Buenos Aires, the capital and largest city of Argentina is an exotic place and is a major tourist attraction for people all across the globe. It is one of the major tourist destinations in the world with millions of tourists visiting it throughout the year. If you also wish to see this beautiful place, then, it is advisable to take all the necessary guidance and travel tips. Don’t let the expensive air tickets stop you from visiting Buenos Aires as you can easily book cheap flights with so many travel websites having this feature online nowadays.The very first thing that worries a traveler is to select a nice and comfortable place to stay. You not only expect the place to be luxurious but also economical. When in Buenos Aires you have the luxury to select from many of the lavish hotels like Alvear 1891, Art Hotel, Art Suites, Ayacucho Palace Hotel, Bo Bo, Casa Esmeralda, Casa Montserrat, Castelar Hotel & Spa, Che Lulu Guesthouse, Dazzler Hotel and many other world class hotels. All these hotels offer quality services and the best of everything in hospitality, cuisine and services. Experience the true Buenos Aires culture with these hotels and you would surely enjoy your stay in the city. All these major hotels are world class and you would find them suitable as they range from hi-class to moderate and affordable ones too. Moreover, you can also enjoy your visit by planning your stay in any of the old converted mansions to give your trip a classic touch.Planning a vacation at the right time is as important as anything else. Make sure you choose the right time for your trip to Buenos Aires. Plan your trip in either spring or fall as the period sees low tourist influx and is a perfect time to visit. You can also enjoy the festivals that are mainly celebrated in winters. October and November are also good for traveling as the time is characterized by pleasant weather.Another tip that you would surely need is the knowledge of best eating joints and restaurants in Buenos Aires. After you explore the city and visit some of the most exciting places, a good meal would just act as icing on the cake. The city of Buenos Aires offers you amazingly delicious food at the most affordable prices. Check out the world famous coffee place Cafe Florida or El Britanico, enjoy the drinks at El Federal, or visit the local food vendors for the most delicious yet low priced special food.While visiting the city of Buenos Aires, you must not forget to roam around the place with its bustling streets and grand avenues, sip around at the old-time cafes and stylish upscale restaurants. Wander through the cobbled streets which boast of architectural glories and metal houses or try to satisfy your taste buds with the hot favorite and most enjoyable and delicious Argentine steak. All in all, your trip to Buenos Aires would be all the more enjoyable with the best of tips from either your travel agent or any travel website sites. Enjoy your visit to the very beautiful city of Buenos Aires!
Dealing with commercial real estate can be quite complicated, even for those with experience in the business. There are always many variables to consider, and it’s important to dot every “I” and cross every “T”, or you may find many unintended consequences down the road. Here are some things you want to keep in mind when going into a commercial property transaction:Think about your future, not just your presentWhether you’re a business looking for industrial property, a retail location, or commercial office space, you need to approach the deal with not just your present needs in mind, but your future needs as well. What is your five year and ten year growth plan? In other words, where do you believe your business will be 10 years from now? And make sure these projections are realistic and based on sound data and not wishful thinking. Otherwise, you may overcommit and take on more space than you need or can afford.Get your financing together ahead of timeFinancing a commercial real estate transaction is far more complicated than just getting a residential home loan. Depending on the amount of the purchase, you may need to line up multiple sources of financing. Make sure you do all this before you start looking around for the ideal property. And remember, sometimes private investors can be the best sources for funds to buy or construct a commercial property. Use your network of contacts and consider all possible sources, so you have all your ducks in a row before you even get close to negotiating a deal.Address any and all environmental concernsThis is especially important when going into industrial property, but it can even come up when looking at property such as commercial office space. Make sure you or someone on your team has thoroughly researched all the government zoning and environmental regulations and the cost of compliance. This is one area where you want to avoid future surprises. Make sure your due diligence is done in this area.Educate yourself on taxesWhenever you enter into any kind of commercial real estate transaction, taxes must always be a major consideration. Many times, the tax laws will work in your favor in the form of depreciation and other kinds of deductions you’ll be allowed to take. Whatever the case, make sure you review everything with your accountant so you know the impact taxes will have on your purchase.Work with a top-tier commercial realtorThis may be the most important consideration of them all. Whether you’re new or experienced in the commercial market, make sure you have a commercial real estate broker representing you that knows what they’re doing. It is best to find a realtor with several years and millions of dollars of transactions under his/her belt. It is also helpful to ask for some references from others who’ve worked with this realtor to make sure they had a good experience. With a top commercial real estate agent on your side, you are far more likely to have a smooth and successful transaction.
I just watched 10 minutes of an 18 minute video blog from an artist who is seeking a personal (music) manager. He says he hasn’t gotten ahead like he should since he has not had a manager- and this future manager needs to make him a priority client, yet he doesn’t say anything about his own success or what he is doing that needs management. I turned it off. I had heard it all before.On a weekly basis I get up to 20 myspace friend add-requests from artists who say “I need a manager. Listen to my music.” I hit “deny” almost every time. I meet artists all the time who want a manager because they want the manager to “take us to the next level” or “hook me up with labels” or “get me shows.”Enough is enough. They all are singing the same tune. Artists- if you seek a manager and don’t fully understand artist management, not sure what your needs are and don’t know how to go about properly introducing yourself to a prospective manager, this article is for you. So that artist managers like me won’t turn off your video blogs, deny you on myspace, and duck out of sight in a networking situation.UNDERSTANDING ARTIST MANAGEMENTIncredibly, so many artists who seek management actually have no idea what it is. They just know that the manager is their ticket to greater success. Managers help guild the artist’s career towards the accomplishment of established goals. Managers are an integral part in finding new ways for an artist to effectively compete in the marketplace. The artist manager is involved in establishing, promoting and sustaining the artist’s career in conjunction with the efforts of the artist. But managers do a varying degree of this as their is no industry standard.QUALIFYING The first step is qualifying yourself (the artist). Qualifying yourself means sizing your (music artist) self up. What are your accomplishments? Have you finished a demo, including mixing and mastering and manufacturing it or are you in the initial stages of recording? Have you been performing live? Have you sold songs on iTunes or had radio play? Do you have a buzz with press? What is noteworthy about you? Do not start bragging you are the hottest, best so&so to hit the streets, because to us managers that means nothing if you have nothing concrete to back it up with. You need real, measurable progress that we can back-check. There should be some momentum to your career before you seek management; that is, something to manage. This doesn’t mean you have to be wildly successful yet, but you should be able to articulate clearly and directly what you have achieved in your career so far and also be able to articulate what goals you have for your career growth and development. After you qualify yourself, you also need to qualify the manager you seek. Just getting “a manager” should not be the goal. Managers tend to be connected better in certain regions, and also many focus their work within a particular genre. Time to find out who fellow artists are represented by. Do research on these managers. Do they have good reputations? If so, ask for a meeting with them explaining your success and why you seek representation from this particular manager. There are many good managers out there, but there are just as many unqualified, unprofessional managers too. I realize so many acts write me because they see “manager,” but know nothing else about me- including the genres I work with or the state I work in. Knowing who you are pursuing is a critical first step.NEEDSWhen you did your self-analyzation, you should have identified your strengths and your weaknesses. It will be imperative for you to be able to articulate what needs you have beyond the broken record of the your desire to get to “the next level.” Managers have different strengths (some have great experience developing an act, some have industry ears and can help you pick a song, and some have strengths in touring, ie) and so by you identifying what you need, you can get closer to finding a manager who is the right fit.Many hungry artists think their success rests in some manager’s rolodex and they seek this person out for one reason only- to get access to the manager’s connections in the business. A good manager will, in fact, have a large contact list of qualified professionals. But as managers, we guard these contacts like precious gems. The manager must have a strong belief in the artist’s future success before he/she would be willing to set up meetings and engage their colleagues about you.A better focus for you to have is to start with self-management or have a friend assist you in the business parts of your career. Work on your artistry and your popularity (fans online and offline). Seasoned managers keep their eyes and ears open to who’s next and if you are creating a lot of buzz (selling out shows, selling CDs independently, thousands of hits on YouTube, etc.), that manager will find you. Another option is to seek a management consultation which will allow you to tip-toe into a working relationship with the manager. Sometimes managers will be willing to consult you on a project-by-project basis and that way you have some business support why you audition for the manager and they audition for you to see if it’s a right fit.RECIPROCALThe best management relationship is built on trust and respect. If the manager truly believes in the artist’s talent and the artist completely trusts the guidance of the manager, it can be a very rewarding relationship. Both parties should work equally hard. Remember, managers are paid a commission of the artist’s income. So, if you have no income coming in yet, make an offer to pay for the managers time in a different way (like hourly or by project), until some income is generated. Make that be the first benchmark, for you both to achieve together, finding income streams for the artist and their music.So to recap:
Identify your strengths & weaknesses and qualify yourself.
Be able to clearly articulate who you are and what success you have had.
Learn what artist managers do.
Consider self-management while you build your fan base.
Have something to manage before approaching a manager! Identify what your needs are.
Research managers to approach that work in your genre of music and have good reputations.
Build trust and respect with the manager before demanding they open their rolodex, and come up with a fair way to pay the manager for their services.
These few things will set you apart from the zillion other artists out there aimlessly reaching out to “a manager” in cyberspace. And hopefully help you start a mutually rewarding relationship to further your career.