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How to Be an Independent Field Inspector

Banks, lenders and insurance companies need to have up-to-date information on the property they lend on or insure. That's where independent field inspectors come in. These local "reps" go to the property location, and do a drive-by property check, which usually includes a snapshot or two. Most of these property checks take less than 15 minutes, and most reps do ten or more in a day. These simple inspections can be done by students, men, women or retirees - anyone who can drive, use a point-and-shoot digital camera and has a home computer. There are over 60 large national firms that need local folks to do these independent field inspections, or property checks. They send the job to you by email, and will send a check when you complete the job. These national companies need help in every part of the country. The pay is great - people are getting $20, $30, as much as $100 for each completed inspection.

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Start Your Own Home Inspection Service
Entrepreneur PressHandy Around the House? Turn That Talent Into a Lucrative Business! Home inspections have become standard for a large percentage of the seven million homes bought each year. This presents a huge market for professional inspectors. As a home inspector, you can earn $500 - $800 a day examining the interior and exterior of a home and giving potential home-buyers your professional, informed opinion. Learn everything you need to know to get started in this booming field. Industry experts reveal their tips and advice on: Current typical startup costs for low-end and high-end businesses Inspection equipment you'll need Whether to operate from home or an office How to keep records, manage your finances and stay ahead of your tax liability How to advertise and promote your business to find clients Market sectors you can't afford to overlook If you have construction experience or are simply handy around the house, a home inspection service is the business for you.
The Home Inspection Book: A Guide for Professionals
Marcia Darvin SpadaTHE HOME INSPECTION BOOK is designed to serve as a learning tool as well as a reference guide. This professional guide is a comprehensive yet self-paced handbook covering both the practice and the business of home inspection addressing all the key areas associated with the business of home inspection in this rapidly growing profession. In addition, this handbook also takes you step-by-step through the entire process of home inspection following the most current guidelines established by the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), the National Association of Home Inspectors (NAHI) and the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI).
Start Your Own Home Inspection Service
Entrepreneur PressHandy around the house? Turn that talent into a lucrative career! New home sales are booming. So is the need for qualified home inspectors, making this one of the fastest-growing businesses in the real estate field- with no end in sight. There are an estimated 8,000 to 10,000 home inspectors in the United States and Canada. More than 40 percent of home sales now include inspections, a number that is expected to double over the next 5 years, especially in the light of the rapidly increasing cost of housing. As a home inspector, you'll examine the interior and exterior of the home and give potential home buyers an objective, informed decision. Many home inspectors earn $500 to $800 per day, and a pro shows you how you can, too. This concise, no-nonsense guide tells you how to start and operate a successful home inspection business without spending a lot of money. This comprehensive guide to starting your own home inspection business shows you: Typical start up costs for low-end and high-end businesses How to select a location for your home inspection business Aspects of operating from a home-based office versus a commercial office Inspection equipment you will need to run your business Legal forms and requirements How to do market research-stages, primary research methods, secondary research, and other factors. How to keep records, manage your finances, and stay ahead of your tax liability How to advertise and promote your business to achieve market penetration Market groups you can't afford to overlook This guide represents your opportunity to start and run your own business-to be your own boss, decide your own fate, set your own course, and succeed by your own wit and courage. If you've got a knack for finding trouble spots in homes and are handy with tools, this is a book that can put you on the road to establishing your own successful home inspection business.
Intellectual Property Strategy (MIT Press Essential Knowledge)
John PalfreyMost managers leave intellectual property issues to the legal department, unaware that an organization's intellectual property can help accomplish a range of management goals, from accessing new markets to improving existing products to generating new revenue streams. In this book, intellectual property expert and Harvard Law School professor John Palfrey offers a short briefing on intellectual property strategy for corporate managers and nonprofit administrators. Palfrey argues for strategies that go beyond the traditional highly restrictive "sword and shield" approach, suggesting that flexibility and creativity are essential to a profitable long-term intellectual property strategy--especially in an era of changing attitudes about media. Intellectual property, writes Palfrey, should be considered a key strategic asset class. Almost every organization has an intellectual property portfolio of some value and therefore the need for an intellectual property strategy. A brand, for example, is an important form of intellectual property, as is any information managed and produced by an organization. Palfrey identifies the essential areas of intellectual property--patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secret--and describes strategic approaches to each in a variety of organizational contexts, based on four basic steps. The most innovative organizations employ multiple intellectual property approaches, depending on the situation, asking hard, context-specific questions. By doing so, they achieve both short- and long-term benefits while positioning themselves for success in the global information economy.
Practical Guide to Home Inspection: What you need to know before you buy a home
Jeffrey I. CharloffThis easy-to-understand, straight-forward, approachable book, which is based upon important engineering concepts is intended to advance knowledge on the subject of shelter, one of man's basic needs. The reader can glean standardized information about the field of pre-purchase home inspections. This information will assist people in determining the condition of a home and in living a safer and happier life. The book includes a multitude of house plumbing, electrical, roofing, heating, foundation, and structural problems commonly encountered when scouring a home for potential purchase. Some building code and safety items have been presented as well. Many illustrations assist the reader to understand home inspection concepts. Additionally, it is THE guidebook for both professionals and novices alike, which serves to integrate the sound, relevant context of the issues oftentimes identified when purchasing a home. Practical Guide to Home Inspection will act as an invaluable resource to utilize when in the midst of the often challenging home buying process.
Home Inspection Checklists: 111 Illustrated Checklists and Worksheets You Need Before Buying a Home
Norman BeckerA prospective home buyer's guide to evaluating a property, inside and out – loaded with inspection checklists, worksheets, charts, checklists, and photographs. This is a must-have for anyone considering a new or used home purchase. (20031014)
Inside the Minds: Internet Lawyers - The Most Common Issues & Liabilities Facing Companies Doing Business on the Internet
Aspatore Books Staff, InsideTheMinds.com, James Hutchinson, Mark Fischer, Arnold Levine, Carl Cohen, Brian Vandenberg, Harrison Smith, Mark Gruhin, Gordon Caplan, Mintz Levin, Richard Turner and John IgeoInside the Minds: Internet Lawyers features lawyers from some of the top Internet and technology focused law firms in the world. Their research and advice provide the most up to date information available on legal issues reshaping the laws that govern the Internet and anyone who uses it. Also examined are topics such as structuring ownership, raising money, patents, intellectual property, product liability, human resources, going public, stock options, partnership contracts, privacy, and other issues that every business (and their lawyers) should be aware of. Inside the Minds: Internet Lawyers contains the most up to date legal information available anywhere and is a must have for every entrepreneur, lawyer, and anyone with a web site. Other Inside the Minds legal books include Inside the Minds: Leading Deal Makers, Inside the Minds: Leading Litigators, and Inside the Minds: Leading Intellectual Property. Lawyers.
Intellectual Property and Open Source: A Practical Guide to Protecting Code
Van Lindberg"Clear, correct, and deep, this is a welcome addition to discussions of law and computing for anyone -- even lawyers!" -- Lawrence Lessig, Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and founder of the Stanford Center for Internet and Society If you work in information technology, intellectual property is central to your job -- but dealing with the complexities of the legal system can be mind-boggling. This book is for anyone who wants to understand how the legal system deals with intellectual property rights for code and other content. You'll get a clear look at intellectual property issues from a developer's point of view, including practical advice about situations you're likely to encounter. Written by an intellectual property attorney who is also a programmer, Intellectual Property and Open Source helps you understand patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, and licenses, with special focus on the issues surrounding open source development and the GPL. This book answers questions such as:How do open source and intellectual property work together? What are the most important intellectual property-related issues when starting a business or open source project? How should you handle copyright, licensing and other issues when accepting a patch from another developer? How can you pursue your own ideas while working for someone else? What parts of a patent should be reviewed to see if it applies to your work? When is your idea a trade secret? How can you reverse engineer a product without getting into trouble? What should you think about when choosing an open source license for your project? Most legal sources are too scattered, too arcane, and too hard to read. Intellectual Property and Open Source is a friendly, easy-to-follow overview of the law that programmers, system administrators, graphic designers, and many others will find essential.
Edison in the Boardroom Revisited: How Leading Companies Realize Value from Their Intellectual Property (Intellectual Property-General, Law, ... Management, Licensing, Special Topics)
Suzanne S. Harrison and Patrick H. SullivanA revised and expanded edition of the groundbreaking Edison in the Boardroom, highlighting the winning strategies today's biggest companies use to maximize the value of their intellectual propertyNow fully revised and expanded, Edison in the Boardroom, Second Edition takes an in-depth look at the revolutionary concept of intellectual asset management (IAM). Incorporating stories and teachings from some of the most successful companies in the world—such as Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Procter & Gamble, Rockwell, Dow, Ford and many others—Harrison and Sullivan have made an exhaustive study of IAM and its implications for today's businesses.Features updated interviews of companies, and a new treatment of the Profit Center LevelUpdates stories and teachings from some of the most successful companies in the worldShowcases a hierarchy of best practices that today's companies can integrate into their own business philosophies to gain the best return from their intellectual assetsEdison in the Boardroom, Second Edition compiles a wealth of knowledge and successful stories that illustrate how far businesses have come in their ability to leverage and monetize their intellectual assets.
The Homevoter Hypothesis: How Home Values Influence Local Government Taxation, School Finance, and Land-Use Policies
William A. FischelJust as investors want the companies they hold equity in to do well, homeowners have a financial interest in the success of their communities. If neighborhood schools are good, if property taxes and crime rates are low, then the value of the homeowner's principal asset--his home--will rise. Thus, as William Fischel shows, homeowners become watchful citizens of local government, not merely to improve their quality of life, but also to counteract the risk to their largest asset, a risk that cannot be diversified. Meanwhile, their vigilance promotes a municipal governance that provides services more efficiently than do the state or national government.Fischel has coined the portmanteau word "homevoter" to crystallize the connection between homeownership and political involvement. The link neatly explains several vexing puzzles, such as why displacement of local taxation by state funds reduces school quality and why local governments are more likely to be efficient providers of environmental amenities. The Homevoter Hypothesis thereby makes a strong case for decentralization of the fiscal and regulatory functions of government. (20011227)
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