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Why Should You Invest in Android Apps?

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To be honest, a mobile application is an icing on the cake for the user experience, while calls and text messages are the foremost functions of a mobile device. Nevertheless, an app can become the topmost priority for a person, if it is engaging enough. A mobile application can create brand loyalty and help you from falling behind in the competitive market. As a matter of fact, the users want their favorite brands and companies to develop their own mobile applications for a customized user experience. The Mobile application development in India has become a serious business as there is a growing urge to develop and design mobile applications.

A mobile application is the best marketing and communication tool for any business/company in an inexpensive way. Keeping in mind, the importance of mobile application and its usability, you can either choose Android or iOS. Before you develop your app, it is advisable to do a market research on the Android and iPhone app development companies in town to find the right developer for you. All most every entrepreneur might come across this question: Android or iOS? Both the platforms have its own pros and cons. Based on your requirements, choose the right platform for your app.

The green robotic human is known for its lucrative features, affordability and smartphone fragmentation. Unlike Apple, Android has a wide range of devices which makes it the topmost priority in app development. Wait! This isn’t the only reason to choose Android. There are more advantages in developing an Android app. Here’s why:

Android dominates the Indian smartphone market

According to a recent survey, the Android operating system has captured 97 percent of the Indian smartphone market. Currently, India stands as the world’s third largest smartphone market after China and the USA.

Android is only the market which can offer high-quality features at an affordable price for an extensive range of mobile devices. To put it simply, any average Indian consumer can buy an Android smartphone within his/her preferred budget. Due to the market segmentation and affordability, Android still continues to dominate the Indian smartphone market share.

Android offers low barriers to entry

The iOS app development companies must require a Mac desktop to develop the iOS apps. On the other hand, Android app development can be done on a Windows, Linux or Mac. Moreover, Google charges a one-time payment of $25 to register as a developer while Apple charges $99 annually. For an Android app development, all you need is a system and a fee of $25 to start your development process.

Android apps are developed using JAVA

Java is proven to be the most powerful programming language and used for developing a wide range of devices. It is an open source which provides free source code from its Java Development Kit (JDK) to the developers and the added advantage is that it can run on any system regardless of the hardware and software dependency. This powerful programming language is used for developing the native Android apps.

As Android apps are written using the Java programming language, it can be easily ported to other platforms like Symbian, Blackberry, Ubuntu and Chrome OS.

Android is great at customization

Are you tired of the same old widgets? Chill! Download a widget from a third party app and replace it with your stock one. Bored of the same layout? You can download and replace it too. Android allows you to customize your app the way you like it – that’s the foremost reason why developers love developing apps on Android than any other platforms.

Android provides the perfect platform

In the fast-growing app market, the ability to adapt quickly does matter a lot. Android’s Google Play Store allows you to update the app within an hour, in response to the user’s feedback while the App Store follows the same lengthy process to submit your app. You can submit the same app for multiple times on the Play Store while you’ll need at least a week to launch your updated app on the App Store.

Beside the multiple uploads, it also offers Alpha and Beta releases which can be accessed by a set of members to test your app. Based on the feedbacks from the testers, you can rectify the errors and/or incorporate some features before it reaches the actual users. Thus, Android provides the perfect platform to test your app.

Android is profitable

Yes! You heard it right. The general assumption is that the iPhone users are rich to make in-app purchases, and thereby it generates more revenue than Android. But this isn’t true anymore. Android developers can generate revenue through initial app purchases, in-app purchases and from the most profitable way-app ads.

According to a survey by DAU-UP, the average revenue per user for Android games was just 20% by January 2010. Surprisingly, it has reached to 65% by the year end. Moreover, the advertising cost are 20-50% lower on Android apps, which can eventually be more profitable than the iPhone apps.

Now that you are aware of the benefits of investing in the Android app, you can develop your app on this most promising platform to stay ahead in this competitive market. Due to its usability and affordability, Android still remains unbeatable and continues to rule the smartphone market. Remember, developing an Android app isn’t an expense. It’s an investment!

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Tax Deduction for Alimony Payments? – Yes!

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Over 50% of marriages end in divorce in the United States. Many divorce decrees include provisions for the payment of alimony. The IRS takes the position that such payments constitute a form of income and create an alimony tax deduction for the person making payments.

According to the IRS, alimony payments are taxable to the recipient in the year received. In turn, the person paying the alimony can claim a deduction for the payments if the following tests are met:

1. You and your spouse or former spouse do not file a joint return with each other,

2. You pay in cash (including checks or money orders),

3. The divorce or separation instrument does not say that the payment is not alimony,

4. If legally separated under a decree of divorce or separate maintenance, you and your former spouse are not members of the same household when you make the payment,

5. You have no liability to make any payment (in cash or property) after the death of your spouse or former spouse; and

6. Your payment is not treated as child support.

If you are receiving or paying alimony, you must use Form 1040 for your personal taxes. Regardless of income levels, deductions or miscellaneous tax issues, you cannot use Form 104A or Form 1040EZ.

In preparing your tax return, the person receiving alimony will report the information on line 11 of Form 1040. That person must also provide their social security number to their former spouse or face a fine of $50. The person paying the alimony can claim the deduction on line 34a of Form 1040.

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Cost-Crunching Counsel: Nine Keys to Controlling Costs and Improving Legal Services for Your Busines

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Attorneys are all about money, right?

We’re the ones who cue our families for photographs with, “Everybody smile and say, ‘Fees!'” Go ahead. Insert your own joke here. We can take it. But despite the jokes and our reputation, most of us are businessmen, too. We understand the need to control costs. We don’t like wasting anyone’s time, either.

We’re just like you. We thrive on referrals and return business. If we gouge clients, a lot of people hear about it.

So I’m here, as an attorney, to tell you how to keep your legal costs under control. I’ve enjoyed twenty years in my career with firms ranging in size from more than 500 lawyers to firms with less than five attorneys. It’s this simple: When companies follow these nine keys for hiring and using legal counsel, they crunch their legal costs–and actually increase the quality of their legal representation.

Key #1. Get the right lawyer for the job.

Get the lawyer whose practice focuses on the narrow area of law in which you need assistance. (This almost always means you need more than one law firm doing your legal work, by the way.)

Choosing the right lawyer can save you big money in the long run. The focus of my practice is international dispute resolution. Many times, the best way to collect a debt owed by a foreign company (particularly if that company is based in an emerging market country) is to seize an asset of that company in a foreign country. Suing these companies in the United States is very expensive. Many countries do not fully recognize U.S. judgments. You sue here and take the judgment there, only to learn you essentially need to sue again and win in your debtor company’s home country. Seizing your debtor’s valuable asset in a neutral third country can oftentimes be the best solution.

The problem is that many, if not most, of the contracts my clients or their attorneys ask me to collect on outside of the United States weren’t written with that in mind. Why not? Because they weren’t written by an international lawyer. In these cases, I’m only brought in as the specialist to do damage control long after the agreement is executed. Many of these contracts state very explicitly that the client’s home city is the only jurisdiction in which any lawsuit might be brought. So what happens? Such a provision can preclude action in some foreign countries and make seizure in all of them more problematic.

I had a recent case where I am certain we could have collected a million dollars for the client in an overseas jurisdiction had there not been a provision requiring litigation in an East Coast state. My East Coast client may have saved a few hundred dollars by having his regular lawyer draft the contract, but in the end, it may have cost them a million dollars.

Choosing the specialist usually saves money in the short term as well. My next door neighbor asked me to be her lawyer in purchasing a house from her parents. (A reminder: I do international dispute resolution.) I made clear I had absolutely no real estate background and that this transfer would be far more complicated than she probably realized.

My neighbor needed an attorney with experience in these deals. I knew such a deal should be structured to legally minimize various taxes and I told her that if she used someone without experience in this specific area–like me–she increased the likelihood of missing out on some tax benefit. Still, the clincher was when I told her that it would take someone like me around 30 hours to do such a project, while someone who was familiar with the legal territory would probably get it done in half the time.

I recommended a top-flight real estate lawyer with a tax background and told my neighbor she should expect legal fees of at least $3,500. She mentioned that the lawyer I’d recommended had completed the job, tax benefits intact, for much less.

I was shocked by the low fees and called the real estate lawyer for an explanation (I actually thought he had cut my neighbor a break as a favor to me). The lawyer told me it had taken him only three hours for the job because he does about twenty of these transactions a year. That means there is no need for him to research the tax laws each time so what would take me 30 hours takes him three.

This illustrates an old adage about the best way to find the best lawyer for your particular matter: solicit suggestions from your regular lawyer, or a friend who is an attorney. However, you need to ask for more than, for example, someone who has ever done a trademark registration. In that case, you’ll probably be passed off to another lawyer in his firm that has handled a few trademarks rather than getting the name of a well-respected trademark lawyer outside the firm. Using the in-firm corporate generalist for your trademark work will prove mighty expensive if that generalist misses something in the registration.

Key #2: Stay in constant communication with your lawyer.

It may seem completely counter-intuitive that constantly communicating with your lawyer will save you money, but it almost surely will.

In reality, staying in good communication with your lawyer is the rough equivalent of regularly changing the oil in your car. It costs money each time, but a blown engine or (in the case of legal services) a big lawsuit is going to cost you a lot more in the long run than a few oil changes or phone calls along the way.

This brings me right to the next key:

Key #3: Know your goals and tell your lawyer [WHAT THEY ARE}.

This is an “ouch” item. Remember the old Rolling Stones song “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”? With your counsel, “You Won’t Ever Get What You Want” if you don’t know what you want to achieve through legal representation.

It’s your lawyer’s job to explain various possible outcomes of a case or transaction, but it’s your job to know what your goals are. You are always going to know your business better than your lawyer.

Many years ago, a client came to me about six months into some highly contentious litigation with his business partner. The client had already spent around $50,000 on this case he had brought, but he had a vague sense of uneasiness about it. His regular corporate counsel had referred him to me for a second opinion regarding the litigation.

I met with the client for a few hours and learned that he wanted me to make sure his lawyers were handling the case properly. During this conversation, the client must have told me at least ten times that he never wanted to do business with his partner again. I told him I would review the entire case file and get back to him in a few days.

When we met again a few days later, I told him that his lawyers had been doing a fine job. Again, he kept mentioning how he never wanted to do business with his partner again.

I then asked him whether he realized that no matter what happened in his lawsuit against his business partner, they would still be partners at the end. Here’s the “ouch”: it turns out the client had thought that victory in his lawsuit would remove his partner from the partnership. The client had fifty grand into this process, and that goal of dissolving the partnership just wasn’t going to happen.

I then spoke with litigation counsel who confirmed the lawsuit could never achieve that objective. The lawsuit was just to seek compensation from the partner for business he had allegedly diverted to another of his companies that should have gone to the partnership. We met a few times with his partner (who actually wanted out of the partnership). Within a few weeks, we achieved a settlement that removed the partner from my client’s business–and ended the litigation that should never have been started in the first place.

Key #4: Avoid Litigation.

Being sued or finding yourself in a position where you have no real choice but to sue should almost always be avoided. This is easier said than done, but by living up to your agreements (and getting them in writing), spending a little up-front in legal fees and consulting with lawyers, you can go far in avoiding most lawsuits.

However, litigation is often necessary and should even sometimes be employed to further broad strategic business objectives. Nonetheless, once litigation has begun it is time consuming, difficult to control, and very expensive.

Regular communications with your lawyer will better enable her to head off problems before litigation becomes the only solution. It will also enable her to better position you to prevail in any such litigation, if it cannot be avoided.

I have found that the clients who are best at communicating with me have gone through litigation and truly understand the need to avoid it. Concentrate your efforts close to home. While great time and effort are spent on protecting against injury lawsuits (hot coffee and the like), that risk for most businesses is relatively small and, more importantly, can be insured against. For most businesses, employee and contract issues present a greater danger of getting out of hand. Ironically, these are precisely the issues that are easy to avoid up-front with proactive employment policies and clear written contracts.

Key #5: Use a law firm that appropriately outsources.

The big firms are usually set up in such a way that the profits of the partners come from the work of their associates. These associates are often recent law graduates who are likely to be far less efficient than a more senior lawyer. Put simply, 20 hours at $200 will cost you more than 10 hours at $300.

Associate time is often a lousy value. Law firms love having their associates doing legal research. The associate conducts highly profitable legal research and the law firm avoids having an inexperienced lawyer making strategic decisions. In the meantime you are paying to help train that associate. In seven years or so, he’ll be ready to become a partner and use a new associate to do the same thing to some other client.

How can you avoid putting too much of your legal budget into associates? On each matter ask your lawyer whether it would be possible for her to subcontract out some of the research work by using a part-time contract lawyer or even an overseas research service.

In Seattle there are many lawyers who, for whatever reason, do not wish to work full time and so contract out their legal research services for anywhere from $30 to $70. Though your law firm will justifiably mark up these charges to cover their normal overhead, you still should expect substantial savings. There is even the possibility of using overseas lawyers to assist in initial research of some matters. With competent lawyers in India charging as little as $7 an hour for computerized legal research, there is no reason not to give them the first crack at research that your lawyer will have plenty of time to review and supplement.

The outsourcing used by your law firm should not be confined just to lawyers, either:

  • Good Japanese translators are in great demand in this country and so they are quite expensive. For years we have been successfully e-mailing Japanese documents to excellent translators in Russia who charge 1/5 as much.
  • We realize substantial savings for our clients by having our Chinese documents translated in China, rather than here.
  • We have used Korean engineers for initial engineering review on cases, saving at least 30%.

We even encourage Vancouver or Toronto, Canada, arbitration provisions in our client’s international contracts because Vancouver arbitrators, though quite competent, generally cost about half of those in the locales most commonly used for international arbitration (London, New York, and Stockholm).

Key #6: Explore alternative fee arrangements.

It almost always makes sense to at least discuss with your lawyer billing arrangements other than straight hourly fees.

Perhaps you’ll both benefit from a fixed fee arrangement. Here, you and your lawyer agree on a fixed fee that covers legal services. The real advantage in this arrangement, for both counsel and the client, is the ability to budget in advance and so limit billing “surprises” for both of you.

Contingent fees are another alternative option. Simply stated, the law firm is paid contingent upon the results they achieve. Although you often hear “If we don’t win, you don’t pay” on TV commercials, the more common arrangement in business cases is to use contingent fees in combination with cost-reduced or limited-number hourly fees.

There are also a number of hourly billing variations to consider. One common option is to negotiate a reduced hourly rate plus bonus. Here, an agreement can put your counsel at a reduced hourly rate plus bonuses to be paid for meeting or exceeding deadlines you agree upon.

Key #7: Have your lawyer give you an estimate of the fees and costs.

It’s in your best interest to get an estimate of your legal fees.

An estimate is just that: an estimate. Legal fees are often difficult to predict, particularly in litigation where the opposing party’s tactics greatly influence what your lawyer is required to do. However, you still need an idea of the legal costs you’re about to encounter.

From my perspective as counsel, I have learned that it is always a good idea to give an estimate because sometimes clients truly have no idea exactly what is involved in handling a particular matter. Years ago, a client called me wanting to seize the assets of a Russian company that owed his company about $350,000. Because this was the first time I had worked with the company, I wanted to impress the client and I told him that I would use my contacts throughout Asia to determine whether this company had any assets there that could be seized. I also told him I would be working with a Russian law firm to explore the likelihood of success if we needed to sue in Russia. When he agreed to that strategy, my firm did all of these things, incurring $5,000 in fees and costs. About half of that went to lawyers/agents in Korea, China, Hong Kong, and Japan and to the lawyers in Russia who had written a very good four-page memorandum outlining what would likely happen if we were to sue in Russia.

I reported back to the client within a week and gave him very clear directions on what we needed to do to recover the debt. I then sent out the bill for approximately $5,000, believing we had done a great job very quickly and efficiently. I assumed the client was very happy with our work and would gladly pay the bill. (I can assure you that my clients for whom I regularly do this sort of work would not have batted an eye at the bill.)

My assumption was wrong. The client called and said he had no idea that it would cost so much. This struck me as curious, since the client was a rather sophisticated business person whose company uses one of the big firms in town. Yet he told me that he thought that my search for assets, and my working with Russian lawyers, would basically consist of one afternoon’s worth of phone calls. Because the miscommunication regarding fees was more my fault than his, I drastically cut the bill. But from then on I’ve tried to always give an estimate up front and then continue to update that estimate as the work progresses.

Key #8: Don’t focus too much on the attorneys’ hourly rate.

An in-house counsel for one of the largest corporations in America once told me that, no matter what the hourly fees were at the various firms used by her company, in the end, most of the firms tended to charge similar amounts. According to her, the firm whose partner billed out at $250 per hour simply billed more time than the firm whose partners billed out at $350. At the $350 per hour firm, more work would go to associates.

So here’s the principle behind the key: Focus on lowering your total bill, not on the fees charged by individual lawyers.

Key #9: Don’t forget about insurance.

One of the best investments against monumental legal fees is insurance.

Carry liability insurance and, if feasible, carry directors’ and officers’ liability insurance. Discuss your various insurance options with both your broker and your lawyer. Then, if you do get sued for any reason, have your lawyer check your policy to see if you have coverage. Too many times, companies have assumed their policy could never cover a particular matter when in fact it either might or it does.

These nine keys combined can form a powerful strategy to significantly control your legal costs. You may never be able to smile with your lawyers when they say “Fees!” for the firm’s holiday photo, but you’ll know you’re making the most of your legal budget.

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Do Your Kids Know More Than You Do About Social Marketing?

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Are you lost when it comes to the world of Facebook and Twitter? Do you wonder why your kids are wasting their time posting on these services? In the old days, not so long ago, we made phone calls to our friends when we wanted to set up a time and place to meet face to face, or just to exchange ideas. That was good enough in the days when our network was local; just the people you could get to see within a short car ride.

Within the 10 years or so since the social media revolution has taken place, the world has become smaller and our individual worlds have become larger and more populated. Our world now includes friends in far flung places. If you are a traveler, and you have met new friends on a trip to Europe or Asia, and you want to stay in touch, it is now possible. Young people have naturally gravitated toward this widening network of former high school mates scattered to different colleges around the country, or new friends of those friends. Our circle has exploded into an exponentially larger network.

How does this work for us in business? Business owners and marketers have always known that networking is an extremely powerful method of introducing your goods and services to those who may serve as either end users or referral sources. Direct advertising on social media is only phase one of the possibilities.

When tied in with internet search marketing, the other relatively young technical field, a powerful alliance is created. This article cannot delve too deeply into the technical aspects of Social Marketing and Search Optimization, but suffice it to say that as a combination, it can be an extremely effective alliance. Your network interfaces with your marketing efforts, and the sum is far greater than the parts. You may have developed an effective business network in business school, but it pales in comparison to the possibilities afforded by Social Marketing. Goods and services sold by way of the new networking are not only more effective, they are heading toward being the only viable avenue as paper marketing’s effectiveness wanes.

Speaking of the ineffectiveness of paper marketing, Have you noticed that mobile phones have now become the dominant type of communication device? A new smartphone is activated every couple of seconds. The reason is that you no longer have need to resort to paper media in order to source information, products, services and of course, utilize Facebook, Twitter and all the other hundreds of social and marketing sites that now exist.

Here’s to the kids for paving the way.

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Is John Burley’s Progressive Profits Real Estate Really a Good Opportunity to a Lot of Make Money?

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What is John Burley’s Progressive Profits Real Estate?

John Burley’s Progressive Profits Real Estate is a DVD series with information needed to begin making money in real estate. This course is said to be useful even to people that have no prior real estate experience allowing them to start making money fairly quickly. The package includes three guides that explain how to begin; the Quick Start System, Cash Flow Secrets, and Quick Cash Secrets.

Do these manuals really explain ways to make a lot of money by utilizing the methods?

The creator of the series, John Burley claims the program can help to increase an individuals net worth significantly and transform ones financial situation in under 90 days. This sounds a little too good to be true. However, John Burley is actually a legitimate expert investor and author with a massive amount of experience. So there is valuable real world information in this product however the infomercials and other marketing avenues used by Burley to promote this product tend to portray it inaccurately with regard to the level of success experienced amongst those who try the methods. Of course as with any other program there will be varying results and not everyone will make money.

Can John Burley’s Progressive Profits Real Estate really work?

Yes the program really works, but as mentioned earlier results will vary meaning it will not work for everybody. John Burley is often referred to as “One of the Premier Investors in America.” He has also been named in the Who’s Who of American Business People and International Entrepreneurs and possesses a vast amount of knowledge of the real estate market.

After viewing the video for John Burley’s Progressive Profits Real Estate some folks wonder the program is legit. It is absolutely legit but it is a just a short summary of techniques and is not for real estate new-comers. The real estate market can be a risky unless one has a sufficient level of knowledge and expertise on the subject.

What is it really like to be active and successful in the real estate market?

There is a lot involved in the process of buying and selling property. It is absolutely possible to do well in real estate today. As with any other area of business it is beneficial to work with or have access to someone that is experienced in the field already and can act as a guide. Many related products offer good information but a genuine real world mentor is better than anything you can buy. The reason for this is that when one begins a business there will always be times when they will have some question that is crucial and having a resource for these times can be paramount to being successful.

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Getting Connected – The OC3 Connection

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There are many ways for businesses to get connected. Growing businesses need cost-effective Internet and telephone service plans to survive in today’s competitive economical market.

Luckily, there have been ongoing innovations in the telecommunications industry and businesses have their choice of connections for office phone and Internet lines.

There are many confusing terms for the different types of connection lines. The acronyms OC3, OC12, OC48, OC192, T1, and T3, are much more “techy” than the true names for connection lines: digital cable or fiber optic lines.

This article will focus on the OC3 connection. OC3 means Optical Carrier-3. OC3 is a 155 mbps fiber optic line used for large businesses. Mpbs stands for megabits per second and is a measure of bandwidth, or the total amount of data that can flow through within the OC3 connection specified amount of time.

OC3 connections are useful for businesses that have spread to different cities or even globally. These connections allow a large amount of information to be shared at high speed. Smaller businesses normally lease T1 or T3 lines which are adequate at serving 5-100 employees at one or more locations. An OC3 connection makes it possible for larger businesses to expand their digital network beyond a set geographic area.

OC3 Connection versus Other Connection

OC3 connections have a feature called point to point access. This means that there are multiple wireless access points that can exchange data. Up to 255 people can send audio, video, voice, and multimedia files from access point to access point.

This is a viable solution for businesses that have found their T1 and T3 connections clogged with data which slows down or even crashes databases. T1 and T3 connections have been around since the 1960s and were used originally to transmit date by basic telephone.

A T1 connection is A 1.544 Mbps fiber optic line. The T3 is quicker at 44.736 Mbps. Both have been upgraded since their inception and are still popular connections for small businesses. However, T1 and T3 lines do not have the bandwidth to serve larger businesses. Many are finding this out the hard way and upgrading to higher bandwidth connections.

An OC3 connection has many benefits and these benefits come at a high price. Service can be between $15,000 and $100,000 monthly depending on the size of the business, number of access points, and amount of data shared. The price is right for many growing businesses.

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How Important is a Dissertation to Completing a Regionally Accredited Doctoral Degree?

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Thinking of taking a doctoral degree soon, or part way through one now? In the United States, as opposed to the UK, dissertation coursework is required as a fundamental part of the coursework, whether a distance learning PhD, or an on-campus PhD.

However, the vast majority of doctoral students will never achieve their dream with a reported 50-70% of students dropping out at some point or other. No one wants to become a part of that statistic, and some recommendations to keep you upbeat ahead of your course or on track if you’ve already started to climb the mountain!

Students can complain and moan to professors about which is the best specialization, or feel disgruntled about their grade in a class, but most students fail to realize they’ll have to move a mountain (the dissertation), equipped with only a small shovel per se. What I’m getting at here is “start digging as soon as you can”.

Pre-dissertation coursework and peripheral studies are mere undulating hills compared with what’s to come.

Points to seriously consider are:

1. Complete coursework assignments quickly.

2. Quickly choose a specialization.

3. Start your dissertation as soon as humanly possible – it’s where most students hit the brick wall.

Perhaps even keep it in mind right from Day One of the course if possible.

Many Master’s programs do not require a thesis so doctoral students often don’t know what’s coming! MBA’s and such like that do require a thesis offer a little practice (a little) for those students who want to progress to PhD level.

Some universities request prospective students to write a brief essay on their research intentions. There are two reasons for this:

1. The university wants the applicant to start thinking about the PhD dissertation from the outset

2. The university wants to check whether it can supervise the research intentions or not.

Final tips:

Go with a university that offers heavy emphasis on refining doctoral dissertation ideas from year one, and where the university encourages students to continue reflecting and refining research topics even while working on specialist modules. So, to answer the question in the title, very important! Good luck and good planning! Onwards!

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