How To Get Started With An Umbrella Company

When you work as a contractor, the work formula is very different as to when you work as an employee. For those individuals who are used to working as employees, they will face significant challenges when they first start to work as contractors. However, the best thing with those who successfully cope is that they report higher satisfaction level with their careers as opposed to their counterparts who are employed. This is because they exercise high levels of control over their working conditions and the environment. It is very common for every contractor to experience challenges, but contractors should learn how to get started with an Umbrella company.

A good umbrella company

Just go for it

As it is with every other exercise that one engages in, it is important that you conduct some necessary planning and analysis. But it is important that we note at this point that, no amount of planning will help one avoid all problems. You will discover that umbrella companies state that those contractors who took the plunge without so many worries end up performing better, even when they are confronted with difficult situations.


Build up some clients before venturing it alone

It is always advisable that you build up your client base before you quit your employment. It is not good that you start your own umbrella company and then steal your former employer’s clients. But it is not bad if you line up a few of them to that you ensure that you get revenue inflow very early.

Have savings

It is advisable that you have at least I year’s worth of savings. This will ensure that you do not have a more immediate need for cash as this will give you more negotiating power as you converse with your soon to be clients. This will give you the liberty to refuse a client who is paying low, as you have the cash to sustain you as you wait for the client who is willing to pay for your worth. Since your umbrella company is new, and at times work flow can go down a little bit, you can relax knowing that you have enough savings to pay your bills.

Select a special niche that you will serve

Even though serving a wide range of clients will open more opportunities for you, the reverse can also be true. You will encounter some clients who require a specialized skill set as they assume that they are in a position to deliver results faster and efficiently. If you want to attract more customers, it is advisable that you select a special niche to serve, rather than concentrating on a broad range of clientele.


Learn how to get contracts

In this field, different umbrella companies offer different levels of skills. This is part of the whole game. This is why it is advisable, that you learn the techniques that will portray you as a more credible contractor as opposed to these other who are seen to be providing average skills.…


Factors To Consider When Buying A Work Laptop

If you are out there shopping for a work laptop, you need to have the knowledge and be aware of the features that you will be looking for as they will come in handy when you choose your laptop. Some of those features include:

Buying a work laptop



For example, your job is office oriented, don’t make the biggest mistake that most individuals do commit. Most people have a tendency of spending a lot of money on purchasing a laptop that is way far too powerful for them to use for their office applications only. If you are purchasing a laptop for your office functions, you should know that most of the office chores have not changed. And those office applications are among the least chores that demand any complicated programs. For this reason, it is advisable to go for even the least powerful laptop as it will not have any problem in running and performing these duties. Therefore, it is recommended that you go for the cheapest range of laptop that is available since it will, all the same, serve you well.


Another very important feature that you will have to look out for when purchasing your working computer is its reliability. This is informed by the fact that there is nothing worse like losing your work and your vital documents due to the failure of your laptop. To avoid such a situation, it is recommended that you stick with the tried and tested brands. Even though it is important to go with these brands, remember to back up your important files since the system may break down or be infected and you may risk losing them.

Ensure good quality keyboard

Since most of your work will be in the office and it may involve a lot of typing, ensure that the laptop you purchase has a keyboard that is comfortable and has a simple layout that you can be used to easily. If your work will involve a lot of numerical data entry, it is important that you go for a laptop that has a visible number pad on its keyboard, if it does not have, then you should consider purchasing an external keyboard.


The processing power is one of the most important factors that you should consider. Its processing power should be able to match the functions and work that you will require to perform. If your job requirements are high, then make sure that you go for the latest fashions which are quite powerful. Even though it will be a bit expensive, go for it if it will improve your level of productivity. But you should note that if your laptop has a big processor, then it will equally consume a considerable amount of electrical power.

Laptop looks

klasdnvlkasldkvnsalkdvnlkasnvlknasldknvlaskdvasdAlways consider the feelings that the color of your laptop will give. Since it is intended to be used for official work or business, it is advisable that you go for a standard black model. It should not have distinctive and screaming colors. Here look at what its appearance will say about your commitment to your job but not its appearance.

Above all, choose a laptop that augers well with what you do, not one which has a complete contrast with your job.…

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The Commands & Colors: Ancients game system allows players to effectively portray epic engagements of ancient history. The scale of the game is flexible and varies from battle to battle. For some scenarios, an infantry unit may represent a legion of soldiers, while in other scenarios a unit may represent just a few brave warriors. The battles, showcased in the scenario section, focus on the historical deployment of forces and important terrain features on the scale of the game system. The Command card system drives movement, creates ‘fog of war’, and presents players with many interesting challenges and opportunities, while the battle dice resolve combat quickly and efficiently. The battlefield tactics you will need to execute to gain victory conform remarkably well to the strengths and limitations of the various ancient unit types, their weapons, the terrain, and history.

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Written by Alessandro Crespi
I’ve updated 10 maps by me.
Here you can find last 10 additions.

AC21 Noreia (112 BC)
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Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 December 2008 17:31
Read more… [Published 10 maps (by Alessandro Crespi)]

Written by Alessandro Crespi
I’ve published a specific page for every Maps/Scenarios Designer, for easier reference and for giving the right tribute to each contributor!

CLICK HERE to see the right page.

Written by Miguel Marques
One of my biggest disappointments when I first went through the scenarios in Exp#1 (besides the absence of Thermopylae and Chaeronea) was seeing Spartan armies with the suggestion of using Persian blocks… I could understand it for Successors battles, after all they were being “Easternized”, but Sparta???

You will say “well, there are just a few battles”, if I remember well Leuctra and Mantinea, but the problem became bigger for me as most of the 15 scenarios I have designed (Greek Tragedy, Hellenica and Sacred Band) involve Spartans. Or at least other Greeks.

I began using the gray Roman army for those scenarios, better looking than the Persian but I was not fully satisfied… And then I found a cheap solution. I’m using glass stones as generic Victory Banners, and small plastic shields as Special Unit markers. This leaves me with 56 Black blocks (yes, I have all expansions)!!!

I’ve used them to build a 7th “Black Army”: Sparta. The “only” thing I had to do was work on new, Spartan-like labels for these blocks (GET IT HERE).

Last Updated on Friday, 31 October 2008 10:20
Read more… [7th “Black Army”: Sparta]

Written by Alessandro Crespi
Today has been released a Vassal Module extension to show ALL ScenarioX ArmyList (graphical edition) inside Vassal, for easy reference during tournaments or even for fast skirmish setup.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 November 2008 11:05
Read more… [ScenarioX ArmyList Vassal Extension]

Written by Alessandro Crespi
I’ve updated 15 maps by Miguel Marqués, creating the relative CODENAME.
From now on all maps by Miguel will be named MMxx, where xx represent his progressive number.

MM01 Thermopylae (480 BC) HELLENICA
MM02 Mycale (479 BC) HELLENICA
MM03 Tanagra (457 BC) HELLENICA
MM04 Cunaxa (401 BC) HELLENICA
MM05 Megalopolis (331 BC) HELLENICA
MM07 Sphacteria (425 BC) GREEK TRAGEDY
MM08 Delium (424 BC) GREEK TRAGEDY
MM09 Mantinea (418 BC) GREEK TRAGEDY
MM10 Epipolae (413 BC) GREEK TRAGEDY
MM11 Coronea (394 BC) SACRED BAND
MM12 Tegyra (375 BC) SACRED BAND
MM13 Leuctra (371 BC) SACRED BAND
MM14 Mantinea (362 BC) SACRED BAND
MM15 Chaeronea (338 BC) SACRED BAND
I’m also working on a VASSAL MODULE EXTENSION to play all of these scenarios online (Yes! with Spartan Army). Stay tuned.

In Download Section you will also find 3 separate PDF that groups these scenarios.
Click here to downlaod them: HELLENICA, GREEK TRAGEDY and SACRED BAND.

Thank you Miguel for these great maps!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 October 2008 17:52

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