Austin Tx Hotels

George asks…

How much should i ask to be paid working front desk at a hotel?

It is a hampton inn hotel in austin tx, pretty nice hotel in a nice area of town. I have never worked at a hotel before but lots of customer service experiance, my last job was at a bank with ending salary of $13.77, i’m sure they’re not gonna offer that much, but does it look bad if i ask for less than i was making at my last job? Thanks

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

I think you can ask for $13.77, mentioning that that is the level you were promoted to at your last job (even though you are pretty sure they will not accept the offer. All they can do is say no, and make you a lower counter-offer. At least you tried.

Donald asks…

Are there any hotels that you don’t have to be 21 to check in?

Some friends and I are planning on going on a trip to Austin tx, but most hotels only check in 21 and up.

Any suggestions?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Are you sure? I thought it was 18 upwards!

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Internet Marketing Austin Texas

Mandy asks…

Anyone know anything about The ID Shop in austin, texas?

An internet company located out of austin, texas.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Down town close to congress on San Jansinto street or go to the big flea market on 290 on a Saturday or Sunday morning.

Carol asks…

i want to get internet at my apartment, but i have no phone service?

what kind of service should i get for my laptop/ipod? something with wifi? i don’t want to buy a landline phone service if i don’t plan on using it. who has good offers? (i’m in houston, tx)

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Supposing Time-Warner in Houston has similar pricing to their Central Texas (I live an hour north of Austin) market, I would suggest getting Road Runner cable internet from Time-Warner.

I have the fastest residential connection they offer and it costs me $55/month. I believe a standard residential connection is $40 or $45 a month.

You do no have to get any other services from Time-Warner. They will happily let you pay for just a cable modem.

Alternatively, if you want internet on the go, I would check out Clear (formerly Clear Wire). They offer unlimited usage plans for $40/month.

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Global Strategic Business Consultancy

Laura asks…

list of electronics and communication companies in india .?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Basic listings
Aar em Electronics
Aar-em Electronics Pvt. Ltd. (India) is a leading manufacturer and exporter of Uninterruptible Power Supplies. Aar-em’s endeavor in the years to come is to maintain the excellent standards already set and create global solutions to make the customers businesses even more productive. One of the fastest growing power electronics company in India.
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Andhra Electronics
Andhra Electronics Limited manufactures and markets high precision quartz crystals and a variety of crystal oscillators for telecom, space and Military applications.
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Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL)
BEL manufactures a wide range of products in areas like Defence Communications, Radars, Telecommunications, SATCOM, Sound and Vision Broadcasting, Opto & Medical Electronics and Electronic Components. Services offered by BEL include contract manufacturing, telecom consultancy and semiconductor device packaging.
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Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL)
ECIL is a multi-product and multi-disciplinary organisation providing key technology inputs, system integration and system solutions in the areas of Information Technology, Strategic Electronics, Communications, Control and Automation, Instrumentation and Components.
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Hightension Electrical
Hightension Electrical Industries has made a name for itself in the field of manufacture of High Tension and Low Tension Transmission and Power Distribution Line Materials. Its products are of high standard and are certified by reputed institutes of India. Amongst others, the Company imports and exports products like Earth Rod, HT Stay Set, LT Stay Set, GI Pins, Post Insulator, Pin Insulator, Discharging Rod, Operating Rod, Hardware filling for dish insulator and so on.
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Holoflex Limited
HOLOFLEX LIMITED was incorporated in 1991 and has since then been in the business of holograms and allied holographic products. Today Holoflex ranks as one of the frontrunners in the business of security hologram. We are a member of the International Hologram Manufacturers’ Association and a founder member of the Hologram Manufacturers Association of India.
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O.E.N India
Established in 1968, O.E.N is the market leader for Electromechanical Components. Manufacturing plants are located in the suburbs of Cochin and Bangalore with over 11,000 square meters of factory space. We offer a comprehensive range of products with applications in most segments of Electronic Industry including Communications, Automotive, Strategic Industrial Controls, Instrumentation and Consumer Electronics.
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Semiconductor Complex Limited (SCL)
SCL’s vertically integrated semiconductor operations offer design, wafer fabrication, testing, packaging, Quality Assurance and reliability testing, VLSI based system manufacturing and applications support all under one roof.
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Supertron Electronics
Supertron Electronics Limited is one of the top 25 channel partners in Indian computer industry and largest among them in the eastern India. Broad range of offerings including computer systems, parts, peripherals, consumables and networking products, with effective support services have helped Supertron in emerging as the leader.
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The Videocon Group
Manufacturer of Televisions, VCRs, VCPs, Audio Systems, Home Appliances and Business Electronics. Manufactures Televisions and VCRs in technical tie-up with Toshiba Corporation of Japan. Videocon today, is a multi-faceted group, with 9 state -of-the-art manufacturing facilities all over India.

Mark asks…

6 Months Certified Embedded Systems-VLSI Design Training?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Priganik Technologies Pvt. Ltd. Is an efficient Electronics Training and Development company, working towards the best career prospect of the growing engineers.

Priganik provides 3/6 Months/6 Weeks Project Based Industrial Training to All B.E/B.Tech students on self support basis. We have tide- up with various Engineering colleges in the form of Project/Industrial/In-House Training to provide the high-end training and development program

PRIGANIK’s services:
PRIGANIK is into three major segments:
Project Based: – We provide project based training on various latest and upcoming technologies like Embedded System, Advance Embedded Systems (PIC, ARM, AVR), VLSI-Design & Verification, Robotics, VHDL, Verilog-HDL, Systems Verilog (HVL), Analog Circuit Designing(Spice Simulation), MSP430, PCB Designing, Ethical Hacking, Lab-View, MATLAB, Cyber Security, etc.
Corporate Training: – At PRIGANIK, we provide corporate education and custom-content training solutions to some of the India’s largest private and public sector organizations. We serve our clients in various sectors such as Embedded Systems, VLSI-Design & Verification, information technology, education, professional services etc.

We have created embedded based products and web based solutions for many different types of businesses. Some examples of the embedded based products developed by us are Dhanbad Instruments pvt. Ltd. (

PRIGANIK is a global consulting and technology services company specializing in industry-specific solutions, strategic outsourcing and integration services. Our consultancy and manpower supply services are an added advantage for our students.

PRIGANIK’s Training packages:
PRIGANIK is specialized in imparting different types of training according to the needs of the Institute and students, namely:
Students undergo training on latest technologies at college campus (onsite) or at PRIGANIK Campus (offsite). Students are given real time exposure on LIVE Project which helps them gain in-depth knowledge of the technology.
Students in final year are worried about placement during 6-months training. Our Project Based Training Program is a process which starts with training based on live project and moves along the path of preparing the trainees for Interviews with the help of Industry Experts (Technical Interviews).

The 6 Months Project Based Industrial Training is an exhaustive program on any of the chosen technology that equips the students with the in-depth knowledge of that technology with the hands on experience while working on the Live Projects. These programs are actually a golden opportunity for the students to learn some technologies which are not a part of their curriculum, which in turn catalyzes the smooth transition from college to workplace.
PRIGANIK specializes in providing training on various technologies namely:
•Embedded Systems
•Advance Embedded Systems (PIC, ARM, AVR)
•VLSI-Design & Verification
•Systems Verilog (HVL)
•Analog Circuit Designing (Spice Simulation)
•PCB Designing
•Ethical Hacking
•Cyber Security

The training has following distinctive features:
• Qualified & Certified Industry Professionals as Trainers/Faculty
• Industry Collaboration & Awareness
• Technical Panel from Industry in Different Domains
• Upgraded Course Curriculum
• Live Projects
• Training Certificates and Project Letter
• State of Art Infrastructure with well equipped labs
• One year membership card (for project and technical assistance)

In case of further queries please feel free to contact us:

Priganik Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
# 68/220, Pratap Nagar,
Sanganer, Jaipur (Raj.)-302033
PH: (+91)141-2792007
MOB: (+91)8058697556, (+91)9461982005/4/3

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Headhunters Austin

Susan asks…

Where are some good places to see punk shows in San Marcos Texas?

i will be attending texas state at San Marcos and would like to know where to go to see HC/anarcho punk shows, none of that emo shit. traveling to Austin or San Antonio will be fine. if you know of any others feel free to tell. ( i want to be prepared for college) :p

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

You seem like a cool person.

Unfortunately, metal and folk indie seem to be the “scene” so it’s pretty hard to find a decent punk show. Headhunters houses a lot of punk shows, mostly local bands. Http:// That’s their website. Emo’s, Stubb’s, and Red7 all have the occasional punk show, you just need to keep checking their calanders online.

There’s a lot of other places around Austin to see live music, and a lot of them require you to be over 18 to get in. And if you’re an incoming college freshman like me, this really sucks.

Oh yeah, and all of the places I mentioned are in downtown Austin.
Good luck.

Robert asks…

Know of any good head hunters in Austin, TX?

I’m moving to Austin and I would like to solicit the help of a good head hunter (not interested in going through a temp agency). Any help would be appreciated!

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Most people in Austin use employment agencies, but this site might be useful to you:

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Marketing Strategy Consultants Uk

Nancy asks…

What are the best paid jobs in the UK that dont involve Scince?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Pursue an MBA degree and look for Procurement, Operational Excellence, Sales and Marketing Strategy Jobs or Management Jobs. Search online and submit your CV to recruitment agencies and consultants online.

Robert asks…

MBA :Top Business Schools : Where to study MBA? What are the advantages of UK MBA? What are the expenses?

Will leading education consultants High Profile SGC throw light on this issue?Are there options in health care as well?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Admissions for MBA in January,April,July and September from world class universities in UK :IELTS 6/6.5 bands or 60/65 marks in 12th English are required .No experience is required.
# Scholarships are available
# Fees between 5-8 lacs
# 1 year study+2 years Post Study Work (refer UKBA site)
# For MBA in Hospitality Management ,relevant degree/diploma and 2 years experience in the same field is required.IELTS score of 6 is required High Profile SGC can be contact for counseling,offer letter with your mark sheets ,passport copy etc .Visit for details.(This is the official site of High Profile SGC)

Healthcare MBA

UK MBA(Biotechnology/Health Care Mgt/Public Health Mgt):High Profile SGC

Reasons to choose
Biotechnology Management

• An innovate MBA course that
blends the study of management to
• Produces management savvy
• Emphasis on generic management
theory, skills and the development of
strategic thinking
• Career opportunities within
the biotechnology, chemical,
pharmaceutical and allied industries
Course content
Specific modules could include the
following: Marketing, human resources,
business strategy, finance, topical areas of
modern biotechnology.

Reasons to choose MBA in
Health Care Management
• Provides a route to fast tracking
management opportunities
• Excellent career prospects
• Potential as to facilitate progression
to senior job prospects in medical
• Emphasis on generic management
theory, skills and the development of
strategic thinking
• Growing need within the Health
Professions to focus on business
• Provides key networking opportunities
• National and International recognition
as a prestige qualification
Future prospects
Graduates from this programme enter
challenging and rewarding positions which
come with great personal and financial
rewards. Earning an MBA in Healthcare
Management is an excellent way to propel
your management career to higher levels in
the world of healthcare.
The learning and development demanded
by this qualification prepares its graduates
well for the prospects of director level
employment; be it related to a discrete
service department or hospital unit,
private or publically funded hospital or
healthcare company. It provides the skills
set for posts in local, regional, national
or even international government policy
making bodies (for example Professional
Bodies, Ministries of Health – World Health
Organization). Opportunities within health
related industries e.g. Pharmaceuticals
industry will also be relevant for some
Course content
The program will give you the financial,
leadership, communication and
management skills required for the
strategic level post qualifying employment
opportunities and will consist of modules
covering generic management themes
• Leadership in Health Care
• Resources management
• Finance
• Healthcare policy analysis
• Human resources and evaluation
• Information management
• Ethical issues
• Service improvement
• Strategic planning
• Operati

Reasons to choose MBA in
Public Health Management
• Provides a route to fast tracking
management opportunities
• Excellent career prospects
• Value based employment opportunities
• Potential as a passport to the higher
echelons of NGOs
• Emphasis on generic management
theory, skills and the development of
strategic thinking
• Growing need within Public Health to
focus on business elements
• Provides key networking opportunities
• National and International recognition
as a prestige qualification
Future prospects
Graduates from this programme enter
challenging and rewarding positions which
come with great rewards. Earning an MBA
in Public Health is an excellent way to
propel your management career to higher
levels in the world of healthcare related
The learning and development demanded
by this qualification prepares its graduates
well for the prospects of director level
employment; be it related to a discrete
service department.

High Profile SGC is a well known brand in abroad education.They will help you choose the top programs,universities/colleges,bursaries,visa help,ielts preparation and IELTS waivers.

Their Address: 504,Vikram Tower,Opposite Axis Bank,Sapna Sangeeta Road,Indore-452001

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Small Business Marketing Austin

John asks…

Why does it cost so much more to fly into Austin vs San Antonio?

I live in southern California, and to fly to Austin on any airline, it costs at least $150 dollars more than it would to fly into San Antonio. It is the same on every airline. They are very close in proximity. Why does it cost so much more to fly into Austin?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Austin is a smaller market, which usually increases fares.
They realize that if you are booking into Austin, it is most likely because you REALLY need to get there. And there is not a lot of competition.
The fact that Dell is located there, means they realize that business travelers are willing to pay more to get there, or else they could fly into San Antonio.

Michael asks…

What is the Best US Area To Relocate To For Us?

Does this sound like an area you live in or know of?
Objectives: Relocate out of city to:
>cooler climate in summer
>peaceful environment
>good schools and small community for children
>close enough to good-size city for business opportunities
>good employment rate
>good average household income
>ability to obtain electrical contractor’s license quickly
We are a young family in Tampa, Fl and this is our native area. I have done ok running an electrical contracting company but there has been many pitfalls associated with this city.
My wife and i are discussing taking our small children and moving to an area with a nice climate and a small population.
It would be ideal if I could get my electrical contractor’s license in this new, rural area and build a small customer base which would require nearby access to a city.
We love the climate that Boone, NC offers but the employment and/or business opportunities are scarce in NC

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Indianapolis meets all your criteria and is a super friendly and great city to live in.
Hoosier Hospitality cant be beat. Google up Super Bowl 46 in Indianapolis and read some of the articles about all the praises the city received for hosting the biggest sporting event in the US.
Heres 10 additional reasons to look into Indy :)
#1 it has the lowest cost of living of ANY major US city.
#2 Indy has the nations most affordable housing market. Average home price in Indianapolis: 100k
#3 Indianapolis is the fastest growing city/metro in the Midwest and is a leader in the Midwest for job creation. 2nd only to the Twin Cities.
#4 Indy is a very family friendly city and Indy was also ranked as the 4th happiest city for young professionals. Cities With Happiest Young Professionals – Business Insider
#5 Indianapolis offers many unique and wonderful amenities for a city of 2M people. Attractions include Downtown Indianapolis which has over 200 unique restaurants. 85% locally owned. 300+ unique shops and Circle Centre Mall and the 2nd highest concentration of monuments in a city. *2nd only to Washington D.C* Oh and don’t forget the WORLDS LARGEST Children’s Museum.
#6 Indianapolis has low traffic for a city its size. Drive through Chicago/Charlotte/Washington D.C/Atlanta/Austin Texas and you’ll see a major difference in traffic backups.
#7 Indy is famous for its sports and hosting large events. The Worlds Largest sporting event the Indy 500 is held here every may and the city turns to Party Town USA for the month of may. Super Bowl 46 was also held here and our city received such rave reviews Indy will be bidding for a Super Bowl either in 2018 or 2019. The Super Bowl Village turned Indianapolis into the worlds party capital for 10 days.
#8 Indianapolis has a strong life sciences/biotech industry and a big High Tech industry. Eli Lily has its worlds headquarters in Indy and employs thousands of people. Dow Agrosciences is also located here. Along with IT companies like Angie’s list/ExactTarget.
#9 Indianapolis is within a days drive to 80% of the US population. This is a major factor in the high amount of distribution jobs in Indy. A 4 hour drive or less will put you in these cities: Chicago/Milwaukee or south side of it/Detroit/Cincy/Louisville/St Louis/Fort Wayne/Columbus Ohio/Dayton.
#10 Indianapolis has very open minded/friendly people. Visitors for Super Bowl 46 raved about how nice and kind everyone was and how awesome Hoosier Hospitality was. People are down to earth and will go out of their way to help you. Also people are tolerant of other races/cultures. Indy is the most racially integrated city in the north. 25% of blacks and whites live on the same block.

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Small Business Consultant Blog

Paul asks…

How can I make money blogging? I have lots to say, and also need some extra cash.?

I have researched this a little bit, but still not sure how to get started. Straight forward answers from experienced bloggers would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks in advance!!!

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

How to make money from your blog: 5 tips

By Jeff Wuorio
Many of the people who write blogs today simply want to share their opinion on something. But then there are the business-minded folks, who have found a way to use blogs, or Web logs, to bring in a little extra cash too.

I recently wrote a column detailing how to get a blog up and running to boost your small business.

If you’re interested in taking it further — blogging for bucks, if you will — here are five strategies that could turn your blog into a moneymaker.

1. Sell advertising. This is likely the most common means of leveraging a blog to generate income. If yours happens to become a well-known blog, or one that is well-received in a particular niche, it’s always possible to sell ad space on your own. For lesser-known blogs, services such as Google’s AdSense or BlogAds enable bloggers to establish ad programs.AdSense’s — which lets you select several ads that are consistent with the content of your blog — pays you based on how many readers click on the ads for further information. Even better, it’s free. BlogAds, on the other hand, hooks bloggers up with would-be advertisers and levies a commission in return for any ad placements that result. “The nice thing, too, is that the ads are relatively unobtrusive,” says Scott Allen, co-author of “The Virtual Handshake: Opening Doors and Closing Deals Online.”

2. Help sell others’ products. Here is another click-through opportunity. Affiliate programs enable your blog to serve as a conduit between readers and online sites offering various goods and services. One popular choice is If, for instance, you offer book reviews or even just mention a book in passing in your blog, an affiliate program provides a means for your readers to click directly from your blog to Amazon to obtain further information about the book. If they break out the checkbook or charge card, you get paid as well.

3. Solicit contributions. Not every blog-related income opportunity involves hawking goods or services. As Blanche DuBois did in “A Streetcar Named Desire,” consider relying on the kindness of strangers. Ask for contributions. If, for instance, your small-business blog supports a cause or issue in some fashion — say you repeatedly mention tax reform, health care or some other topic — you can always ask for reader support.Even if you’ve attracted a group of regular followers who simply enjoy reading what you have to say, they may be willing to underwrite their loyalty with a little financial help.

Programs such as PayPal make it easy to establish a simple on-site contribution collection button. “There are lots of worthy ’cause’ blogs that would qualify for donations from grateful members of the blog community,” says Las Vegas communications consultant Ned Barnett.

4. Market your services in your blog. Many people associate blogs exclusively with a cyberspace-based soapbox — a place to shout your opinions and little more than that. Granted, blogs are an ideal venue to share your thoughts with others, but don’t overlook their capacity to generate new business as well. When appropriate, work in references to what you do and, in turn, what you may be able to offer any would-be client or customer who may be reading your blog. That can spread your opinion and your business moxie at the same time.”Instead of short commentaries that begin a dialogue with readers, as many blogs do, I write the equivalent of journal articles that demonstrate my abilities, strategies and perspectives on specific issues,” Barnett says. “When it resonates, it means money. Since starting this approach, I have generated three new paying clients and brought in about $10,000 on revenue — directly attributable to specific blogs.”

5. Use a blog to deepen your existing customer relations . Nor does any marketing material inserted in blog content have to be limited to bringing in completely new business. By using a blog to regularly communicate with existing clients as well as other readers, you can take advantage of the opportunity to fully inform them about everything your business does. That may expand your readers’ understanding of the full scope of your products or services.”My blog has helped existing clients determine the range of my skills and services,” says Ted Demopoulos of Demopoulos Associates, a Durham, N.H. Consulting and training concern. “One client who had only used me for training in the past was surprised at my range of expertise and is now using me for a consulting project. Another who only used me on technical projects is now considering me for a more business-oriented project.”

Good Luck:-)

Susan asks…

How do you make money as a teen?

I’m 14, and i’m honestly screwed. I want to take a class for Japanese next month and the tuition is $290. My mom said that the family would help pay for half of it, but even so, there’s still a lot more that I will need. Is there anything I can do to make money? Or any places that hire 14 year olds? Please help, I need to make that in less than a month, and it will mean a lot to me. Arigatou!

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

1. Social Marketing Consultant

Many companies are looking for qualified candidates who know the ins and outs of Myspace, Facebook, and Twitter to help them with their social marketing efforts. Head over to a job site and search for “social media marketing”.

2. Sell stuff on eBay for Mom and Dad

I am sure mom and dad wouldn’t mind sharing some of the profits, if you sell some of their clutter for them.

3. Freelance Write

As they say on the web “content is king” and everyone wants it. Places like Elance or Odesk have thousands of different job openings available for freelance writers. If you are not in a rush for receiving compensation and know how to do keyword research, there is money to be made writing at Hubpages and Squidoo. For more on this method, check out How to make money with Hubpages.

4. Have a Garage Sale

If it is something too large or that won’t sell on eBay for some reason, you can always have an old-fashioned garage sale!

6. Find odd-jobs on Craigslist

Some of these might be landscaping work, or similar odd-jobs, but it might be great summer time work for teens!

7. Take online surveys

I am not particularly fond of the whole online survey thing since I had a bad experience using CashCrate. But there are lots of online survey sites and people who do it successfully. Here are a few if you want to investigate it further (Survey For Profit, Survey Adventure, Global Test Market, OnDemand Research, Survey Networks). I recommend proceeding with caution and definitely not paying anything to join.

9. Take part in medical studies

I have a couple friends who have almost done this exclusively as a job. They were basically human guinea pigs, but they made some decent cash at it. Sometimes they would have be at the medical facility for up to 48 hours, so your schedule may need to be flexible. Just google “medical studies” + your city to find some options.

11. Create Websites That Generate Money

I have been making a full-time living from my websites for over 2 years now and have been at it for 4 years and I have seen a lot of overhyped junk. So, when Daniel Gray contacted me about his product called TeenCashMachine, I had my doubts, but I asked him if I could look around at the material to see if it was legit. After watching a few of the videos and digging deeper into his program, it was clear to me that it is the real deal. As the name suggest it was designed for teens, so it is very easy to understand, but the system that he has is similar to what I have been doing the last couple years and he goes into very specific step-by-step detail of how build your website, find the keywords to target, get links, get traffic, get ads on the site, etc. If you are interested in finding out more about my experience with it you can do so by clicking here.

12. Tutor or give lessons

Are you great at math, science, or kicking a field goal? Why not advertise your skills to those a few years younger than you? Many parents are willing to pay a teenager to tutor their child in an area that needs development.

15. Blogging

Two years ago I wasn’t sure if there was money to be made blogging, but I have since found it to work out nicely. It isn’t something that will provide much income quickly, but if you stick at it, it can. I wrote extensively about how to make money from a blog a few months ago.

16. Design Web Logos

If you have a flair for design, it may be worth trying to make some money designing logos for small business or blogs.

17. Freebie Trading

I first heard about freebie trading from Leslie who made $28K last year doing it part time. It seems like it requires a certain kind of person, but clearly there is potential as a decent money maker.

19. Sell articles

Following in that same vein, you can sell articles you write at places like,,

20. Start an eBay business

Last year I experimented with starting an eBay business to see if there was money to be made. While profit margins can be thin selling on eBay, there are over a million eBay businesses, so it is a viable option.

_Hope this info helps!! =)

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Linda asks…

Female voters, how do you feel about Hillary taking money from a company that sexually harrassed 103 women?

If you know voters who are on the fence, share this with them. As the alleged championed of the women’s movement, Hillary should step up and speak out against this. By not giving back the money, she is suggesting that money means more to her than showing her support for the alleged victims in this case. She claimed she collected $35M…give back the $170K. Geez….

Posted: Friday, February 29, 2008 5:47 PM by Domenico Montanaro
Filed Under: 2008, Clinton

From NBC’s Lisa Myers and Jim Popkin
Sen. Hillary Clinton has declined to return $170,000 in campaign contributions from individuals at a company accused of widespread sexual harassment, and whose CEO is a disbarred lawyer with a criminal record, federal campaign records show.

The federal government has accused the Illinois management consulting firm, International Profit Associates, or IPA, of a brazen pattern of sexual harassment including “sexual assaults,” “degrading anti-female language” and “obscene suggestions.”

In a 2001 lawsuit full of lurid details, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claims that 103 women employees at IPA were victimized for years. The civil case is ongoing, and IPA vigorously denies the allegations.

“This is by far, hands down, the worst case I’ve ever experienced,” said Diane Smason, one of the EEOC lawyers handling the lawsuit. “Every woman there experienced sex harassment, they were part of a hostile work environment of sex harassment. And this occurred from the top down.”

Sen. Clinton’s spokesman, Howard Wolfson, told NBC News in a statement that the senator decided to keep the funds because the lawsuit is “ongoing” and because none of the sexual harassment allegations has been proven in court.

“With regard to the pending harassment suit, as a general matter, the campaign assesses findings of fact in deciding whether to return contributions,” Wolfson said.
You can read this on

Oh and Obama is not a racist.

I am ok with Nuclar Power.

He gave back the money raised by the sketchy people in his past.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Thanks, I wasn’t aware in my humble opinion upon hearing this I would definitely say she has SOLD OUT. Betraying her own gender for a race that is evident that she is not going to win anyway. Such a shame.

Ruth asks…

Two Choices: MBA @ a top 30 school in Boston MA, or a lesser known biz dgree @ UCSD in San Diego, CA? Which?

The San Diego program is a blended international relations/Biz management program, high caliber but not well known with little brand recognition.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Two things you should consider. First, what is your focus when getting your MBA . If your trying to go for investment banking or work for a top consulting firm then you have to get a MBA with a sound pedigree. Second, where do you want to live after you finish school. If you are planning on staying in the SD area to work then UCSD is just fine. But, if you are intending to move to any of the major finance centers NY, Chicago, DC, or Tampa Bay then the top 30 school should be your choice.

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Business Growth Consultants Uk

Michael asks…

Where can I find good articles on tourism for my power point presentation?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

National Tourism Week at the Beaches of South Walton, FL – 1 hour ago
Read restaurant reviews and dining articles as you search for the perfect place to eat on the Emerald Coast. Dining Guide!

The Easy Road from Tourism to Terrorism
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And the corporate media play their part, with frequent articles libelling squatters and describing them as a menace to society, as terrorists even (just as …

Minivan News Gasim Supporters Sweep Board At MTDC Elections
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Last year the government gave the MTDC licenses to develop twelve new tourist resorts, immediately making it the largest company in the country’s tourism …

PPP to kick off summer tourism
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B2B and PR Copywriter Announces New Support Service in Personal …
Newswire Today (press release), UK – May 19, 2007
Berend Lange, consultant behind the BLUE CRANE label, has announced that he will now review website copy in the Personal Growth and Tourism industries …

May 2007 issue of the Hong Kong Monthly Digest of Statistics published
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In this issue, four feature articles entitled “Consumption Expenditure of Hong Kong Residents Travelling to the Mainland of China, 2006″, “Statistics on …
State’s online encyclopedia in the works
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The Gonzi has landed
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A Challenge to the British Journalists’ Union
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Hear the High Desert hype
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The increased attention could boost the region’s $500 million-a-year tourism industry, tourism leaders say. Articles in Golf Digest, Sunset and Via …

William asks…

While Romney was leading 10′s of thousands and making millions, how many of his employees were struggling with

a minimum wage income and unemployment?
Some of you guys never had to work for minimum wage did you/ Some of you probably haven’t worked. If you had you would know someone has to lay you off before you can get unemployment.
Let’s not worry about those people. They aren’t in the right class right?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

As Bain slashed jobs, Romney stayed to side–+Front+Page

Private equity past may cloud Romney’s jobs pitch

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Recalling his days as a businessman, Republican U.S. Presidential contender Mitt Romney often cites the 25 years he spent in the private sector creating jobs.

But as the leader of private equity firm Bain Capital from 1984 to 1999, Romney’s record shows that while some of the firm’s investments helped companies grow, others ended in thousands of layoffs, and in some cases, bankruptcy.

Layoffs are a common result of private equity takeovers, with Bain Capital no exception. Although Romney is credited with helping make Bain the private equity powerhouse it is today, buyout firms are known more for cutting jobs — not creating them.

“I believe most Americans want their next president to remind them of the guy who they work with, not the guy who laid them off,” Republican rival Mike Huckabee said in a campaign ad and in many campaign speeches.

Romney worked as a consultant at Boston-based Bain & Co before he was tapped to run Bain Capital. The firm started out with more of a venture capital strategy and later moved more toward traditional leveraged buyouts.

The private equity model is built on loading companies up with debt — which can ultimately prove too heavy a load for the business, as was the case with DDi.

Bain invested $46 million (23.4 million pounds) in DDi in October 1997 and later sold shares worth at least $93 million, according to a report by the Orange County Register newspaper. The Anaheim, California, company ultimately went bankrupt, laying off 2,100 employees.


Cutting costs is a basic ingredient of a leveraged buyout, as private equity firms need to wring out profits and boost cash flows to pay down debt payments.

DiNatale points out a private equity-owned company may see job growth later on in the investment, should the company expand. Staples, in which Bain was an early investor, now has 74,000 employees, and more than 2,000 stores, according to a recent press release…

What private equity executives often seek credit for is not boosting payrolls, but boosting pension funds for retired state employees. Pension funds are among the largest private equity investors. Under Romney, a $37 million Bain investment fund returned $200 million to institutional investors, according to a Boston Globe profile of Romney.

Bain Capital is currently investing more than $10 billion.

Romney is also a well known fix-it man, credited with stabilizing troubled entities such as the Salt Lake City Olympics and Bain & Co itself when the consulting firm was struggling.

His more than two decades in the business world leave him well versed in the economy, at a time when there are fears of a U.S. Recession.

“I won’t need briefings on how the economy works. I know how it works,” Romney said in Sarasota, Florida, on Wednesday. “I’ve been there, and I think it’s time to have a president who thoroughly understands the economy, understands jobs, knows why jobs come and go, knows how we can be competitive around the world.”

Romney knows a lot about the economy, says a former Bain Capital employee who worked under him. But on the topic of jobs, he says Romney was never one to put expanding a company’s payroll ahead of keeping costs low.

“It’s fair for him to claim that he spent 20 years of his life in the private economy. And therefore he understands what makes businesses succeed and fail,” said the former Bain employee, who did not want to be identified. “But that’s different from saying he was in a position to oversee job creation as a whole. Bill Gates grew a business from scratch. That’s not what you do in private equity. You’re an investor.”

Sounds a bit like the move “Pretty Woman”, don’t you think?

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David asks…

How can I extend the life of the BATTERY of my Laptop Computer?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Power down all nonessential functions. Switch it off if you’re not using it. Many business travelers already know that you don’t want to take the DVD player for a spin on the plane, and that every time you hit “save” it can set the hard-drive whirring, which devours even more power. “But users often also forget to turn off their wireless card when they are no longer using it but are still using their computer,” notes Mike Fuller, executive vice president of PC Laptops, a Sandy, Utah, laptop manufacturer. “When the wireless card is on, it still continually searches for networks.” In Windows XP, click on “Power Options” in your control panel. It allows you to reduce the power consumption of any number of your computer devices or of your entire system.

Stay out of extreme temperatures. The technology that powers you battery isn’t terribly complicated. But it’s important to understand a little bit about the chemistry behind batteries, and how that can affect your work. Specifically, temperatures can affect the performance of your battery. It’s best to use (and especially charge) your batteries at room temperatures. Extreme conditions can drain your battery quickly. Also, avoid partial charges and use the battery until it is dead. Battery experts liken partial charges — and discharges — to eating a cup of lard every day. It significantly shortens your battery’s life. Considering that a lithium-ion battery can explode if it’s improperly used, it could also shorten your life.

Let your laptop do the saving. Not every computing device handles a power source in the same way. Some of the more sophisticated laptops, which are designed with business travelers in mind, are misers when it comes to using power. And that’s a good thing — if you can remember to take advantage of it. “Most users make the mistake of simply not choosing to use a product’s built-in ability to conserve battery life,” says Dan Coffman, a senior product manager for PC manufacturer ViewSonic. How do you harness your PC’s built-in ability to save? Consult your user manual. Often, calibrating your laptop is as easy as double-clicking on the battery icon in the toolbar.

Always, always carry a spare device that uses batteries. How obvious is that? Well, if you’re trying to keep under the onerous new airline weight-limits, it isn’t. But as Rick Thompson, director of engineering at Valence Technology in Austin, Texas, observes, “the availability of ‘free’ power outside of your hotel room is not predictable.” That’s a nice way of saying it. In fact, I sometimes think airport terminals, car-rental facilities and hotels try to hide the power outlets from us to keep us from accessing their free power. Thompson recommends a system that can simultaneously charge a second portable device such as a cell phone or PDA, allowing you to multitask your battery operations.

Sandy asks…

Do you think Obama is not connected to “Big Money”, as he claims?

Obama is the candidate of big money. Most of his campaign cash is from 2300 dollar checks.

One lobbyist told Ken Silverstein they wouldn’t be giving him all that money if they didn’t see him as a player.

Obama was vetted by all the big money bundlers last year. They found him safe to corporate interests.

The elites love him because he’s charismatic: he’s a great saleman for corporate America.

No fundamental change will occur if he wins the presidency.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Of course not.. He’s a hypocrite & oppurtunist, critcizing money in politics.. Then happily accepting contributions from PAC’s, lobbyists & corporations..

More on his current financers:
“The junior Senator from Illinois denounces the corrosive influence of private political cash on U.S. Democracy while cozying up to Chicago’s notoriously corrupt Big Money Mayor Richard M. Daley (with whom he shares the same high-priced campaign consultant (David Axlerod) and raking in campaign largesse from wealthy world-capitalist interests. His top career sponsors include Goldman Sachs, Exelon (the world’s leading nuclear plant operator), the Soros Fund Management, J.P Morgan Chase & Co., leading corporate law and lobbying firms (Kirkland & Ellis and Skadden, Arps, Sidley Austin LLP and others), top Chicago investment interests (including Henry Crown & Co and Aerial Capital Management) and the like.

Obama’s reliance on such deep-pockets supporters helps explain why he voted for a business-driven “tort reform” bill that rolled back working peoples’ ability to obtain reasonable redress and compensation from misbehaving corporations. It is certainly part of why he opposed an amendment to the Bankruptcy Act that would have capped credit card interest rates at 30 percent. It is undoubtedly related to his vote against a bill that would have killed an amendment to the 2005 energy bill that Taxpayers for Common Sense and Citizens Against Government Waste called “one of the worst provisions in this massive piece of legislation.” Under the amendment, which passed with Obama’s help, U.S. Taxpayers are providing millions of dollars in loan guarantees to power plant operators. They “risk losing billions of dollars if the companies default,” as Ken Silverstein wrote in the November, 2006 issue of Harper’s Magazine (“Barack Obama Inc.: The Birth of a Washington Machine”).

Special interest influence is certainly behind Obama’s constant plugging of federally subsidized ethanol (“E-85″) as an environmentally friendly “alternative fuel.” Reliance on corporate cash and power is also likely related to Obama’s opposition to the introduction of single-payer national health insurance on the curious grounds that such a welcome social-democratic change would lead to employment difficulties for workers in the private insurance industry and that “voluntary” solutions are “more consonant” with “the American character” than “government mandates.” The latter judgment is advanced despite the fact that a large U.S. Majority supports government-mandated universal health insurance.

Obama, it is worth noting, received $708,000 from medical and insurance interests between 2001 and 2006, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. His wife Michelle, a fellow Harvard Law graduate, is a Vice President for Community and External Affairs at the University of Chicago Hospitals, a position that paid her $273, 618 in 2006. For what it’s worth, she also received $51,200 for attending a few board meetings of TreeHouse Foods, a giant firm where she was made a director after Obama was elected to the U.S. Senate.

One day after Obama denounced Big Money control of U.S. Politics in Iowa City, Iowa, the Los Angeles Times reported that Obama “raised more than $1 million in the first three months of his presidential campaign from law firms and companies that have major lobbying operations in the nation’s capital.” Obama has also received a combined $170,000 so far this year from financial giants Goldman Sachs and Citigroup, who together spent $4.6 million on federal lobbying in 2006.

“Obama received more than two-thirds (68 percent) of his first quarter 2007 fundraising total ‘from donations of $1000 or more.’”

The Los Angeles Times also reported that Obama received more than two-thirds (68 percent) of his first quarter 2007 fundraising total “from donations of $1000 or more.” Obama has “played up populist themes of [campaign finance] reform,” trumpeting his “large number of small donations” and claiming (in the Senator’s words) to be “launch[ing]a fundraising drive that isn’t about dollars.”. But his astonishing first-quarter campaign finance haul of $25.7 million included $17.5 million from “big donors” ($1000 and up) – a sum higher than the much more genuinely populist and remarkably pro-labor John Edwards’ total take ($14 million) from all donors.

According to Chicago Sun Times columnist Lynn Sweet, “Obama talks about transforming politics and touts the donations of ‘ordinary’ people to his campaign, a network of more than 100 elite Democratic ‘bundlers’ is raising millions of dollars for his White House bid. The Obama campaign prefers the emphasis be on the army of small donors who are giving – and raising – money for Obama. In truth, though, there are two parallel narratives – and the other is that Obama is also heavily reliant on wealthy and well-connected Democrats.”

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