Management Consulting Recruiters

Ken asks…

What are the best job opportunities for recent MBA grads?

I’ve got a BBA in Accounting and I finish my MBA in December and I’m trying to figure out what to do after I graduate. I’ve tried looking at the online job sites, but company recruiters don’t often advertise there. Are there any recent MBA grads out there who got a job they love with a great company who would be willing to share? Any help is appreciated!
My background is largely accounting, but I am very interested in the management function rather than simply bookkeeping. My MBA is not “concentrated” intentionally. I took several accounting classes, but I wanted to broaden my knowledge base rather than “paint myself into a corner” professionally. I’m not your stereotypical accountant. I love to be creative; hence I am very interested in marketing and advertising. I also thoroughly enjoy working with people, so I’d rather not just be trapped in an office for 50 hours every week. Leadership Development Programs are a very appealing to me. My interests are very broad, but hopefully that narrows it down a little bit. Thanks again for your help!

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

I’m a corporate recruiter. You’ve got a great background….Before I can suggest any websites, I first need to know what is it you’d like to do. I don’t want to assume your desire is to land a job in corporate finance, or strategy…so, tell me and I’ll be more than happy to assist. Also, do you have any area of concentration in your MBA studies?

You might consider management training programs (most Fortune 500 Cos.), brand management (if your MBA has strong marketing), supply chain management, consulting, etc. It’s just too broad….determine what is it you like to do, such as technical analysis, working with teams, presentations, travel, creativity, etc.

UPDATE:

Companies to consider:

Corporate environment with marginal travel, who maintain strong-moderate MBA recruiting programs, as well as leadership development/rotational opportunities:

- Procter & Gamble
- Coca Cola
- Pepsi
- Honda
- Starbucks
- Amazon
- IBM
- Johnson & Johnson
- MasterCard

Check out Forbes’ Fortune 500 List, and go to the company sites that you might have an interest in pursuing employment. Check out the link below…it gives you a snapshot of MBA work in various business units/functions.

Http://www.mbaalliance.com/mba-jobs.html

also check out the following site for a broadbased search:

coolavenue.com

Good luck!

Linda asks…

Hey Franz can u give me a information about doing MBA in Oil Management and the qualification required for it?

I had just appeared the final year exam of degree from Gauhati University.I want to know whether simple degree is sufficient for doing MBA in Oil Management.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

MBA in Oil management is a misnomer. Schools grant the MBA degree, not MBA in pharmacy, or MBA in finance, or MBA in marketing. The MBA is a general broad degree that prepares students for high level management positions. MBA students study accounting, finance, marketing, statistics, management, economics, strategy, policy, leadership, and similar courses. The MBA is not like an MS that concentrates in one field and prepares students for staff positions. MBA programs offer concentrations in various fields, but this amounts only to 2-3 elective courses in the second year. Students develop an interest in some subjects more than others, so they tend to select a concentration in the subject of their interest. This happens in the second year of the program, so you have plenty of time to decide. Also the school can advise you whether recruiters in your area are looking for certain concentrations or want broadly educated candidates.

Before you consider which MBA program is for you, consult the Official MBA Guide, a comprehensive free public service with more than 2,000 MBA programs listed worldwide. It allows you to search for programs by location (US, Europe, Far East, etc.), by concentration (finance, marketing, aviation management, health management, accounting, etc.), by type of program (full-time, distance learning, part-time, etc), and by listing your own criteria and preferences to get a list of universities that satisfy your needs. Schools report their tuition cost, number of students, class sizes, program length, and a lot of other data. You can use the Guide to contact schools of your choice, examine their data, visit their web site, and send them pre applications. You can see lists of top 40 schools ranked by starting salaries of graduates, GMAT scores, and other criteria. It’s the best service available at http://officialmbaguide.org.

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Business Process Optimization Consulting

Mary asks…

what is the relationship of Lean manufacturing to Industrial engineering?

relationship of lean manufacturing to industrial engineering
pls elaborate our answer…tnx alot

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

*In so-called lean manufacturing systems, industrial engineers work to eliminate wastes of time, money, materials, energy, and other resources.

-Examples of where industrial engineering might be used include designing an assembly workstation, strategizing for various operational logistics, consulting as an efficiency expert, developing a new financial algorithm or loan system for a bank, streamlining operation and emergency room location or usage in a hospital, planning complex distribution schemes for materials or products (referred to as Supply Chain Management), and shortening lines (or queues) at a bank, hospital, or a theme park. Industrial engineers typically use computer simulation (especially discrete event simulation), along with extensive mathematical tools and modeling and computational methods for system analysis, evaluation, and optimization.

*Industrial Engineering (often now supplemented as “Industrial & Systems Engineering” or “Industrial & Operations Engineering”) is a branch of engineering dealing with optimizing complex processes or systems. It is concerned with the development, improvement, implementation and evaluation of integrated systems of people, money, knowledge, information, equipment, energy, materials and/or processes. It also deals with designing new product prototypes more efficiently. Industrial engineering draws upon the principles and methods of engineering analysis and synthesis, as well as the mathematical, physical and social sciences together with the principles and methods of engineering design to specify, predict, and evaluate the results to be obtained from such systems or processes. Its underlying concepts overlap considerably with certain business-oriented disciplines such as Operations Management, but the engineering side tends to greater emphasize extensive mathematical proficiency and utilization of quantitative methods.

Lean manufacturing or lean production, often simply, “Lean,” is a production practice that considers the expenditure of resources for any goal other than the creation of value for the end customer to be wasteful, and thus a target for elimination. Working from the perspective of the customer who consumes a product or service, “value” is defined as any action or process that a customer would be willing to pay for. Basically, lean is centered on preserving value with less work.

*Lean manufacturing is a variation on the theme of efficiency based on optimizing flow; it is a present-day instance of the recurring theme in human history toward increasing efficiency, decreasing waste, and using empirical methods to decide what matters, rather than uncritically accepting pre-existing ideas.

Sandra asks…

i want to know about the role and responsibility of team leader in accenture consulting?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

All the info you need is right in this .pdf:

http://careers3.accenture.com/NR/rdonlyres/77C95669-D02A-4C87-9872-64B09B623DC9/0/Accenture_Managment_Consulting.pdf

and at this site:

http://careers3.accenture.com/Careers/SouthAfrica/About-Accenture/What-We-Do/Consulting/

You haven’t specified exactly what field you want to know about at Accenture Consulting, so it’s hard to say exactly.

However you can draw all this info from that site – probably more relevant to you, as you can then choose the discipline, from:

http://careers3.accenture.com/Careers/SouthAfrica/About-Accenture/What-We-Do/

Eg. I’m assuming, for this post, that you want the Tech team (since you’re on a computer) for their Technology Consulting team leader.

This is what they say they expect for a tech consultant:

Strategic IT Effectiveness (SITE). Strategic IT Effectiveness aligns IT and business strategies, bridging the gap between CEO expectations and CIO realities. We do this by bringing a boardroom perspective to IT and by focusing the dialogue and action on improving business value and performance.
Enterprise Architecture. This area of Accenture Technology Consulting defines the vision, principles, standards and road maps that guide the selection, deployment, operation and refreshment of technologies within an organisation.
Application Renewal. Application renewal helps clients to increase the value of their existing legacy applications by extending their useful life.
Performance Engineering. Accenture’s Performance Engineering group helps businesses achieve high performance by engineering performance into client applications as they are being built and by alleviating performance problems in existing applications.
Application Portfolio Optimisation. Professionals in this group use application rationalisation and remediation to help create a target application portfolio that drives business value while reducing total cost of ownership.
Security. Accenture’s Security group helps organisations work through complex business and technology issues to provide a straightforward approach to information and network security.
Data Centre Technology & Operations. These solutions offer a holistic approach to optimising data centre, the underlying infrastructure technologies, as well as the supporting operational processes and tools.
Workplace Technology & Collaboration. Accenture uses information technology to automate common workplace activities.
Network Technology. Business conditions are forcing our clients to transform their existing network infrastructures to be more cost-effective, scalable, flexible, secure and reliable. Accenture Technology Consulting provides innovative networking services that help our clients overcome these challenges.
Accenture Cisco Solution Unit. The acquisition of Corliant, a Cisco professional services firm, extended the capabilities of Accenture’s long-established infrastructure group by adding more world-class talent to its ranks.
As one of the largest independent technology consulting organisation in the world, we can help recommend and implement the right solutions for our clients’ needs, regardless of technology vendor.

We look for graduate and experienced-hire candidates with degrees/ diplomas in computer science, engineering, management information systems, mathematics, statistics and sciences. We also seek people with specific IT or business specialisations.

I’d imagine that for a Team Leader position – if you were to work for me – I’d except you to have adequate communication skills, a level head, the capacity to work under stress, deliver on time to deadlines, commitment and dedication.
Most of all enthusiasm and being able to act under your own initiative; since you are in charge of several of my other employees – I’d have to trust that you could do that.

That’s just my opinion, so take it with a pinch of salt, but – in my experience – with business of a high calibre, it’s a standard requirement.
(and sometimes, you would prefer to hire the person who can display those traits, even if they can’t do everything on the list of requirements – employ the Person who could rather than Employee who might, if you understand that..?)

I’m sure you’re smart enough to use the third link to research the other role (as that’s using your initiative and not being lazy and hoping someone else will do it for you) as I’ve run out of space :P

Hope you find what you’re looking for. :)
Good luck.

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Small Business Consultation

Donald asks…

How do I find comission Only salespeople?

I have a business which need some expert salespeople that can be in the field of graphics, cad, and small business consultation. It is a small start up and I am willing to give 15% commision plus incentive bonuses based on sales quota.
I have a business which need some expert salespeople that can be in the field of graphics, cad, and small business consultation. It is a small start up and I am willing to give 15% commision plus incentive bonuses based on sales quota.
I am located in Orlando Florida. Will like salepeople all over the USA under districts

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Try posting your ad on CraigsList – http://www.craigslist.org/ you may find some folks willing to work on commission-only basis. I should warn you, however, that you will probably not find “expert” salespeople willing to work that way… Especially for a start-up.

Your other option is to hire college kids looking to earn some cash in their free time. They may be less dependent on a steady income stream and be therefore more willing to work for commissions.

Hope this helps!

George asks…

How do I find commisiion only salespeople?

I have a business which needs some expert salespeople that can be in the field of graphics, engineering services, and small business consultation. It is a small start up and I am willing to give commision plus incentive bonuses based on meeting quaterly sales quotas.
I am located in Orlando Florida. Will like salepeople all over the USA under districts

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Try posting your ad on CraigsList – http://www.craigslist.org/ you may find some folks willing to work on commission-only basis. I should warn you, however, that you will probably not find “expert” salespeople willing to work that way… Especially for a start-up.

Your other option is to hire college kids looking to earn some cash in their free time. They may be less dependent on a steady income stream and be therefore more willing to work for commissions.

Hope this helps!

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Business Development Consulting Companies

David asks…

For those in business development, what are the 3 most important things to you when starting a business?

I am involved in business development and consulting with a series of organizations and companies. I am very interested in hear from other professionals what are the most important things to each of you. Thank you!

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

I am neither professional nor educated.
But yeha my simple theroy of buisness development is BUILD THE DREAM, SALE THE DREAM AND THEN LIVE THE DREAM.
I never went to univeristy because i could never afford it, i worked as a shop keeper at dad s shop and now i feel lucky that i nevere wasted my time earning degrees.
I have made enough and i am satisfy and i have NO-BOSS. :) )

Joseph asks…

What is the best approach for marketing a business app consulting company online to the local community?

We are a small (husband and wife) consulting company specializing in data mining, development of custom reports, ERP implementation and configuration, and development of custom, web-enabled applications for business process management in the San Francisco Bay Area (focusbizconsulting.com). Keywords for our type of business are very expensive. What is the best way to promote our business to the local community online?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

You have to spread your business through Internet. Web Marketing will help you to do this. There is long process to do so like Website Optimization, Keywords, Link Buildings, Directory Submissions, Articles, Blogs and Backlinks. It will help you to attract the visitors to your Business and you can grow your business.

Inspired Design are doing Web Marketing efficiently and effectively. We have proven a good track records in Web development and Web Marketing. So I can prefer you to visit our website and make a contact.

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Web Development Consultant Rates

Chris asks…

What is the difference between SR&ED and OIDMTC?

What type of things to look for

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

OIDMTC also known as the Ontario interactive digital media tax credit, is a government incentive program that entices Canadian software companies who are incorporated to focus on digital interactivity. The program mainly favours game development companies yet lends his hand to other interactive digital mediums. The criteria for the program is in depth. To simplify the concept; in order for the product to be eligible for the OIDMTC, its intent must focus on educating, informing, or entertaining. The incentive programs primary purpose is to display information in a minimum of two components:The Ontario Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit (OIDMTC) is a refundable tax credit of up to 40% of eligible Ontario expenditures for interactive digital media products created in Ontario.

1) Text
2) Images
3) Sound

SR&ED centers on advancing technology and innovation rather than the product development, where as on the other hand. OIDMTC considers the interactivity portion and is only product oriented. The SR&ED program is not product driven and is more project involved. With the OIDMTC tax credit, you must submit each product separately whereas in SR&ED, you are focusing on the advancement of technology and facing uncertainties in innovation. SR&ED is assessed on a project basis with a requirement for supporting activities. Game development, Web applications, mobile applications are aspects to consider when going through the qualification process for both programs. It is easier to manage your SR&ED and OIDMTC submission(s) in conjunction with one another because you can categorize SR&ED expenses at a 65% rate of return where it would yield to do. Consultants that are experts in both programs will manage expenses accordingly so that there is no double dipping.

A few interesting facts about OIDMTC:

If you are an agency who develops web applications or mobile applications for your clients and complete more than 90% of the work, you may be eligible to 35% compensation on development, marketing and distribution costs. However, make sure that your company is incorporated and the you have a business establishment in Ontario.

Your product development and business operations is a daily priority. Tax credit preparation service is best left for experts, much like if you were to get an accountant or a lawyer. There are many firms that specialize in recouping your development costs. It is important to consider ethical business practice.Many firms will focus more on sales and cater to a mass audience but lack on the operations side of the business and may not have “A” class consultants. The risk for being audited is high and the process always results in your claim being slashed. Additionally, you may bring up a red flag for your company going forward and may always be audited. Always consider testimonials from the correct industry and interview your consultant thoroughly.

CTAP (Canadian Technology Advancement Partners), started off as Your virtual SR&ED partners but now found themselves experts in OIDMTC tax credits. The firm that started 11 years ago, right after the dot com crash in 2001, assists of mainly high profile software development companies in Toronto and nationwide. The virtual SR&ED partners consisting of senior technology consultants have expertise in product development cycle, software development, engineering, manufacturing, and business management, combined with an in-depth knowledge of SR&ED program and its interpretations. All attaining an extensive background in SR&ED with in-depth knowledge of the programs requirements, CTAP offers flexible solutions with a competitive nature. The team offers a hands on approach and has a keen eye for detail with an unmatched ability to skillfully maximize your SR&ED or OIDMTC tax credit submission(s). Http://www.ctap.ca

James asks…

I need a web developer to work with me on a ERP project?

I am a marketing consultant and i need to start a ERP/CRM project but i don’t have the web development knowledge, i am only know how to sell it, so i will be happy i f someone can help me with the web dev or if you know a web developer can start with me this project.
thank u in advance
i am looking for a partnership not to buy an app please advise if this is ok with u

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Hi Haitham,

Seems like you were searching for us. We are a development firm and we can help you out by providing brilliant programmers at a very reasonable rate and you will be surprised to see that how cost effective we are in comparison to other development firms.

Contact:- +1 914-239-3008, +91 95618 69567 (Ashutosh Kumar, Business Development Manager)

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Small Business Consulting Firms

Betty asks…

I am looking to start up my own CPA firm and was wondering-how much do you small business owners pay your CPAs?

I am hoping to start up my own CPA firm but am at a loss for prices. Small business owners-how much do you pay your CPAs for bookkeeping, taxes, payroll, compilations, etc?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

I charge $30 for bookkeeping alone, $55/60 for actual accounting or consulting work. I don’t charge more than 30 for city tax preparation, but for real corporate accounting, definitely on the higher end.

Small business or not, the work is what it’s worth and your hourly charges should be commensurate with their title and type of work.

Charles asks…

Small business analytics consulting firm – A good idea?

Does a consulting firm that helps small businesses obtain affordable, actionable data analysis (especially on the cloud) sound like a good idea? It seems, at least to me, that many small to mid-size firms would like to have access to such modelling & forecasting but cannot afford expensive licenses for advanced software.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

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Internet Marketing Austin

Robert asks…

How much does a moped/scooter cost in America?

Hello, I live in Austin, TX and am considering buying a moped scooter like this:

http://www.westernatvs.com/ProductImages/happyscooter/b91.jpg

I need to know about how much that’s going to run, I am open to new and used. Also, are there any classes I would have to take to ride it? Do I have to get insurance? Does it run on gasoline? Thank you for any help. also, if you know of any places in Austin where I could buy one at a reasonable price, let me know! Thanks.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Gasoline is universal in the US, some now blended with ethanol. Austin is a large city, there will be a good many scooters on the used market to consider. Classified newspaper ads and craigslist.com and other internet sites are good to start with.

The picture looks like it is one of the 260cc motorscooters that are produced in China and sold on the Internet and some dealerships. I have seen them priced from $2100.00 to $3,500.00 USD. Typically if pruchased from a physical store front dealer the bike will cost more, but is prepared by the dealer, saving you the time and trouble if you have one delivered from an on-line dealer.

All scooters of displacement over 50cc are considered to be MOTORCYCLES by all states in the US, as such they must be insured, licensed, bear tags, and in some cases complete an inspecion. YOU will need at least a motorcycle learners permit and in some states only a full motorcycle endorsement is acceptable.

The MSF (Motorcycle Safety Foundation) offers riding classes all over, certainly in the Austin area. Most states do not require you to take such a course, but it is a good thing to take for your own safety, and in addition most states will grant your full MC license upon passsing the course requirements.

Thomas asks…

1959 Austin Healey VIN, facts & data?

Hi kindly asking if a RHD ’59 Healey 6-cylinder will demand a higher price than a LHD in same condition. Also, where can i decode VIN for this car? Is it a desirable car and in which price levels stands? Finally, any facts and data for this model year both LHD and RHD ones?
i will appreciate your answers

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

I think that a original RHD car could be worth more than the same original LHD car in the U.S. Market.
Of course, it would really depend on the market, and who is looking for the car.

As for value, I would check at some of the auction sites, such as Barrett Jackson, and see what the cars have recently sold for. As you know, with the economy as it is, classic cars are not the greatest sellers right now.

When it comes to decoding the VIN, I would check out some of the Internet forums, like the one at www.britishcarforum.com They have an entire section dedicated to Healeys.

You should also look into ordering one of the British Motor Heritage certificates. This will basically list your cars build sheet, to include color, options, market, etc.

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Marketing Strategy Consulting Proposal

Maria asks…

could you show me sample job descriptions for a CEO and COO in a manpower recruitment business?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Sample Job Description for
Position of Chief Executive Officer
Modified by Carter McNamara, MBA, PhD | Applies to nonprofits and for-profits unless noted
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(The following job description should be reviewed and customized by an organization to meet the needs and nature of the organization.)

NOTE: References to a Boards of Directors in the following are in regard to chief executive officers of corporations, whether for-profit or nonprofit. Nonprofit-specific items marked as such.

Job Title: Chief Executive
Function:

· To implement the strategic goals and objectives of the organization
· With the chair, enable the Board to fulfill its governance function
· To give direction and leadership toward the achievement of the organization’s philosophy, mission, strategy, and its annual goals and objectives
Reports to: Board of Directors
Major Functions/
Accountabilities:

1. Board Administration and Support — Supports operations and administration of Board by advising and informing Board members, interfacing between Board and staff, and supporting Board’s evaluation of chief executive
2. Program, Product and Service Delivery — Oversees design, marketing, promotion, delivery and quality of programs, products and services
3. Financial, Tax, Risk and Facilities Management — Recommends yearly budget for Board approval and prudently manages organization’s resources within those budget guidelines according to current laws and regulations
4. Human Resource Management — Effectively manages the human resources of the organization according to authorized personnel policies and procedures that fully conform to current laws and regulations
5. Community and Public Relations — Assures the organization and its mission, programs, products and services are consistently presented in strong, positive image to relevant stakeholders

6. Fundraising (nonprofit-specific) — Oversees fundraising planning and implementation, including identifying resource requirements, researching funding sources, establishing strategies to approach funders, submitting proposals and administrating fundraising records and documentation

Job description last revised and authorized by Board: [insert date]

Sample Job Descriptions
I. POSITION

General Manager (GM)/Chief Operating Officer (COO)

II. RELATED TITLES

Club Manager; Club House Manager

III. JOB SUMMARY

Serves as Chief Operating Officer of the club: manages all aspects of the club including its activities and the relationships between the club and its Board of Directors, members, guests, employees, community, government and industry. Coordinates and administers the club’s policies as defined by its Board of Directors. Develops operating policies and procedures and directs the work of all department managers. Implements and monitors the budget, monitors the quality of the club’s products and services and ensures maximum member and guest satisfaction. Secures and protects the club’s assets, including facilities and equipment.

IV. JOB TASKS (DUTIES)

1. Implements general policies established by the Board of Directors; directs their administration and execution.

2. Plans, develops and approves specific operational policies, programs, procedures and methods in concert with general policies.

3. Coordinates the development of the club’s long range and annual (business) plans

4. Develops, maintains and administers a sound organizational plan; initiates improvements as necessary.

5. Establishes a basic personnel policy; initiates and monitors policies relating to personnel actions and training and professional development programs.

6. Maintains membership with the Club Managers Association of America and other professional associations. Attends conferences, workshops and meetings to keep abreast of current information and developments in the field.

7. Coordinates development of operating and capital budgets according to the budget calendar; monitors monthly and other financial statements for the club; takes effective corrective action as required.

8. Coordinates and serves as ex-officio member of appropriate club committees.

9. Welcomes new club members; “meets and greets” all club members as practical during their visits to the club.

10. Provides advice and recommendations to the President and committees about construction, alterations, maintenance, materials, supplies, equipment and services not provided in approved plans and/or budgets.

11. Consistently assures that the club is operated in accordance with all applicable local, state and federal laws.

12. Oversees the care and maintenance of all the club’s physical assets and facilities.

13. Coordinates the marketing and membership relations programs to promote the club’s services and facilities to potential and present members.

14. Ensures the highest standards for food, beverage, sports and recreation, entertainment and other club services.

15. Establishes and monitors compliance with purchasing policies and procedures.

16. Reviews and initiates programs to provide members with a variety of popular events.

17. Analyzes financial statements, manages cash flow and establishes controls to safeguard funds. Reviews income and costs relative to goals; takes corrective action as necessary.

18. Works with subordinate department heads to schedule, supervise and direct the work of all employees.

19. Attends meetings of the club’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors.

20. Participates in outside activities that are judged as appropriate and approved by the Board of Directors to enhance the prestige of the club; broadens the scope of the club’s operation by fulfilling the public obligations of the club as a participating member of the community.

V. REPORTS TO

Club President and Board of Directors

VI. SUPERVISES

Assistant General Manager (Club House Manager); Food and Beverage Director; Controller; Membership Director; Director of Human Resources; Director of Purchasing; Golf Professional (Director of Golf); Golf Course Superintendent; Tennis Professional; Athletic Director; Executive Secretary.

Richard asks…

Case 2 – APES 110 (20 marks) Maximum 1000 words?

John Jones is a senior audit partner in a local audit firm and is planning to retire in 12 months time. He is well respected by a number of his clients and as a result has been offered a position on the board of ABC Pty Ltd (a listed company), to take effect immediately earning him fees of $20,000 plus 2000 shares (2% of the company’s total shares). Furthermore, as a way of introducing him to the other members of the board they have agreed to pay his air fares and accommodation to the next board meeting to be held in 2 months.
Currently the audit firm provides other financial services such as taxation and IT consulting for the general accounting software, legal services and employs a number of recently qualified accountants to assist in collecting data for an audit and to provide bookkeeping services for preparing the financial report. Also, various clients engage the auditing firm to provide valuation services for assets that form part of the financial report and give advice on what board recommendations should be implemented. For example, the auditor is asked to provide advice on marketing strategy. It should be noted that while the accountants were completing work for the annual accounts they were under the direct control of the company management.
It has also been agreed with the other partners in the audit firm that John Jones will be paid a bonus on retirement if he can grow his client base by 25% in the 12 months leading up to his retirement. In order to achieve this John was engaged in an extensive advertising campaign where he offered all prospective clients different auditing packages which depended on how much the client was willing to pay for the audit. In order to secure a new client that would bring in an additional 20% of total fees for the firm, the client was offered a separate proposal, this being extended payment terms for paying the audit fee and an agreement that the time for auditing the accounts would not exceed three weeks.
Required
1.Identify any professional standards and regulatory requirements that may have been breached. Make special reference to factors affecting auditor independence.
2.What action should John Jones take to avoid potential threats or risks to his objectivity?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

John jones is a partner of an audit firm

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Small Business Marketing Austin Tx

Ken asks…

Part 2: How do I leave the Mess I’m living in?

I previously posted:
I worked hard to obtain my bachelors degree in Mathematics Education and I have a Masters Degree in Public Administration. I moved with my then boyfriend now husband to a small town in Pennsylvania. The Job market sucks here and I would fare much better in Austin, TX, the city where I previously resided. I left a $43,500 to move to a location where the most I can make is $30,000 if I’m lucky. I can’t find any work. Meanwhile my husband is working at a job that earns about $9/hr. I absolutely hate it here. There is no diversity, the weather is cold, and to put the icing on the cake we are living with my mother in law. She absolutely babies him and sees me as an enemy for wanting to be a responsible adult and getting our own place. Sometimes I want to shoot myself. My husband loves it here and he is in the process of looking into starting a business here so I am pretty screwed. I have communicated my dissatisfaction with living here but its like no one is listening to me. Or he gives me a guilt trip about wanting to spend time with his grandfather before he passes (he’s not deathly ill he’s 86). I don’t know what to do. It seems like everyone is putting their desires ahead of mine. I just want to take a bottle of pills and die some days. I love my husband but I feel trapped. Can anyone help?

Part 2: I got a position in Dallas, TX for close to $50,000 with opportunity for advancement. Now my husband is complaining about how crappy Dallas is. He has high demands for our housing. I’m going to start in a week and I have to get ready for work. So it would be easier to rent out an apartment that is near work and access to a nice gym and attractions. He wants to live in a single family home in a more rural area and that would place me minimum an hour away from work. He claims that he hates living in the city. In addition to that he communicated that since his $9/ hr job wasn’t enough for me that I would now be the bread winner and he doesn’t have any real plans on finding work here unless he can work on a farm or outdoors. This would mean a low income. He said that he doesn’t care because that is what would make him happy. I feel that his happiness is more important that our well being. I wish he could be more equal as a partner and seek out employment or training that would translate to a better life for us. When I met him he would do anything for me. He was out going and took initiative. He stated that he wanted to go back to school since the construction field was slowing down. Ever since we moved in with his mom, he has misplaced his testicles. He has become more self centered and lacks ambition. He even stated that he could be a house husband so that he could avoid his duties as a provider. I would like to have children, but having children is not an option because my husband is so selfish. I don’t believe in divorce so how can I approach this topic with him?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

So u even don’t have any children? Why re u with him? And what the f”k does it even mean “i do not believe in divorce”? Is it like saying “i do not believe in death” would mean u would never die? This is a stupid believe – u will die one day. If u do not want to divorce so live like this and make him a house husband if this it what he wants and u “don’t believe in divorce”. But trying to change someone into something he is not is totally stupid. He is what he is, u either take it or get the hell out of there

Donna asks…

College: NY vs. TX???

I live in Texas and I’m currently applying for colleges. I’m in the top 8% of my class, so I have automatic admission to all TX public universities. I would like to attend the University of Texas, but I feel like its way too large. i would not do well in huge classes so I’m considering a couple of smaller, private schools. I’m planning on majoring in either photojournalism or some type of business marketing (to get into fashion) but no Texas school is really known for these majors. My dream is to go to college in NY, but money is tight in my family. So my question is, is there any way going to school in New York could be cheaper than going to a private university in Texas? (I’m considering Southwestern, tuition is $45,000) I will be applying for MANY scholarships. Thanks for any info!

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Probably nothing will be cheaper than a public university in Texas. You live in texas, so you probably will get resident tuition at UT, A&M etc… One semester at Southwestern can probably pay for several terms at the public university. In addition, Southwestern doesn’t make you take as much classes in business as something like UT Austin or A&M and there is already a limited amount of topics already. You could learn less at Southwestern and Southwestern’s business is largely unknown in the field (also not accredited…)

Class size isn’t directly related to a student’s success, so you saying that you won’t do well in huge classes is just an excuse. General or intro classes that everybody needs tend to be bigger, but when you get into the major, classes aren’t as big. Its like that at many universities.

University of Texas at Austin is probably one of the best schools for business in the entire state. Its certainly very well known and having a degree from there could really benefit your career opportunities. Texas A&M at College Station and Texas Tech are also pretty good. University of Houston also has an accredited business program. You should apply to the public TX schools and anything in NY (consider NYU, Syracuse, Cornell, SUNY University at Buffalo) If you want to look at privates in Texas, consider Baylor and SMU, but no Southwestern. Also send all of them your FAFSA information, so they can run the numbers and try to work up a financial aid to offer you. Since money is tight in your family, financial aid/scholarships will play a big role in whether or not you can go to something like NYU.

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Maria asks…

What should I put in a portfolio for a sales consultant?

I am making a small book for my friend is who a car sales consultant. I am including letters that he has received from customers, a copy of his page from Who’s Who, and a list of his certifications. Does anyone have any other ideas of things I can put in the book?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

I believe what you are talking about is what is called an “evidence binder”

It is information about the sales person, the product he/she is selling and even information about the competition. That way if someone is looking to shop your product against others you might be able to keep them there by showing them what they think they want to go see elsewhere.

I sell cars and I have made an evidence binder for each one of the cars that I sell. In each binder I have the same pics and bio about me but just only have info about a specific car and its competition. So in short I have 8 different binders one for each car I sell.

The “Evidence Binder” is essential for a sales person who is looking to be the number one in the store!

One more thing…
If you could have your friend check out my blog. I write a sales blog that covers a new close or closing technique every day and it is focused around the car business although I try to relate it to all dales industries. It is also a place you can ask me questions via email or leave comments.

Thanks!

Www.dailyclose.blogspot.com

Paul asks…

How can i contact my potential market via emails without disturbing them? Or other ways?

My target market is small business owners. I’m thinking to get on their websites and send them email about my product. Is that going to work? I don’t want to be rude. Is there any other effective ways to reach them regardless of locations? Thanks!

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Being a “small business owner” and a business consultant/coach, sending unsolicited emails will not be appreciated or opened. There are other more effective ways you can get your presence known to your market. You didn’t define which small business owners would be in your market or what your product is, so this limits how I can answer your question. So here are some general questions to answer for yourself. Do you have a presence on Twitter? Do you have a profile on LinkedIn or FaceBook? (These 3 social networking sites give you the ability to market nationally/internationally.) Do you belong to local networking groups? Do you have a blog … Where your niche market can find you and get to know, like and trust you? Do you have any articles or You Tube videos posted? Have you visited forums where business owners meet to see if they have the problems your product solves? If not, this is where you can begin market your product and yourself, create your presence and start reaching those people who may be in your market niche.

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