Web Design Austin Texas

Sandra asks…

Which schools have more studio-based Masters programs in Graphic Design?

I’m looking for a Masters program in Graphic Design but am looking for a curriculum that focuses more on practice and studio than theory and research. I’d be grateful for any help!

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

VCU in richmond, but it can be hard to get in. Texas@austin should, NYU as well. There are other schools like Creative Circus, Brainco, etc, Pick up some graphic design Mags and do some research. Make sure the school has a career placement counselor.
And do Internships. Also remember the more Web ready you are, the more job ready you are.

Mary asks…

What is the pay of a quantum physicist living in Texas?

Median, experienced, and starting please.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

There are lots of physicist in Texas. Quantum mechanics is a topic not a sub discipline. Geophysicist are the most common and are employed by the oil and gas industry. Other physicist work in industrial engineering, aerospace design. There are also academic pistons, University of Texas at Austin, Texas A and M University, University of Houston all have large research physics departments that research as well as teach. The range is $0.00 if your unemployed to @$200,000 if your in the private sector developing a new technology. The US Department of Commerce has a listing of salaries for various occupations on a web site some where.

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Austin Texas Apartments

Joseph asks…

Relocating to Austin Texas apartment cost?

I am currently living in South Jersey and thinking about relocating to Austin Texas for jobs. What much do apartments go for in the Austin Texas area? What areas in Austin Texas should I stay away from when looking at apartments?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

The price varies greatly on what apartments go for. Here is a map of all apartments in Austin and you can search by price


As far as areas…its tough to be specific without knowing more. Where would you be working (traffic can be bad), what you like to do and how much you can spend? Crime isn’t especially bad anywhere in town. You can check out specific addresses here


This map can help you even if you dont have a specific address


Also, this might help with getting a job here http://everythingaustinapartments.com/blog/2009/09/everything-about-searching-for-austin-jobs/

Good luck.

William asks…

How much would my gas/electric bill be?

I have been living in dorms for the past 2 years and have never had the responsibility of bills. I am now interested in getting my own apartment in Austin texas. Its a 1 bedroom, 1 bath. 377 square feet. I was wondering to see if anyone could give me a rough estimate of how much my gas and electric bill could be per month?
-thank you
thank you!

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Well my wife and I had an apartment like this for a long time we paid around 70-100 dollars for electric, gas never went over 30. I will admit we are both bad at leaving the tv on or having every light in the house on so it can be cheaper once you break those habits.

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Management Consulting Recruiters

Mandy asks…

What are some jobs in the legal field besides Paralegal/Legal assistant and Lawyers?

I’ve been a paralegal for 2 yrs and i like it but i feel like im getting bored with it. i want to go back to school for something “in the law field” but im just now sure yet. Can anyone help me find some careers in the legal field.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Core Legal Careers

* Lawyer (also called Attorney, Counselor, Solicitor, Barrister, Advocate)]
* Paralegal (also called Legal Assistant)
* Legal Secretary (also called Adminstrative Assistant or Legal Assistant)
Careers in Legal & Administrative Support

o Legal Assistant
o File Clerk
o Court Messenger
o Copy Center Professional
o Mailroom Clerk
o Administrative Assistant
Careers in Litigation Support

o Litigation Support Professional
o Hybrid Paralegal
o E-Discovery Professional
o Practice Support Professional
o Document Coder
o Litigation Support Analyst
o Litigation Support Specialist
o Project Manager
o Litigation Support Manager or Director
Careers in the Courtroom

o Judge
o Magistrate
o Law Clerk
o Mediator (also called Arbitrator or Conciliator)
Careers in Court Reporting

o Court Reporter (also called Stenographer)
o Broadcast Captioner
o CART Provider (Communication Access Realtime Translation)
o Webcaster
Careers in Legal Consulting

o Legal Nurse Consultant
o Trial Technology Consultant
o Jury Consultant
o Trial Consultant
o EDD Consultant
o Computer Forensics Professional
o Legal Software Consultant
o Legal Marketing Consultant
o Forensic Scientist
o Legal Videographer
o Legal Investigator
o Accident Reconstructionist
o Legal Management Consultant
o Document Management Specialist
Careers in Legal Publishing

o Legal Publisher
o Legal Writer
o Legal Editor
o Legal Web Manager
Careers in Legal Administration

o Law Firm Administrator
o Contract Administrator
o Law Firm Marketer
o Practice Administrator
Careers in the Courthouse

o Courtroom Deputy
o Court Administrator
o Court Interpreter
o Courtroom Technology Specialist
o Court Clerk
o Prothonotary
Careers in Legal Education

o Law Professor
o Law School Dean
o Law School Admissions Officer
o Legal Career Counselor
o Paralegal Instructor
o Legal Researcher
Careers in Intellectual Property

o Patent Attorney
o IP Docketing Specialist
o Patent Designer & Illustrator
o Patent Agent
o Patent Clerk
Careers in the Political System

o Attorney General
o District Attorney
o Legislator
o Legislative Aide
o Legislative Staffer
o Legal Analyst
o Lobbyist
Miscellaneous Legal Careers

o Compliance Specialist
o Conflicts Analyst
o Legal Recruiter

Ruth asks…

How to settle for an assistant’s job?

I am over-educated, over-qualified, and over-40. I can only get interviews as an admin assistant, due to age bias. How can I not resent having to take this type of job while people younger, less experienced, less mature, and less educated are getting the better jobs? It’s been several months, and the writing is on the wall. It seems to be the only type of work I can get. I need to make peace with this and move on, but it’s really hard. I still have ambition.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

An administrative assistant job is not just being a secretary. You are assisting an administrator of some kind, with the idea that if you learn the job thoroughly, you’ll know his job and be able to step into his position if needed. So there’s a career path there for you. Also, once you’re on board at that company, you can apply for other positions from the inside, and once they know you, you won’t face the discrimination problem the way an outsider might.

That said, you have said nothing about your skills or experience. Yes, age discrimination may be there, but maybe there are things you can do to find a job that suits you better. Without knowing your background, there’s no way to suggest things you may not have thought to try. Here are a few general suggestions:

1. Get yourself in LinkedIn. Just put your past jobs on there, not the current admin job. Join groups realted to the career or industry you’re looking to be in. Set up a network of former co-workers and others, and let them know you’re looking. Recruiters will eventually find you by searching LinkedIn accounts for skills like yours. Very often, age is not a factor for these recruiters and their clients.

2. Appearance can help or break you, especially when you’re over 40. You may not be able to hide your age, but you can look professional and competent, rather than dowdy and apologetic.

3. Take the admin job and keep job hunting. You’re always more attractive to employers when you’re employed. You can refer to it as a bridge job if you’re asked why you took the job.

4. If you have great skills and experience, perhaps the younger people are getting the jobs you’re trying for because you’re seen as overqualified for them. Try to apply for jobs that are a step or two up the ladder, like management positions. Or look into being a consultant. (You can be a full-time employee of a consulting firm if you don’t want to work as a temp or on an independent basis.)

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Product Marketing Consultant Salary

Carol asks…

What are some job opportunities and income with a major in international business and a minor in accounting?

Please give a description that entails what comes with the job and how much the annual average salary is. Thank you!

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Advertising, Marketing, and Public Relations Managers- Advertising, marketing, and public relations managers use market research and employ various strategies to develop, promote, and sell their clients’ products and services. According to the U.S. Labor Department, managers earned the following average yearly salaries in 2009- Advertising managers: $97,670, Marketing managers: $120,070, Public relations managers: $101,850.
Financial Analysts- Financial analysts help businesses and other organizations come up with investment strategies to meet their financial goals. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average yearly earnings of financial analysts in 2009 were $85,240.
Interpreters- Interpreters help individuals or groups communicate with each other by orally translating from one language to another. The earnings of interpreters depend on many factors, such as the languages they interpret and the type of employer they work for. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, interpreters and translators earned an estimated average yearly salary of $45,700 in 2009.
Management Consultants- Management consultants think about ways to increase a company’s profits and productivity. Their goal is to make a business more successful and competitive. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average yearly income of management consultants in 2009 was $84,650.
Stockbrokers and Financial Services Sales Agents- Stockbrokers help clients buy, sell, and trade stock. Financial services sales agents sell and arrange a wide range of banking and financial services from loans to mutual funds. Both also advise clients on setting and meeting financial goals.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average yearly earnings of securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents in 2009 were $91,390. Stockbrokers are usually paid a commission based on the amount of stocks and other investment products they sell.
Top Executives- Top executives run businesses and other organizations. Combining knowledge of the field with business skills, they attempt to lead their organizations to success. Pay in this field depends on the executive’s skills, the size of his or her company, and the type of industry. Executives often receive many perks (benefits) in addition to high salaries. For example, they can receive big bonuses if their companies perform well. Other perks may include spacious offices, plenty of office help, and the ability to travel worldwide at little or no personal cost. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the average yearly salary for chief executives was $167,280 in 2009. General and operations managers earned $110,550.

Mark asks…

What kind of career possibilities are there that involve giving financial advice?

I am interested in finance and investing, and am currently in school for business. I am unsure of what career possibilities await me after graduation though.

I was considering positions like: investment adviser, financial adviser, tax consultant, financial planner, etc

I would like to be giving advice, but not putting huge pressure on my shoulders (ie- I don’t want to physically make the decisions of how to invest others’ money)
I like researching different ways to invest that would avoid high taxes, and other ways to maximize returns

I would like to stay away from sales as much as possible, as I don’t want to sell a product I might not necessarily believe in; and sales really isn’t my thing. I hear that financial planners is really only 5% planning/researching, and 95% sales/marketing

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

I will say that degree in economics or diploma in business management would be enough for you to get a job in financial sector. Or to become a stock broker, after graduation you have to apply for a sixth month training program provided by any stock broker firm. There are many job opportunities available for financial advisor you can take job in banks, university and some MNC which give very good salary.

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Business Process Optimization Consulting

Paul asks…

how do i get consulting assignments thru internet?

I have more than 25 years of experience in corporate world and demonstrable expertise in supply chain manegement , project management and business process reengineering

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

I don’t think that the Internet is a good way to market most types of business consulting services. While you should have a web site, in most cases this is something you will direct people to using other marketing efforts rather than something that will generate business on its own.

Unless you do something that is highly specialized, chances are good that people will never find you doing a web search -there are just too many other firms out there doing the same thing. You can do website optimization, buy keywords, etc., but in my opinion, this is like trying to win the lottery.

I would suggest some “old-fashioned” marketing initiatives:

-Network with your previous contacts, including former employers and employees – if you have 25 years of experience, you should have plenty of them. This will be your best source of business.

-Join all relevant industry associations and attend their functions, including trade shows.

-Publish articles in relevant industry publications as well as local business papers in your market area.

-If you are a sole practitioner, contact the larger firms that provide the same services that you do, including some of the “Big 5″ accounting and consulting firms. Believe it or not, this can be a good source of work. Many larger firms are always looking for subcontractors and also come across opportunities that are too small for them to handle cost effectively.

Good luck with your efforts.

Daniel asks…

Best ITIL Training practice learning center, foundation in Bangalore, Bangaluru, Karnataka, India also ITSM?


AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Based out of Bangalore – India, ITHelpLine is a business and technology solutions provider providing quality consulting and training services in IT Service Management. Our services and offerings include ITIL training, assessments, ITIL based process design, documentation, process optimization and ITIL product implementation. We are committed to providing the best resources and solutions to our clients. Our ITIL Experts can serve and support both onsite and offsite custom training, deployment & implementation efforts with qualified resources.

ITHelpLine offers the highest quality of services. Our offerings span IT service management (ITIL V3 and ISO2000) training, consulting and business technology services. With our balanced approach encompassing People, Process, Products & Partners, ITHelpLine increases your IT operating efficiency by protecting computing environments, reducing costs, increasing reliability and improving quality.here are the links



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Small Business Consultation Services

Nancy asks…

How do you survive while starting a business.?

I opened a business two years ago and it is taking a while to grow. Personally my finances are at rock bottom. Do I qualify for any special loans or grants to help me support my family until my business takes off. I am a veteran(Marine Corps) if it helps. Please help I dont want to close shop.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Not grants — grants are not given to struggling business owners. Otherwise, you won’t hear of small businesses closing shop because the government bails them out when the going gets tough

First, find a mentor who can give you an objective assessment of your business. At this point, you need to evaluate what’s not working with your business, and a mentor can help you look at your business with a clean fresh perspective — and more importantly, recommend how you can improve your business situation:

- is there really no market for your product/service?
- are you not managing your cashflow well?
- what are the loopholes in your marketing strategy?
- is there something you can improve with regards to your price points?
- how can you improve your distribution?

Go to your local SBDC Small Business Development Center http://www.sba.gov/sbdc/sbdcnear.html and ask for a free consultation. They can give you mentors or consultants who can guide you.

Sharon asks…

What’s the most effective way to promote a security company?

I have a small security company and I just want to get some feedback on how to expand?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Presuming that you are talking about a Security Guard/Patrol company? After my law enforcement days I owned part of a security guard and patrol company. We made up fliers, got in uniform, and went from business to business talking to owners. Going in uniform has a big impact and will get you past the clerks and direct to the business owner.

We started by looking at a geographic area where we wanted to build a patrol route. In my example we had a tourist area with lots of hotels/motels where there were lots of problems with drugs, gangs and prostitution. Our patrol guys who were out at night were our leads, we had them watch where the local cops were going on a regular basis then we’d follow up the next day to talk to the owner to show them how our service could help to reduce their problems. It worked well, we signed up lots of motels, bars and restaurants. We found that people didn’t just own one motel, so when we signed up one we would get 7.

Results were our best selling tool. Our clients each got several patrol checks per night and we started to have an impact. Problems left our motels and restaurants and went to others. Then we started getting calls from new motels as the problems moved. In some cases we got contract to not only provide patrol but to put a guard on the property. As problems left the motels they started to head for the surrounding apartments, so we started to visit apartment managers and slowly built up those clients. Like motels, apartment owners generally own more than one property. We got several contracts for property managers who had large complexes all over the county.

When a standing guard had a problem he could call for a patrol car. Clients liked seeing the cars.

Of course as time went on we were finally able to get into the phone book, not that phone books will be around much longer.

This was just one method. If you need more help I do small business consultation.

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Business Development Manager Consulting Firm

Donald asks…

I am 28 with a sales background and business degree. However, there’s no creativity in sales..?

Ive always had a passion for advertising, marketing and design. Unfortunately i never followed through when in college. Is there any way to make the transition into the ad world??

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

I’ve been in marketing and sales for over 25 years. I manage both departments now as the General Manager for a business in the printing industry. Also do some consulting on the marketing side.

I think there is a tremendous amount of creativity needed in sales – particularly business to business. But if that’s not your passion, and you think advertising, marketing and design is, then start in sales for a marketing firm, or graphic design or ad agency. Once you develop some credibility, and relations with customers, you will be included in the client project development. Make yourself valuable. Contribute. But first, listen and learn, so that your contribution is meaningful.

Maria asks…

What is the role of consulting engineer ?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Consultants are individuals who typically work for themselves but may also be associated with a consulting firm. They, for a fee, gives advice or provides a service in a field of specialized knowledge or training. Most consultants carry their own life and health insurance, pay their own taxes, most have their own tools and equipment. The consultant can work alone or with the client’s staff.
Consultants can play a multi-faceted role. They can, for example function as advisors, fixers, bosses, generalists, stabilizers, listeners, advisors, specialists, catalysts, managers or quasi-employees. The actual work that consultants perform for one company to another may vary greatly, i.e. Tax account to office decoration. However, the typical underlying reasons that a consultant is hired are universal. A problem exists and the owner or manager of the company has decided to seek the help of an expert.
Bringing in an expert can save time, effort and money. It has been estimated that approximately 3/4 of all companies call upon consultants at one time or another. Many companies claim that they receive a higher return for their invested dollars by using consultants for specific tasks.
Most companies have experienced the problem of needing short-term technical expertise. Perhaps the company’s existing staff is already working to capacity. In many cases, the engineering skills required for a project can be satisfied with a full time employee. When they can not fully justify bringing someone on board full time, their answer is to hire a consultant. By doing so, the businessman solves his immediate problem without permanently increasing his payroll and payroll taxes.
Consultants can be hired when the company may not have anyone on staff capable of solving the specific problem. At such times, a costly learning curve on the part of the engineering staff is associated with the project. One example is using a consultant as a viable alternative during the development stages of new products. Hiring a consultant with experience in a given area can then cut days, weeks or even months off a project schedule. In addition, he can help the staff avoid mistakes they may otherwise make. When the project reaches a certain point, the permanent staff can then take over.
Consultants can deal directly with owners and upper management. In this role, consultants can provide an objective third-party view point. Critical objectives can then be identified and advise given in confidence.
Consultants are a viable alternative in assisting in feasibility studies or in proposal preparation. Perhaps the manager cannot justify shifting the duties of existing staff members.
Another time that consultants become useful is when a company is just starting a business. The development of the company’s new product can be begun by the consultant while a full time permanent technical staff member is being hired.
Finding the right consultant can be difficult. Managers can rely on referrals from their friends or hire the consultant who happens to call at the right time. Once the decisions is made to hire a consultant, the need is immediate and one may not have the time to shop for a consultant. As a part of planning ahead, it is wise to meet various consultants on an informal basis before the need to hire one arises. Then when the time comes, you will know exactly who to call for you have already established an informal relationship.

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Ruth asks…

i am doing this finance project and we have to do a school loan for my job i am an economist that makes 84,000?

help…You have financed a federally-backed student loan of an amount equal to ½ of your current salary. You received a 6% simple interest rate for a term of ten years (with a period being one year). the equasaion is PxIxN= and idk what to do

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

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George asks…

Careers in Early Childhood Development?


I’m a college student still deciding which career path to follow. I am very interested in Early Childhood Education and Development, but I do not want to be a teacher (at least not in a traditional school setting). I have considered art or play therapy, pediatrics, working with the Childlife Council, being a speech therapist…

But the story of my life is being indecisive.

Does anyone (through personal experience or other knowledge) have any suggestions on careers in this area?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

I’ve been in the Early Childhood Field for many, many years, doing many, many different things within the field. I taught preschoolers, then advanced to directing a 1/2 day preschool, then directed a large military (my husband was in the Air Force) child care center, then taught early childhood special education, then taught early childhood education classes in both 2 and 4 year colleges, and have been a regulator of child care centers for the last 22 years. I’ve also been a child care consultant to centers starting up and helped develop an online course for regulators. I’ve also done training of new staff. There are so many directions that one can go. Each step moves you to another opportunity, so you can do whatever you want. I would suggest teaching preschool children for at least one or two years, particularly if you don’t have daily contact with your own or someone close to you who has young children. I think that once I retire from my present job I will continue to work as a consultant or possibly teach on the college level again, either in a classroom or developing online courses. Each experience I had built a foundation for all the other things I’ve done collectively. I can’t say that one experience was “better” than another, but some definitely pay more, with more benefits. It all depends what you’re interested in, what evolves, and where you live. We moved quite a few times, so I always was ready for another challenge and trying something new. Good luck. Early Childhood Education needs good, young people to continue the progress that has been made in the field. Keep in touch if you want, there are many opportunities when you aren’t even looking. They just come up. I ended up in my regulator jposition by being in a college class to get another teaching certification. The instructor knew that I already had both a BS in Ed and MS in Ed and suggested that I contact the person who ultimately became my boss. So one suggestion is to get connected with Early Childhood groups such as NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) and eventually you will find a “niche” that is right for you. Many of us “long time” ECE people get and maintain contacts throughout the U.S. And abroad by attending the conferences each year. NAEYC has a “Student” rate that is considerably lower than the regular rate for both dues and conferences. You can check it out on the web. Just some thoughts… Contacts and trying a little of everything will help you find what your passion really is! It’s hard when you are 18 to 22 to decide what you want to do the rest of your life. When I was in college I never thought I would do what I have done in my life. I just wanted to teach.

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Small Business Consulting Firms Chicago

Charles asks…

Can a computer engineer get a job easy ?

can a computer engineer certified get a job easy ?

-I was born Nov.12 1989

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

I hope so because i want to be one. I sa this information once on different type of cpu engineering and i would love to help you out

1 Software engineer

WHY IT’S GREAT Software engineers are needed in virtually every part of the economy, making this one of the fastest-growing job titles in the U.S. Even so, it’s not for everybody. Designing, developing and testing computer programs requires some pretty advanced math skills and creative problem-solving ability. If you’ve got them, though, you can work and live where you want: Telecommuting is quickly becoming widespread. The profession skews young–the up-all-night-coding thing gets tired–but consulting and management positions aren’t hard to come by once you’re experienced.

WHAT’S COOL Cutting-edge projects, like designing a new video game or tweaking that military laser. Extra cash from freelance gigs. Plus, nothing says cool like great prospects.

WHAT’S NOT Jobs at the biggest companies tend to be less creative (think Neo, pre-Matrix). Outsourcing is a worry. Eyestrain and back, hand and wrist problems are common.

TOP-PAYING JOB Release engineers, who are responsible for the final version of any software product, earn six figures.

EDUCATION Bachelor’s degree, but moving up the ladder often requires a master’s.

3 Financial adviser

$122,500 AVERAGE PAY 26% 10-YEAR GROWTH 6,100 ANNUAL JOB OPENINGS STRESS C FLEXIBILITY B CREATIVITY B EASE OF ENTRY B “Most people don’t know their goals. I know how helpless I felt years ago when my husband died young. It’s the best feeling to bring people from defining their goals to realizing them.” –DEBORAH FELDMAN, 55, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER, CHICAGO

WHY IT’S GREAT Twenty years ago, no one ever said, “I want to be a financial adviser when I grow up.” Now there are nearly 300 college programs for financial planning, and M.B.A.s, lawyers and accountants are jumping to this lucrative but more people-friendly profession. As company pensions die out and Americans increasingly have to manage their own retirement savings, financial planning is no longer just for the rich. And with Gen X-ers entering their peak earning years and boomers nearing retirement, business will get better still.

WHAT’S COOL If you have a knack for numbers and a way with people, you can use Wall Street skills without selling your soul. You can work for yourself, for a small shop or for a giant financial services firm.

WHAT’S NOT Compliance rules mean lots of paperwork. Stress? You have to build a practice from the ground up.

TOP-PAYING JOB Advisers who manage client portfolios earn $200,000-plus.

EDUCATION A college degree, plus certification and continuing education.

Market research analyst


WHY IT’S GREAT If you want to know what the next big thing is, this is your field. Before launching a product or service, companies turn to market research analysts who collect and evaluate data about consumer wants, needs and buying habits. You get to work on a huge variety of projects: In a single day you might run a taste test on a new vodka flavor, evaluate a rebranding campaign for a hot dog and analyze political polling data.

WHAT’S COOL Testing products before they hit the market. You talk to lots of people and get to ask them personal questions you wouldn’t dare pose at a party.

WHAT’S NOT Being mistaken for a telemarketer; deadlines; number crunching.

TOP-PAYING JOB A senior exec or partner in a consulting firm can earn more than $200,000.

EDUCATION B.A.; M.A. In statistics helps.

7 Computer/IT analyst


WHY IT’S GREAT Seems like the entire world is at the mercy of information technology folks, thanks to the rapid spread of computers and swell of the Internet. And all of these jobs pay well, from desktop support technician to Webmaster to database wonk. Entry-level analysts make $60,000 and above. Senior database specialists and IT managers command six-figure salaries and decent bonuses. A bachelor’s degree is enough to get started.

WHAT’S COOL Telecommuting and freelance gigs abound. Plus: e-mail snooping!

WHAT’S NOT Carpal tunnel syndrome; outsourcing will mean fewer entry-level and nonspecialized jobs.

TOP-PAYING JOB Network operations directors, who are responsible for a company’s intranet, earn $250,000-plus.

EDUCATION From a B.S. To a Ph.D.

Maria asks…

Is this a good company idea?

Hello. I would like to become super rich some day. I would like to start my own business/company. For the past few years i have been working at a mangement consulting firm which gave me experience and knowledge on how businesses and companies are run.

Here is my company idea.

It would be a board room/conference room/meeting room facility company. It would be where small businesses, business travelers, and other people could come to a facility which has board rooms equipped with needed pieces of technology (projectors, laptops), office space, a catering service onsite, a secretary service, and a lounge which serves drinks. The whole facility would have free internet access, free phones, etc. The business or person would rent out a board room for a specific date and time. They would boom ahead of time to make sure the time and location is available. On the time and day when they are at the facility, they will have access to everything inside the facility.

At first, I would start with one location in a business crazy city (NYC, Chicago, etc.). If the one location does well, my company would start expanding to multiple locations in a state, then to nation wide, and then, if possible, world wide.

Currently, there is not much competition other than hotels. A company called Regus does the same thing, except they focus more on office space than board room space. I think I could be super rich (10 plus million) with this idea. Do you?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Why would a company or corporation pay to use your facilities? Most companies have their own.

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Internet Marketing Austin

Carol asks…

if you see this gime me the star! lol?

Spam is a canned precooked meat product made by the Hormel Foods Corporation. The labeled ingredients in the classic variety of Spam are chopped pork shoulder meat with ham meat added, salt, water, modified potato starch as a binder, and sodium nitrite to help keep its color. Spam’s gelatinous glaze, or aspic, forms from the cooling of meat stock.[1] The product has become part of many jokes and urban legends about mystery meat, which has made it part of pop culture and folklore.
Varieties of Spam vary by region and include Spam Classic, Spam Hot & Spicy, Spam Less Sodium, Spam Lite, Spam Oven Roasted Turkey, Hickory Smoked, and Spam Spread.[2]
Spam sold in North America, South America, and Australia is produced in Austin, Minnesota, (also known as Spam Town USA) and in Fremont, Nebraska. Spam for the UK market is produced in Denmark by Tulip under license from Hormel.[3] Spam is also made in the Philippines and in South Korea.[4] In 2007, the seven billionth can of Spam was sold.[5]
Contents [hide]
1 Name origin
2 Nutritional data
3 Varieties
4 International usage
4.1 United States and territories
4.2 Europe
4.3 Asia
5 Spam celebrations
6 Cultural references
6.1 Monty Python sketch
6.2 Internet spam
7 Trivia
8 See also
9 References
10 External links
[edit]Name origin

Introduced on July 5, 1937, the name “Spam” was chosen when the product, whose original name was far less memorable (Hormel Spiced Ham), began to lose market share. The name was chosen from multiple entries in a naming contest. A Hormel official once stated that the original meaning of the name “Spam” was “Shoulder of Pork and Ham”.[6] According to writer Marguerite Patten in Spam – The Cookbook, the name was suggested by Kenneth Daigneau, an actor and the brother of a Hormel vice president, who was given a $100 prize for creating the name.[7] At one time, the official explanation was that the name was a portmanteau of “Spiced Ham”. According to the British documentary-reality show “1940′s House”, when SPAM was offered by the United States to those affected by World War II in the UK, SPAM stood for Specially Processed American Meats.
Many jocular backronyms have been devised, such as “Something Posing As Meat”, “Specially Processed Artificial Meat”, “Stuff, Pork and Ham”, “Spare Parts Animal Meat” and “Special Product of Austin Minnesota”.[8]
According to Hormel’s trademark guidelines, Spam should be spelled with all capital letters and treated as an adjective, as in the phrase “SPAM luncheon meat”.
[edit]Nutritional data

Spam is typically sold in cans with a net weight of 340 grams (12 ounces). A 56 gram (2 ounce) serving of original Spam provides seven grams of protein, two grams of carbohydrates, 15 grams of fat (23% US Daily Value) including 6 grams of saturated fat (28% U.S. Daily Value), and 170 calories. A serving also contains nearly a third of the recommended daily intake of sodium (salt). A 56 gram serving of Spam contains 767 mg of sodium, equivalent to approximately 2 grams of salt, indicating about 3.6% of Spam’s mass is salt. Spam provides very little in terms of vitamins and minerals (0% vitamin A, 1% vitamin C , 1% calcium, 3% iron). It has been listed as a food that is a poor choice for weight loss and optimum health and as a food that “is high in saturated fat and sodium”.[9]

There are several different flavors of Spam, including:[10]
Spam Classic — original flavor
Spam Hot & Spicy — with tabasco flavor
Spam Less Sodium — “25% less sodium”
Spam Lite — “33% less calories and 50% less fat”
Spam Oven Roasted Turkey
Spam Hickory Smoke flavor
Spam Spread — “if you’re a spreader, not a slicer … just like Spam Classic, but in a spreadable form”
Spam with Bacon
Spam with Cheese
Spam Garlic
Spam Golden Honey Grail — a limited-release special flavor made in honor of Monty Python’s SPAMALOT Broadway musical
Spam Mild
In addition to flavor, some of the tins come in smaller sizes than normal, many consumers, however, consider this to be beneficial. A more popular option is the 7 oz (200g) size can. Recently, “Spam Singles” have been produced: a single sandwich-sized slice of Spam (Classic or Lite), wrapped in plastic instead of a metal container.
[edit]International usage

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Spam has now moved into the Internet where it creates excessive amounts of advertising and trouble for the common PC. It can flood a PC to the point of freezing thereby reducing the amount of metal used to “can” the product.

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Sandy asks…

Would the method that Kerplakistan is using to rescue their economy work for the USA?

Kerplakistan is a small European nation, formally part of the Soviet Union. The Kerplakistan Goverment has commisioned a large team of cyber spies in order to engage in cyber warfare.

They are currently active on the Internet hacking into people’s computers to insert subliminal messages.

And what are those messages? They are advertisements for the official soft drink of the Kerplakistan Government, called “Kerplak Kola”. Your computer has most likely been affected.

In order to save their ailing economy, Kerplakistan is attempting to launch Kerplak Kola into the world market and has an ambitious plan for Kerplak Kola to become the word’s best selling soft drink replacing Coca Cola in this position, and thus save the Kerplakistan economy. This bold plan includes the initial launch of Kerplak Kola, the release of Kerplak Kalorieless (a low calorie version of Kerplak Kola) in November, and providing things go well then Kerplakistan will launch Klear Cherry Kerplak next March. There are even plans to launch their own alternative to Red Bull, known as Kickstart Kerplak.

So in order to brainwash us into buying their drinks, Kerplakistan cyber-spies are highjacking computers and inserting subliminal messages.The makers of Coke, The Coca Cola Bottlers is working on a anti-trojan software package to remove these messages. More information about their software will be released by Coca Cola Bottlers soon and will be available on their website.

However until the anti-Trojan software is available we are all vulnerable to the cyber attacks of the Kerplakistan Goverment. Should the Government of the USA release it’s own sweetened beverage and engage in cyber indoctrination to save the US economy?


Note, Wikipedia may be down at the moment as the link to Kerplakistan is not working.
Looks Iike @Rayhere did not even read what I wrote.

Or maybe he has been drinking too much Kerplak Kola.
That’s kind of the point. This was not ever meant to be taken seriously.
I watched the first Austin Powers on Saturday night, and in that Dr Evil stole a Nuclear Warhead from Kerplakistan. That’s what made me think of this, as it’s kind of a Austin Powers type plot.

I was hoping some would get the reference and make some Austin Lowers style answer.

I might try this again another time and call the country Getbackistan.
See if Beatles fans will get it (you know, Get Back)
Answer this pertinent question please


AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

You could have created your own scenario rather than pulling up a fictional name which is pretty well used quite commonly. Sorry not funny!

Hi, I understand you trying to create some humour. You gave an effort but if you could call the place with your own created name that would sound more interesting.

Austin Powers is one of my favourite movies. :) )) I like Mike Myers

YES, I love Beatles and the song. I love the new name of your recently founded country…I think Getbackistan might create a positive impact on people as well. Go for it!! :) I hope you get tons of replies. You are creative!

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