Business Consulting Firm Websites

Donald asks…

Does anyone know of a good website designer in the Houston area?

I’m looking for a professional website designer to build a new site for my consulting firm. Willing to pay whatever necessary.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

I may not know of a good one to recommend to you, but I most certainly know of a bad one that I’d like to warn you about just in case you stumble upon their information so that you can avoid them at all costs. I have a business in which, at the time, I needed someone to build my site. I solicited the help of Content Media Group (located in the Houston/College Station area). Steve LaSalle, the CEO of this company was my specific point of contact and decided to personally take on my project. Throughout my time working with Steve I found him to be short with me, rude, and have little integrity when it came to doing what he said he was going to do. He was a “bully” in trying to do what HE wanted to do for MY project instead of him trying to meet client satisfaction. Steve LaSalle made promises he couldn’t’t keep and in the end I ended up paying him much more than he deserved just so that I could be done with the nightmare of working with Content Media Group. Now I am stuck having to look elsewhere to find someone who can fix the things that Steve couldn’t do and left incomplete on my site. I said all this to say, don’t get involved with Steve LaSalle or Content Media Group.

Helen asks…

How easy is it to set up your own business?

I’m thinking of setting up my own business(es) and have a couple of ideas as to what I would like to sell (clothing/jewellery)/provide (admin from home/support/project management), however wouldn’t know how/where to start. Any advice (sensible ones only please) would be greatly appreciated.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

First you need a plan. I’d suggest checking out the book: Business Plans for Dummies.

Simple to read, highly effective and covers all your bases.


They’ll pretty much tell you the following:

1. You need to find out the legal rules for setting up a company in your country.

2. Your ideas are kind of varied – admin –> clothing/jewellery? I’d try and narrow it down, and focus it to something really important, if not you’re kind of spinning your wheels. You need to make sure you know what you want to do, and have the qualifications for it.

Example: Project management

Are you PM certified? If not, it’d be hard to score a freelance job on that.

3. Get your business name/trademarks, etc all in order. You need to figure out what to call your company, how to handle the books (accounting for tax reporting purposes), your company logo, securing a URL for your company website…

4. Are you going to have employees? How are you setting up your business – partnership, sole proprietorship? After you’ve focused your business idea and plan, THEN you can figure out how to structure your business

Example: A clothing store has a very different approach from a freelance PM

5. Who are you going to target? Only when you can figure out who you’re going to target, and who you’re going to get as clients, can you focus your business plan.

Example: Clothing store = teens aged 13-19? Gothic teens? Preppy? Punky? Emo? Or on the PM route, are you going to project manage only in certain industries? IT systems? Retail store projects?

This matters because if you’re doing IT systems, you need to find companies who need people like you to PM their IT implementations – like IBM, and other consulting firms. Then you need to figure out contacts to get them to hire you as a freelancer.

6. How are you going to market yourself?

- Business cards
- Signage
- Home business or renting your own place?
- Website so people can go to it
- Business-only phone line (so you don’t answer it saying: “Hello?” instead of “Hello, ______ from PMs’R'Us speaking”)

Basically, you need to first narrow down what you want to do. Then from there, can you only build out a proper plan of how to attack what you want to do.

Also ,are you only working part-time on this, or weekends only, while holding down a steady job? If not, how are you going to pay the bills? You need financial cash flow contingency plans as well, so you don’t end up in major debt and going bankrupt.

Read the book :) It helps.

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Business Consulting Fees

Jenny asks…

I have a question regarding transfer of money from business to personal accounts.?

I recently set up a sole proprietorship because I was receiving funds from my friends business, kind of like a consulting fee, however the fees will bring in between 10k and 20k per year.

So now my friend will write the check to my business so I can pay taxes, use write offs, etc.

If I transfer money from my business account, into my personal account, will I then have to claim that money as income on my personal taxes?
How can I get the money from my business to my personal account without tax liability since the taxes will allready be paid by the business?


AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

If the business is a sole proprietorship then you are the business, and the activity will be reported on a Schedule C on your federal 1040 return, and state return (if you live in a state with a state income tax). You will pay the taxes on the income earned by the business, which will include self-employment (SE) tax as well as regular federal and state income tax. You won’t have to worry about any tax effect on moving money from business accounts to personal accounts or vice-versa, since you are the business and the business is you. But you should make sure that for the most part you keep the business monies separate from your personal monies.

Robert asks…

How much should an accounting business charge in annual accounting/tax prep fees?

I’m doing a little research on accounting & consulting fees. I work for a nationwide niche firm that has about 1,500 accounting clients (including tax prep) averaging about 700-800K per year in operating revenue. I believe we are undercharging for our services. Our average accounting fees are about 1% of revenue or 7-8K per year on an average client. We do perform some other services like collections, payroll, financial planning, etc. on some clients raising the total amount to 1.2-1.3%. Do those seem like appropriate percentages? I’m curious what type of benchmarks others have in their accounting and tax businesses or if anyone knows of a good source of information for this type of thing. Any input would be much appreciated as I am looking to possibly buy this business in the future.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

I can only tell you about business management – taking in all of the money and paying all of the bills, in addition to doing all of the tax work. The percentage that I am going to give you also would include insurance services (taking care of the insurance needs of the clients, such as automobile insurance, insuring valuables, etc.) These firms do not sell insurance; they handle all of the insurance matters for the clients, including dealing with insurance companies, brokers and agents, etc.

I know of firms that charge 5% of earned income – not net income. Some clients are also charged a minimum fee in addition to the five percent. Minimums can vary from $1500 per month and up (sometimes less for smaller clients who may not pay any minimum at all).

I am not familiar with your particular situation, in terms of exactly the types of services that you provide. I can tell you that what I have described above is accurate.

I hope that this helps.

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Austin Tx Jobs

David asks…

What is the average cost for a nose job in Austin, TX?

Also, what is the average cost of a boob job in Austin, TX?

How much do these procedures cost in Houston, Dallas, or San Antonio?

I know the prices can vary drastically, but what would be a middle price for a good quality surgeon but not something super exclusive? Thank you so much!!

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Nose Job: 2500- 4000
Boob job: 4500- 7000

George asks…

Where is the best place to bartend/make $ in Austin, TX?

I am looking for a job in Austin, TX for the summer only… I would prefer to bartend but don’t know the are to well. So I am wondering which bar/hotelbar would I probably make the most money in. Also I am 20 so places like Coyote Ugly is out of the question.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Http:// – high end restaurant / bar near downtown that would bring in big bucks – hip/trendy/austenite type of place, high traffic, maybe smaller tips but more of them – you will get a late 20s, early 30s crowd – hip/trendy/austenite type of place, high traffic, maybe smaller tips but more of them – this will be more college kids but is a very fun atmosphere – maybe more work that it is worth – This is a pub up North that has a huge following up North and is where a lot of people go who do not want to deal with downtown. Probably a great place for tips as it is not the young crowd and it gets really crowded on game days.

Http:// – hip/trendy/austenite type of place, high traffic – FUN — hip/trendy/austenite type of place, low traffic – country hick bar that is very popular in the country community. It is the biggest country bar in Austin and is very popular and has a lot of traffic..not sure about the type of tips – well known sports bar that probably tips well and is great on game day – Restaurant/Bar up north that is upper end and tips well – Upper end restaurant/Bar up North and Downtown that is hip/trendy and popular with a lot of traffic – high end restaurant / bar near downtown that would bring in big bucks – overall of the bars on 6th street…all will have a lot of traffic, but not big tips – This is a unique place that I hear makes GREAT TIPS and money (I know I tip well there) but it is not your typical atmosphere – it is a movie theatre that sells alcohol and food. VERY FUN.

Http:// – North bar that is popular with the older crowd and probably tips well – fun upper end (not so fancy) wine bar –Probably good tips — high end restaurant / bar near downtown that would bring in big bucks

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Strategic Business Consultancy

Helen asks…

What would be a safe businesses during a recession?

Experts say: Healthcare, Federal Government, Green technology, IT, Sales and Marketing.
Any anusual one? 10 points to the most original.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

It feels like a recession when GDP growth slows, businesses stop expanding, employment falls, unemployment rises, and housing prices decline. However the generally accepted official definition of recession is when GDP growth is negative for two consecutive quarters or more. True recession is still to come to many economies.

The safest businesses during a recession time is Research/Development and Patenting of new equipment , technology or procedures that reduce costs, improve quality or gains some other business advantage that others cannot afford.

This business, Research/Development and Patenting, can affordably be financed by borrowing money at lower interest rates that are given to everyone during recession. Further gains are likely to be enjoyed by tax cuts given by governments during recession to stimulate spending.

The second best business during recession in my opinion is Consultancy. Everybody in recession is seeking guidance in their continued cost reduction and profit improvement strategies, reevaluating pricing structure, strategic thinking, bargain hunting, strategic investments, monitoring of cash flows, engaging employees in all process, and negotiations with banks, investors and other suppliers of capital. This is where the worlds CPAs will benefit as they spur the economy back

Steven asks…

What are the duties and responsibilities of a logistic personnel?

I’m applying as a logistic personnel in a pharmaceutical company and I just want to know the duties and responsibilities.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Logistics managers handle processes involved in a supply chain, liaising with a variety of parties including suppliers of raw materials, manufacturers, retailers and consumers. This is often a two-way process with return of goods.

Logistics managers coordinate processes to ensure customer satisfaction. An awareness of and strategic response to external influences, such as legislation, fuel costs and environmental pressures, is vital.

The role of distribution manager within logistics may involve transportation, stock control, warehousing, and ensuring structures are in place to monitor the flow of goods and materials.

IT plays a key part within the logistics field in forecasting increasingly complex systems of stock levels, delivery times, transport costs and performance evaluation.
Typical work activities

Responsibilities vary according to the specific job role and whether the employing company is a manufacturer, retailer, or specialist service provider (Third party logistics or 3PL).

A range of business tasks is undertaken to support the smooth and efficient operation of supply chain processes, and typical work activities usually include:

* monitoring the quality, quantity, cost and efficiency of the movement and storage of goods;
* coordinating and controlling the order cycle and associated information systems;
* analysing data to monitor performance and plan improvements and demand;
* allocating and managing staff resources according to changing needs;
* liaising and negotiating with customers and suppliers;
* developing business by gaining new contracts, analysing logistical problems and producing new solutions.

When managing warehouse or transport staff, the role may also include:

* implementing health and safety procedures;
* managing staff training issues;
* motivating other members of the team;
* project management;
* setting objectives.

More senior roles in logistics may involve:

* planning projects;
* using specialist knowledge, such as mechanical-handling systems, to provide consultancy services.

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Headhunters Austin

Donna asks…

Headhunters/Recruiter in Austin, TX. Currently a manager with Enterprise Rent-a-car.?

I am currently an Assistant manager with Enterprise Rent-A-Car and I was interested in exploring my career opportunity with a different company if the opportunity arrived. I was interested in working with a recruiter or even a “headhunter”. Does anybody have any companies or people they know involved in this in the Austin area?

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George asks…

Can someone please give me a song that talks about Hank Williams life?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

There are lots of tribute songs for/about Hank Williams. I found these here:

Songs which pay tribute Hank Williams include:

“The Car Hank Died In” by The Austin Lounge Lizards
“Hank Williams, You Wrote My Life” by Moe Bandy (written by Paul Craft)
“Long White Cadillac” originally performed by The Blasters, written and later performed by Dave Alvin, later covered by Dwight Yoakam.
“The Ride” by David Allan Coe
“Tower of Song” by Leonard Cohen
“Talkin To Hank” by Mark Chesnutt
“Hank Williams Said It Best” by Guy Clark covered recently by Mick Harvey.
“Alcohol and Pills” by Fred Eaglesmith
“Hank’s Cadillac” as performed by Hank’s Cadillac (Sweetbriar Records)
“Tribute To Hank Williams” by Tim Hardin
“The Life of Hank Williams” by Hawkshaw Hawkins
“Midnight in Montgomery” by Alan Jackson
“Here’s To Hank” by Stonewall Jackson
“The Night Hank Williams Came To Town” by Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings.
“Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way?” and “If Old Hank Could Only See Us Now” by Waylon Jennings
“The Conversation” by Waylon Jennings and Hank Williams Jr. Opening lyric sang by Waylon, “Hank, lets talk about your daddy.”
“The Great Hank” by Robert Earl Keen, detailing a dream in which Hank Williams is singing in drag in a bar.
“The Ghost Of Hank Williams” by the Kentucky Headhunters
“If You Don’t Like Hank Williams” by Kris Kristofferson
“Things Change” by Tim McGraw
“Hank’s Cadillac” by Ashley Monroe
“That Heaven Bound Train” by Johnny Rion (also covered by Carl Shrum)
“Nosferatu Man” by Slint contains the lyrics “If I could settle down, I’d be doing just fine/Until I hear that old train, coming down the line.” They are taken from the Williams’ song “Ramblin’ Man”
“Alcohol and Pills” by Todd Snider
“Mission from Hank” by Aaron Tippin
“I Feel Like Hank Williams Tonight” by Jerry Jeff Walker
“Has Anybody Here Seen Hank?” by the Waterboys
“Crank the Hank” by Dallas Wayne
“Family Tradition” by Hank Williams, Jr
“From Hank to Hendrix” by Neil Young
“Good Bye Hank Williams My Friend” by Evan Dando
Other songs include : “The Death of Hank Williams”, “Hank, It Will Never Be the Same Without You”, “Hank Williams Meets Jimmie Rodgers”, “Tribute to Hank Williams”, “Hank and Lefty Raised My Country Soul”, “Hank Williams Will Live Forever”, “The Ghost of Hank Williams,” “Hank Williams Sings the Blues No More”, “In Memory of Hank Williams”, “Thanks Hank”, “Hank’s Home Town”, “Good Old Boys Like Me” (Hank Williams and Tennessee Williams), , “Why Ain’t I Half as Good as Old Hank (Since I’m Feeling All Dead Anyway)?”, “The Last Letter” (Mississippi disc jockey Jimmy Swan’s reading of a letter to Williams by M-G-M boss Frank Walker) and Charley Pride’s album There’s a Little Bit of Hank in Me. (Brackett 2000, p.219n22).

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State And Federal Jobs In Austin Texas

Ruth asks…

Nice areas to live in ATX metro?

These are my criteria:
1. Decent prices for rent ($600/month or less) and/or housing
2. Safe, clean neighborhood
3. No more than 10 miles from Downtown ATX and UT.
4. No more than a 35 minute commute into and from Downtown.
5. I don’t care what kind of retail and shopping opportunities I have as long as I’m close to reasonably priced clothing, groceries, auto service, etc.

I’ve looked at areas around Buda, far south Travis Co., and far north Hays Co., as well as southwest along US 290 b/t I-35 and Capitol of Texas Hwy.

I’m applying for federal and state jobs in Texas–namely Austin, my first pick, but also Ft. Worth, Tyler, College Station, Houston, Galveston, and San Antonio. I really want to leave my current home, Kentucky, and become member of the “Republic” of Texas!

Thank you!
I threw in the 35 minutes to/from work because I know traffic in ATX can be a bear. I know I couldn’t feasibly make it into central ATX from Research Blvd., Round Rock, and San Marcos in 35 min. on a weekday morning. (I’ve been to Austin, so I know just a little.)

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Uh-huh…you and everybody else wants that dream place to live!

I have a simple 1 BR apt. In a safe but unfancy neighborhood about 20 minutes from downtown. I’ve been here for 5 years and because of this pay $565/month. Rates for this place for new folks start around $750. Housing really is ridiculous here.

If you’re looking for apartments, here’s a good place to start: Otherwise, maybe try to rent a room in a house? I go to a big church and homeowners there are always looking for roomies.

Some of the areas you mention (Buda, northern Hays Co.) may be cheaper than Austin proper, but SOME (not all) of those areas are not particularly safe–please check into this before getting a place there. You also realize that none of them are within 10 miles of downtown and that rush hour commutes will be more than 35 minutes? However, that’s true of most places that real people can afford to live here. Traffic is a fact of Austin life. We just smile and remember how nice it is not to live in Houston!

Mary asks…

moving from miami to texas….help!?

can you tell me a little about texas. what if i dont fit in texas
oh and it snow there

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

I’m from Texas. You didn’t say what part of Texas you are moving to. Hopefully it’s Houston, Dallas, San Antonio or Austin. Otherwise the other cities are just a shadow of everything else. The place is hot as hell but you don’t have to pay state income tax only federal. Job market is supposed to be better and standard of living is cheaper as well. Go out to clubs/bars/restaurants to meet people. Just be yourself and they’ll like you.

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Business Growth Consulting Seattle

William asks…

How did John D. Rockefeller get involved in the oil industry?

I am making a booklet for an Honors History class, and it asked me this question. I looked it up in my history book and couldn’t find it and searched for it on google. but also couldn’t find it. Can anyone help me????

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

After 1857 he lived in Seattle, WA, where he had begun to work as a bookkeeper in 1855. In 1858 he went into the produce commission business. His firm, Clark & Rockefeller, invested in an oil refinery in 1862, and in 1865 Rockefeller sold out his share to his partner Clark, paid $72,500 for a larger share in another refinery, and formed the partnership of Rockefeller & Andrews.

At about the same time Rockefeller’s brother, William, started another refinery. In 1867 Rockefeller & Andrews absorbed this business, and Henry M. Flagler joined the partnership. In 1870 the two Rockefellers, Flagler, Andrews and a refiner named Stephen V. Harkness formed the Standard Oil Company, with John D. Rockefeller as president.

In the early 1870s, Charles Pratt and Henry H. Rogers, two of the early pioneers of the emerging U.S. Petroleum industry, became involved in conflicts with Rockefeller’s infamous South Improvement Company, which was basically a scheme to obtain favorable net rates from the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) and other railroads through a secret system of rebates. Rockefeller and the South Improvement Company scheme outraged independent oil producers in western Pennsylvania and refineries there and afar alike.

The opposition to the South Improvement Company scheme among the New York refiners was led by Rogers. The New York interests formed an association, and about the middle of March, 1872, sent a committee of three, with Rogers, of Charles Pratt and Company, as head, to Oil City to consult with the Oil Producers’ Union there. Their arrival in the oil regions was a matter of great satisfaction. Working with the Pennsylvania independents, they managed to forge an agreement with the PRR and other railroads whose leaders eventually agreed to open rates to all and promised to end their shady dealings with South Improvement. The oil men were most exultant, but their joy was to be short-lived, for Rockefeller had already begun forming his Standard Oil organization and was busy trying another approach, which included frequently buying-up opposing interests.

Rockefeller approached Charles Pratt with his plans of cooperation and consolidation. Pratt talked it over with Rogers, and they decided that the combination would benefit them. Rogers formulated terms, which guaranteed financial security and jobs for Pratt and himself. John D. Rockefeller quietly accepted the offer on Rogers’ exact terms. Charles Pratt and Company (including Astral Oil) became one of the important formerly independent refiners to join Rockefeller’s organization in 1874. Pratt’s son, Charles Millard Pratt (1858-1913) became Secretary of Standard Oil. Henry H. Rogers became one of Rockefeller’s key men.

Standard Oil gradually gained virtual control of oil production in America. Its business methods, which brought immense wealth to the ownership and lower prices for consumers, were widely and severely criticized. Its growth increased further in 1882, when separate companies were organized in each state; and in later years, as the first great American trust, the Standard Oil Company was hotly attacked during the anti-trust movement, especially after the publication of the 1904 book The History of the Standard Oil Company, by Ida Tarbell, whose father had been driven out of business by Rockefeller’s business arrangement with the South Improvement Company. Standard Oil’s economies of scale lowered the cost of oil based products so that almost everyone could afford them.

Nancy asks…

How to become business analyst with having work experience 4.5 yrs in IT industry?


I’ve 4.5 yrs of work experience in IT, after working as Systems Engineer, SQL DBA and little programming skills for all these years i would like to start my new career with Business Analyst. Can you guys let me know what all i need to do to achieve this ?

Like – Are there any courses available in and around Seattle (i live in Redmond) ?
what’s the process for certifications.

Regarding the courses or cetifications i would like to do is .. after completing the course or/and certification, i should get a job as BA, that’s my goal. Any information would be really helpful. Thanks

Have a great day !

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Hello. I assume by business analyst, you mean in the Investment Banking industry. Honestly, I think you are making a great decision since this career, like management consulting, can really make you rich and have financial freedom, and I mean really really rich.

To start off, I would recommend interning at a bank just to see if this is something you really would like to pursue. If it is, you have two choices. 1. You can become a business analyst, however not have much room for growth and salary. Or 2. You could get an MBA from a nice school, apply as a business associate, and make a lot more money

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Job Listings Austin Tx

Sharon asks…

which us cities are good to find jobs for new college graduates?

In terms of job opportunities, living expenses, etc.


AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Below is a link about this topic. It says D.C., Denver, Austin, TX, Raliegh, NC and Lexington, KY.

Keep in mind cost of living also. If your interested in moving to a different city check out sites like to see how much it would cost to rent a place to start out and also real estate listings to get an idea on how much houses are if you plan on staying in the city for awhile.


Ken asks…

Need help finding a job in Austin, TX but I have a felony?

I’m a bright, fit and well mannered 26 yr. old male, just transferred from MI. to Austin, TX
I admit I’ve made some mistakes (addiction, drugs, have a felony)in my past however, I’m trying to start my life over and live a healthy lifestyle. I’m having such a hard time finding a job here in Austin.
I will work anywhere, if someone would just give me a chance, they will see, I’m a very loyal hard working man. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

If it’s any comfort, a lot of people here are having a hard time finding work, so don’t think your history is the sole preventing element. It’s just a very tough environment, and even though people on tv keep talking about the circumstances changing, things haven’t turned around quite as quickly as we would have liked. Your record is drug-related, so that would not necessarily bar you from work the way a violent or financial crime might, which is good. The key thing to stress when it comes up is that those issues are in your past, and that you’ve been clean for x number of years.

You didn’t mention what your skills, experience or interests are, but one good place to start is, which I think is is run by the Texas Workforce Commission. Once you fill out their profile and application, you can do searches for all sorts of opportunities, and in most cases, apply directly online. TWC centers are also very helpful – go to this link: – to learn more about what they offer and where they’re located. They have all sorts of free services to jobseekers, and a lot of experience helping people in tough spots. Finally, you could check the job listings on as well – if necessary, consider working two part-time jobs to cobble together a full-time income. When your employer sees you in action and realizes you’re reliable and a good worker, you may be able to increase your hours or transition into a different (and full-time) job with the same company.

Good luck!

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Top Business Strategy Consulting Firms

John asks…

Can I become an Investment Banker graduating from a top tier B-school with NO relevant experience in finance?

I have a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and currently working as a Supply Chain Management Consultant at a reputable consulting firm. My plan is to get an MBA in finance and corporate strategy, to acquire solid finance education, but my experience is mostly in Supply Chain. I want to break into banking Post-MBA, and would like to know if I have a legitimate shot at doing so, even without finance experience. I might be able to gain 3-4 months of finance experience at an internship-which is required at most top-tier business schools. Please help.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Yes, provided you do your summer internship at a bank. Make sure you show a lot of interest in i-banking as soon as you enter school. It’s all about schmoozing and networking honestly.

Lizzie asks…

What types of jobs can I get with a degree in Business Management-and will it be a high paying job?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

A degree in business management can get you jobs in many areas.

The most popular areas in terms of pay and prestige are
1. Investment Banking (rasing capital for companies through the capital and securites market)
2. Consulting (advising companies on strategy, technology, and other issues).

They are very competitive industries to get into, specially if you want to get into top firms like McKinsey or UBS. Expect long working hours and great financial return.

Consulting requires a great deal of travel (usually) as you have to visit your clients wherever they are. This is a very varied and interesting industry to work in, but once again difficult to get into… But well worth the effort.

A third option could be Accounting, for prestigious firms like PricewaterhouseCoopers or Ernst & Young. The industry is not as prestigious but pays well.

Check out the website and read through the job descriptions. They are very quick reads and tell you everything you need to know about specific industries.

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Austin Texas Newspaper

James asks…

How do I get buyers name from public storage auction?

I lost everything I own at a public storage auction in Austin Texas on August 7 2008 at 1033 east 41st st .Does anyone know besides calling the property manager which has not worked how I can get the buyers name.I have tried to contact Public Storage but they do nothing to help .Is there somewhere in the newspaper I could check?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

You’re out of luck, my friend. That information would be protected by the Privacy Act of 1974. Besides, the person who won the auction legally owns the property now, even if you found them, you could only offer to buy it back from them. However…

The Storage lot was required by law to announce the auction by space # in the “Public Notices” or “Legal Notices” section of the local newspaper before they could auction your property off. You should be able to get archived copies of the local newspaper from either your local library or the newspaper itself. I’m not sure how long they had to run the notice before they could auction it… Laws vary in different areas, but it’s usually at least 2 weeks. If you can prove they didn’t properly post the auction notice (listing your storage room by #) then you can take them to small claims court and sue them for the value of the property that was sold.

You can find the actual law in the law library of your local courthouse (the law library is free to everyone). The county clerk can point you in the right direction for the forms you have to fill-out. There’s usually a filing fee, but nothing major… Like $30 or something. You can do all this, including going to small claims court, without the assistance of a lawyer.

Charles asks…

Is there anything wrong with the punctuation or grammar in this passage?

Gregory Brandt is a self-made man. He’s a writer in Austin Texas who dropped out of High School in 9th grade to pursue his job as a door-to-door newspaper salesman. With hard work and determination Greg pulled himself up by his boot straps and managed to graduate from the University of Texas School of Journalism. His first nonfiction book will be available later this year. Currently, Gregory is a premiere storyteller who makes clever and creative Youtube videos.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Some corrections:

Gregory Brandt is a self-made man. He’s a writer in Austin, Texas who dropped out of high school in 9th grade to pursue his job as a door-to-door newspaper salesman. With hard work and determination, Greg pulled himself up by his boot straps and managed to graduate from the University of Texas School of Journalism. His first non-fiction book will be available later this year. Currently, Gregory is a premier storyteller who makes clever and creative YouTube videos.

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