The Advantages To Becoming A Travel Nurse

To all the nurses out there who love nursing and traveling: did you know that you can combine both of your loves in a career as a traveling nurse? The field of travel nursing has several benefits over other areas of nursing. Let’s look at some of the outstanding benefits you’ll enjoy in a career as a traveling nurse.

One of these benefits includes travel around the country working at jobs that can last anywhere from just a few weeks to as long as a year. Although many would not necessarily consider it a benefit because it is a part of the job, to many others it is a major benefit. A job as a traveling nurse allows you to work in many new areas. Often times these are areas that you might not normally consider for a vacation, but they are often in some of the most beautiful parts of the country. You can see many places across the United States as you work and you’ll have plenty of time to take in all the sites.

Most travel nurse agencies offer a wide variety of benefits to nurses. Traveling nurses are some of the best-paid nurses in the country. Usually, the pay ranges from $21 to $48 an hour. This will vary based on your level of experience in your field as well as the location of the assignment. Some areas of the country will pay much better than others. Some agencies offer a number of bonuses, including sign on and completion bonuses. Some even offer bonuses when you renew your contract for at least 13 weeks. Loyalty bonuses sometimes offered include monetary rewards, upgrades in housing and paid vacations. Most agencies will also provide referral bonuses for any nurse completing a full assignment that you have referred.

Another major benefit often included when you sign on to travel with an agency is wonderful health benefits. Most agencies furnish fully paid medical insurance for you with the option to add your family at a reasonable expense. Also, often included with your benefits package, are vision and dental insurance, life insurance, long- and short-term disability and accident coverage. Exact benefits will vary from agency to agency, so it is important to investigate what is offered by each company that you speak with.

Many companies will furnish retirement plans, such as a 401K plan usually available after just one month of service. Roadside assistance packages, such as AAA, are frequently provided. Continuing education is often provided at no cost to you and some agencies will reimburse continuing education.

Travel nursing is not the perfect opportunity for everyone, so you must consider the pros and cons carefully. It is also important to investigate any agency that you are considering signing up with. Ask the agency you are considering to speak with some of the traveling nurses who are already a part of their company. A thorough search of the internet to see what others say about the agency can also turn up some interesting information.

There is such a high demand for nurses who are able, and willing, to travel for their jobs today. The benefits, rewards and bonuses available to those who decide to become a traveling nurse seem endless. Travel nursing could be just the shot in the arm your career needs if you are becoming tired of the same thing day after day, year after year. It could just be the change you are looking for.

Home Based Business Trends In A Fragile Economy

Home based businesses are many with some that are truly legitimate and others that are out to put a deep hole in your wallet. With today’s fragile economy, millions of people out of work and a shrinking middle class, there are those of us seeking ways to increase our financial means to make ends meet or to simply keep food on the table for our families. I’ve been a victim of the scams and have invested hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars seeking out the latest home business trend. But I have also learned a lot along the way and have acquired some tools to success that I would like to share with you to avoid any pitfalls you may experience in your search for the right opportunity.

#1. Product. You need to choose a product that literally most everyone needs. Think long and hard about this. Not everyone needs or likes healthy chocolate (I personally know someone who is allergic to it). The market is also flooded with many nutrition supplements claiming to be the next big trend. There is liquid form, pill form, shake form, juice form, etc. So which do you choose? Not to mention the expense and investment in such a venture. Don’t get me wrong. There are many fine health and wellness opportunities out there but they require a large financial commitment and again isn’t necessarily something most everyone wants or needs (we are in fact one of the most obese nations in the global market). Consider something such as cell phones. Nearly everyone has them everywhere you look and nearly everyone needs them. Even my 10 year old son is begging me to get him one since many of his friends already have them. The cell phone industry is exploding and more and more companies are popping up on the market.

#2. Affordability. As I mentioned earlier there are many legitimate home based business opportunities but they require a large financial commitment on your part and with a fragile economy this just isn’t an option. So along with the right product you need to have the right price. Opportunities that are too inexpensive (such as an opportunity for only $97) require hundreds of people in your downline just to make a few hundred dollars. Home based business opportunities that are too expensive are simply that-cost prohibitive and you don’t stand a chance at seeing a return (such as those opportunities that cost $1995-$3995). I’ve found that the latest legitimate home based business trends are priced between $300-$500. These are reasonably affordable even in a fragile economy and can get you up and running in no time. It will have you seeing a return on this investment within a few weeks to a few months.

#3. Team. I can’t stress enough how important it is to have a strong support system in place. Too often we are left to fend for ourselves after signing on with an opportunity and spend months trying to figure everything out ultimately ending in failure. A duplicatable, automated selling process, turn-key system that can run on auto pilot is vital to being successful with a home based business opportunity. These duplicatable systems can be achieved through websites and lead capture pages (which are generated by the company and given to each of their reps to build their business), DVDs explaining the opportunity and most importantly a way to market your business through offline methods (such as postcards and sales letters) in addition to online methods such as pay per clicks or cost per clicks. There are other online methods such as blogs, social media, articles and more but these systems are not easily duplicatable by everyone and requires a great deal of research, practice and trial and error to be successful with these methods. With the flood of online advertising, offline old-school mailbox methods such as postcards promoting an opportunity are becoming the trend among home based businesses.

#4. Leverage. The fourth and final point is leveraging a powerful system with the right opportunity that allows you to:

1. Make a lot of money

2. Make a lot of money quickly (and I don’t mean within 48 hours-let’s be reasonable here). You could with the right system be making money within a few weeks to a few months.

3. Be able to work from home only a few hours a week on a schedule that YOU decide

4. Have a business working for you even when you are not-translates to a 100% automated sales process from the moment your prospect sees your offer. This means:

-No personal selling
-No phone calls
-No hotel meetings
-No emails
-No sharing with friends and family

There is a lot to consider when seeking out the next home business trend. What I can tell you is from my experience, by using the tips I have mentioned as tools for researching and crafting a home business opportunity that’s right for you, it will greatly increase your chances for success.

Car Rental Coupons

Rental cars have become quite popular during the current economic slowdown. People who plan to buy a used car or even a brand new car is getting attracted to different car rental agencies because of the tough competition, cheap prices and unbelievable options car rental companies offer. Several car rental agencies offer car rentals coupons throughout the year for various reasons. Some of the agencies want to promote their business during off season while some other agencies offer car rentals coupons so that their service will be cheaper than that of their competitor who offers similar services.

Once you finalize a rental company suiting well to your needs, you can check on their official website for ongoing discounts and rental coupons. These coupons come with different offers. Some of the coupons offer a discount on rate from 10-50% while some others add 1-5 extra days to your booking period without extra cost. It is up to you to choose the right type of discount. If you plan to rent for long term, a discount on the rental price will be the right choice for you. If you plan a trip for 7 days and find a coupon offering ‘book for 5 days and get 3 extra days free’ will be the right choice for you.

There are several websites that compare different car rental services and their rates. These websites also highlight the ongoing discounts and coupons available. Such comparison websites are a good choice to know what is going on in the neighborhood but always watch out for scam. Try to rent your car from a reputed car rental agency but also check for any hidden costs. Then check for car rental coupons offered by such reputed agencies.

Some coupons also provide free insurance coverage for a selected number of days and some additional accessories like GPS or child seat for free of cost. Such promotional offers may or may not be useful for you. For example, if you are planning to travel somewhere you are not very familiar, a coupon offering free GPS navigation system can be a great choice for you because you hardly will ‘get lost’ somewhere. Similarly a free child seat is good for you only if you are travelling with a child. Car rental companies design their coupons targeting different customers and their various tastes.

If you are planning to rent a car for your vacation trip or for your everyday requirements, check with different agencies for their specialized coupons. Don’t assume that you will not get a discount coupon because its holiday season. There are several service providers and several offers throughout the year and you will not find the best for yourself without constantly checking for them. Websites such as carrentalmomma.com and rentalcarscode.com have coupons throughout the year with a wide array of offers. Even Google is a great place to find information on best deals available.

The Strategic Use of Information Technology

TEACHER: Hello, Student. What do you know about Information Technology (IT)?

STUDENT: Well, I know that most software is full of “bugs”! By the way, why are these errors in programs called “bugs”?

TEACHER: Computer “bugs” have been around since malfunctions in a 1945 Mark II were blamed (facetiously) on a moth trapped in a relay. Nowadays the term refers to programming flaws -commands that don’t accomplish the desired result. But I am sure you must know more about IT than the fact that programs have bugs!

STUDENT: Recently I read an interesting article written by John Diebold years ago. Allow me to quote from it:

“Information technology . . . is becoming increasingly the key to national economic well being, affecting virtually every industry and service. One would be hard-pressed to name a business that does not depend on the effective use of information: to design products and services, to track and respond to market demands, or to make well-informed decisions. Information technology will change the world more permanently and more profoundly than any technology so far seen in the history and will bring about a transformation of civilization to match.”

TEACHER: Interesting. There is no doubt that information technology is currently a major force with the potential to affect a range of organizations in fundamental ways.

The impact of information technology on business operations has been enormous and will increase substantially.

There is no doubt that a shift from an industrial economy to an information oriented service economy is under way; and no one knows when the process will slow down.

In essence, scale and the conventional dimensions of time, space, and mass will no longer be constraints on the products of the information age. Unlike the standardized product created for the mass market of the industrial age, the electronic delivery of banking services, for example, is scale-independent and intangible, provides instantaneous service, and is not bound by the physical location of the bank.

STUDENT: AmbaiU’s online courses are a good example! Students from all over the world can instantly access the courseware. The dramatic growth of the Internet’s WWW service has Uncategorizedly been an important factor in the growth of IT in general.

TEACHER: True indeed. Environmental trends like globalization and heightened international competition are speeding the movement toward increased IT use by corporations. The exigencies of worldwide coordination of operations and the need to react rapidly to global competitive threats have emphasized the importance of IT in the current business context. Dramatic technological developments in hardware, software, databases, and telecommunications have simultaneously pushed the utilization of IT further along.

STUDENT: So, is the sky the limit for IT?

TEACHER: Not exactly. At the same time, several factors are militating against the rapid deployment of IT. Among these are the still-slow development of appropriate software, long-standing difficulties in quantifying IT benefits (for justifying IT investment), issues of database integration, and the lack of standards (for the purposes of inter-organizational connectivity).

STUDENT: I also think that there was “over-investment” in IT in the last decade of the 20th. century and even at the beginning of the 21st. And what about IT and Strategic Management?

TEACHER. True, we are primarily concerned with the likely impact of information technologies on the practice of strategic management. The reason for adopting such a perspective reflects a fundamental belief that information technologies can potentially influence the core of a firms activities: Choices pertaining to products, markets, and technologies (the corporate strategy level), as well as competitive methods within each of the product-market segments (the business strategy level).

STUDENT: I assume this is why the role of information technology is becoming broader than that of the traditional Information Systems (IS) function, and is becoming a general management concern and challenge.

TEACHER: Good observation. We will consider three linkages that interconnect three important concepts -strategic management (SM), information technology (IT), and the management information systems (IS) function.

* Link 1: Management Information Systems with Information Technology

According to the traditional view, IS is a service function (just as accounting, human resources, or industrial relations) which is charged with the task of efficient data processing and administration of the management reporting and control systems. According to such views, systems are designed to cater to the informational requirements of different managerial roles and are identified using standard informational requirements assessment methodologies. In consequence, systems are evaluated using criteria such as timeliness, format quality, and reliability, reflecting the technical capability of the system. The implication is that the role of IT was conceived largely as the technical core of the MIS function.

Consequently, the important characteristics of this linkage were hardware and software support for the information architecture, and flexibility of design to support minor modifications in the information requirements or to respond to the fast-changing technical core of the system’s hardware.

The strategic planning level, by virtue of its unstructured nature of decision making, received minimal support from the traditional conceptualizations and role definitions of IS.

Link 2: Strategic Management with Information Systems

The description of Link 1 reflects a view that the charter of the IS function was derived directly from the informational resource assessment and had no explicit linkages with strategic choices at the corporate and business levels. This view was representative of the actual situation until the late 1960s and early 1970s, when the need to tailor the design of MIS to the requirements of the organizational strategic context gained currency. In 1968, McKinsey & Co. published a report titled Unlocking the Computer’s Profit Potential that called for a formal link between the design and implementation of MIS and the firms strategies and objectives. This publication urged managers to visualize the role of computers in business organizations as something beyond a data processing resource at the operational level of the organization and more as a mechanism that supports their strategy.

STUDENT: Even before that McKinsey report, William King proposed that the “IS-strategy set (composed of IS objectives, IS constraints, and IS design strategies) should be derived from the “organization’s strategy set” (composed of organizational mission, objectives, and strategies).

TEACHER: You are a well read student, indeed!

STUDENT: You might remember that I come from an “IT family.” And I keep hearing a complaint from my IT relatives: while there is concern within the MIS discipline to ensure that MIS is designed in accordance with the strategic contexts of the firm, the link in the other direction, from the corporate strategic context to MIS, is still largely ignored.

TEACHER: True, but this is changing rapidly. Also, several authors have called attention to the possibility of exploiting information and information systems for strategic advantages. As William King noted in an editorial comment in the Management Information Systems Quarterly,— Information (and IS) has the potential to be a primary source of (competitive) advantage in the marketplace rather than merely as a resource to be efficiently managed or a service that is periodically turned on and off as needed.

STUDENT: Can we then assume that many see the link between strategic management and IS today as a bi-directional, mutually interconnected link, implying a strategic role for the IS function?

TEACHER: Certainly, and it was about time. In a transition towar
d a strategic role, the goals and tasks of the management information systems function undergo an important transformation. The systems are no longer viewed in terms of informational support for operational decisions, but rather in terms of the realization of the organization’s strategic objectives, especially the achievement of competitive superiority in the marketplace.

Information systems with a charter to achieve competitive superiority are called “strategic information systems” and differentiated from the more operationally focused MIS. Indeed, MIS has been traditionally concerned with the operational control systems for relatively structured decisions based on readily available, internal data. In contrast, strategic information systems are designed to support relatively unstructured decisions, especially those that are intricately tied to the activities of the market-place.

STUDENT: I hear that usually such decisions require a combination of internal and external data that: are neither well structured nor completely specified.

TEACHER: Exactly. Although a perfect demarcation between management information systems and strategic information systems cannot always be made, the conceptual distinction is important enough to be recognized just as the conceptual distinction between strategic and operational decisions.

Let me mention some examples of strategic information systems operating at real companies:

American Airlines : SABRE reservation System -installed in most travel agents for booking airline, hotel, and rental car reservations.

American Hospital Supply Co.: ASAP-order entry system-installed in over 4500 medical establishments to order supplies on-line. The system is internally interconnected to several supporting systems

Citicorp Extensive use of automated teller machines and global transaction network. Several systems that support their strategies for electronic banking services.

McKesson Corp. Economost -order entry system that supports customers with inventory control and analysis of sales.

United Airlines APOLLO-Travel agency reservation system with several augmented services installed in about 7700 agencies.

Student, can you think of specific strategic objectives any of these companies have achieved through IS?

STUDENT: Well, I am sure that SABRE provides American Airlines with critical operating data that can be used for strategic decisions; travel agents hooked on to SABRE are likely to book on American more than other airlines.

TEACHER: Yes, some much so that the US government has stepped in and put some limit’s on SABRE’s propensity to favor AA!

Strategic information systems achieve their objectives through several mechanisms, but two deserve special attention. These are: (1) the reconfiguration of the information flows within an organization to provide competitive advantages relative to competition, and/or (2) development of inter-organizational systems that extend beyond the traditional boundaries of a single focal organization.

STUDENT: Are these modes are mutually exclusive?

TEACHER: No, but we will discuss them independently.

Reconfiguration of Information Flows

Let us consider the case of an airline that uses timely data to increase its load factor -perhaps the single most critical factor for achieving success in the airline industry. By developing a strategic information system designed not only to continually collect data on flight bookings, but also to compare current sales against historical patterns, the airline can instruct its own ticketing agents (as well as travel agents) to modify the number of discount seats available on a particular flight depending on the current level of advance bookings.

STUDENT: By the same token, I guess that similar benefits can accrue to a hotel, where a key determinant of competitive performance is the occupancy ratio.

TEACHER: Correct. And the basic notion of timeliness of information can be extended from the context of the service sector to the manufacturing sector. Consider the case of an oil company which is able to communicate with its dealers directly and instantaneously as oil prices change to ensure minimum delay between the setting of prices in the headquarters and its realization at retail outlets.

STUDENT: But in these illustrations IT does not influence the fundamental strategic business choices.

TEACHER. Correct. However, the implementation of such decisions through organizational hierarchy and channels is facilitated through the use of IT, leading to improved strategic results.

Inter-organizational Systems Inter-organizational IT applications highlight the potential to achieve competitive success that extends beyond intra-organizational informational flows to the deploying and exploiting of information-based links with diverse actors in the marketplace.

STUDENT: Your are using rather complicated phrases today! In simple terms, what you mean is that an inter-organizational strategic information system is a system that extends beyond the boundaries of a single focal organization to link multiple organizations.

TEACHER: Glad to see that you understood! The potential todevelop such links (and the consequent benefits to achieve competitive advantage) is perhaps the single most important reason for the, increased attention to informational systems from a strategic management point of view.

The railroad industry, which has one of the highest levels of “penetration” of electronic data interchange (EDI) among all industries, displays several levels of inter-organizational systems use. And relatively new industries such as couriers (FedEx, UPS, etc.) are good examples too.

Let me also mention the McKesson Drug Company. The case of McKesson is frequently quoted as one of the most successful examples of business transformation using information technology capabilities. McKesson is a US national pharmaceutical distributor that receives close to 100 percent of its orders electronically from drugstores through its Economost systems. A customer orders by making a single pass through the store with a hand-held order entry device, keying in a product identifier or using a bar code scanner. Reorder quantities are indicated on shelf tags. When the complete order has been entered, it is transmitted to the data processing service.

McKesson clearly achieved operational efficiency benefits to improve its profitability. Although the company apparently did not gain share relative to its major distributor competition, it achieved significant strategic benefits in sales and market share gains relative to its larger competition. The system also achieved “increased tying of the customer to McKesson” which is a substantial strategic advantage. Moreover, McKesson offers a number of other services based on the data it obtains from the order entry system.

The company also provides other firms in the health care business with specialized strategic systems. The following announcement is a good example:

In May 2003, McKesson Corporation announced that LibertyHealth in Jersey City, N.J., signed an eight-year, $47 million agreement for products and services designed to transform the use of clinical information to support patient care in its three-hospital system. LibertyHealth contracted for McKesson’s Horizon Clinicals(TM) suite (of programs) to enhance patient safety, reduce medication errors and increase patient referrals by providing physicians and other caregivers with better access to information.

“We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reinvent the use of IT to support patient care and enhance quality as we open our new hospital,” said Dr. Jonathan Metsch, LibertyHealth’s president and chief executive officer. “To create the best environment of care, it’s a given that we must provide the latest medical equipment. But, just as importantly, we must provide the most advanced clinical IT solutions to support our 900 doctors and nurses as they provide healthcare for this community of 600,000 people. That’s why we’ve
partnered with McKesson — we get superb, advanced clinical applications.”

Link 3: Strategic Management with Information Technology

Over the last years, several new and powerful forces in the technological and market environment compel one to recognize the link between strategic management and information technology in terms of the fundamental role played by IT in influencing the formulation of a firm’s strategy rather than merely supporting its implementation.

The potential for innovative modes of competing as well as new products and services made possible through IT provides managers with an entirely different spectrum of opportunities and threats. Given the general explosion of computing power and communications capabilities (integrated voice and data, the Internet), several new business applications can be (and have been) developed in those areas that directly enhance efficiency and effectiveness in the market-place.

Example: Merrill Lynch Merrill Lynch’s strategy demonstrates the potential offered by information technologies to develop superior substitute products (or services) as well as altering the definition and domain of business operations. The introduction of Cash Management Account (CMA) by Merrill Lynch represented a revolution in terms of redefining the concept of financial services in a marketplace that was dominated by the traditional banking institutions. The new business concept was built around integrating diverse financial instruments under one common umbrella such that the individual investor is able to enjoy the convenience of moving money across them as well as benefit from the “float” that the banks traditionally enjoyed. This account permitted the integration of four basic services to investors: (1) automatic investment of cash and dividends in a money market account, (2) credit through a standard margin account, (3) cash withdrawal by check or debit card, and (4) investment advice in managing and diversifying the account.

The strategy could not be implemented without the use of information technology, for it requires daily swaps across different accounts to post the credit card charges, checks, securities, and deposits, as well as to develop a daily updated credit limit for each account holder. This complex data processing operation is not incidental to the business concept but is fundamental to its conceptualization and operation. The importance of IT in this strategy is perhaps best emphasized by the fact that Merrill Lynch obtained a patent for the cash management account system. The annual fees generated by this product for Merrill Lynch were quite substantial.

Although several variations (circurnventing the patent protection) of this basic concept have appeared in recent years, none has so far matched the success of Merrill Lynch’s product.

Other firms which have utilized IT to break down traditional industry borders in the services sector include Sears, now an integrated financial services provider; Citicorp, now an investment and realty firm as well as a bank; and American Express, always strong in the travel business, now making a play in international banking, insurance, and securities, in addition, to becoming a financial and information supermarket. Indeed, the entire industry is being transformed due to parallel but related forces: deregulation and technology.

Same Day Cash Loans Make Life Much Simpler For Any Individual

Instant funds whenever you need it, sounds too good to be true? Do you wish life was as simple as this and you could get access to ready cash, whenever you were in a financial crisis? Well, your wish has been granted because same day cash loans are just what you need when you are in a financial crisis. Many a times, we face a cash shortage in between two consecutive paydays when our next salary cheque is still far off. The most convenient solution might be to ask our family or friends for a short term loan; however, that is not the most feasible. It is not the best solution to expose your financial status to all and sundry especially when you are in a financial tight spot. Also, opting for the traditional loans can be a time consuming process as it usually involves a tremendous amount of paperwork for the verification and loan approval. When you require cash to meet any urgent expenditure then time is of crucial importance and hence instant cash loans are the most suitable option for you.

Same day cash loans are convenient for the borrower in every way, beginning right from the loan application till the cash transfer to the borrower’s account. Many online websites provide the facility to get all information on the same day cash loans and apply through a simple online application form. The individual needs to fill in the basic, personal details and the executive from the lending company will get back to them promptly to verify the reason for loan requirement and other details. Once the approval has been granted, the loan is transferred to an account provided by the borrower, on the same day itself. Hence, this is the fastest way to get money when you need it for any urgent purpose or emergency expenditure.

The same day cash loans can be of any amount that you desire and are usually provided for a few weeks, so the burden of debt does not need to be on your shoulders for long. The repayment terms are also easy and flexible, as the borrower simply needs to provide a post dated cheque to the lending agent at the time of loan approval and the cheque amount will get transferred from the borrower’s account on the day that his next salary is credited. This arrangement makes it convenient for the borrower and less risky for the lender, as well.

Life usually comes to a standstill when you are running short of cash in between paydays as urgent payments cannot be made like that for a car repair or for any medical emergency. However, this scenario can be avoided with same day cash loans which have the provision for carrying out instant cash transactions to meet any urgent needs of the borrower. Like they say that money is not everything, but when we are facing financial crunch, then money definitely becomes one of the most important things so such instant loans come in handy at these times.

Things I Have Learnt About Commercial Real Estate Prospecting

In commercial real estate today, the prospecting model that you develop will make or break your career. Far too many agents overlook the requirement to develop a prospecting model as part of their business day and business week.

It takes about three months to establish and grow your contact base from consistent prospecting. It takes about the same time to lose momentum in both listings and commissions.

Most people are entering the commercial real estate industry understand the need to prospect and cold call. Unfortunately most of those people will reluctantly undertake the process and avoid it at every opportunity. Over time that will have significant impact on their income and market share.

Here are some ideas to help you with your commercial real estate prospecting model. You can use a variety of these strategies and add some of your own based on your local area.

  1. Understand where your market is located. Determine exactly where your business will be coming from. That will involve both a geographical area, and or property type. You can then focus your efforts into the region and talk to the right people.
  2. Know who you should talk to. When it comes to talking to business proprietors and property investors, the right people with the correct levels of decision or control should really be the focus of your attention. The business community will offer great opportunity to you providing you prospect into it every day. You will find so many leads relating to tenancies, rentals, sales, and purchases. Asking the right questions is the key to the process.
  3. Have something worthwhile to say. The people that we talk to have limited time and will initially give us little of their attention. For this reason, the first initial point of contact has to be relevant and to the point. This says that you should have something worthwhile to say that is of interest to the prospect. You may specialize in sales, leasing, or property management. Your opening conversation should center on one or more of those issues and how it may be of some use to the prospect.
  4. Create supporting systems as part of your contact call process. It is a fact that we should be talking to many people every day. The only way you can effectively do this is to have some form of database and follow-up system. It is a personal process that cannot be delegated to administrative staff. In only that way will you achieve ownership and accuracy of the data.
  5. Take action every day. Systemized action will get you further into your market so that you can assess results when it comes to meetings, listings, and commissions. The prospecting process should feature as one of the first items in your diary every day.
  6. Return to the same people as part of a contact plan. Over a 90 day period you should be returning to the right people that have some relevance to your property market and or market share. It is quite likely that it will take three or four telephone calls to the right person before you will get a meeting. Consistency is the key to the process.
  7. Have something relevant to talk about and some information that the prospect requires. A successful contact process will normally involve relevant information that is up to date relating to the local property market. You can create a newsletter as part of that process.

The prospecting process is a very specific business process. When you treat it with respect, your commercial real estate market can be much stronger with both listings and commissions.

Want a Sweet Deal? Favorite Websites For Fashion Bargains

A lot of people ask me where I get the clothes I’m wearing and they’re always surprised when I say where I got them and how much the item cost. Typical reactions include disbelief and jealousy, especially when I’ve spent less than $20 on a pair of shoes identical to an $80 pair someone else owns.

when I say where I got them and how much the item cost. Typical reactions include disbelief and jealousy, especially when I’ve spent less than $20 on a pair of shoes identical to an $80 pair someone else owns.

How do you find your own sweet deals and which online shopping destinations will give you the most bang for your buck?

Here are a few of my favorite sites:

Forever 21 has incredible selection and style and the prices are outrageous, especially if you do a bit of digging. I’ve unearthed fabulous dresses for less than $20 and great costume jewelry pieces for around $5. The shipping from the site is painless and quick and they have easy return policies should something not fit.

Here are my tips for shopping online at Forever 21:

Visit the store before you shop the website so you know what fits you and what you’re looking for. Often, the actual clothing looks different in person than it does on their website, especially in the dress length area. Some “dresses” Forever 21 sells are more tunic-lengthed, meaning you’d have to wear them as shirts or with leggings in order to make them street-appropriate.

Don’t expect pristine quality. Forever 21 keeps their prices low by mass-producing huge quantities of clothing that aren’t meticulously made. Don’t expect your clothing to hold up for years-or sometimes weeks-on end.

Beware of dresses or shirts you need to zip. Forever 21 has fairly cheap zippers that often break.

If in doubt, go up a size. Their clothing runs tiny-truly tiny. If you have a wide rib-cage, like I do, you may need to go up two sizes if something is really fitted around that area.

Urban Outfitters is a true fashionista’s paradise. Chock full of interesting bohemian pieces, you can find some great clothing for less than $50. Often Urban also carries more expensive lines (upwards of $200), so make sure you don’t fall in love with something before checking the price.

Some things to buy from Urban:

Accessories are always a great bet. They have tons of belts, handbags, scarves, etc. Their shoe selection is also enviable. Check out their flats and sandals, especially now. They have lots of cute new things.

When cold weather is once again upon us, Urban carries a wide-range of outerwear which is all pretty affordable and cute, without being cutesy.

Urban always carries Converse All-Star sneakers in hard-to-find colors and patterns. Check the men’s shoe section for more.

Cutesygirl.com has shoes for unbelievable prices. Truly unbelievable. I tell people I got boots or heels for $12 and they don’t believe me until I show them the webpage.

The thing about Cutesygirl.com is that they mix some really awful, ugly shoes in with adorable and stylish ones. You’re going to have to be willing to put in some search time.

The quality is fairly good, about what you’d expect from Target or Payless shoes. Not great, but they’ll do. Some of the brands (like Steve Madden) that Cutesygirl.com has are obviously better quality than others. Just be choosy and you’ll be okay.

Watch for these styles from Cutesygirl.com:

Flats or pumps are always a good pick. Search by “Price- Low to High” to find the best deals. If you see something you like and they have your size, snatch it up quick. The cheaper shoes go fast, and they often run out of the most popular sizes quickly, leaving only 6’s to be had.

There are some great boot offerings from Cutesygirl.com, but once again, search carefully. Avoid stiletto, pointy-toed boots at all cost. You can get those almost anywhere now, but they really aren’t tremendously popular anyway. Don’t fall into the trap of buying something just because it’s cheap: there are lots of inexpensive shoes on Cutesygirl, but don’t sacrifice style just because something is $10.

Effective Bird Control For Healthcare Centers & Hospitals

It’s no secret that people who are already sick are more vulnerable to contracting diseases.And one potentially unhealthful source of disease is bird waste. As a hospital administrator, you are no doubt aware of the problems pest birds can cause. Many species of birds, including pigeons, starlings and sparrows, often gather to roost on a hospital’s roof, under parking structures, in receiving bays and loading docks, and around exterior employee lunch and snack areas. Without bird control, you soon have a noisy, smelly and potentially dangerous problem on your hands.

Keep in mind that a single pigeon can excrete up to 25 pounds of droppings per year. The bacteria, fungal agents and ectoparasites in bird droppings and nesting materials have been known to carry any of 60 diseases–including histoplasmosis, encephalitis, salmonella, meningitis, and toxoplasmosis, even the West Nile virus.

No less harmful is bird fecal dust carried into hospitals through rooftop heating, ventilation and air-conditioning ducts. Birds often build nests around air handling equipment, ducts, compressors and other vented pathways. Dried by wind and sun, this disease-infested dust gets sucked into HVAC systems. The fine particles can quickly spread diseases throughout a hospital or medical center.

Hospital administrators should also be aware of the negative visual impact bird droppings, nests and other debris can have on a hospital’s image. Finally, bird droppings can cause dangerous slip-and-fall hazards–a huge legal liability for any institution.

Today’s Bird Control Measures

Hospitals and healthcare centers are somewhat restricted in their use of pest bird control measures. They certainly can’t use firearms, noise cannons or fireworks. And poisons present too much of a liability. Besides, federal, state and local wildlife protection ordinances forbid the use of lethal or harmful bird control measures. Fortunately, there are several highly effective bird proofing solutions currently available that are safe, sane and humane.

Bird Spikes

The good thing about Bird Spikes is that they prevent many species of large birds from landing in the first place. Suddenly, rooftops, ledges, signs, light fixtures and other elevated areas are off-limits to birds. Bird Spikes come in rows of spiked strips. And you can get them in either rigid U.V.-resistant unbreakable polycarbonate or high strength, durable stainless steel. The stainless steel spikes come in 3-, 5- and 8-inch widths; the plastic spikes (which cost slightly less) come in 3-, 5- and 7-inch widths. Plastic spikes are ideal for use near antenna arrays since they won’t interfere with radiated RF energy. You can get bird spikes in a non-reflective metal finish or a variety of colors–like white, tan, gray, black, brown, brick red and crystal clear. There’s also a no-gap spike that’s easy to affix to curved surfaces.

If your hospital or healthcare center is being invaded by large birds like gulls, try the Mega Spike. Its 7-inch spikes made of marine grade stainless steel will make sure these birds get the point and leave. There’s also the Gutter Spike, ideal for keeping large pest birds out of gutters or drains. Look for gutter spikes that have adjustable clamps at the base; these allow the spikes to be easily attached to the lip of a gutter.

Lastly, Birds Spikes look dangerous, but they are harmless to birds or people. They have even been approved by a number of humane groups worldwide–including the U.S. Humane Society and PICAS (Pigeon Control Advisory Service).

Sonic Bird Deterrents

Ideal for use in certain areas of a hospital or healthcare center, Typically, Sonic Bird Deterrents emit predator and distress calls that frighten pest birds but are basically just Uncategorized sounds that are not unpleasant to humans. Some highly versatile sonic systems emit distress and predator calls for as many as 22 types of birds. The sounds are cycled every few minutes to convince pest birds that they best leave or risk being attacked. Sonic Bird Deterrents are an ideal bird control solution for deterring pigeons, crows, starlings, swallows, gulls, woodpeckers, sparrows, grackles, cormorants and many other birds.

Bird Netting

To keep pest birds out of certain specific areas–like eaves, overhangs, patios, and parking structure recesses–there’s Bird Netting. This barrier bird control measure is available in various cuts and mesh sizes. For large birds like pigeons or seagulls, use a 1-1/8-inch to 2-inch mesh size. Sparrows or starlings, on the other hand are best excluded using a 3/4-inch mesh net. The best bird repellent netting will meet ISO 1806 protocols, is U.V. stabilized, flame resistant and rot- and water-proof. In areas where electrical conductivity or radio frequency interference is a problem, non-conductive netting is often used. Also note that netting now comes in various colors– including white, stone and black–to match a structure’s color scheme.

Electric-Tracks
A great spot deterrent for ledges, rooflines, eaves, signs and most flat or curved surfaces, Electric Tracks impart a mild electrical shock when birds land on their surface. This is an ideal bird control device for use against a wide variety of pest birds–including pigeons, sparrows, gulls, starlings and crows. The best electric tracks feature a low-profile design that makes them almost invisible. The strips of electrified track are usually powered by an AC charger or solar charger. One manufacturer uses copper knitted wire mesh in a continuous tube-in-tube stocking design. This gives the track greater conductivity, strength and reliability. The copper mesh is resists corrosion and will stand up to alkali and acidic environments.
Bird Slope
These angled, slippery PVC panels known simply as Bird Slope, won’t allow pest birds enough of a grip to land. After a few unsuccessful attempts, they just slide off like water off a goose. Bird slopes are easily installed, tucking unnoticeably into ledges, eaves, beams and other 90-degree areas pest birds often nest. The best panels are U.V. protected and sun and weather resistant. They deter a wide range of birds, including swallows, starlings, pigeons and seagulls. Some panels have a “snap-on” extender, which allows them to adapt more easily to wider ledges and coverage areas.
Bird Scare Deterrents

These inexpensive bird control devices make pest birds too nervous to nest. There’s Flash tape, an iridescent material that shimmers and crackles in the sunlight and breeze to scare pest birds. And Bird Scare Balloons, which, emblazoned with lifelike reflective predator eyes, bob and weave menacingly in the breeze to make birds really uncomfortable.

The Commercial Real Estate Outlook for Agents and Realtors in 2012

The commercial property year has well and truly started, and in most locations formed some common trends and patterns. If you are a commercial agent it pays for you to read the patterns in the marketplace and use them for the opportunity they provide. Property change and churn factors are active in most markets. They are an opportunity in waiting.

These are some of the common trends that most agents are seeing:

  1. Sellers are now adjusting their prices to suit the real property market and the existing levels of enquiry
  2. Buyers are fewer and taking longer to make a decision. Some buyers are looking for bargains.
  3. Finance is still tougher to get and the banks remain selective and diligent in the provision of a mortgage to buyers.
  4. Tenants are out looking for better premises at more favourable rents
  5. Developers are not doing much unless they can see a significant demand for a certain property type
  6. Developers are finding in many cases that the set up and construction costs for the new developments is out of balance with the achievable sale prices

Taking these things on-board, it is the agent that works both the leasing and the selling market that catches more opportunity. You have to be versatile.

As this article is being written it is the start of the second quarter of the 2012 calendar year; it is commonly the time where more listings and deals occur leading up to the change of financial year.

Right now is the right time to push your marketing and networking to the fullest. Sellers and Landlords that need help with property this year are typically planning that process right now.

So the best ways forward if you are an agent is to build a solid prospecting and cold calling model that is relentless in its process and drive. You have 8 months of the year to make the commissions that you need. Now is the time to get moving on this as it takes about 3 months of real effort before the conversions and listings start to appear.

Should you list everything that comes your way? Probably not, given that the market and buyers or tenants are so selective currently. It is better to choose the properties to list that are realistically priced or rented. You only have a certain amount of time to apply to your listed properties, and on that basis they should be the properties that offer the most realistic chance of selling or renting.

On one final note, it is appropriate to look at your listing strategy and decide if you should be taking open listings or just exclusive listings. In the case of exclusive listings, you have control of the property for a definite period of time and you can do more in marketing. In simple terms and in most cases exclusive listings sell faster and at a better price than openly listed properties. Make the right choices here.

How To Get Traffic As An Internet Marketer

Becoming a successful internet market is no joke. To really make more money than the guy that work his heart out from 9am-5pm takes knowing how to do the right thing. Some people say you need to work hard to make it in internet marketing. But, I would say that you not only work hard but work smart.

Every info-preneur or internet marketer undoubtedly needs to get traffic to make it in the internet business. The internet business is very competitive and if you do not know how to gain traffic to win the heart of people surfing the net, you may eventually become a failure. I have seen and heard many information marketer with right passion and excitement, become frustrated and fail in this business. You could avoid being frustrated and having the believe that internet marketing does not work or it is a big scam. You only need to become smarter to make 4 or 5 digit cash with an effective traffic strategy.

There are 3 skills that you will need to cultivate if only you want to make big money selling information over the internet.

*Perfect the bait
*Target the right people
*Delivering the right solution quickly

When you think of getting or gaining traffic for your internet marketing business, you must keep three things in mind:

1. Who is my target audience

2. What do they want?

3. How can i motivate this target audience to act now?

Let look at these closely;

Who is my target audience:If you want to market products/services or information you must first find a group of people who are hungry for such information. I call this ‘finding hungry fish’. I prefer a school of fish in ‘feeding frenzy’. If you drop your bait, that is traffic into such a school of hungry fish, they will attack your bait.
The most important part of marketing is not the traffic you could drive to the product. It is targeting your traffic to the right audience.

2. Where do you find your right audience:You have 2 choices;you can either devise traffic from someone else medium or create your own traffic strategy and get your own customers. In other words, you could pay for it as in using pay per click(PPC) or buying classified ads slot/space. But, for starters it could be expensive.

A free and no-cost method of getting traffic is to build a list. You can write a 8-15 pages report or create an e- book and give it out for free in giveaway events or forums sites. People who opt-in for your report, leave their name and email address. With this, they become willing subscribers you manage for your marketing activities.

3. How do I motivate the target audience to buy Now:As a student of marketing, i have discovered some principle that work. There are 6 of them:

a. Consensus:Give people what they want. The ‘hottest’ thing that is in demand by a large number of people. It will induce a potential buyer to say yes easily to your product.

b. Reciprocity:You should give them bonus for buying your products. Give them a free ‘gift’. It creates a subtle obligation to them to buy your product.

c. Scarcity:Attach a time limited and quantity limit to the amount you have to sell. This create urgency in the potential buyers.

d. Authority:Talk like an expert. If you are a newbie, you can have a joint venture with experts. you should note that people like to deal with experts.
e. Commitment:Whatever you promise you will do, stick to your words. Give yourself to doing what you say.

f. Liking:Make them like you and your products. appeal to their sense of liking to you and your product.

Traffic is the hub of your marketing campaign in internet marketing. Do every thing you can to get traffic. Always remember, without it you are less likely to succeed online. I wish you success and see you at the top.