Career Education Programs

Over the decades, the advancements in various sectors led to the evolution of specialized branches of studies. Today, a variety of career education programs are run by universities, catering to the growing needs of industries and business. These programs produce professionals in almost all areas of expertise. They provide opportunities for students to choose career-related coursework and workplace experiences that provide them with experience to advance their careers.

Students are more likely to succeed when they see a purpose to their studies. A career education program help to improve student motivation and academic performance, and helps them choose careers that they are interested in.

Major domains of these career education programs at different universities are art and design, business, culinary, education, engineering, health and medical, law and criminal justice and computer science. Art and design offers programs of different duration in advertising and commercial design, animation fashion design, film and video, game art design, graphic design, interior design, photography, music and video.

Business programs are available in construction management, supply chain management, forensic accounting and project management. Culinary programs are available in baking and pastry, catering, chef training, culinary arts and restaurant management. There are also specialized programs in curriculum designing, early childhood education, educational administration, special education and teaching. Engineering programs include electrical, mechanical, electronics, environmental, manufacturing and computer engineering.

The health and medical programs cover counseling, care and management. Law and criminal justice programs offer courses in court reporting, criminal justice forensics, law enforcement and legal services. Programs in sciences include aviation science, veterinary science, science and biotechnology. These programs are in coherence with the job market. Modifications as per the ever-changing job market are also incorporated in these programs.

Further career education can be pursued through either regular classrooms or distance education. Many universities provide financial assistance in the form of scholarships or loans.

Zoning Laws For Home-Based Business

Depending on where you live, you may be facing certain restrictions on the type of business you run from your home. Historically, zoning laws were quite strict, often refusing to allow any business to be conducted in residential neighborhoods. Now, with over one-half of all US businesses being run from home, local governments are easing the rules. Home-based businesses are good for the economy, and the latest changes in the law are reflecting that fact. Of course, as with most things, the government can be slow to catch up and it is important that you check into your local zoning regulations before you launch your venture.The most common zoning laws for residential areas regulate four broad areas:Business ActivitiesMost cities limit the type of businesses allowed in residential communities. These rules are generally logical — you can’t do anything dangerous or unsanitary in a neighborhood with families.Physical changes / VisibilityGenerally, there are pretty clear restrictions on making any exterior changes to your property for your business. You typically cannot post signage or paint “Open For Business” across the side of your house. You can’t set up displays of your products in your yard. Some areas even disallow commercial vehicles to be visible from the street, though many jurisdictions overlook a single vehicle with signage. However, you are likely to have a problem if you park a fleet of vehicles in your neighborhood every night.External EffectsExternal effects are anything your business might do to cause discomfort to your neighbors, such as excessive noise or odors, bright lights, or the use of hazardous materials.TrafficMost zoning regulations do restrict the number of customers or clients (or visitors) to businesses in residential areas. Many also prohibit employees from working out of your house as well. At the very least, most areas limit the number of employees you are allowed to have working from your home. In those areas, there are typically also rules about employee parking — you need to keep them off of the street or may need to provide extra parking to be approved.Most cities and towns enact a single set of zoning laws to cover the entire jurisdiction. Be sure to check into the laws in your area before you start your business. If you need a permit for a home-business, get one before you launch. If any part of your business will violate the established regulations, don’t be overly discouraged, as getting a variance (a ruling allowing your business to violate certain parts of the regulations) is usually an option. As long as the variance you need will not negatively impact the neighborhood, you have a good chance of being approved.In addition to governmental restrictions, any home-based business in a neighborhood with a Home Owner’s Association (HOA) is likely to run into an even stricter set of rules. Your HOA should have their regulations available to you. Read them carefully as you plan your business, as some HOAs are extremely restrictive and sticklers for following their standards. Again, you can usually request a variance from your HOA management, but these variances are often more difficult to get than those from the government! Be sure you are aware of the risk you take in failing to comply with the HOA rules, should you opt to do so. Some include heavy financial punitive damages for violating the letter of the regulations, others simply send out a stern letter once in a while. In general, you are better served to play along with the HOA rules as well as the government’s zoning laws.

How to Find Great Live Auctions for Resale Items

Hi, my name is Walt. I’m an auctioneer with 25 years of experience in the auction business and licensed in the state of MA. I own Quick Auction Service, a company that specializes in building and running custom auctions, I’m also the webmaster of my own site and have been on eBay for 8 years. Besides eBay, the types of auctions I run most frequently are antiques and on-site estate auctions, although I’ve run everything from business overstock auctions to charity & special event auctions.

I enjoy sharing my knowledge and stories of the auction business. My goal for article is to help folks get the absolute most out of their auction experience.

Whether your fresh out of the package or a seasoned dealer I think I can offer something in this article to help you with your auciton adventures.

There may be as many reasons to attend auctions as there are types of auctions to attend. Maybe you want to attend an auction to buy items for re-sale on eBay, or some other market. Maybe you want to furnish your home with wonderful antiques, or you want to furnish your home as inexpensively without sacrificing quality.Some folks are just looking for a fun night out. With a little perseverance all these things are possible.

There are antiques and estate auctions, auto auctions, overstock auctions, absolute and no reserve auctions, real estate auctions, specialty auctions where only one genre of items are sold, tailgate auctions, live auctions, online auctions, sealed bid auctions, silent auctions, charity and fund raising auctions and many more.

Can you really buy for pennies on the dollar at an auction? You bet! Many times I’ve seen folks buy and re-sell at the same auction on the same night for a good profit, although be advised, this should only be done after the auction is over.

There are a lot of ways to find an auction, but here are some tips on how to find and attend the best ones.

Visit the genre of shops in the area that apply to the type of auction you want to attend. IE: If your looking for a good antique auction to attend, stop in the local antiques shops and ask for what there are for good auctions in the area. Sounds obvious right? But listen to what they don’t say as well as what they do say. Oftentimes when a dealer speaks poorly about an auction he or she attends, it may be likely that they are trying to keep a good thing secret. Think for a moment, why would a dealer keep attending a lousy auction?

Newspaper ads: I personally like to find ads in the classified ad section rather than flashy display ads. Flashy ads are usually indicative of an auction that will be high priced, may have reserves, (a set price on an item), and usually an enormous crowd. While any auction can be profitable to attend, it is usually best to steer clear of the glitzy ones, at least for the beginner.

Here’s the minimum you want to find out before you go. If there is a phone number in the ad, call and ask for the terms of the sale. What forms of payment do they accept? Is it an absolute auction? An absolute auction is one that has no minimum or reserve bids on items. These are the best auctions to attend! Is there a buyers premium? A buyers premium is like a tax that everyone who makes purchases at that auction must pay above the winning bid price. Most auctions these days do charge a buyers premium, 10% is not unreasonable but I feel much more than that is greedy, and the auctioneer that charges over 10% is counting on most bidders not doing the extra math as the bids quicken in pace.

A fair auction will have ample time to inspect the merchandise, usually at least 2 or 3 hours. Find out when inspection starts and make sure to attend! Never attend an auction if you can’t make the inspection, not unless your prepared to gamble. Most auctioneers sell at a rate of about 100 items per hour, which is why they sell “as is”. They simply don’t have the time to give a detailed description of all the items. Since almost all items at auction are sold AS IS, there are sure to be some damaged, refinished, fake and incomplete items at any given auction. Beware of any auctions that offer very little or no inspection time.

Good auctions will usually have 150 to 400 lots. A lot may be one item or a group of items. The exception to this are specialty auctions, auto auctions, real estate auctions etc.

When you attend your first sale, take note of the 1/2 dozen or so dealers that buy the most often. See if you can find out about other area auctions they attend.

When you do find an excellent auction, attend it as often as possible. By frequenting good sales, you help increase the bottom line of that business. It’s difficult for many auctioneers to keep the quality of merchandise consistent, so good attendance certainly helps. And when an auctioneer gets to know you as a buyer, he/she will go out of the way to accommodate you, to keep you coming back.