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Dear readers, welcome to Alligator Consult LLC blog. We decided to share interesting information, advice and motivating articles with you in order to keep you up-to-date with the latest market changes, show you what is trending in the USA, introduce certain business and communication techniques, amongst other interesting topics you will find here!

Expect to find answers to the questions you couldn't find before and learn things you didn't have an opportunity to learn. Enjoy! 

Startups

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Building a business from the beginning was never an easy task and today it might be more difficult than ever, simply because there are a lot of competitors in every industry. Also, a lot of money is required for the initial investment and the risk of losing it all is very high. However, there is a trend that has been interesting to many new investors in the recent decades, called Startup Company, better known as simply Startup.

It is a high-risk business that features a service or product, aiming to fulfill a certain need amongst other elements in the marketplace. Since its existence is relatively recent, most of these businesses are technology oriented. Some of the best-known former startups are Airbnb, Uber, Snapchat, and Spotify. The success of these enterprises and their enormous expansion worldwide explains how effective startups can be and how far they can go if managed properly.

The beginning of the startup is usually initiated by an individual or a smaller group of people with an idea that targets one specific need. They have a vision of how to make something easier and more convenient than it is now and it has never happened before. The startups are usually funded by firms or private investors who believe in the idea of the inventors and they are willing to sponsor it. Once the startup is funded, it is ready for the launch, after which it can succeed or fail.

Startups and small businesses seem quite similar in case you don't know a lot about either. However, the key differences between them are that small business are more interactive in a small market, they appeal to a specific niche, locally. They are also funded by non-investors such as grants, loans or founder’s money. Small businesses are focused on long-term success and stability, while startups are far riskier. 

Startups are no longer startups when they are acquired by a large company, have a revenue over $20 million, have a company of over 80 employees, over five board members, when the founders sell their company shares.

As technology, Internet and everything related to these two are in constant and rapid growth, there are no signs of startups losing their popularity. Instead, it could be even more increased by new people with amazing ideas that can bring major differences to our everyday activities with new products and services that we couldn’t think about having before. 

Trucking Business in USA

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Marketplace in the USA is getting overfilled with new owners and inventors trying to push their products and services out there. New ideas are hard to find now because there are so many already trying to succeed. However, all of them need help from one another and trucking industry benefits a lot from the creation of new companies and collaboration with the established ones. Everyone needs transportation services from one city to another and that might be exactly what you can benefit from!

To start your own trucking business, you must determinate its operation methodology. Generally, trucking businesses are based on bidding and fulfilling contracts and transportation accounts. There are usually two forms of their systems, which depend on the acquisition of their drivers, who can be sub-contracted (drivers are not employed by your company) or privately-owned (you hire drivers for your company).

Basics are very important. You must understand them in order to start your own business. Of course, these basics involve a wide range of financing, recruitment and tax obligations, permit regulations, license, insurance and other essential aspects of an appropriate and legal start of your company.

Equipment is another significant factor in the trucking industry. In case you decide to have your own, private drivers, you must purchase one or more commercial vehicles that will serve inclusively for the needs of your company. You must calculate how many of them are necessary for the beginning and how many you can afford. Additionally, you must find appropriate type of vehicles, depending on the type of carriage you are planning to transport. For example, transporting food requires a refrigerated truck and oversized cargo requires a flatbed truck.

Start small and continue growing. Do not rush with an introduction of your services to large companies and accounts. You must learn how this business functions in order to do it properly and build your reputation slowly. In order to offer extraordinary services, you must be sure that you have them. Therefore, allow yourself to start slowly and then you can be confident enough to start with larger and more frequent transportation with prestigious enterprises.

 

 

Investing in real estate in Florida

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Florida has been a very attractive area for real estate investments, especially in the last decade. There are several reasons for that and one of the most significant ones is the growth of the job market. Employment rates in Florida are very high and if there are a lot of employees in general – there are a lot of employment opportunities, which means that long-term rentals are required by a lot of small, medium and large-sized companies. Having a property that you can rent in a state full of developing businesses is same as having to own gold whose value is in constant growth.

Real estate development in the cities of Florida is yet another reason why investors rush to purchase new properties that they can re-sell or rent. Exactly because of a high number of demands and real estate becoming a serious business here, the costs are getting higher and property owners make more money. You can never lose money you invested in real estate because it will return to you one way or another and you even have an opportunity to earn much more than you invested with a proper business plan. 

There is no doubt that Miami is the most touristic city in Florida and you can read about its real estate investments [here - HYPERLINK TO Miami real estate investments]

However, the potential of Florida is not limited to one city, the following is the list of other prospective cities for real estate investments in Florida: 

Doral

Median home value: $422,970

Average rental cost: $1,937/month

 

Fort Lauderdale

Median home value: $318,141

Average rental cost: $1,937/month

 

Cape Coral

Median home value: $215,201

Average rental cost: $1,287/month

 

West Palm Beach

Median home value: $250,784

Average rental cost: $1,480/month

 

Orlando

Median home value: $183,548

Average rental cost: $1,327/month

 

Tampa

Median home value: $173,250

Average rental cost: $1,186/month

 

Jacksonville

Median home value: $165,755

Average rental cost: $1,061/month

 

2017 has been great for real estate investment in Florida and 2018 will surely be even better. If you are planning to invest somewhere in the USA and you are still indecisive, choosing some of the cities mentioned above could bring you many benefits shortly!