Gender Equality in Denmark – top of the world

Did you know that Denmark is on top of the list of countries with the highest gender equality in the world?

If we look at the statistics, Denmark has a near-excellent score of 89.3 out of 100. This according to the sustainable development goals (SDG). With this information it is possible to draw two conclusions:

• That Denmark is a country to look up to, and learn from.
• That Denmark is a country to consider a move to – if gender equality is something that you’re looking for in life.

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4 tips to develop a successful business in Sweden

#1 What do you need to research?

Nowadays, information is easy to come by, with google by your side there is no excuse for not doing proper research before starting your business. For starters, Statistics Sweden (https://www.scb.se/en/) gives you loads of information about Sweden and its demographics, covering everything from population, environment, Swedish culture, financial markets, business activities, labour market etc. that may be helpful for deciding the type of business and target market you want to tap into while developing your business in Sweden.

You can also pull up the trade organization website covering the field of work you are aiming for; they can provide information and statistics about the size and type of companies involved in the sector you are aiming for, as well as the rules & regulations that apply and the overall general state of the Swedish market.

A small selection of useful organizations in some of the most popular startup sectors:

#2 Registering and protecting the name of your business in Sweden

Getting permission

Please check (Verksamt.se) to see whether your type of business in Sweden require a permit to operate, because certain types of businesses in Sweden require a permit. In this link, you can also get contact details for the bodies that issue them.

Registration

Every business requires a name when you become famous people should be able to identify you so choose wisely! The (Swedish Tax Agency) will allocate a personal identity number (personnummer)

How to start as a sole trader? The key step is registering for F-skatt – ‘F tax’ (the ‘F’ stands for företagare – entrepreneur). With F-skatt basically, you undertake work as an entrepreneur and not as an employee, so you will be held accountable if you do not administer your tax or social security payments.

Struggling about how F tax works? Check the (brochure) explaining how F tax works released by The Tax Agency. However, these are only in Swedish – it is important that you fill them correctly, so you may want to enlist the help of a translator and an accountant and/or make a personal appointment with the Tax Agency for guidance. Tax Agency also offers (free information meetings) giving systematic help about how to start up a business.

Criteria regarding your citizenship

Sweden has different rules and regulations about residency requirements for those moving to Sweden to start a company, depending on their citizenship. You will find the details and requirements on the Swedish Migration Agency’s website. Nordic citizens (Denmark, Finland, Norway and Iceland), Citizens of the European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) do not need to register with the Swedish Migration Agency (Migrationsverket) or apply for a residence permit.

If you are a (Swiss citizen) and wish to stay for longer than three months, you will need a residence permit.

If you are from outside the EU/EEA/Switzerland and intend to start a business, you will have to (apply for a residence permit) before coming to Sweden.

If you are a temporary resident in Sweden, you can apply to the Tax Agency for a (co-ordination number), which replaces the personal identity number and will allow you to apply for F tax status.

Protection

A wise move should also be done to protect your brand name and ensure that no one else is allowed to copy the name.
To register your business name, visit (the Swedish Companies Registration Office website). They will process your registration for a fee.

 

#3 Streamline your internal business operations

Make your business plan

Having decided on which market you would like to serve, it is time to start getting a business plan on paper. You cannot do business alone; you will need help from banks, investors. A good business plan comes into play in getting others to listen.

As with a CV, the format of a business plan can vary from country to country; in certain countries, the idea is everything, whereas in others a sound financial footing is the key. Verksamt.se offers an excellent guide to what Swedish bankers, investors and authorities look for in a business plan.

Employ legally

Now you are the boss and you might find yourself in the happy position of being able to offer work to others – then it is good to know the basic tenets of Swedish employment law.

Employment conditions in Sweden are regulated by the Employment Protection Act (Lagen om Anställningsskydd)  webpage in Swedish – often shortened to LAS). This act states that employment contracts are for an indefinite term unless otherwise explicitly stated in the employment contract. The act also contains a description of the four types of fixed-term employment contracts that cover everything from temporary replacement work to special legislation for those over the age of 67.

Swedish employment law has wide-ranging provisions for parental leave, holiday and pension entitlements. Therefore, make sure to familiarize yourself with the legislation before making the decision to hire. Otherwise, it will cost you a fortune.

Another way to deal with your labour needs is to sub-contract to other sole traders like you – just make sure they have registered for F-tax. Translations of the relevant labour laws and acts can be found on (the Swedish government’s website).

You can also benefit from hiring students for internships, and to do so, you can follow our guidelines.

Get your bookkeeping right

Contact the (Association of Swedish Accounting Consultants) and they can help you find a suitable firm in your area. If you do not have a head for figures and tax and regulations, it is worth paying someone else to do it.

There are plenty of qualified firms out there that specialize in helping small firms like yours who will bill you an hourly rate for their services. One of the easiest ways to find a good, trustworthy accountant is to ask other entrepreneurs in the same field whom they use. The whole point of setting up your own business is to get the most out of your talents; an accounting consultant can also teach you how to write invoices properly according to Swedish regulations and laws.

However, remember that hiring an accountant does not free you from the responsibility of understanding basic bookkeeping, so if you have not already done so, take some time to learn the basics.

#4 Get Funds, Get Friends & Create routine for your business

Financing your business

Stating the obvious – unless assignments pour in from the beginning, you will need to make sure you can pay your regular household bills as you get your venture off the ground. Maybe you will use your savings to finance your first few months, or you might build up your business slowly alongside a full- or part-time job.

Of course, you can also apply to your bank for a business loan, but as most businesses are not profitable in the beginning, they will require you to put up some sort of security. An alternative for financing is (Almi Företagspartner) , a state-owned company that helps businesses with capital and advice. Though their interest rates are often higher than the banks, they usually require less security. You can read more about what they provide here.

Network is key

One of the keys to success in business is in making your network work for you, regardless of what country you are in. Besides friends, colleagues and relatives you might have in Sweden, how and where do you find people with ideas similar to yours?

You could contact your local branch of the Swedish Jobs and Society Foundation (Nyföretagarcentrum ), who provide advice to new businesses and hold regular events around the country as well as  (business-sweden.se/en/(opens in a new tab)) that can help you connect with other companies. Another way to find advisors and build your network is through a website called (verksamt.se) – set up by three Swedish authorities (the Companies Registration Office, the Tax Agency and the Agency for Economic and Regional Growth); they have (a page to help you find advisors) depending on which region you are living in.

Swedes are very much an online breed, so as you get to know more people, use social networking tools like LinkedIn and Facebook to help you keep track of your new contacts.

The benefits of developing habits

On a more general note – organize yourself. Most entrepreneurs will be eager to work as hard as possible on the sales side, to begin with, but make sure you find time over for the administration side of your business too. This tip applies to any budding entrepreneur, regardless of where you are in the world.

Make sure to take some time each month to review your progress and talk to your financial advisors about what taxes or other charges need to be paid. Doing so will help you compare your progress to your business plan and allow you to make adjustments while keeping you on the right side of the authorities. and watch your networks grow.

We hope that you’ve found the information you were looking for to develop your successful business in Sweden!

Don’t hesitate to share our content with your network to help them achieve great things!

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Tourism Industry in India: From travel to business

सभी का स्वागत है। Are you thinking about working in the tourism industry in India?

If you want to open a tourism business in India, go further and read this article that will tell you  everything you need to know before investing in this wonderful country full of history and cultural diversity.

GLOBAL INFORMATION ABOUT INDIA

A bright Economic context:

By 2016, India was the fastest growing economy in the world. According to the IMF, it will remain one of the fastest growing countries for at least the next 5 years. In 2019, it is still considered to be one of the most likely economies to be the fastest growing.

In 2018, India became the 6th largest economny in the world. Indian GDP has doubled within the last 10 years and professionals believe that it will continue growing during the coming years. This view was confirmed in 2019 as it is predicted to overtake the UK and become the 5th largest economy in the world.

With the Indian Government’s “Make in India” initiative, the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) has increased in the peninsular region, making it a bright opportunity if you are looking to open a company in India, as a growing number of population are increasing their purchasing power.

PROCESS TO OPEN A TOURISM BUSINESS IN INDIA

The first thing to study before opening your business in India is the business culture because it can be very different from what you are used to see say in Europe. Moreover, in such a big country, habits and trends are not the same from north to south, they vary from state to state. You will also have to identify the best tourist places in India and tourist attractions in India!

To be a part of the tourism industry in India, it is recommend that you work closely with a tax advisor or a business lawyer, they will be able to assist you efficiently during the whole process.

  • Your company will need to have a legal structure that will bring credibility to the whole process. Here are a few points to consider while taking care of the legal formalities:
      •  Register your DMC as per The Companies Act (2019 Ammendment).
          • Get GST registration of your company.
          • Provide an application letter to the International Air Transport Association as well as the Government. The benefits will be:
            • A badge of credibility to your business.
            • More exposure to your business.

Moreover, you will be able to benefit from tax incentives. You will also benefit from tax exemption for the first five years of your activity because of Special Economic Zones (SEZs), after which you will be eligible for a 50% tax reduction for the years after.  

TOURISM IN INDIA

All the specialists agree that: travel industry in India is a very promising field. People from all around the world are more likely to go and visit India. You can find on the table below some numbers to highlight this trend. If your dream is to invest in tourism in India, then this might be your chance!

A picture of a normal commute in India with Auto-Rickshaws , motorbikes and cars on the roads, Tourism industry in India

If you are looking for more information about the country itself, don’t hesitate to have a look at many other articles https://businessculture.org/indian-business-culture/

This is the Taj Mahal, it is one of the most visited tourist places in the world. Tourism industry in India

Prepared by the team – DIGITAL COMMANDO

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Need student visa for Spain? Learn how to get it!

If you are a non-EU citizen, by coming to do your studies in Spain you will need to be in possession of what is called a « Schengen visa ». This should cover the length of your stay. What is it exactly and how can you get a student visa for Spain?

Shengen visa

It is the common visa valid for all the EU countries. Still, you need to apply for the specific country where you will be staying. Therefore, by studying in Spain you will need to apply through the Spanish Embassy portal of your country.

Here are the steps you should follow:

1. Check under which conditions you need a student Schengen visa.
2. Figure out where you need to apply.
3. Figure out the best time to submit your visa application.
4. Collect the required documents.
5. Check out the steps/deadlines for the application process.

Student Visa for Spain

WHO NEEDS A SCHENGEN VISA?

Every student who is not from the EU will need to apply for a visa in order to study there.
Usually a Student Schengen Visa is about 3 months. If your studies last longer than 3 months, you should apply for a long-stay study visa at the embassy of the respective country.

WHERE DO YOU NEED TO APPLY?

To get a student visa for Spain you will need to apply through the Spanish embassy of your country.

Here are the different steps of the procedure:

  • Book an appointment
  • Download the application form and fill it in
  • Gather the required documents (you will find more details about all documents needed in the section “Which are the required documents for the Visa application?”)
  • Attend the visa interview 

Here is a sample of questions that may be asked during your interview:

  • Why have you applied for this particular course?
  • Why this particular college/ university?
  • Why this particular country?
  • Which countries in the Schengen area are you planning to visit?
  • Do you have any family member or friends living in Europe?
  • What is the purpose of your visit?
  • Who will pay for your visit?
  • Are you married? If yes, what does your spouse do? For how long have you been married?
  • Do you have any children? If yes, how old are they, what do they do?
  • How long are you going to stay in Europe?
  • Where are you going to stay?
  • What is your educational qualification?
  • Which company do you work for?

To see other potential student study visa questions that can be asked, have a look at this website

WHICH ARE THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS FOR THE VISA APPLICATION?

In order to apply for your student visa for Spain, you will need to submit required documents to the Spanish Embassy. Here are the common documents needed for most who do not come from the EU. But, bear in mind that some additional documents can be required depending of your country of origin. You can check it on the local embassy pages such as the one from Spanish Embassy in Miami.

  • Completed visa application form signed (2 copies)
  • A valid passport (must be valid for the intended period of your stay in Spain)
  • Two recent identity pictures (passport size, with a white background)
  • A valid health insurance (covering the all length of your stay in Spain)
  • A medical certificate
  • Proof of financial means to cover your expenses during your stay (could be scholarship details, a Spanish bank account showing sufficient funds or even a letter you’re your parents/guardians assuming full financial responsibility of you)
  • Proof of enrolment in a Spanish University / college
  • Visa application fee

There are a number of organisations which can also help you to get your visa as explained in this short video from Speak Easy Language school in Barcelona:

WHEN DO YOU NEED TO APPLY?

You can apply up to three months prior to your departure date. Generally speaking, the sooner the better. The delays for the embassy to process your request can be very long so make sure to apply plenty of time in advance.

Also bear in mind that the latest you can apply for your visa is 15 days before your departure date.

WHAT ARE THE DELAYS TO BE GRANTED THE VISA?

For a student visa, the legal processing time is maximum 15 calendar days. But, you could get an answer in shorter times. However, in extraordinary cases the period could be extended from 30 to 60 days. That is why we recommend you again to submit your application the sooner the better.

Visa Procedure

If you want to have more information about how to get your student visa for Spain, check the following websites:

4 Tips to improve your SEO ranking

If you just created your business and are interested to improve your SEO ranking of your website, here are the top tips to boost your search engine optimization.

Before we start, what is Search Engine Optimization (SEO)? SEO is a process that allows your website (and any other digital artefacts such as images and video content), to be more visible and better-ranked on Search Engine Results Pages (SERPS). It matters when compared to other websites delivering similar content and targetting the same search phraises. 

Nowadays, because of hyperconnectivity, people are using search engines on a daily basis. Thus, it is necessary for companies to optimize websites in the best way.

4 tips to improve your SEO ranking
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#Tip 1 Create Relevant Content

The main driver of your search engine rankings will be the quality of the content you will create for your website, images or your video. This is the key to attract visitors to your digital profiles. To do so you need to understand what your visitors are looking for and what their challenges are.

Use Keywords to improve your SEO ranking

Learn what terms your visitors will be using. A keyword is a particular word or phrase that internet users write when they perform a search on a search engine. Using keywords helps you to appear in more relevant search results. It will also help to have a better understanding of how your visitors/audience could reach your digital profiles. However, it is necessary to think of the specific keywords or keyword phrases that your visitors are searching to find a particular topic. 

One of the most important SEO tactics in a good search engine result page (SERP) listing. To develop this you would need to take into account how a visitor would search for information on a particular product or service you are providing. Indeed, the keywords they use are likely to be the ones you want to be using in your content!

Use tools such as Google Trends to learn about potential keywords they might use.

Moreover, the placement and the popularity of your keywords throughout your content are crucial. Integrate them in the appropriate sections of the page would allow the search engines to pay more attention when examining the content, and thus attract the right visitor to your website. Places where you should try to include your keywords are:

  • Web page name
  • Page title
  • Heading 1
  • First paragraph
  • Images
  • PDF files

You can also use geo-targeted keywords if you have a business that is associated with a particular physical location. It will help your company to reach visitors from a specific area, it would also be useful if you are a local business. For example a florist in London could use keywords such as:

  • Florist in London
  • Wedding flower supplier in London
  • London based Valentines day flowers delivery

Content

The content of your website should include the keywords you defined previously. Use them several times throughout your page, at the beginning and at the bottom of your page but also in the headings when possible.

To organize your page, do not forget to use italics, bold for example. If you want to emphasize some keywords throughout the body of your text. However, keep in mind that your text must stay readable for human visitors of your pages, do not overuse it!

Engaging content

One key when creating a page is quality over quantity. Having many pages on your website does not mean that you are going to attract many visitors. 

For websites that have superficial content, a good tip would be to include pictures, videos, or even infographics. Focusing on meaningful content will make visitors want to stay on your page and read the full article.

#Tip 2 Guest blog post opportunities to improve your website visibility

Links from other websites

Develop external links from other websites. To search engines, having links from external websites is a sign of accuracy, usefulness and relevancy of your content. Not all links have the same ‘weight’. Thus, it is better for you to be linked to from highly reputable websites in order to improve your SEO ranking. 

When creating links within text, try to write the name of the destination or use descriptive links. Do not use “click here”. Indeed, “click here” does not bring any value to your readers nor the search engine. Try to write a name which is rich in keywords such as “Business Culture Website” for example – or the company name you are linking to. It will help with the ranking of the page you are linking to.

When looking for places for guest blog posts, your main goal is to figure out which websites are  relevant to your niche or industry. The blogs that you are looking for need to fit the following criteria:

How to find guest blogging opportunities?

  • The content of the blog is related to your niche / industry.
  • The audience of the blog will be interested in your industry.
  • The blog has an engaged community 
  • The blog owner is active on social media (to ensure that they will be promoting your blog posts on their website and their social media).

An additional tip for you: Did you know that businessculture.org is accepting guest posts as well? If you are interested, please feel free to contact us.

#Tip 3 The Meta description Tag to reach a higher SEO ranking

The meta description is a very important HTML attribute in SEO that provides for your customers a brief summary of a web page and indicates on SERPS what your page is about. Actually, it will help search engines to understand how relevant your page is, and help them decide how they will rank your page. Your content must be pertinent so it can highly improve your SEO ranking.

The length of the meta description – a description of the page’s content – changes all the time. It has been recently increased by Google up to 230 characters. The Keywords of the target page must be unique and convincing enough for the customer to click on the page. It is also truly important to review and update your Metadata as your site changes over time.

Title Metadata

One of the most important metadata elements in a web page is the page Title. This is an essential field not to be neglected as part of a good SEO strategy and it’s the first thing the user will see on SERPS. However, the title must be in adequacy with the content, theme and the subject of the page, to simplify the user experience.

#Tip 4 Boost website loading time to improve the SEO ranking  

Optimized speed can have many advantages for a website, a few seconds loading could have a big impact on your ability to attract visitors and can decrease customer satisfaction. This means that having a fast loading site is important. You must regularly use the analytic tools, that allows you to examine the content of the pages, such as Google Page Speed Insights. Such tools can suggest to you how to make your website faster regarding web page performance or data transfer.

It is necessary to lighten the pages as much as possible and avoid overloading the sites with too many videos, sliders, images or even advertisements because it slows down the speed of your site. It is necessary to have clear and simple pages, it should improve your visibility the speed of your site and help your readers to benefit from your content.

Conclusion

Finally, understanding how SEO works is key to improve your website and adapt the content to the specific needs of your target audience! Do not forget to constantly update your site and post new articles in order to keep your visitors engaged!