Business Optimization Consulting

Mandy asks…

How i can learn seo or search engine optimization online?

I am looking to learn seo online for free and i have good command on English. Please provide me with the links so that i can read them and start learning.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

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Paul asks…

What legal structure should be set up for a one person consulting business. I also have a wife who helps some

I am developing a web page and already do some consulting work, but wondered if it is better to form and LLC, just a sole proprietorship, etc. What has the best advantages with taxes and has the least risk for my type of business. (Advice on search engine optimization). My wife may do some minor work, but could be added as a partner, if that is helpful. As it is a small business just getting going, I don’t know if I want to pay huge fees for corporate setup, if it is not helpful or necessary at this early phase of my business. I will be working on the internet, but physically am located in New Jersey. Any help would be extremely useful. I’ve been given a lot of conflicting advice.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

At a minimum do llc, you want to shield your personal assets. Incorporating is not all that expensive either. There is a lot of advice out there, think you should just go to a legal website (american bar association or something like that) and follow link(s) to get writeups describing your options and listing the pluses and minuses (ie tax considerations) of each.

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Consulting Jobs Austin Tx

Charles asks…

I’m gunna make my own star wars film does any body have any advice for a beginner?

I need to know where i can get a enexpensive Video camera in Austin Tx but has good picture and i need some special effects for the light sabers and Blasters

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

For professional grade equipment, consult your local yellow pages. What you want to find are people who make video scrapbooks and video tape weddings. If you are lucky, you can get a job with one of them. Summer is a busy time for these outfits and they might be looking for extra help.

The job will teach you not only how to operate the equipment, but lighting, camera angles and editing. In exchange for your time working for them, they might let you use their editing equipment to make your movie. If nothing else, it will let you see what kind of equipment they use and if the equipment can do what you need it to do.

John asks…

Home from Freddie Mac?

I found out that a home I’m intrested in is on the Freddie Mac website. Is the price listed the price I would pay or can I offer a much less amount? Where’s all these good deals we’re hearing about?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Your comment is a perfect example of how real estate prices are local. You may live in an area that is not experiencing the extreme glut of foreclosures and short sales of other places.

If Freddie Mac has a house listed for sale, that is the price they want to get. You can make an offer for any amount you like, but they are (at this time) under no obligation to lower their expectations.

Typically, lender owned foreclosed properties are listed at what they believe is the fair market value of the house. That is what they want to get – fair market value. Some of the lender/owners want to cover all their losses, but they seem to be getting more reasonable about that.

Also, if they owned the loan on that house, there is a good chance that they own the loans of other homes in the area. They would probably be hurting the value of their other loans if they “fire sale” this house.

So, unless there is something about the condition or location of this house that is significantly inferior to other houses in the area, the asking price is what they think the house is worth.

Usually, the lender/owners of foreclosure properties will reconsider their asking price after it has been exposed to the marketplace for 30 days. They may reduce the price on their own, or they may accept an offer at a reduced price. And so on at 45 days, 60 days etc.

You probably want to consult with your real estate agent about how to proceed to make an offer on this house. If your agent is not familiar with purchasing a Freddie Mac owned house, a call to the listing agent may give valuable insight in how to write the offer.

For example, when I was a listing agent for Freddie Mac houses there were certain “absolutes” for my marketplace (Austin, TX) – Freddie would pay the owner’s title policy, Freddie would allow no more than 3% of the purchase price in concessions to the buyer such as help with closing costs, a residential service contract, etc.

I didn’t think they were hard to deal with and I thought they did a pretty good job of pricing their properties – compared to other lender/owners I had to deal with.

Good luck.

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Internet Marketing Austin

Lisa asks…

Did you switch from PC to MAC?

What has been your experience with switching from PC to MAC? Better? Differences? Regrets?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

As no one from the “Switchers” has answered in a week, I’ll take a shot.

I started out with Mac more than 20 years ago, when my daughter was entering MIT and wanted one. I played with it quite a bit, and thought, “I’ve gotta get me one of these.”, and did, and I’ve had one, two, or more, Macs since then. I have four right now.

But, I have had a lot of Windows experience. We have an very large extended family spread all over the country. My father had 7 brothers and 4 sisters, and my mother had 6 sisters and one brother. We do a lot of traveling and visiting each other for family reunions, Xmases, weddings, vacations, just visiting, and of course, funerals.

Unfortunately, by demographics and marketing, most of my relatives are members of the unenlightened great unwashed masses and haven’t learned the benefits of drinking upstream of the herd ;) . And, they’re amazed when I plug my Airport Express into an open router port, or if they don’t have an open port or even a router, plug my Airport Extreme between their modem and their PC, and am wirelessly online with my MacBook Pro on their ISP in a couple of minutes. And, if they’re wireless, put them online via my Express or Extreme with nothing more than a password, when they can’t keep their own wireless going at least some of the time. No need to have them down for a couple of hours while we figure out how to get “their” internet back in spite of all the Windows “Connection” and other “Wizards” available. That, trying to get their PCs to do what they’re amazed my Mac can do, and being sure their “Network” will work when I leave is where the Windows experience comes from, many hours of it. They’re also amazed when they come to my place, and all it takes is an open port or a password, and they’re on “my” internet with no muss & fuss, and my Network is for sure gonna work when I un-network or un-password them.

In all those years, I’ve never encountered a “significant” piece of software that isn’t available for the Mac, in some form, other than the software that runs one of my many cousins’ computer driven sewing machine. When I get my MacBookPro by her house, it’s gonna have Windows running on it, even if just to confim that software will run on the MBP. I’ll convert her from the “Dark Side” ;) , yet.

My daughter’s now in IT in Austin, telecommutes most of the week, doing her work faster & easier on her Mac than she could do it on the PC at work, or, when she has to, does it in Windows on her Mac faster & easier than it would get done on that PC.

All anecdotal? Yes, but try it. Go Mac & you’ll never go back …

Mary asks…

Where can I find affordable corsages/boutonnieres in the Austin area?

My boyfriend and I are going to prom [for church] tonight, and we need to find a place that sells affordable corsages/boutonnieres locally, in Austin. I’ve done some internet searches, but none of the websites are very conclusive. My mom said she’s just going to drive around, but do you know if we can get them somewhere besides the florist shops? Do department stores sell them or somewhere like central market? I know it’s a cheap substitute, but it doesn’t have to be really nice, just real flowers. Thank you so much for your help in advance.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Have you checked the local grocers or farmer’s market for fresh flowers? Add a little green floral tape, some ribbon and a pin and you can design your own. Exactly like you want it, fairly inexpensively.

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Small Business Marketing Austin Texas

Michael asks…

I feel completely lost! I own a home service business that began to grow. Good thing, right?

Well the problem is that once it began to grow, I needed to add staff, get a bigger office, more vehicles, etc., etc. What started off as a small home based cleaning and home repair service branched off into new home construction. Good, right? Well, I took my attention off my home services business to concentrate on construction. I built a home that is now on the market to be sold but I’m sure you can guess how well that’s going. Anyone in the market for a 500k house in downtown Austin, Texas??? So now I’m going back to my roots and trying to redevelop my home service business. I’ve been cleaning carpets, repairing water heaters, climbing on roofs…anything to get the bills paid. My issue is that I loved to construction process. Designing homes with the help of architects, meeting with tradesman, picking out finish materials. I’ve been thinking about going to school to get some type of degree in this field. It just feels like I’m so far away from doing another project because of lack of financial backing. I’m trying to stay motivated to keep working my small service business but I’m just not making enough. House payments, car payments, bills. Overwhelming! If you were me, what would you do???

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

First, i would review my expenses with an eye to cutting back on cost; second, i would concentrate on home service and maybe home repair. Since people would definitely be repairing their houses instead of building new ones given the state of the economy. The housing situation is definitely down. You might take advantage of the doldrums by getting that degree you were thinking about. You might look into enlarging your geographic coverage in the hope of getting more business. You can also look up government and institutional clients which may give you building repair contracts. Concentrate on your core competencies and keep it up.

Maria asks…

Know of any local remodel / builders in the Austin, Texas area?

Our family has been building our own house and we need a little extra help getting it done. I’m looking for quality, inexpensive, fast workers to help us do the job. Enter-to-win programs do NOT work for us and we are very unlikely to be chosen due to our circumstances, so they are out of the question. We need workers who are efficient, honest and flexible; all of which criteria are difficult to find, I am aware. If you know of some small business or hometown service that sounds like they could work for us please leave an email address, project reference, phone number, website link or any other contact information. I’ve been searching everywhere and nothing seems to fit the bill. Thank you so much if you can contribute! -K. W.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

You may go to the Standard Pacific and David A for help. They are both very great and famous builders in Austin. These two companies build great houses for people to buy and also offer workers for people like you. They are professional and honest. Standard Pacific and David A have a very good reputation in this city. You can try.
The contact info of Standard Pacific is: 26 Technology Drive
Irvine, CA 92618-2301
Telephone: (949) 789-1600
Fax:(949) 789-1609
Email:marketing@stanpac.com

David A is seated at 4571 Ware Creek Road in Williamsburg. The official web is www.davidnicebuilders.com

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Places Hiring In Austin Tx

Richard asks…

Is oregon a good place to live for a young couple? Please, I could really use opinions?

Hello,
My husband and I would love to move to oregon because of its weather and green, however, we dont have very much work experience and we would like to go to college there. I also hear there is a high crime rate and that scares me a bit. Is it really that hard to get a decent salary job? Or will we bite off more than we can chew? Please comment and share opinions and experiences thank you.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Portland is the most wonderful city ever. I have lived there all my life and I have recently moved to Austin TX because I thought i wanted a change.. But I find myself missing Portland so much and every time I go back to visit I never want to go home. I’m actually moving back once I finish school down here.
There is so much culture In Portland. There is a huge Art scene full of so many many many creative people! I grew up in north east Portland in the Hollywood district and it was and still is a very safe neighborhood full of tons families and children. I love the East side and although downtown (west side) is great you cant beat the east side of Portland.
I would recommend checking out NE Alberta St, NE Albina St, NE Fremount St, SE Belmont St, SE Hawthorne St, Mt, Tabor neighborhood and also NE Hollywood dist. Where I grew up.
All of these St.and neighborhoods have such a sense of culture and community and there is still so many great streets around Portland that are slimier to these.
There is so much to love about Portland not to mention everyone is extremely friendly. There is tons and tons to do summer and winter.
As far as career jobs go you may have to look and see who is hiring before moving down there but I’m sure you will come across something.

Hope this helps, take care
and I would be happy to answer any more questions you have regarding Portland :)

David asks…

How do we (a guitar strumming teenage girl two-piece) get a record deal?

We play original songs, are fourteen year old girls. We want to be an English Taylor Swift, but there’s two of us!
How do we get a record deal?
Please help, we will thank you on our album!

XXX

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

With the recording industry in a steady downward decline, a label isn’t going to give anyone a deal unless they can prove to them that they will sell albums. And to do that, you have to have your fan base in place before you go looking for the deal.

It’s all about creating a buzz for your band. YouTube has launched a few careers, but those are the exception and not the rule.

If you’ve played out and developed a fan base (and I’m not talking about the 10 friends and family that come see you play), the most direct way to secure a deal is to hire an entertainment lawyer to shop your demo to the labels. Almost every label out there will not accept submissions directly from artists…they want it from some type of representative, be it a lawyer, agent, manager, etc.

Write great songs, have a great live show, and have a great promotions engine behind you and people will start to notice. But you’ve got to have that fan base first.

Good luck.

Greetings from Austin, TX

Ken

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Website Design Austin Texas

John asks…

What is a good college for Theatrical Design?

I’ve been looking hard for colleges with a good Theatrical Design program (more specifically in lighting) and it’s hard to actually find a good website on the subject as it is a specific major.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Here are some schools to check out:

Emerson College
Pratt Institute
Catholic U.
Indiana U.
NYU
UCLA
USC
Boston U.
Columbia College (Chicago)
DePaul
Drexel
Arizona State
Northeastern
San Francisco State
Syracuse
U. Of Texas-Austin
U. Of Pittsburgh
Carnegie-Mellon
Florida State
Ohio State

Some of these schools are hard to get into and some won’t have the specific program you’re interested, but they might have something close.

Thomas asks…

What are good architecture grad schools?

I’m about to graduate from University of Illinois at Chicago with a BS in architecture. I’m looking for grad schools to apply to. I’m tired of the theoretical crap that UIC has stuffed down my throat the passed few years and am looking for a program that will teach me how to build not just design. I know for a fact that I will be applying to Arizona State and University of Texas Austin. I need one more. Any suggestions?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Ohio State seems to have a good program (they are known for great engineering so im sure architecture would be great too)…..look here http://www.knowlton.osu.edu/?content=70

Virginia Tech is ranked very well for construction methods

this website should help for all degree types http://archrecord.construction.com/features/Americas_Best_Architecture_Schools/2011/schools-2.asp

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Austin Texas Apartments

Sharon asks…

How much is a water bill in Texas?

I will be a single person living in an apartment in Austin, Texas. I will take a shower every day and wash 3 loads of clothes once a week. About how much will I pay in water?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

My water bills average 40-60 in the winter months and 80-100 in the summer months, but I have a large house. I have never had to pay a water bill in any apartment I have ever lived in here in Texas.

George asks…

Is it easy to get to downtown Austin from Sweetwater At Wells Branch apartments?

I’m moving to Austin, Texas, and am considering Sweetwater apartments. I like it because despite the low cost, it seems like a great place to live. My only concern is the distance from 6th Street (about 14 miles). However, I’ll trade living in the ghetto that’s 2 miles from 6th Street for a peaceful neighborhood that’s a bit further away. So, my question is how easy would it be to get to downtown Austin, particularly 6th Street, from Sweetwater apartments? I don’t have a car, just a bike, which I’m assuming would be tough to get around on in the summer. I did hear that Austin has great public transportation, so would it be easy to just take that?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

I answered your other question as well. Austin is VERY bike friendly. The buses have bike racks on the front of them. So having your bike, it would be an easy bus ride! Are you planning on going to ACC for school? If so, students ride the bus system here for free

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Boutique Strategy Consulting Firms

Daniel asks…

Is it possible to get into the finance sector(like financial analyst at HSBC) just after B.Tech. without MBA??

I don’t want to do MBA .. though I can … coz i can’t give 2 more year of my life due to some personal problem .. but I want to get in to the finance stream … there could be lots of courses.. which can help me in this concern.. I want to work for Big banks … Big company .. like meakensy …what should I do?? right now I m working in a big Multinational company as a software engineer after completing my B.Tech. from a very very good institute of our country… I m having one year experience.
any one can help me in this concern….

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Firstly, I have never heard of any “Meakensy” in the Financial Services industry — I assume that you meant the (strategy) Management Consulting firm “McKinsey.” McKinsey is the premier MC firm in the world, and if I may be blunt, your profile doesn’t even come close to getting you in the door there. (If all you have is a bachelor’s degree, you’re incredibly lucky if they even consider you if you’re not the top of your class from Harvard, and even if you do have a MBA, you’d better be from a top 20 program, and have stellar grades or a GND policy working for you.)

Secondly, if all you want to do is work for a “big bank,” I suppose you could always try to get a job as a teller. But it sounds like you want to be at a Bulge Bracket and have a title above Janitor, so again I have to be blunt and say that without prior experience or a Masters, you’re most likely out of luck.

Alright, so so far, I’ve been pretty mean (and realistic). But here’s what you do if you want to have a legitimate shot anywhere:
1. Get a MBA or a Master of Finance from a top school in the country that you want to work in, or the country that the company that you eventually want to work in is headquartered in. (e.g. If you want to work for Goldman Sachs, go to Harvard or Stanford or Wharton or U. Chicago; if you want to work for Barclays, go to LSE or Oxford or maybe even INSEAD.)
2. If you don’t get a Masters, at the very LEAST take the CFA exams. The Chartered Financial Analyst is really the only credential that will get you an interview at any investment bank if you don’t have a Masters degree.
3. Take any job that you can get in any bank and try to work your way up the ladder. If you work at a boutique bank, and climb the ladder high enough, you *might* be able to make a lateral transfer into the Bulge Bracket, and be rewarded with an entry level job, and get to work 100 hours a week for $60k per year.

That’s it. Those are basically your only options if you ever want to do anything real in finance, unless you win the lottery and use the money to start your own hedge fund.

Basically, if you really want to do this, suck it up and go back to school.

Steven asks…

Work for big 4 accounting firm or publicly traded company where I know top executive?

Would you guys work for a Big 4 accounting firm, entry level?

or

A publicly traded company, where i know one of the top executives. they just nearly doubled in size. and will pay for me to get my MBA. He will be retiring in circa 1.5-2 years. I have been here for a little over a year in an entry level position which I feel I excelling at.

I have my Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. Not sure if that’s what I want to do with my life though. My dad’s friend has a connect, and is interested in talking to me.
That’s too bad it didn’t work out for YOU. Sad to say you didn’t answer my question either. So I give you a failing grade. Just like you got at your previous jobs.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

This really depends on where you actually want to be in the mid to long term.

No one joins a big 4 with a view to doing accounting. The rocket science (and the bit the big 4 do better than anyone else) is large-scale complex, cross border taxation structures. Everything else they do is a compromise. But to be a B4 “rocket scientist” you need a law degree with international tax focus.

The other types of people who join big 4s are:

a) People who are not good enough to make it somewhere better – eg: Wall St / some expert consulting firm, their own boutique or a top tier mgmt consultancy. OR;

b) People who are not willing to work the extra maybe 10 or 15 hours per week that a top specialist firm demands and instead want something with an ever so slightly better “work / life” balance.

From what you have written the Big 4 is most likely not for you in the long run. I.e. If it were you would not be thinking MBA but a JD or some PhD in mathematics or some esoteric valuation course. An MBA is of limited value as a B4 accountant- presumably you would be at “manager” level at the end of your MBA.

The other thing that many, many people do is join a B4 then get their MBA from Wharton or Harvard (and yes it absolutely does need to be a top tier ivy league firm); AND get near to the top marks (i.e. Somewhere within the top 3% to 5% of your class) and then apply for a job on Wall St or in one of the Management consulting firms. If this is your strategy you need to think really hard – are you that good? By the time you work 2 years in a B4 and spend 1 year at Wharton the IBs should be recuriting again.

If this is something you might want to do, then Wall St will think your accounting training at the B4 is a good start before you move on and do “real work” – i.e. Be an investment banker. In strategy land, Bain in particular will regard the B4 highly due to its focus on numerical analysis (which actually is not all that great in the grand scheme of numbers); McK, BCG and Booz will all regard B4 work as good because it will expose you to the activities of their clients.

On the other hand if your friendly CEO runs a >$1bn company and you will get direct access to him (and not be buried under 4 levels of finance management) then that training and “industry experience” will be well regarded. The jobs that are most prized there will be in the corporate development teams (code for Strategy + M&A). If on the other hand the company is a small listed dog then that is not the “industry experience” they want because those firms do not advise companies in the “small dogs” industry.

Regardless of what size the company, if you decide to stay and get an MBA and get a job in corp dev, [a lot of ifs there] then that could be a happy time.

Of course I am colouring this answer with my perspective as an M&A banker.

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Entry Level Business Consulting Jobs

James asks…

How do i change careers and become a manager?

I’m 24 and graduated with a BS degree as an applied mathematics major and had a really good GPA. I work for a financial actuarial consulting firm and have been there 2 years and don’t like it, although I feel like I’ve done well. I’m really interested in management and would be willing to take a step down in pay to take that route and climb the ranks from there. Where do I go from here?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

You need to apply for openings with company that have management positions to fill. There should be companies that have entry level management trainee positions open. Read the classifies (paper and electronic). Contact placement agencies (ones that do not charge fees). Your college should have a job placement office. Consider going back to college part time to get a degree in business management. Good luck.

Mandy asks…

What would be my career options for a degree in Business with a finance concentration?

I am starting back to school to get a Bachelor of Science Business Administration (BSBA) with a concentration in Finance. What would be my career options once I graduate?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Corporate consulting. At least once you have some real and successful on the job experiences to consult about!

Other than that, an entry level position with most companies that could lead to a climb up the corporate ladder to C.E.O.
Since it is a glass ceiling BREAK IT!

Good luck.

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Management Consulting Recruiters

Lizzie asks…

do I need to take the gmat for entry level management consulting positions in the usa?

Hey, I’m planning on making applications to various different firms in the USA for an entry level position in management consulting, and I’m wondering whether it was routine for the recruiters to ask for applicants to take the GMAT. thanks

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

The GMAT is a standardized exam for graduate business schools in the US and abroad. If you attended school outside of the US or a non-accredited undergrad business school, the firm in question may seek to identify your existing skill set with the GMAT in addition to other survey methods. They may also seek an example of your presentation skills to demonstrate your English language skill.

David asks…

Is economics a good major to enter management consulting or private equity?

I’m planning on majoring in economics, but considering business, for my bachelors degree. Is econ good for a top consulting firm? What about something in private equity, venture capitalist?
It has to be Ivy league? So ALL consulting and private equity firms ONLY recruit from ivy league? How about Georgetown or Northwestern, that’s not good enough? My friend goes to Emory, is that good enough? Strictly Ivy?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Yes if you are ivy league and plan on getting a further degree. Most recruiters for top financial firms only hire from ivy league schools and this makes everything in this field very hard to get into.

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