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Atlas Improves Agent Cash Flow

“Everywhere in the world, organizations struggle to manage the mountain of paper created by their business transactions. Nowhere is this more evident than in the transportation sector, especially at the Van Lines level. Most people outside the moving industry think that the move ends when the furniture is delivered but that’s not the case when it is a long distance move registered with Atlas. Once the physical move is completed, then all of the paperwork is sent to Atlas’ office by the various agents, drivers and third party companies who have been involved with the move.”


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California Moving: School, Homes & Business

It can be a big change just moving from one part of California to another, much less moving to California from another state. To help out our readers, we’ve put together a list of introductory resources to get you acquainted with living and working in the state, as well as some helpful links to information you’ll want to hang onto for later.


School Rankings & Crime Statistics


Crime statistics and quality of local schools are often cited as highly important factors in deciding where to live and that certainly holds true in California. Here are some guides to local crime numbers and school rankings that will help as you explore places to live in California.


Guide to California Schools – A searchable guide to California public and private schools, including all counties and grades K-12.


Crime Reports – Find local and real time crime data for any city by name or zip code.


Home Buying & Rental Resources


Whether you plan on buying or renting in California, you’ll find a wide selection of choices. In general, pricier options tend to be found around major metro areas (San Francisco & Los Angeles). In mid to large sized cities and rural areas, reasonably priced rentals and homes can be easier to find.


California Association of Realtors – A great resource for potential home buyers or sellers, the CAR has events, tools, advice and more.


Tenant & Landlord Rights & Responsibilities – If you’re a renter or landlord, make sure you’re aware of the rights and responsibilities of both parties.



California Business Information


For business owners or prospective businesses, California offers a wealth of opportunity. In addition to the many resources available within the state, California is also a leader in environmentally friendly business and high technology, both of which serve to inform and evolve how business is done on a worldwide basis. For anyone looking to start or relocate a business to California, these are helpful places to consult, both from the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development:


California State Business Licenses – A very helpful resource if you’re planning on starting a business or moving a business to California.


Starting A California Business – An overview and basic guide of the steps that you should take to start a business in California.

Navigating the California Job Search

California has a diverse economy that reflects the richness of the state’s people and resources. Including everything from tourism to high tech, and agriculture to entertainment, California is home to one of the world’s largest collection of skilled workers. Here are some of the basics you should know about the state workforce as a whole, and where to look for online resources about working in California.


Overview of California’s Economy & Workforce


California has one of the largest economies in the world and the nations largest working age population, as well as one of its most diverse and highly skilled according to a report from the U.S. Department of Labor. The report identifies several of the main industries that make up the California economy, including the following:


  • Professional and business services
  • Education and health
  • Technical and scientific services
  • Trade and transportation
  • Tourism and entertainment
  • High tech manufacturing
  • Information services


California Job Hunting Resources


These are some of the most generally helpful online resources for current or prospective job hunters in California.


CalJobs Job Search – An up to date database of available jobs, information and search tools for job seekers in California.


Working in California – State-sponsored page with information on working in California, what forms are required and helpful job hunting resources.


Employee Development Department – Job information for California by job type and location.


Glass Door – A great job search tool and information source for young professionals or established experts to find work in specific niches and information about companies.


Cost of Living & Working In California


One thing that has to be mentioned about living in California, regardless of what you do for work, is that the cost of living is relatively high compared to other states. This is, however, accounted for in the job market: you’ll find that the higher cost of living means that similar jobs typically pay more in California than in other parts of the country. The average household income is also higher than many states according to statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau.