• April 30, 2018 /  Banking & Money

    To enable us meet and surpass the Money Transfer needs of our Customers, Skye Bank introduced the Western Union Money Transfer Service in 2005.

    Western Union money transfer is an electronic funds transfer service that enables people send money from over 220 countries and 300,000 Western Union Agent locations around the World and receive them in our over 200 Skye Bank branches nation-wide.

    We also have “Dedicated Centers” where only Western Union transactions are consummated. The bank’s dedicated centers are strategically located, catering to numerous Western Union customers within and without the localities.

    The product is uniquely designed to allow both customers and non-customers of Skye bank to receive their funds at our branches. Nigeria is presently a receive-only country for Western Union Money transfer.

    The success of Skye bank in the area of Service Delivery has endeared the bank to the teeming users of the product.

    The bank is opened for Western Union business:

    Monday to Friday: 8.00a.m. – 4.00p.m.
    Saturday: 9.00a.m. – 3.00p.m. (For selected locations)
    Sundays and Public Holidays: 10.00am – 2.00pm

    Benefits of Collecting Western Union Transfers from Skye Bank
    Our services are fast and efficient
    We have over 200 branches and locations, making the service easily accessible to receivers nationwide
    Security of transactions is guaranteed
    Availability of Dollar Cash
    Opportunities to win various gift items with repeated patronage
    Currency conversion service through our Bureau de Change outlets nationwide, making our locations, a one-stop shop for Western Union customers.
    Convenient opening hours
    Procedure To Receive
    The receiver goes to the nearest Skye bank location and completes a Money Receive Form
    Receiver provides the following information
    10 digit Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN)
    Test Question and Test Answer
    Receiver provides acceptable means of identification.
    Any of the following means of identification are acceptable:
    International Passport
    Driver’s License
    National Identity Card
    Other secondary identification acceptable by Skye bank Plc
    Further details on the product can be obtained at any of our locations nationwide.
    You can also call our Western Union Customer Service Center on any of these lines;
    234 1 2703090 or 234 1 8775732 or email us on

  • April 29, 2018 /  Banking & Money

    The use of offshore banking is no longer disreputable because the policies are now strictly regulated. Standard bank offshore services may also be ideal for businesspeople and expatriates who usually have to make transactions between two countries. However, offshore banking may not be a viable option for people who have filed for bankruptcy or those who have a tainted credit history.
    One of the usual alternatives are offshore bank accounts in Jersey because this area is believed to be one of the most secure locations for such transactions. This is due to its stable local economy and political structure. Also, the Banking Business Law of 1991 is charged with regulating a Jersey offshore bank account. In Jersey, there are hundreds of investment, fund management, and banking institutions. This provides a person with a wide range of entities to choose from, which permit him to opt for the best offshore banking service suitable to his needs. One way to check if the provider is reputable is to make sure that it is regulated by the Jersey Financial Services Commission (JSC). You can verify that a provider is regulated by JSC by checking the list published on the JSC website.
    Offshore banking accounts have several advantages over local bank accounts, especially for expatriates. The primary advantage is that anywhere they are, they can easily deposit or withdraw money using these accounts. Another benefit offered by offshore banking is you do not have to transfer your money to your home country or to an onshore bank, for whatever your reasons.
    Business men and women who need to work in several countries may also find that offshore bank accounts are ideal for their lifestyle. Offshore accounts may also offer better privacy and security than onshore bank accounts. With offshore banking, it is also easier to handle different currencies. To demonstrate, you may get your pay in a certain currency, deposit it in your pension in another kind of currency, and then remit some money to your home country in your own currency.
    The reduction of taxes is another significant benefit of an offshore account. To illustrate, if your home country does not tax foreign income unless you send it home, then it would be best to keep your funds in an offshore account. Offshore banking services provided by a reputable bank may also be more secure than keeping your funds in a local bank onshore. Lastly, an offshore account may provide you with higher interest rates compared to a small onshore bank.

  • April 28, 2018 /  Banking & Money

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  • April 28, 2018 /  Trade & Franchise

    Although process automation facilitates better management international trade risks, latent risks still exist. Implementation of technologies not withstanding, international trade risks need to be managed in real time and on a totalitarian basis. The first of such risks is ramifications the slump in US economy can instill due to housing market crash. Volatility of financial markets with renewed oil market threats could trigger inflation and hikes in interest rates. The third most significant risk is the heightened scrutiny of exports due to security concerns, which makes managing international trade risks harder.

    On the other hand, exporters’ risks include insolvency of the importer, protracted default in which the importer fails to pay off the due within the legal period after the due date and risk of rejection. On a far sight, export ban, possibilities of war, changes to the law/tariff or even confiscation of importers’ properties also count as major possible risks in an international trade.

    -Possible Steps to International Trade Risk Mitigation

    International banks provide with expert support and service to conduct international trade and international transactions rather safely.

    Getting paid in an international trade is a different thing due to a number of factors that influence it. One must note that no amount of planning can entirely eliminate the payment risks in international trade and carefully resorting to your preferred mode of payment and hedging the risks besides securing proper credit insurance and credit checks on your customers before engaging with your trading partner is the safest way out.

    -Regional Trade Organizations

    International trade related disputes are resolved by the World Trade Organization which is a multilateral agency because it sets the rules that govern the global trading. There exist a few regional trade organizations but regulative powers are limited with them. Some quarters have raised fears that regional trade organizations can be used against them, which on the contrary has contributed to a messier situation.

    -Availing Credit Can Help Mitigate Some Risks

    One way to safeguard international trade is via credit insurance policy with multiple covers such as the potential insolvency through which the customer provides reimbursement, although to a limit. Products like Bills for Collection (BC) and Letters of Credit (LC) come in very handy in international trade situations. An LC is a bank-to-bank commitment of payment favoring the exporter and guaranteeing the payment against presentation of certain compliant documents. Both BC and LC are governed by regulations from ICC.

  • April 28, 2018 /  Entrepreneurs

    The great strides made in the development of the Internet in the recent past has enabled information to be transmitted thousands of miles away with such ease and clarity that time and space are hardly of any consequence to the Internet Marketer today.

    Marketing Programs have literally taken over the Internet and riding high, is Affiliate Marketing.

    According to the Computer Industry Almanac “The world-wide Internet population for 2004 was 934 million and the projection for 2006 is 1.21 billion.”

    Sean Michael Kerner in an article in Click Z News quoting a spokesman for eBay states “According to eBay their largest affiliate earned over $1.3 million dollars in January commission, the largest amount yet in their affiliate program’s history. Their top 25 affiliates averaged over $100,000 per month each and the top 100 affiliates earn almost $25,000 each per month.”

    With this sort of statistics around, is it any surprise that thousands of entrepreneurs especially those Home Based Business entrepreneurs with very small marketing budgets are jumping on to the Affiliate Marketing band-wagon!

    Given below are some of the Popular reasons for this desire and urge to do Affiliate Marketing:

    1. Cost Factor: Most Entrepreneurs refrain from starting a brick and mortar business or for that matter a Home Based Business (non internet) because of the investment required. In Affiliate Marketing the set-up cost is negligible with most programs being free to join and the merchant even providing you with the tools, tips and websites.

    2. Pick and Choose Products: With dozens of Affiliate Program providers and thousands of merchants having their own affiliate programs, there are several thousands of products to choose from. You name it they have it! In fact there are even Fortune 500 companies to choose from. The idea is to pick and choose your niche products and promote them.

    3. No need for an Inventory. The hassle of purchasing, stocking of items and storing of finished items (in a production unit) and dispatching them are not there. There is no need to maintain an inventory. It is all handled by the merchant.

    4. No need for Employees. In any business the wages of the employees is one of the major expenditures to contend with. Here the problem does not arise since the marketer himself will operate his home business and probably get the assistance of a family member to help him.

    5. Necessity for Customer Service does not arise. Customer service plays a major role in the success or failure of a business. The advantage here is that there is no direct dealing with the customers. The website will automatically direct the customers to the merchants.

    6. Two Tier Affiliate Marketing: An attractive feature of certain affiliate programs is that they have a Two tier system, whereby affiliates can sign up as sub-affiliates below them. When the sub-affiliate earns a commission, the affiliate above him too earns a commission.

  • April 26, 2018 /  Business Center

    Marketing is the keyword which makes businesses run, no matter what their running capital is. From huge energy companies to companies who sell sports goods, you always require a good marketing tool or a help to get your job done. Small business marketing is a tricky area and if the marketing is not proper, it can even kill your business.

    This is where Ad trackers come to bail out and rescue small businesses. Advertising a small business with an Ad tracker helps you monitor your online advertising expenditure against your actual earnings and revenues from the website, in real time. This way you can know which ads produce results for you and which do not and hence choose ads accordingly.

    This will undoubtedly help you market your small business in a better way by attracting the right traffic to your website. Let us see the other attractive ways by which you can market your small business for FREE.

    Online free video sharing sites like YouTube.

    Create a Jingle!

    Use the jingle as your caller tune!

    Ad tracking = Affiliate Marketing

    Undoubtedly, a lot of money can be made from affiliate marketing, more precisely Ad tracking. People are making money and the very fact that they are making money by launching not-so-useful sites must wake you up and get running to get affiliate marketing tools to your benefit.

    The catch lies in how smartly you choose your ads. For example, the most incentive oriented affiliate product might not bring in good revenues! It depends on the relevance of the product with your small business and also how the ad is being displayed on the site. It is not hard to imagine that flashy sites with some relevance will get clicked on first than those ad links which are in words only.

    If you can use Ad trackers, you will benefit from the software and get more worth and return for your vested business. This can be found from a service provider with some monthly fees or can be purchased with a 2-3 year license or as the product comes with. The best part is that they keep their algorithms updated by synchronizing with their main server and thereby giving you the best results. This is handy tool to organize your small business especially if youre hosting advertisements for multiple affiliate products.

    There are other ways to run a business than to just run it on pure gut feeling or intuitions. You may get lucky once, twice or even thrice, but will not be able to sustain a long run. Planning is therefore of prime importance and small business marketing with advertisement trackers can help you achieve the optimum.

  • April 24, 2018 /  Trade & Franchise

    Kindergartens and preschools have become extremely popular. In bigger cities you will see big preschool franchises as well as smaller start ups. So if you are thinking of starting your own preschool, here are few things to keep in mind and why you should opt for a preschool franchise. To begin with lets look at some statistics. The preschool industry in India is estimated to gross about Rs 4,004 crore. The sector is likely to cross Rs13, 821 crore by 2012, a growth of more than 28{60e7ce825209ac49a862dab065121ec94981c910c0d030d5d942ee461151d142} per year, according to estimates from brokerage firm CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets.

    With over 40{60e7ce825209ac49a862dab065121ec94981c910c0d030d5d942ee461151d142} of learning taking place from the 1 to 4 age group preschools have become imperative. Parents want quality preschools for their children and are willing to go that extra bit for their children. Rest assured if you opt for a preschool franchise and are a good task master you are bound reap profits in the near future.
    Opting for a preschool franchise makes setting up a lot easier for you. You have to adhere to certain pre requisites and guidelines which enable you to be focused and do things in a streamlined fashion.

    A preschool franchise comes with a reputation. It already built a name for itself, developed its own education system and done its fair share of branding activities and advertising. Parents will always trust an established over a smaller start up.
    A preschool franchise caters to parents who have moved to new cities. Sending their children to same school as they did before is a comforting element for all parents. With the education system being the same it helps children adapt faster.

    A preschool franchise works on a profit sharing model. Therefore some franchises will go that extra mile to make sure you do well, so they do well! This means extra guidance and support for you.
    The different preschool chains in India are Roots to Wings, EuroKids, Kidzee, Shemroack schools, Bachpan just to name a few. The royalty and investment depends entirely on location. A preschool franchise can cost anywhere from 3 to 15 lakhs and the fees can be anywhere from 8,000 to 40,000 per annum. The need for preschools in India is only going to grow making it an extremely profitable venture.

  • April 23, 2018 /  Banking & Money

    The desire to buy bank foreclosure homes may have been growing in you for quite some time. This feeling may also be accompanied by the gnawing thought that maybe it is time to be free of the restrictions of renting and be more responsible in terms of homeownership. You check your salary versus the cost of buying a pre-owned house and decided that you could afford to have a house of your own.

    But wait. Are you sure ready for it?

    The Checklist

    Your salary may qualify you for a loan to purchase one of those bank foreclosure homes advertised. You may even think you can still haggle down the price with the seller. But have you checked if you could afford the monthly payments for the house? Your cash flow may have only allowed you to accommodate rent, but can you take a debt of 35 years? It may even eat up 30 percent of your cash flow.

    Your emotions can get the better of you. You may have been arguing with yourself, your spouse or your parents that you need a bigger space, more freedom and a place for your business/side business. While it may be logical, you have to do the math first and see if your arguments outweigh the monthly cost of owning a home. Will the new house require you to have a car because of its location? Or will it allow you to ditch the car, save some money by taking the public transport since it is in the middle of the city? Will it allow you to expand your business/side business?

    Another thing to consider is the time you need in maintaining your own home? Do you have time to mow the lawn, dig through the snow in your driveway, or do the repairs? These chores may eat up the time that is supposedly devoted to your business/side business and/or family.

    Also worth considering is your ability to come up with the down payment for one of those bank foreclosure homes you have been wanting to buy. The era of “no-down payment, introductory low interest rates” is over. Banks have tightened their lending since the credit crisis, so they may require you to make a down payment of at least 20 percent. Without it, you would be paying for a higher interest rate, which would hurt your pocket in the long run.

    These questions may help you see clearer if you are really ready to buy your own house – even one of those bank foreclosure homes that are sold below market value. But if your answer to the questions above is “yes”, then proceed in making your monthly budget and long-term financial plan to allow you to take on a new or additional debt for your planned purchase.

  • April 22, 2018 /  Entrepreneurs

    Information is much easier to gain access to nowadays because of the continual advances in technology that are going on day after day. The expansion and swiftness of the Internet is a central example of how technology has revolutionized over time. The Internet is proving to be the most suitable and resourceful place to find information and expand your business.

    So why do so many people still fall short to achieve results?

    Anthony Robbins is one individual who provides a ton of valuable knowledge (hence the reason he is very successful). He says that the reason why so many people fail is because of the excuses they create. He calls them limited resources. These limited resources (excuses) owned by the majority of people consist of:
    Not enough money
    Not enough time
    Lack of personnel
    Not the right technology
    Not knowing how to plan or inadequate planning
    Lack of quality leadership

    The mass majority of business owners blame their failures on a lack of resources. But let’s look at some of the most successful entrepreneurs and leaders:
    Bill Gates: Bought MS-DOS for $50k and sold it to IBM for over $50m
    Richard Branson: Billionaire entrepreneur. Started a student magazine and selling music he liked in his garage – creator of Virgin)
    Steve Jobs: Co-founder of Apple
    Oprah Winfrey: Unfavourable circumstances during early childhood – Now a role model and inspiration to countless people especially African Americans simultaneously hosting her own talk show)
    Lance Armstrong: Won the Tour de France 7 years in a row after beating testicular cancer
    Mark Zuckerberg: Co-founder of Facebook. Originally designed as a network so only college students could interact, share photos and videos. Now it is a worldwide phenomenon

    They used their characteristics, positive attitudes, past experiences, took action and have now created much more resources. There is an abundance in available resources waiting for us all to make use of. Successful entrepreneurs and leaders do not believe in limited resources.

    It is no one else’s fault if you are letting your emotions, your mindset, and your stance prevent you from taking action. It’s your responsibility to be successful. Your life has an incredible calling. It’s time for you to wake up and capture the opportunity. Rather than worrying or complaining about information overload, how about think about how lucky you are to have all this information and knowledge right in front of you? The majority of people in the planet have no chance of achieving what you can because they have no Internet access!

    Being an entrepreneur is the VEHICLE for which you create financial freedom and to “drive” anywhere you please to do anything you want. You either face the challenges or run away back to the drone known as the rat race.

    You are the leader you’ve been looking for.

  • April 21, 2018 /  Business Center

    One of the most important decisions a small business owner, or any business owner for that matter makes is what bank they are going to use. Small business banking provides a wealth of financial services beyond simple deposits, check writing, and withdrawal. Many small businesses need to establish a line of credit or perhaps even take out a loan. Another one of the many services that small businesses need to setup is credit card processing, payroll services, and automatic bill pay. A small company cannot function without the proper financial setup. In order to withstand the financial needs of a successful business, the company needs to set up an account with a bank that is familiar with small business needs.

    In order for a bank to attract small businesses, they need to provide aggressive attractions and a wide variety of services. The bank must offer convenience. For example, many small businesses deal with cash and coin. Therefore, they will likely make many trips to the bank to deposit and withdraw money. A bank must also offer plenty of convenient ATM locations so that the small business can have access to their account at any time of the day or night when they need it.

    Many banks charge fees ranging from credit card fees to ATM charges, wire transfer fees, and many other normal fees. As a small business owner, you should not find any surprises. Therefore, do not be afraid to ask the small business bank of your choice what fees they charge so that they are not caught by surprise. Make sure and choose a bank that is upfront about their charges, one that is capable of providing you with the lowest rates, the most feasible financial options, and the best in banking service so that you can run your business smoothly and efficiently.

    Small business banks must also provide excellent customer service so that when a small business owner has a problem; bankers that can guide the business owner through their problems address the problem. There are many reasons why a small business owner would experience a banking problem such as transaction issues or a forgotten PIN. That is where the small banking specialists step in and take care of your worries so that they can get you and your account straightened out.