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Small Business Computer Consulting Appropriately Setting Your Rates

In small business computer consulting, $100 an hour can be a reasonable and livable rate. Why can setting your rates at $100 an hour make all the difference in the world?

Take the $100 an hour and multiply it by 1,500 hours a year. This is reflecting a 75% utilization rate; or 75% of a typical forty hour work week as billable time. Now youre at $150,000 a year gross.

Salary and Affordability

As a small business computer consulting firm, you will want to take a third of the gross and plow it into sales and marketing. Therefore you can afford a $40,000 base salary for your sales account executive. So, of that one third of your gross small business computer consulting income, $40,000 can go to the base salary and $10,000 can go to related marketing expenses.

Additionally, one third will take care of taxes, insurance and overhead items for the most part, and you have a third of it or $50,000 left to pay a technical staff salary.

Surpassing $100 an Hour

You may be considering exceeding a rate of $100 an hour for your small business computer consulting firm. At that point, you can hit what we call the not-so-imaginary-hourly-billing-rate ceiling.

Needless to say, if your small business computer consulting clients are paying $110 to $125 an hour, it gets even easier to be able to afford really bright, motivated, highly qualified sales and technical staff.

Higher Rates Equal Bigger Businesses

However, if you want to charge above $100 an hour in your small business computer consulting firm, youll almost always need to move above and beyond sweet spot small business clients into really large small businesses, medium size businesses and enterprise-sized accounts that require a different business model and technical skill set.

Once you do that, youre going to be operating under a completely different type of business model. And you will need even more polished and seasoned salespeople to be able to handle those accounts.

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Writing An Effective Hardship Letter To Avail Loan Modification

A hardship letter is the most important piece of document required to apply for loan modification. Its substance and validity will make or break an attempt for a loan workout. This is a letter basically contains an explanation why there is a difficulty of settling mortgage amortization. It is only fitting to compose this letter carefully.

When writing a hardship letter, its important to remember to keep it short, concise but not arrogant. A one to two pages maximum letter is strongly advised. Take note that a lender does not have the luxury of time to read a novel-like hardship letter. This letter serves as outline of ones difficulty to pay for periodic amortization, so it should be direct.

Like any letter, begin with a proper salutation, use font type and size reasonably easier to read. Letter size or 8.5 by 11 inches will be the papers size; otherwise an A4 sized paper can be used.

Bear also in mind that there is a clear definition of the term “hardship” for availing loan modification. Such hardship should fall under listed by mortgage lenders. Such as bankruptcy of business, immediate relocation, or divorce from a spouse who is the co-borrower. There are still more to this, to be sure homeowners should check with their lender.

In the actual writing, the first sentence should tell why such letter is written. This may include the explanation that after all possible ways were exhausted theres still failure to meet with mortgage payments. Much of this should be in the first paragraph of the letter.

The second paragraph should describe the events that affected failure to make regular payments. This description should be done tastefully without being overly dramatic. Overly thought out explanation might appear deliberate and fake. Additional paragraph might be added to explain the intent for loan modification pursuant to financial difficulty.

It is also wise to give approximate, if not exact, duration of the hardship period. This will be the basis for the mortgage lenders to get a head start with its response for loan modification. The last paragraph should emphasize the desire to settle the loan, but asking for leeway, for the time being.

Then end the letter with parting words hoping for a loan modification, which will be favorable to both parties. It is also wise to mention about attachments to the hardship letter, which are proofs of financial difficulty claim.

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Partial Payment To Stop Foreclosure – Will The Bank Take It

Once a homeowner is behind on their mortgage payment, they can expect a lot of harassing calls from their bank. Unfortunately, that isnt the worst of it.

The difficult part for the homeowner is that once you get more than 30 days late the bank requires full payment of all monies in arrears. So lets say a person hasnt made a payment for a couple of months and you manage to scrape together the 2 months mortgage payments of $4,000 and you call your bank to let them know the good news. But what you hear is the bank saying “Hey you know that $2,000 monthly mortgage and you know how you owe us 2 months worth of payments, right? Well you actually owe us $4,500 because youre two payments late and were not going to accept anything less than full payment on all monies that are past due. Oh, and by the way there are some penalties and fees and things were going to add onto that, so thats why you need to send us $4,500 to get back in our good graces. If you dont send us this amount, were going to go forward with foreclosure proceedings and take your home from you.”

And rightly so, that freaks people out. Most families typically cant come up with two or three or four times their monthly payment in one lump sum. If they try to send monies in that are anything less than that full lump sum amount, the bank will usually, quite literally, send the person the check back. If the person says, “Hey all I can do is come up with one month payment. Ill send you the $2,000 plus fees, so Im going to send you $2,400.” and they send in the check and the bank is more than likely not going to cash it and they will send it back to the homeowner.

With the banks refusing to take partial payments the bank will then often proceed into the next stage of the foreclosure process. Typically after 3 or 4 months that have gone by without a payment, the bank at that point is going to legally file against the homeowner and submit a legal document to the homeowners county recorders office. The document is what is called a Notice of Default (NOD). This takes the homeowner one big step closer to losing their home.

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Commercial Mortgage Modification

In todays crumbling, commercial real estate market, both borrowers and lenders find themselves in quite a precarious predicament. Borrowers struggle to make their commercial mortgage payments, while lenders are crippled by the increasing number of defaults on commercial property. Right now the best solution to this problem is commercial mortgage modification.

Commercial mortgage modification is the process of renegotiating the terms of a commercial loan. This is done typically by reducing the interest rate or monthly payment on the loan. Other benefits to the borrower may include an extension of the loan term, a forbearance or moratorium on payments, and of course an alternative to foreclosure.

A commercial mortgage modification is about risk to the lender. A lender will only consider a modification if a borrower is in default or at risk of defaulting. The most important thing the lender will look at in determining whether or not to modify a commercial note is cash flow. One very important calculation used in determining cash flow is called the DCR or Debt Coverage Ratio. This ratio is used by the underwriters to determine if a modification can be approved. If a property is breaking even, meaning the income generated is equal to the operating expenses, the DCR would be equal to 1. If commercial property has a positive cash flow, meaning the income the property generates is more than sufficient to cover the mortgage payment and all of the operating expenses, the DCR is greater than 1. If the property is losing money, the DCR would be less than 1. A lender will most likely not modify the commercial note, if the property already has a DCR greater than 1. Commercial lenders writing new commercial loans will most likely require a DCR of 1.25 or greater.

The most common form of payment reduction seen in a commercial mortgage modification is when the lender converts a principal and interest payment to an interest only payment. A lender may consider this form of commercial loan modification to help the borrower improve their cash flow. By only paying the interest on the loan, as opposed to principal and interest, the payment becomes more affordable for the borrower.

However, in extreme circumstances, reducing the mortgage payment to interest only is just not enough for a commercial property owner. If a lender sees that the borrower will still have negative cash flow even after reducing the payment to interest only, they may consider a reduction in the interest rate. Although the interest rate reduction may be temporary, it will help the borrower free up capital and maintain the mortgage payment on time. Although uncommon, lenders have lowered interest rates to as low as 1% even, to avoid an even more costly foreclosure.

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Bank Auction Sale Of Properties Are Incresing In India.

The Debt Recovery Tribunals have been established by the Government of India under an Act of Parliament (Act 51 of 1993) for expeditious adjudication and recovery of debts due to banks and financial institutions and they are auctioning some properties. Subsequently With an aim to provide a structured platform to the Banking sector for managing its mounting NPA stocks and keep pace with international financial institutions, the Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest (SARFAESI) Act 2002 was put in place to allow banks and Financial Institutions (FIs) to take possession of securities and sell them. Various Banks, State Financial corporations , and Asset Reconstruction companies are auctioning their Non performing assets, i.e housing properties, commercial properties and Industrial properties under SARFAESI act 2002.

Public Sector Banks are shifting to new system called Core Banking System (CBS), which automatically processes and updates transactions, helping identify NPAs on a daily basis, as against the current system where most transactions are managed manually, leaving scope for slippages. As a result of this the NPAs of some banks are expected to increase by as much as 150%. According to latest data from the Reserve Bank of India, the gross non-performing assets of state-run banks touched 68,597 crore at the end of December 2010, an increase of 27% from a year ago.

Ours is an Internet portal publishing all the Bank auction property listings since December 2009 and we are the only one providing such information pertaining to 32 major cities in India. We are committed to create awareness among general public about the Bank auction procedures and to generate vibrant market for Bank auction properties in India. Our services are being utilized by various Banks, i.e Union Bank of India, State Bank of Hyderabad, Andhra Bank, Punjab National Bank, State Bank of Travancore, State Bank of Mysore, Bank of India, Indian Overseas Bank, Allahabad Bank, The Shyamra Vithal co-operative Bank, Karnataka APEX Bank, etc.

In the past 15 months we have listed over 51,000 Bank Auction properties, which include Auctions and Possessions at 32 cities spread across India. Bangalore has the highest 9140 Bank auction properties, and followed by Mumbai- 5829 properties , Hyderabad 5230 properties and Kolkata 4451 properties. The trend is expected to increase in future.

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Characteristics of a Successful Serial Entrepreneur

Before a doctor diagnoses a specific disease, his patient must undergo a series of laboratory exams and assessments. He has to know the history of his patient and how lifestyle affected his present health problem. As results come in, that would be an indication of the time when a physician gives specific drugs and therapies for maintenance. This will eventually contribute to the level of optimum health for that individual. If all else fails, the process will be repeated again.

Similar to a doctor, what the above mentioned situation has stated, an entrepreneur’s responsibility would be pretty much the same. It’s just that, he should see his customers as his patients (not literally)and what they must have to survive a present predicament or a need. He must follow certain steps before doing anything irrational that could contribute to the downfall of his business. He should have certain characteristics innate in his personality for if he lacks one of these, he’s most probably doomed to fail.

Entrepreneurship is collectively defined as exhibiting one’s vision, taking action, and pursuing that vision as a goal to be achieved in life as service to reality. In the meaningless definition, it’s getting your butt out of that couch and doing something rather than fulfilling your life’s destiny of being a couch potato. Stated below are some of the distinct attitudes an entrepreneur should positively have:

Optimism – is foreseeing things in a positive way notwithstanding any circumstances that may hinder progress. The assertiveness of an individual depends on on e’s knowledge of how to handle a difficult situation

Creativity – is thinking outside the box. Expanding one’s mind of what is beyond the ordinary through fine research and collection of data.

Stability – more so mental, social or emotional, a leader must possess a stable life which means he could handle tough situations during tough times

Charismatic – intelligence of communicating with different walks of life.

Risk-taker – as someone beginning their own dream, one should be stern and must have the guts to take the big leap of plunging into their own doom or success. One should not be afraid of taking chances when opportunity strikes.

Energetic – willing to do whatever it takes to reach to the finish line. The inner drive must always be at its highest level happy to work overtime. His or her enthusiasm must prevail the next best thing.

Time bound – like a written report in a newspaper, an entrepreneur must be on top of things,by looking at our past, we could predict our future.

Small businesses, in time, would turn out big if the scope of management exceeds what is expected. So it is necessary for a beginner to be positive about his endeavors. He must be very observant of what his environment lacks and needs.
Think big! Take Action!!!!. Make your business dreams come true.

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All Top Entrepreneurs Have It Passion

Looking at the top entrepreneurs in any field will show one common quality to which they can attribute their successes. In most every case their business success is a direct by-product for the passion they possess. No where is this more true than with internet entrepreneurs being that in most instances their passion is their chief major resource. For many working online their financial resources are limited therefore they must call upon other resources to compensate as a result. So why does being passionate play such an essential role in the financial ‘fates’ of successful entrepreneurs?

Here is a look at 3 huge benefit this one particular quality offers anybody working online in terms of their ability to achieve business success!

Excitement Initiates Action

For many taking the first step is the most difficult part of carrying out any plan. The excitement produced by being passionate helps to push people to take immediate action. As many know the first step is usually the hardest one to take but successful entrepreneurs use their enthusiasm to overcome this hurdle.

Enthusiasm Drives You On

The energy supplied by an enthusiastic mood helps to propel internet entrepreneurs further into any new project or business venture thus creating momentum. As progress is seen moods are driven higher and so is the level of motivation as well. This is a good position to be in because after seeing progress you also know the concept or ideas you are pursuing actually work.

Resilience Drives You Even Further

Now it is unrealistic to assume there will not be glitches or set backs to contend with but when they do arise your passion helps to minimize any disappointment or discouragement. The tendency is to continue moving forward and the attitude is you will not be denied and this is what is needed to achieve business success. The willingness to do what it takes to get the job done and passion helps to provide and nurture this willingness!

The top entrepreneurs in just about every field all share a common bond insofar as a certain quality they all possess. Being passionate about their business pursuits seems to be an very important factor as to how many successful entrepreneurs reach their goals. In fact no where is this more evident than with the vast majority of internet entrepreneurs. For many working online financial resources are limited therefore what they lack in capital has to be made up for in their efforts and determination. Passion serve as a great resource, as the discussion above explains, for supplying the necessary drive and resilience needed for business success. If this is a ‘resource’ you have in abundance than channeling your efforts online seems to be the way for you to go!

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Secret Offshore Bank Account – Is It Possible

Secret offshore bank accounts are the stuff of legend. This article intends to debunk some of the myths about secret offshore banking by setting out what is and isn’t possible.

1) It’s impossible to open an offshore bank account without first somehow identifying yourself. This means sending a notarized copy of your bank account/passport details to the bank or intermediary.
2) Most offshore banks will also require a reference from a bank at home.
3) If you open an offshore account in the name of your offshore company, you still need to provide all the formation documents, and the name and address of a real person. No bank will let a faceless entity open an account without pinning it down to a real person.

So how is it Secret?

Well, the reasoning behind all this, is that if you open an offshore account the bank may let you have a ‘number’ rather than a name. This so called ‘numbered account’ allows you to send wire transfers without third parties knowing who you are. An account in the name of a company will do a similar thing, allowing you to send and receive payments almost anonymously, because the company name rather yours will show up on all transactions.

The problem is, this doesn’t shield you from government inquiries. If for example a government authority suspects you of having an undeclared offshore account, that you are hiding money from your spouse or otherwise engaged in funny business they can go to the country or bank in question and request your details. While some countries will reject the majority of these requests others are more pliant.

Switzerland and the Cayman Islands are two in particular that co-operate with US and EU authorities. Although both have strong bank secrecy laws on paper, these are not so closely followed in practice. Swiss banks UBS and Credit Suisse have made headlines recently over IRS investigations into US held offshore accounts.

The truth is, if you really want a secret account you may have to look further than ‘traditional’ tax havens. That means jurisdictions without tax-information exchange agreements or other links to high-tax countries.

Another option is using an offshore bank account alternative. This could be (for example) sending your funds to a trust company which then opens a bank account for you in their name. Although this is also not 100% foolproof, it does offer another level of privacy in the same way that an offshore company will shield your identity.

Whichever option you choose to take, it pays to follow some ‘golden rules’ of privacy:

1) Limit the number of people who know about the offshore bank account to as few as is humanly possible.
2) Fund the account with a cheque or western union transfer, rather than by wire from your home bank. 3) Never send funds directly back home from the offshore account.

Good luck!

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It Is Now Easier To Get A Wachovia Loan Modification

Frustrated borrowers stuck with the risky and unaffordable Pay Option ARM loans may be getting a break on their applications for a Wachovia loan modification. The recent final approval for the purchase of Wachovia by Wells Fargo Bank may open the door for a more aggressive loan modification program for homeowners facing default on their mortgage loans. Prior to the announcement of the purchase, Wachovia had implemented a beneficial loan workout program that offered their clients a low, step rate loan modification to help them avoid foreclosure and stay in their homes.

However, during the finalization of the Wells Fargo take over, borrowers experienced an extremely uncooperative response when applying for a Wachovia loan modification. The previous program was discontinued, and borrowers were routinely told that Wachovia was not offering any type of loan modification program to needy borrowers. The most a homeowner could hope for was a payment deferral or repayment plan. These two options are short term solutions at best, and not beneficial to the majority of borrowers as a long term solution.

Now that shareholders have given the final approval for the buy out, predictions are that a more aggressive Wachovia loan modification program will be implemented to quickly resolve the high default rate on Pay Option ARM loans written for the majority of Wachovia customers. Wells Fargo $12.7 billion acquisition faces immediate stress as home foreclosures keep rising and unemployment forecasts paint a dim, and lengthy recession threat.

Wells Fargo now owns $482.4 billion dollars in a loan portfolio that will produce $60 billion in losses over the next three years, and about 60% of that will come from the Pay Option Arm mortgages. That is a big incentive to find a cost effective, far reaching and streamlined Wachovia loan modification program to help the lender get those bad loans off their books. Homeowners who have been facing a brick wall may now find that they will have the opportunity to obtain a loan workout to avoid foreclosure and stay in their home.

Borrowers trying to get a Wachovia loan modification will have to be patient and persistent for now. There is no time line in place yet, however homeowners who are actively pursuing a loan workout with Wachovia should stay the course and work within the current system so that they will be in position to move forward as soon as any new program is implemented. Wells Fargo will have to make some tough decisions on how to best write down these loans, but borrowers could see a real benefit as the lender moves forward to clean up the mess they inherited.

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Are Online Quick Money Makers Possible

With such an ever-growing number of people who decide to chance their arm at an online business, it is becoming increasingly difficult to think of something new. However, there are also more and more potential customers in a world-wide market that is expanding even into places like Africa. Moreover, there are needs that people have nowadays that they didn’t have a few decades ago. Back in the time when the man of the house went to work and his wife, cooked, cleaned and took care of the kids, there wasn’t much of a market for things like, car modifying, multi-level marketing of correctable marker pens, children’s hair washing chairs and other such products and services that people are now convinced they couldn’t live without. Therefore, new ideas of what may appear crazy and unmarketable products or services might just make a millionaire out of someone. And, who wants to wait for years to become rich?

Quick money makers are possible in an infinite number of ways, so long as the person or people keep an open mind and are prepared to work hard on promoting and continually searching for customers for what they want to sell. It probably goes without saying that the most popular way nowadays and the most successful is to get the product or service online, in order to have maybe more than one billion prospective customers. However, it is also worth bearing in mind that what is good can also be bad. Consider this; once your new and great idea is out there, it is available not only for customers to see, but also others, who may want to steal it. So, if you have a new idea to earn money quickly, and not on a huge scale, there is a certain amount of sense in keeping it as far away from the good-old World Wide Web as possible. But limiting your chances of becoming a victim of your own success is definitely going to reduce the potential money earned.

The decision needs to be made right at the beginning of a new business venture on whether or not to ‘go online.’ It goes without saying that deciding afterwards that one should not have marketed your quick money maker on the web is a mistake. However, changing one’s mind in the other direction is far less damaging. The moral of the story is, ‘think big and you may win or lose big, but thinking small may be safe but hardly very profitable.’ There are people out there who, in a year or less from now, could be depending on your creation, invention or new product or service.