Get subscribed to our newsletter
Get interesting updates to your email inbox.
When you decide to venture or license your idea, it’s important that you secure it. The value of your business lies in what makes it different. Naturally, you may fear that somebody might steal your ingenuity. Fortunately, there are several ways you can secure your work creativity. But, this might seem challenging especially when you have to engage in online services like Assignment Geek. Nevertheless, you can still do that when you know the steps to follow. After all, it’s almost impossible to turn a vision into a reality without seeking help from others. So, how do you secure your work creativity? Here are the steps to follow:
- Protect Your Ideas
This may seem obvious, but it is not easy when you are excited about your new ideas. You will feel the urge to share your ideas with family and friends. You can even be tempted to discuss your ideas in bars, elevators, and conferences. Unfortunately, this is not wise because other people can steal your ideas. Therefore, resist the temptation to share your ideas with other people. Keep them to yourself because other people can learn about your ideas and start working on them.
Even when disclosing your ideas to associates and workers, use a non-disclosure agreement. Perhaps, you already know that most investors balk at signing a non-disclosure agreement before they talk about their ideas. But, because the power balance favors them, you may have to give up this when dealing with investors. This is also the case for potential clients. Rather than ask for a signature, print a confidentiality statement in your business plan.
2. Document Your Work
You should have an extensive paper trail to prove that you own the ideas and your work creativity. This will serve as a proof that you own the concept in case you move to court. Anytime you disclose your business, have a log of your discussion. This includes when you attend meetings where you share your ideas with investors. The log can be very important in case the conversations leak. An extensive paper trail will also come in handy in the event that you are involved in a litigation case.
3. Conduct an Extensive Research
Whether you reveal your ideas to possible clients, contractors, or potential investors, take the time to conduct some research. Know about the company or people that you will be revealing your ideas to before the appointment. Information is readily available, and you can easily determine the reputation of a person or company before you decide to do business with them. Take time to find out whether the person that you are about to meet had disputes in the past. Disclose ideas to people that have established positive a reputation in their field.
What’s more, reach out to the contacts in your network for referrals instead of approaching individuals or companies. If there is a company or individual that you are curious about, identify other persons or company they have worked with in the past. These will tell you whether you should work with them or not. Getting referrals may be easy. Therefore, make sure that you ask for several referrals.
4. Familiarize with Trademark and Patent Tools
A patent is expensive, and a startup may not afford it. However, you can use a provisional patent at first and get the final patent after a year. A trademark is also important because it provides additional protection to your idea. It is particularly very important in the event of a legal issue. You need to provide written proof to register the trademark to show that your for idea was effective at a certain time. The dates on the documents that you provide show the exact date when you started working on the idea in case somebody else attempts to dispute the fact.
Trademark, patent, and copyright are also very powerful and strategic when used as part of a targeted and specific business strategy. If this is the first time you are handling work that you want to secure, seek the help of an attorney.
5. Come up with a Solid Contract
A contract is as important as the parties that are involved in it. When signing the contract for your work, seek legal advice. Look for an attorney with extensive experience in this field to get comprehensive guidance. Preferably, work with an attorney with litigation experience. Don’t make the mistake of cutting corners when signing contracts that keep your work secure.
6. Go to the Market First
Establishing a product, business, or idea as original is a sure way to protect it. Owning a space in the minds of consumers or a shelf space is a great way to protect your business or product. It will show that you owned the idea, product, or business in the first place in case of litigation.
7. Talk to Industry Experts
If unsure about the best way to approach the market, talk to industry experts. Seek the opinions of reliable people in your industry. You can even use trade magazines or talk to people in the sales departments. These will provide more useful information than you might think. The information you get will enable you to make a more informed decision regarding the best way to approach the market without putting your work creativity at risk.
8. Pay attention to Your Instinct
In most cases, it’s wise to rely on your guts or first impression. What kind of a treat have you received before you establish an official relationship? How responsive is the person that you have met or intend to work with? Any official relationship that starts off badly will most likely not improve. Essentially, pay attention to what your instincts tell you about any relationship that you establish as long as it touches on your work.
If you are concerned about having somebody steal your idea or work, follow these steps to protect it and ensure your peace of mind. Nevertheless, your work will be safe as long as you deal with reputable professionals. Even when you engage reputable experts to write a custom essay online in relation to your work or idea, you don’t have to worry. That’s because the experts are professionals that are guided by a code of ethics.
Facebook-owned WhatsApp has finally started rolling out end-to-end encrypted chat backups for iOS and Android users globally. With the new update, if a user chooses to back up his chat history with end-to-end encryption, it will be accessible only to him, and no one will be able to unlock the backup. Neither WhatsApp nor the backup service provider will be able to access their end-to-end encryption backup.
"With end-to-end encrypted backups, no other messaging service at WhatsApp's scale will provide this level of security for people's messages -- from sending and transit, to receiving and storing in the cloud," the company said in a post. The feature will be rolling out "slowly" for people on the latest version of the app.
he feature will be rolling out "slowly" for people on the latest version of the app. | Photo by AARN GIRI on Unsplash
Once the feature rolls out, open WhatsApp, go to Settings > Chats > Chat Backups > End-to-End Encrypted Backup, and then follow the prompts. One can now secure their end-to-end encrypted backup with either a password of their choice or a 64-digit encryption key which means that no one else but only the user will be able to access the backup.
"This feature will provide people with more privacy and security for their digital conversations and that's a responsibility that we don't take lightly. Given this, we are rolling this out slowly to ensure a consistent and reliable user experience for people on iOS and Android around the world," the company added. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: encryption, encrypted, whatsapp, people, backup, End-to-end Encryption
A luxurious house makeover might seem to be an expensive and overwhelming task but it doesn't necessarily have to drill holes in your pocket. A few small changes and the right decor pieces can make a huge difference to the way your home looks. Keyur Zaveri, VP of Design at Furlenco shares some ideas that could give your home a rich look.
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication
While it may feel intuitive to keep adding expensive decor to your home to give it the luxurious touch, in today's ageless is really more. Simplifying your space can give your home a classy look. Invest in a few accent decor pieces - a lamp, wall art, decor for a centre table that are cohesive and work well together in the theme of your room as opposed to having numerous things that do not look like they belong together. Resist the temptation to buy over-the-top accessories and unnecessary furniture, which make your home look bulky.
Resist the temptation to buy over-the-top accessories and unnecessary furniture, which make your home look bulky. | Photo by Samantha Gades on Unsplash
The most important part of creating a luxurious house is to add furniture that is comfortable and elegant. Good furniture, paired with stylish soft furnishings is the first step to creating a beautiful house. Pillows & Cushions of various sizes and accent throws can instantly make a home feel more inviting. Play around with the colours and fabrics of the furniture and find soft furnishing that complements the centrepieces. Invest in good quality fabrics like velvet, linen or suede to upholster your furniture. You can even try textured fabrics like denim blue and faux leather.
Pillows & Cushions of various sizes and accent throws can instantly make a home feel more inviting. | Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash
Lighting can make all the difference to the vibe of your house and help you create a luxurious, beautiful looking space. Using multiple sources of light that draw attention to various corners in the house can make a space look very well put together. Invest in ceiling lamps, floor lamps, table lamps, and accent light fixtures to highlight your favourite areas in the house. While it is advisable to keep a single colour and tone of light, the intensity and direction can be played around to enhance the ambience of the space.
Lighting can make all the difference to the vibe of your house and help you create a luxurious, beautiful looking space. | Photo by Karan Nagpal on Unsplash
Layering works wonders everywhere- be it a chic coat or blazer over your outfit that adds extra charm, or adding decor pieces to your furniture for a luxe look. Carpets add splendour and exquisiteness, instantly changing the way a room looks. Area rugs under tables and sofas help in defining spaces and can blend together the whole look. Experiment with some elegant runners near your beds, on top of your dining tables, or even your bathrooms. You can also add wall coverings and window coverings for a more inclusive aesthetic.
Area rugs under tables and sofas help in defining spaces and can blend together the whole look. | Photo by Sina Saadatmand on Unsplash
You can add a small yet noticeable metallic touch to upgrade your interiors. However, you must be careful to not overdo it; the key to going bling is to keep the metallic accessories minimal. Consider golds, bronzes, copper or silver hues and incorporate them in cushions, lamps, accent walls, lighting fixtures, or centrepieces. You should ensure that each finish is a thoughtful addition to your space.
You can add a small yet noticeable metallic touch to upgrade your interiors. | Photo by Stephanie Harvey on Unsplash
Incorporating these tips can do wonders for your home decor. You can make your home luxurious, without costing an arm and a leg. More than anything it's about making the right choices that give your house look clean and classy.
(Article originally published on IANS Life) (IANS/MBI)
Keywords: metallic, lighting, fabrics, invest, luxurious, furniture
India may not see a billion smartphone users even by the end of this decade and there are seven key challenges to achieve 100 per cent smartphone penetration, according to a new report. With the shrinking addressable base for smartphones, India is likely to have 887.4 million smartphone users by 2030, said the report by Gurugram-based market intelligence firm techARC.
The new smartphone user acquisition has been on a decline since 2018, after 4G drove switch to smartphones as it ushered several new use cases and forced feature phone users to upgrade. This, however, is not the case with 5G, which can substantially bring out a new use case for the mobile users compelling the feature phone users to move to a smartphone.
Affordability is the first concern even if users would discover their own use cases. "This is on account of both - investment in the device and the recurring data cost. Even to own a device, it's a substantial increase in the outlay for around 200-250 million users who cannot spent more than Rs 1,500 on a mobile device," said Faisal Kawoosa, Founder and Chief Analyst, techARC.
Even to own a device, it's a substantial increase in the outlay for around 200-250 million users who cannot spent more than Rs 1,500 on a mobile device. | Photo by rupixen.com on Unsplash
Second reason is that there are no models that could self-subsidise the smartphones for this potential audience, who are on the other side of the fence waiting to join the smartphone arena. "Advertising-based revenue and value-added driven revenues are negligible for such audiences where advertisers would not be ready to spend much as this is not their target audience," the report mentioned. So, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) cannot work out any model of recovering partial cost of the device upfront and then realising the gap in due course through other streams.
Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) cannot work out any model of recovering partial cost of the device upfront and then realising the gap in due course through other streams. | Photo by Zac Ong on Unsplash
The third key reason is that the OEM ecosystem is gradually moving away from the entry segment. All major OEMs have disinvested out of the entry segment (less than Rs 5,000) where the first-time smartphone user would fall. Rather OEMs are moving to higher average selling price (ASP) as consumers are willing to spend more (15-35 per cent) on their next upgrade/replacement of smartphones.
The fourth reason is that the OEMs are adding more features and functions to their smartphones to facilitate paying users leverage more from the device by consuming content and other services, which are subscription based. The interest of OEMs is gradually moving in this direction, where they could increase the lifetime value (LTV) per smartphone user by getting a pie of the services that the users are paying for.
"Another reason is that attempts such as a hybrid smart-feature phone, haven't paid off well. Though it has got in additional 80-85 million users into the digital ecosystem using fundamental digital services, majority of the featurephone users haven't accepted this 'workaround' wholeheartedly," said Kawoosa.
Attempts such as a hybrid smart-feature phone, haven't paid off well. | Photo by The Average Tech Guy on Unsplash
The sixth reason is that globally, we are witnessing prices of components going up on the one or another pretext. This is only forcing the OEMs to increase the cost of the devices and in a very hypersensitive market like smartphones, it is very challenging for the OEMs to frequently trade-off between input costs and the market opportunities.
Globally, we are witnessing prices of components going up on the one or another pretext. | Photo by Yiorgos Ntrahas on Unsplash
Finally, the entire smartphone ecosystem is interested in investing in opportunities which are rewarding. For example, when we compare education and gaming as two areas of immense opportunity, the entire smartphone ecosystem has preferred to make considerable investments in gaming than education. "There is hardly any OEM focusing on making devices affordable so that more and more students could benefit from digital means of education. But over the past two years, we have seen several OEMs making gaming smartphones in the affordable segments," the report argued. The result: At 4.9 per cent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for smartphone subscriber growth, India may not have a billion smartphone users even by 2030. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: gaming, education, affordable, market, report, reason, device