Background checks are essentially a search into someone’s past to see if he or she has ever been been convicted of any crimes or has a history of arrest records, bankruptcy, or has ever been involved in a lawsuits. These background searches can be done by virtually anyone now and fairly quickly. Working with a company like United Background Checks makes the process even easier as you have a real person to connect with for any questions. Over the next few paragraphs, we will explore why background checks can be an indispensable tool.

People all around the world carry out these background searches on different people for different reasons. The process can vary from place to place and culture to culture as in some places to carry out a background check, people ask that particular person’s friends, relatives, neighbors to find out what kind of a person he or she is. No matter what people’s opinions are about why background checks should be performed, it can be a helpful tool for filling in the blanks about someone’s history.

For a lot of people, background checks may seem a bit intrusive by interfering in one’s personal life but we ask them a very simple question; wouldn’t you rather know than not know who you are dealing with when hiring a new employee or joining with a new business partner? Of course most people would answer yes to this question. Therefore, how can you be critical when other people run a search on you. In fact, it is a good idea to be diligent and run a background search of tenants and employees especially, to make sure he or she isn’t hiding something that could cause you harm.

The point that many people miss is that just because someone runs a background check and finds there to be certain unappealing records, it does not mean that you have to automatically disqualify the candidate. Background screens are simply a tool that helps to complete the picture. If unfavorable information is discovered there may very well be a justifiable explanation. Then it is time to have that discussion with your candidate before you make your decision.

Background checks can be indispensable in many cases. For instance, employers can make use of background checks to ensure job candidates have actually acquired degrees from the schools they claim, as well as checking references, and verifying licenses. A background check can be as simple as a nationwide criminal search or as comprehensive as checking a dozen various reports that go well beyond just a criminal check. Such searches can include but are not limited to employment verifications, tenant histories, education checks, reference checks, and credit histories.

In addition to employers and landlords, military personnel also make use of these background checks for recruiting people. Since they probably do not want to recruit people to the military with criminal histories, they need to know all they can about their candidates. Private investigators also run background checks in an effort to learn more about their subjects.

With the Internet, there is a plethora of websites to choose from that provide background checks. However, it would serve you well to partner up with a reputable company such as United Background Checks. Anytime you are dealing with people’s privacy and confidential information, it would be wise to follow the laws for each state. Not all companies found with a simple Google search pay much attention to the various laws.

Since compliance can be complex and laws vary from state to state, why not check with a trusted company and get the background information you need to make informed decisions on employees, tenants, and business partners? Some companies require a consent form to be completed by the candidate prior to obtaining background information. By following applicable laws and working with a reputable company, background screening can be an invaluable tool and can save you a lot of time, money, and problems down the road.

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Do Apps Still Make Money? Here is What 6 Developers Think

The app market is extremely saturated. But the mobile market is still gathering Mobile apps have changed how we work, live, connect and what we do for entertainment. Mobile apps will continue to shape the thoughts consumers, small businesses, enterprises, and even the government.

Forrester expects that more than 25% of companies will use mobile not as a channel, but as a fully integrated part of their overall strategy. They believe 2016 will be the most consequential year for companies on the path to customer obsession, and that includes adapting empowered customers who expect to get anything they want immediately, in context on their mobile devices.

There is still a lot of demand for apps. Mobile apps have evolved beyond providing just information. Artificial intelligent and voice-based personal assistants are inspiring conversational and smart apps.

But most app developers are struggling to get attention. Majority of app developers don’t get rewarded for their efforts. Most apps don’t generate profits but serve as an extension of an existing business. And he vast majority of apps are free.

In-app purchases and advertising allow app creators to make money off their free apps. There are only few hits though. Here is what some redditors think about the prospects ofaunching an app.

1. kevinbracken

Absolutely, yes they do. I sold my fitness app last year to a larger company, and know many people whose app-based companies are making money.

However, the thing that many people fail to realize is that you are not building “an app,” you are building a business, and mobile is simply the fastest-growing channel in the world. You can do your own research but in the not-so-distant future, mobile will make up the vast majority of all web traffic and online sales.

To answer the second part of your question, if you have limited resources, absolutely target iOS. Notice how when new, serious companies with venture financing and previously successful founders start companies, they launch iOS apps first. Reasons:

  • iOS users download more apps
  • iOS users spend considerably more through their phones
  • iOS users know they are iOS users. Don’t underestimate the importance of this: many Android users simply buy the cheapest phone and don’t spend much time thinking about downloading apps, would never put their credit card number in a phone, etc.

2. austincha

I created some apps for both the App Store and the Google Play store. The App Store is strict on the quality of apps they allow to be uploaded, so I then just focused on Android apps. I made simple games and even some Live Wallpaper apps. My best games only made a couple hundred dollars and the LWPs made about a hundred.

I’ve stopped creating apps because the payout wasn’t worth the time and effort I put into coding the apps. I’ll have to say 99% of the app developers out there are not making money for the time and effort they put into the apps.

3. ZeikCallaway

Android developer here. As others have pointed out, apps can still make money, but the days of just having an app for money are pretty much over. Apps become exponentially more powerful, and likely to be used if they’re complimentary to a bigger software or service.

Also when deciding Android vs iOS, if you can, you should target both because they’re pretty even as far as market share. If you had to pick just one to start, I can’t tell you which is better but from my perspective and experience, Android seems to be gaining more market share albeit very slowly but, iOS will have a more consistent experience.

In other words, some Android devices may not work with your app the way you expect, so even they do take a strong lead over iOS devices there will still be a number of them that have problems.

4. RPN

Of course they still make money. Actually now more than ever as every year the worldwide app revenue grows exponentially. AppAnnie predicts that gross revenue across all app stores will eclipse $100 Billion in 2020.

The problem is that it’s now more competitive than ever. For an independent developer it is getting increasingly difficult to make a living building apps.

5. EatSafeUK

A lot of people have a weird view on apps as if they are magical no effort cash cows. But you have to see it for what it is, simply a distribution platform.

Can you build an app, throw it out there and effortlessly get millions of downloads and rake on money? No.

But if you are developing a solution to a problem that is best served with mobile then an app is appropriate. My research for my current project showed that the problem was biggest when people were out and about, so a mobile app works best.

But it’s just the distribution method. The rest of the business is the same as before; you need to identify customers, you need to effectively promote, you need to push yourself in front of people.

The app store is too saturated to expect to be discovered there. But just like a real store, the brands on the shelves do everything they can to get you to want to buy their products before you ever get through the door. Its the same in the app world.

iOS does seem to have a less price sensitive user base though, so if you want to charge for the app they’re the best people to target.

6. the_brizzler

They haven’t died down. It is just harder for the average guy or gal to make sure it is discovered. Sort of like websites…anyone can build a website…but how do you get visitors?…well that takes some marketing and strategy.

There are plenty of people making a decent living making niche apps that serve a specific purpose. But if you are trying to make a flashlight app…forget about it…apple won’t even let you publish it since there are already too many. So you just have to be smart about what you make and how you get people to find your app.

Related: 6 Easy Steps to Get Funding for Your App Startup

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