it is always a good idea to consider the grade level of the student prior to making a selection. It is always assumed to be best to have a project at an appropriate level in order to keep the attention of the student and provide a fun and enjoyable learning experience.
What we do to earn a living is a very big part of our lives and therefore it is equally important that we should enjoy what we do and look forward to every morning as we get out of bed. If you are one of those persons who have to force themselves to go to work then you should consider becoming your own boss. I know starting a business can be a very expensive and time consuming affair but there are many small business ideas, which are relatively easy and inexpensive to set up.We are after all living in the twenty first century and the internet has brought many things within very easy reach of the average individual and there are many small business ideas that can be set up over the internet. Many of these small business ideas require very little capitol and time to set up and then it’s up to the individual to work and make the business as big as they want it to be. You don’t have to be a computer nerd or an internet guru to make these businesses a success because many of these small business ideas can also be set up with very little technical knowledge of computers.Let me give you a few examples of small business ideas that can be easily set up over the internet. You could start your own web business selling custom jewelry, you could become acquainted with the stock market and trade from home, you could offer a resume writing service, you could repair laptops, you could become a web publisher and build websites to earn revenue, and you could even open a dessert catering business out of your home. There’s no end in sight when it comes to small business ideas that you can set up on the internet.One of the easiest small business ideas to set up on the internet is affiliate marketing. With this business idea you don’t even have to create your own product because you are simply helping to sell other peoples products and getting paid commission to do so. Google Ad sense is another small business idea that is very easy to set up and the best thing about this business is that, once it is up and running then there’s very little you need to do to maintain it. If there is a small business idea that is as simple and effective as this, then I would like to hear about it as quickly as possible.It is almost impossible to list here all the small business ideas that you can set up on the internet. All you need is the desire to leave the rat race and do something different. You just need to sit down and brainstorm and you will come up with many small business ideas that you can set on the internet. You need to do your research and decide what you will enjoy doing the most, this is the key to making any business a success because the more you enjoy it the more you will work at it and then may be you could also become one of those people whose life has been changed by the internet.
Doug Richards’ recent report on business support in the UK highlighted that there are 3,000 government agencies and most of them simply direct people to other agencies. This can lead to a never ending cycle of being passed from pillar to post and having to explain yourself over and over again. So if you want help with your business finance, where can you go?Here are the various options open to SMEs in the UK to help you decide the best route for you.1. Your Bank – the high street banks (RBS, Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds) can certainly give you advice in terms of loans, overdrafts, invoice finance and they can also give you some guidance on developing cashflows and general business advice. Usually the advice is coming from staff who are well trained internally and have seen lots of businesses from the outside but may not have had the direct operational experience of running a business.2. Your Accountant – accountants come in many guises and it’s important that you understand whether you are dealing with an auditor (responsible for verifying your accounts after the year end), a tax advisor (helping you with Tax and VAT issues) or a firm helping with your bookkeeping, management reporting and accounts. Each of these has different specialist skills and you shouldn’t assume that just because someone helps you with your tax, they’ll also be giving you overall business advice. Equally, you’ll find that many firms from the big four (PWC, Deloitte, KPMG, E&Y) , the mid tier (Grant Thornton, BDO, Baker Tilly) and the fast growing newer firms (Tenon, Vantis, Target) can give you good specific advice on business finance issues. However, make sure that you have agreed this specifically in any engagement letter. Otherwise they might think they’re just keeping your books or auditing your company and you might think they’re advising you on how well your business is performing and highlighting any potential finance issues. The gap between these expectations has caused significant problems for many companies.3. Your own FD or CFO – If you have your own finance staff then make sure you make the best use of them. It’s easy to dismiss the finance team as being too much in the detail and always taking a negative view but they are often highly experienced and well trained professionals who have a very good insight into your business. Listen to what they have to say and don’t just disregard their views because you prefer to hear all the good news that your sales director is telling you. A good FD or CFO will often have experience from other companies that they can bring to bear in your business.4. Part Time FD Companies – These have been rapidly growing in popularity for SMEs and can provide an excellent source of support and advice. They provide someone in your business on a part time basis who can guide you from their knowledge and experience in a way that’s particularly relevant to your business. When you can’t afford your own full time FD or CFO these companies (FD Solutions, Secantor, Marshall Keen, FDUK, MyFD) can all provide the support and guidance you require for your business finance in a manner that can be very beneficial for your business. Having an FD or CFO in your business, even on a part time basis can give your company a real boost and can give you a trusted advisor to turn to for advice on your company finances.5. Government Agencies – As the Richards Review highlighted it can easily end up feeling like you’re chasing your tail when you deal with these agencies and sometimes the time and effort you put in can feel wasted when you don’t get anywhere. Business Link, which provides somewhat of a hub, has a variable reputation depending on your local region. Some of the Enterprise Hubs are more supportive and operations like Finance South East have built a good reputation for clear and relevant advice.6. Corporate Finance Firms – There are many companies competing in the market to help you raise money for your company. These are businesses in their own right who are seeking to make a profit but that shouldn’t put you off. It means they are incentivised to help you succeed. Generally these firms do charge an upfront fee but most of them earn more of their fees from a back-end success component (a percentage of whatever is raised). Charges will range from £2k to £15k upfront and success fees are generally in the region of 5%, although they can go up to 20%. Beware of companies that either offer the service for free (on the basis that you generally get what you pay for) or that charge a very high upfront fee. There are also some who appear to guarantee an investment providing you pay for Due Diligence (DD). You end up paying £40k in advance and they find something in DD that prevents them investing (which they never really intended to do anyway). Make sure you understand any agreement before you enter into it.7. Your Friends and Family – In reality, this is where many people go for initial advice. Now unless your friends and family happen to fall into any of the previous 6 categories, it’s likely that their advice may be somewhat questionable. If they’ve had actual experience of the same issues and they’ve resolved it then by all means listen to them. However, you should always think about the source of your advice. Where has their knowledge and experience come from?The key lessons here are to consider where the information is coming from, whether that information is based on real world experience and training and how relevant it is to your particular business.