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4 Lucrative Business Ideas That You Should Consider Starting if You Can Drive

Beyond the Ice cream trucks and the food trucks and cabby services, (which are good businesses by the way) there is a lot more you can do with a vehicle that can be lucrative and can serve either as a healthy side business or a major gig.

If you have a vehicle or are thinking of a mobile business to start, then the first question to ask is; what can I do?

There are varieties of businesses today and in a fast-lane-do-it-for me world, almost everything you can think of that a vehicle can do, can be done for profit. Interestingly, many other things you never thought a vehicle could do can also be done with a vehicle for money.

I will share a few ideas, but the key is to evaluate yourself to see if you can handle it. If you have been thinking of what to start up and perhaps you are considering a mobile business or you have a car sitting in the garage, then these few ideas will be helpful.

1. Offering Delivery Services

The business terrain is fast changing and the need to increase customer satisfaction as a prerequisite for increased patronage is largely responsible for the increased number of e-commerce websites.

Major e-commerce websites need dispatch services; they often work with smaller stores which often work with post offices. The truth is that there is enough business to go around whether you work directly with the stores or the post office.

In spite of the recent trend to take your business online. there are still many stores in your city that rely solely on e-mails and phone calls to communicate with their customers. Customers will gladly pay a little extra for you to save them the trip to the store.

2. Become an Approved Driving Instructor

Maybe you have a vehicle and it costs you money to fuel it and you either don’t have a job or you want to make extra money by the side, and to top it all off, you love to drive and are pretty good at it. Good, then you need to consider this route as one of those lucrative deals your personal vehicle can help you achieve.

All you will need is a vehicle, a valid driver’s license and good knowledge of driving and instructing other drivers (you will have to prove this through a compulsory qualifying test). Then proceed to get registered as an Approved Driving Instructor and you are in business.

3. Invest in a Mobile goods Store

Again, owing to the increasing reluctance of customers to get out of the house or to take a trip to the stores, someone has to do the job of bringing stuff to them. Online platforms have their place, but people will jump at the sight of mobile stores. Thankfully, there are various businesses that have proved this.

The innovations that can be brought to life with a moderate of large sized truck are almost inexhaustible. Mobile cloth stores, Mobile fruit Shops, Mobile Jewelry stores and even flower trucks. There is sufficient proof that these ideas can work and they tend to be quite lucrative.

All you need to do is to observe your environment and see what can be done with a truck. It doesn’t matter if it has been done before or not. Mobile stores can afford to sell at lower prices and yet bring the goods to the neighborhood because they avoid rents and all the maintenance costs of running a brick and mortar store.

What could be more enticing?

4. Invest in a Mobile Services Store

People are much more willing to start up mobile goods stores, but services are a little more tricky. I mean people can buy a T-shirt from a moving truck but will they have a haircut in a truck?

Actually, there are few mobile business ideas that have not been explored. Some have worked over time and some have been ludicrous. In the end the first thing you have to consider is what services you can offer and then if people will pay to bring it to their neighborhood.

Richard Caporizzo converted a van into a state-of-the-art doggie spa with its own power supply, water tanks and electronic grooming table. Caporizzo and his son Matthew Vernon make house calls to trim, bathe and blow dry dogs at their owner’s homes. So yes, almost anything can work if you are really good at your services.

There is a truckload of ideas that you can explore and see what suits you and or your city more. But if people will pay to have it brought to them, then you can take their money gladly.

Whether you hate office jobs and sitting at a place and love mobility or you need to add to your income
or perhaps you have a vehicle that is not being used enough you can borrow an idea here, and make some money from it. Better still, you don’t need to kill yourself over how to raise money for this. Apart from the fact that most of these businesses will not cost you millions of dollars, there are some unconventional ways you can still get the capital you need.

Don’t limit yourself, change with the changing terrain and let your imagination fly!

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Every January I go through my inbox and take a good hard look at the amount of email I get. Then I let the purging begin! As the CMO of our business dashboards startup Dasheroo I’m laser-focused on what’s new, what’s hot and what’s not, so I’m diving in on the bits and bytes for information on growing our business.

This month I started to take a look at the really great content I get on all things marketing and thought I’d share the ones that won’t be getting hit with an unsubscribe.

Most of the bloggers I mention have written numerous books, way too many to list so I just focused on the blogs. Even though I’ve sort of categorized them, almost all of them really cross over all marketing channels.

Marketing. In General

Duct Tape Marketing – John Jantsch is the king at all things digital marketing. He focuses on great tools that small businesses need to know about, customer service, marketing messaging, referral marketing and the list goes on! We love his weekend favs.

– Mark Schaefer is an author, speaker and educator who has one of the top five marketing blogs in the WORLD. His blog focuses on all things marketing and is a must-read.

Relevance –
Chad Pollitt was named a top five content marketing thought leader and top 20 CMO influencer, and he continues to innovate by leading the emerging industry of online content promotion and distribution. He’s amassed a host of great writers that deliver everything you need from digital marketing to diving into social media.

Chris Brogan – Chris is the CEO of Owner Media Group, his posts are all things marketing, sales and business in a fun, interesting, captivating way. In general they just are super fun to read. I always get something from his posts!

Likeable Local – We love Dave Kerpen’s marketing blog. He publishes interesting articles on brand management, podcasts, videos, social media especially for growing local businesses.

All Things Social

Social Media Examiner – Michael Stelzner and team have by far one of the best places to go for which tools to use for specific social networks, in-depth how-to guides for just about everything social media and it is all written by the experts. They also publish an awesome and extremely useful annual report on businesses using social media.

Social Media Today – The world lost Robin Carey, the fearless leader and founder of Social Media Today in late 2015. She started SMT in 2007 when no one was looking at using social media, let alone for business. That publication is awesome, they get great contributors that are thought leaders in all things social media.

Social Media Delivered – Eve Mayer is known as the “LinkedIn Queen” and she is the CEO of Social Media Delivered. Her awesome blog offers you a bit of everything social media marketing related.

Razor Social – Ian Cleary is THE expert on all tools related to marketing. His blog is a must read to find out the real deal on the thousands of tools available today and he breaks down what you need and why.

Content Marketing

Convince and Convert – Jay Baer’s blog covering all things content marketing is just awesome. From SEO, email marketing, social media to tactics for converting traffic, Jay covers it all.

Boom! Social – Kim Garst is a leading authority on digital marketing and specifically, social selling over the past five years. She focuses her posts on all things Twitter, Facebook and now Periscope.

Feldman Creative – Barry Feldman is just awesome at content marketing and SEO and he’s a true genius when it comes to creative headlines and messaging the grabs attention. He also has a must-see podcast called Content Matters .

SEO

Orbit Media Studios – Andy Crestodina is a true expert on web design, content marketing and SEO. At Dasheroo we love when he writes about using analytics to improve your rankings !

Neil Patel – Follow this guy on his journey to 100,000 monthly visitors using SEO. His blog is a clever timeline of all of the actions he’s taking on his site to rank, get visitors and convert them. You’ll learn a lot.

Google Adwords

Wordstream – If you’re doing anything Adwords related, this is the place to go. Larry Kim is a genius at making the most of a PPC campaign. Most articles are about digital marketing with a slant on SEO and PPC.

Instagram

Sue B. Zimmerman – She’s passionate about teaching entrepreneurs and marketing professionals how to easily leverage the power of Instagram to get tangible business results. Plus she’s a bunch of fun to listen to!

Jenn’s Trends – Jenn Herman’s blog is just awesome for finding out what’s new on Instagram, offering amazing case studies for businesses using Instagram and the to-do’s and the don’t do’s when using this social network.

LinkedIn

Linked Into Business – Whether is what’s new with LinkedIn or how to use it for your business Viveka Von Rosen knows her stuff. She is known as the “LinkedIn Expert ” and speaks to executives, business owners, and entrepreneurs about the benefits of marketing with social media, and in particular LinkedIn.

Facebook

Jon Loomer – This blog can’t be beat for learning advanced Facebook Ads techniques. Jon has done social internally for the NBA and the American Cancer Society. He writes killer in-depth how-to’s for creating, managing and measuring Facebook Ads.

Andrea Vahl Blog – Having worked at Social Media Examiner Andrea is an amazing social media strategist. Her blog digs deep into how businesses can make the most of Facebook.

Mari Smith – Often referred to as “the Queen of Facebook”, Mari Smith is hailed as the premier Facebook marketing expert and one of the most influential and knowledgeable new media thought leaders in the world. Check out her blog.

Ok, there’s your blog reading list for marketing in 2016. Go get ’em!



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How many business cards have you kept and remembered after meeting someone new? A few? One? None? More than likely, you have thrown away or stored most of the business cards you were handed without giving them more thought. It would impossible to do that with these 29 business cards. They are all so delightfully creative and memorable, it’s hard to imagine them anywhere but lying on your desk or tacked to a bulletin board.

1.) A business card that’s also a cheese grater

2.) Mini plungers, complete with the plumber’s contact information.

3.) LEGO agents for a business

4.) These unique wine Sommelière cards

5.) A mini yoga mat card for a yoga studio

6.) A landscaping business card that’s an investment in their own future

7.) An empty picture frame business card

8.) A yoga trainer’s business card that encourages you to stretch

9.) This adorable seed packet business card



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32 Business Listing Sites That Will Get You Referral Traffic

Not all online searches and transactions are performed on search engines. Directories and social media websites expand your reach and have some of the hottest leads on the web at an inexpensive cost. Whether free or paid, these marketplaces are worth spending your advertising budget on.

Should You Submit to Online Directories?

Yes! You should submit your business information and website to relevant directories, and I’ve included a list below. This list is a great sources of leads, consumer reviews and referral traffic. Free or paid, it is important you control your business profile because you need to engage and advertise to consumers where they want to be. Once you claim your profile, update any information that is inaccurate. and be sure to provide details about your business that are a selling point and may draw a new customer in. Most importantly, claim ownership now so that you can respond to positive and negative reviews of your business in the future.

How Many Is Too Many?

There is no set number of directories your business should or shouldn t be in. It s the quality and relevancy of the directories that is important to keep in mind. Links from spammy websites, hacked websites or low quality sites constitute bad neighborhoods that you don’t want to belong to. Linking to your site from these bad neighborhoods on purpose will make you a target for manual penalties from the search engines.

How to Tell Which Directories Are Legit

I have put together a list of 32 directories I recommend, below. But there are many more worth considering. If you re interested in submitting your site to a directory, take a look at the businesses listed and if you would feel comfortable calling on those businesses and they are relevant to your business, then you should feel safe submitting to and being a part of that neighborhood. The quality of the sites you are listed in is important, so stick to the best. The goal is to make sure that the most accurate, up-to-date information about your business gets published where your potential customers are searching.

Getting Started

On any of these sites, search to see if your business is already listed, then claim control of your existing listing instead of submitting a duplicate. For new submissions, I’ve linked to the deepest page that can help you set up a new business profile quickly. Also if you have a directory that you think should be included, please feel free to mention it in the comments.

Need help submitting? This can be very time consuming, and we can help. You can start by evaluating the accuracy of your listing using our free tool, and claim control quickly and easily by syndicating your information through our network, or we can do the legwork for you.

Originally posted on March 3, 2014.

Updated on June 19, 2015.

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Hi there! Description for each directory must be unique. I have a representatives of our comany worldwide. So I collected database directories all over the world and I want to place there information about our representatives in each country ( addresses will be their ). but url will be of our general site. So, how to make each of them unique description of the company? Or I can write the same information about our company in each directory? In this case can be a penalty from Google or not? I d be glad for any advice!

thank you for share this beautiful blog post with precious business directory site list 🙂

Hi this list is worldwide do you have list for specific country like, australia, new Zealand, south africa and many others countries?

Great and very informative article. This will help us to link building. I want to ask you a favor. We are a web development company. You can tell us, how do we create back links to our company?

This article list is so useful… Surely it will help to increase website traffic… Thanks for informative information sharing



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26 Creative Business Cards That Aren t Even Cards

Contact information has gone digital but that doesn t mean the traditional business card no longer serves a purpose. Business cards these days are used to make an impression. They can be great marketing tools for your services and a memorable card can lead to new opportunities.

Below you will find a collection of 26 of the most creative business cards that aren t even cards in the traditional sense. They do however, make an impression and break through the noise.

1. LEGO employees have the best business cards

2. Bike tool that fits in your wallet

3. For Personal Trainers

4. Business card caliper

5. The Cardapult : Business card catapult

6. Business card coins

7. Business cards for plumbers

8. Beef jerky business card is good for a year

9. Music to your eyes

10. T Make a seat

11. Jack of all trades

12. Cheese grater for cheese shop

13. Business card skateboard deck

14. Musical business card comb

15. Lavender sachet business card

16. Frame of mind

17. Delivery box business card

18. Problem solving business card

19. Fabric business card

20. Stand up for creativity

21. Business card ring sizer for Jewellers

22. Yoga mat business card

23. Business card chocolates

24. Lock pick business card

25. For growing businesses

26. This business card plays Tetris

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How many business cards have you kept and remembered after meeting someone new? A few? One? None? More than likely, you have thrown away or stored most of the business cards you were handed without giving them more thought. It would impossible to do that with these 29 business cards. They are all so delightfully creative and memorable, it’s hard to imagine them anywhere but lying on your desk or tacked to a bulletin board.

1.) A business card that’s also a cheese grater

2.) Mini plungers, complete with the plumber’s contact information.

3.) LEGO agents for a business

4.) These unique wine Sommelière cards

5.) A mini yoga mat card for a yoga studio

6.) A landscaping business card that’s an investment in their own future

7.) An empty picture frame business card

8.) A yoga trainer’s business card that encourages you to stretch

9.) This adorable seed packet business card



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How to Make Business Brochures That Stand Out

Once you’ve created great business cards. it’s time to make brochures to show off your company. Brochures let you showcase your business–your products or services and your purpose. They hold more information than do business cards, so you can include additional contact information. Instead of including only your usual social media handles for Twitter and Facebook, for instance, consider adding a link to your Yelp page.

The industry standard for brochure design is either QuarkXPress 9 or Adobe InDesign–both of which cost hundreds of dollars. Luckily, you don’t need these programs to design professional-looking brochures .

Microsoft Word, while not ideal for desktop publishing, will work if you’ve got the right template. Don’t rely on Word’s preloaded templates–Microsoft’s Office website has over 80 free brochure and booklet templates for both Word and Publisher. You can find additional free Word brochure templates on HP’s website for small and medium-size businesses.

Mac users can design attractive brochures in Apple’s iWork Pages. Pages features basic templates, but additional free iWork templates can be found on the iWork Templates Blog and on iWork Community .

Looking for a desktop publishing program? Try PagePlus Starter Edition. which is free and features master pages, column flow, and the ability to move and lock text boxes and images. The full version of PagePlus has more options and costs $100.

Brother’s CreativeCenter website lets you design a trifold brochure for free. If you’d rather stay online, MyCreativeShop is an online brochure-maker with hundreds of customizable brochure designs. The site has two-panel and three-panel brochure designs, as well as 4-, 8-, and 12-page booklet templates. Each design template costs $69, but you can try out a design for free before you purchase it.

HP’s Marketsplash also offers brochure designs–over 250. in fact–that you can customize using HP’s online tool. Epson’s CreativeZone has a number of free downloadable trifold brochure templates, as does Brother’s CreativeCenter .

If you decide to print brochures yourself, it’s best to have a printer that supports two-sided (duplex) printing, such as the HP Officejet 6000 Wireless. The decision to print on your own will mostly depend on how many brochures you want to print. If you’re printing over a hundred brochures, you may want to consider outsourcing because many print shops will include folding or assembly.

To find out if your printer supports duplex printing, go to the the Printer Properties menu and look for an option that says something like “Two-sided (Duplex) Printing” or “Print on both sides.” If you can’t find such an option in the menu, your printer doesn’t support duplexing, or you may need to download additional drivers. Because brochures are always two-sided, automatic duplex printing will save you the hassle of having to flip over each sheet manually.

Automatic duplexing works best with 16-pound to 28-pound paper, but can work with paper that has a basis weight of up to 32 pounds .

A printer that handles double-sided printing, like the HP Officejet 6000, is the best bet for brochure-making. You can outsource brochure printing to an online print shop such as Vistaprint. Vistaprint starts at $290 for 500 brochures, and that price includes full color on both sides. Additional features will cost you just a little extra: $4 if you want to upload a photo or design, $1.50 for a map, and $1.50 if you want a PDF version as well (prices are subject to change, of course).

Some of the more well-known printing companies are considerably more expensive: FedEx Kinko’s starts at $1.03 per brochure (based on an order of 1500), though that price includes double-sided printing in full color, as well as folding.

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Student Refunds

Students may not carry a credit balance from one semester to another, unless the credit balance is the result of a housing or trip deposit for a future semester.

After all charges are applied to the student’s account, those with a remaining credit balance will be refunded automatically. Any charges incurred after the refund is mailed will be due on the next billing cycle. Those not paid by the due date printed on the statement may incur a monthly late fee.

Receipt of Refunds:

CTX Students are encouraged to use direct deposit (ACH) to receive refunds of credit balances from their student accounts. Students can set up and edit direct deposit instructions through their MyInfo account. Please allow 1 business day before the relative refund date for the change to be processed.

  1. Sign on to MyInfo.
  2. On the “Student” tab, click on “Update Direct Deposit for Refunds.”
  3. Enter the routing and account number of the financial institution and deposit account you wish to use and indicate whether this is a checking or savings account.
  4. The system defaults to setting up only the instructions for reimbursement. To use this information for payroll as well, click the relative check box.
  5. Continue through thee screens until you receive a confirmation that your change has been successful.
  6. You will receive an email confirmation to your Concordia.edu address nothing the change.

To change direct deposit instructions:

  1. Click on the Student Tab.
  2. Click on “Update Direct Deposit for Refunds”.
  3. Click on the blue hyper-linked Bank Name of the account you wish to change.
  4. Click the “Inactive” check box and then press Save.
  5. Add the new bank information in the “Add Allocation” section of the form, indicate Payroll or Accounts Payable (refunds) as applicable, and press Save.
  6. Confirm through the remaining screens until you receive confirmation that your changes have been made.

You will receive an email at your CTX email address confirming all changes to your direct deposit information.

Occasionally we receive notice from the bank that deposit information you entered is incorrect or has changed. We will make changes to your deposit information as instructed by your bank, and notify you of those changes through your CTX email.

Refunds will be paid within 14 business days of the receipt of funds that created a credit balance on the account. You will not receive a refund for loan funds until your loans are actually disbursed to Concordia University Texas from your lender.

Please note that if changes to your schedule affect your financial aid you may be responsible for a balance due to the university.

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The Best Pre-Law Colleges and Universities

Looking for the Best Pre-Law Undergraduate Schools? The best choice for a college or university to go to if you are considering law school is easy! Go to any good College or University where you can get good grades. As for a major, do what interests you. Law schools, unlike medical schools, do not have rigid pre-set requirements.

First, a word on what this article is talking about: we are not discussing the best places to do pre-law. Taking pre-law is generally a mistake if you want to go to law school. If your chosen school, has a major that is actually called pre-law, do not take it thinking that will help you get into law school.

It may in fact hurt you: law school admissions board do not highly respect pre-law as major, possibly because it indicates you have no interest in expanding yourself as a person beyond the legal field, and also because these courses really do nothing to prepare you for law school that a simple English, history, or political science degree can t do better. We have more information on that in our post about the best majors if you plan to attend law school .

While other factors such as where you attend school certainly play a role in law school admissions, the LSAT is by far the biggest single factor in your application. A good LSAT score can erase a lot of weaknesses, even a lowish GPA. I got a 177 on the LSAT . which changed the entire trajectory of my life. Even a few points on the LSAT can make a major difference in your success as an applicant.

Thus selecting a school based on a Pre-Law major or program would be typically be a mistake, so what else should you do? Before rejoining the discussion of where you should go to college, let s quickly discuss the question of major, because it s often a big part of your decision on where to attend for undergrad.

Picking A Good Undergrad Major if You Want to Go to Law School

According to Wikipedia:

In 2001, the five most common majors of students entering law school were political science, history, English, psychology, and criminal justice. The five majors with the highest acceptance rates were physics, philosophy, biology, chemistry, and government service. [source ]

Just because a major is a common choice for future law students, don t think it is a great one to pick. Criminal Justice is probably one of the worst majors if you are shooting for a top law school. It is not well respected as a serious area of academic inquiry (at least not as it is presented in undergrad). You would be far better off doing philosophy or history if you want to think about crime and punishment.

Anecdotally, I knew no criminal justice or psychology majors at my law school, University of Chicago.

Though it may surprise some, law schools like students from the hard sciences a lot, for two reasons: first, they don t have as many applying students in those disciplines so it rounds out the class.

Second, those students have an edge in the job market (IP law for example) so they help the law school maintain a high employment-upon-graduation rate.

Third, from my observation anyways, they tend to make really good law students. English, history, and the like are also good majors, as students who went to college for these tend to have good writing and critical thinking skills.

It s also generally considered easier to get a high GPA in humanities majors because of grade inflation. For a full discussion on the best majors for future law students. check HERE. Now that we got the subject of your major out of the way

Picking the Best College or University to Go to if You Are Interested in Law

What are best undergrad schools to go to if you are considering law school? As I said before, the answer is simple: you want to go to one of the better schools you were accepted to, one where you think you can maintain a high GPA in a serious major.

Reputation of the school does not matter as much as you might think, because law schools care more about how high your GPA is than where it came from.

Undergrad School Reputation

I imagine most students thinking ahead to law school think they should go to the best undergrad school that they got into to boost their chances of going to a good law school. I want to stress again that this is only true if you can maintain a high GPA.

It may seem unfair, but your GPA is typically far, far more important in the admissions process than the quality of your undergrad institution, so long as your undergrad meets a minimum standard of quality.

Yes, it is definitely better to have a great GPA at a really great school, but if you are really committed to going to the best law school you can get into, it is more important to make sure you are at a school where you can maintain a really high GPA (3.8+).

So, for example, a 3.9 from University of Iowa is going to tend to open more law schools doors than a 3.4 from University of Chicago. I went to University of New Hampshire, a good school, but certainly not the shining light of the western world. Although my GPA wasn t valedictorian material (a 3.73), it was good enough because it s still in the GPA range top law schools are looking for.

For that reason, future law students might want to avoid undergrad schools like Reed or University of Chicago, where it is very difficult to get a high GPA, unless you are very driven and think you can do well there.

While law schools understand that these are great programs and are really hard, they are stuck because they need to be conscious of their USNWR ranking, which means they have to admit a lot of high GPA students.

Is the admissions system maybe a little messed up for the high emphasis it places on numbers? Definitely. However, if you know that going in, you can make it work to your advantage. That said, don t think that you should just take a 4.0 at some online school such as DeVry. Law schools are only interested in taking students from schools that they think can prepare you for the rigors of law school.

Generally, this means any decent state university and or better. Looking at the current entering students profile at Yale Law School, you ll see that while the very best colleges and universities in the country are heavily represented, and there are plenty of students from schools such as UMass Amherst and University of Florida that, though they are great schools, are not elite.

However, there is no one from very low ranked institutions. Generally, you want to attend somewhere that shows up on US News ranking of the best colleges. Community and junior colleges are fine as long as you transfer after a year or so, and so long as they are a good enough program to get you in the kind of schools discussed above.

Again, just make sure you maintain a high GPA throughout. Any graded college course you take will be factored in to you GPA when you apply to law school. Luckily, this leaves a lot of great schools, as there are hundreds that can adequately prepare you for law school.

This should give you a basic idea of how to choose a undergrad institution if you are thinking about going to law school afterwards. The key points to take away here are that you should do what interests you (unless its criminal justice or pre-law) at a good school where you think you can get a high GPA.

For more information on how law schools make admissions decisions, you may want to consult a book as this is a very complicated subject. Here is some recommended reading to max out your chances of playing the admissions game to the best of your ability:



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Zoology

In Brief:

  • A wide variety of field trips are available in the UK and abroad, including an opportunity for some students to go to Brazil
  • Opportunities for a placement year during which you can gain work experience (including overseas)
  • You will be taught by many academics who are active Zoology researchers
  • Overall student satisfaction for this course is 100% (NSS 2017)
  • Part-time study option
  • Work/industrial placement opportunity
  • International students can apply

Places still available for a September start.

Call 0330 108 0001 or visit our Clearing webpage to find out more and apply.

Course Summary

Our BSc in Zoology will develop your knowledge of concepts at the forefront of zoological science. Practical training will equip you with many of the subject specific, personal and practical skills that you will need for your future career. You will learn about biological processes, their behaviour and how they react with their environment.

This course will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the biology of animals. You will learn about animals, the links between them and their environment, and key aspects of zoological phenomena from molecular to ecological levels.

You will have the opportunity to go on several field trips over the duration of this programme which will provide real world experiences and examples to learn from. You will only pay a modest non-refundable administration fee for the residential field courses, which are otherwise 100% subsidised by the university.

Between years two and three of this course we encourage students to complete a placement year, which is arranged with our support. The position is often salaried, with a major company linked to a public health laboratory or wildlife trust, or a research organisation such as the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, MAFF or Central Veterinary Laboratory. In our experience, final degree results and employability are enhanced for students who undertake a placement year. The placement also counts towards the final degree classification as part of the year 2 mark.

Even though I didn t achieve the best A level grades, I was determined to go on to university as I had wanted to study zoology from a young age. I was therefore very happy to discover that Salford did a foundation degree which would enable me to then go on to the zoology course. I also liked the location of the university which meant I could stay in the Manchester area.

The best thing about my time at Salford was the staff. The lecturers are highly knowledgeable in their fields, are easy to get on with but also professional. I also think the contacts I made whilst studying at Salford have come in handy since graduating.

The advice I would give to anybody considering BSc Zoology is to gain as much as you can from your course. I would also suggest anyone wanting a career in a laboratory undertakes a laboratory research project as this has helped me immensely in what I do now.

I would advise anyone considering career options to keep an open mind. You may start out wanting to do one thing but a degree can really change your mind. I started off wanting to work in conservation but as soon as I was introduced to the parasitology modules I was hooked.

Year 1

In year 1 you will study a range of topics in six modules covering both theory and practice across the biological sciences.

This module will look at the multidisciplinary nature of cell biology and the basic structure of cells, focusing on animal cells. It will help you develop a theoretical knowledge of the fundamental physiological and biochemical functions carried out by cells.

This module will help you develop practical laboratory skills relevant to cell, organismal, micro- and molecular biology which will form a basis for competence in biological and biochemical experimental work.

Year 2

The highlight of year 2 is the opportunity to go on an excellent residential field trip at Dale Fort in Pembrokeshire in May for the Marine Biology module, which includes studies of the zonation and ecology of animals and plants on various rocky sea shores.

The aim of this module is to provide you with a cohesive lecture and laboratory programme to enable you to become aware of mammalian molecular biology and genetics and to develop an understanding of theoretical and practical knowledge in the application of clinical laboratory techniques used for diagnosis.

This module aims to provide you with a cohesive lecture programme and directed reading, enabling you to gain knowledge and understanding of: the range of infectious diseases that impact on humans; the basic biology and lifecycles of protozoa and helminths of medical importance; vectors that transmit infectious agents and the internal and external factors that affect transmission of infectious diseases.

This module is to help you develop an ability to understand the basics of scientific research under the following areas in order to prepare you for future research based activity:

  • critical evaluation of research-based literature
  • understanding experimental techniques and design
  • data interpretation, analysis and presentation
  • dissertation writing and presentation.

This module provides an structured approach to evolution and covers the evolution of animal body plans with a focus on vertebrates as well as covering the mechanisms that drive evolution.

This module looks at the ecological principles that govern community interactions within and between species. This module includes extensive fieldwork and will provide an insight into living ecological systems.

This is a unique module that builds on the considerable research experience that staff at Salford have in Parasitology and infectious diseases. It covers the basics and epidemiology of this group of diseases from a holistic view.

The aim of this module is to develop an understanding of the cognitive abilities and limitations of nonhuman animals, with a particular focus on nonhuman primates. The course also develops your understanding of the cognitive challenges associated with living in complex social groups.

This module looks at the importance of human and animal parasites, in relation to medical, veterinary or wildlife aspects, life-cycle biology, host response and the principles of parasite epidemiology and transmission. You will also study strategies for parasite detection, diagnosis and control. The module includes a unique field course to enable you to see parasites living in their natural environment.

The module focuses on biology relevant to the water industry and organisations which regulate and control the aquatic environment; for example the Environment Agency. The major themes are biology associated with water resources and water pollution. The module will be enhanced by field studies and external visits.

This module helps to develop an understanding of tropical ecosystems (particularly from the New World). It involves a two-week field course to Costa Rica and an independent research project conducted in a rainforest environment.

This module looks at the way evolution has shaped both the development and adaptation of groups of animals to their environments.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

Entry Requirements

29 points with at least 1 science subject from Group 4

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

Please note that you should discuss the possibility of being considered for the scheme with the Admissions Tutor before making an application. Please contact the Environment and Life Sciences school office to speak with the Admissions Tutor for this course: +44(0)161 295 4656

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

Applicant profile

You should be interested in the study of animal life and their biological processes, the interactions of animals with one another and their environment as well as the behaviour of animals in general.