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February 02 2016


How To Survive On A Security Guard’s Salary When You Do Not Live At Home With Mom And Pop.

Each time you look at your paycheck look at what you can save first, before you think about what you want to or have to spend.
Are you in debt? Then get out of debt as fast as you can. You will really need to focus to get out of debt. You may think it is impossible to recover from debt on a security guard’s salary, but believe me you can do it.
As far as housing goes, I have always felt you should only pay for what you need. I had a friend who wanted a more affluent lifestyle and a fancy apartment. He drove around a bright orange convertible. Unfortunately, he paid heavily for this lifestyle by working two full-time security jobs. If you live in an area where apartments are affordable then go right ahead. If however, you live in southern California like my friend did, you may want to consider something more affordable. Heck, there is nothing wrong with renting a room.
I live in the Midwest. I bought a piece of property in the country and live in a mobile home on my own place. Of course, out here, the price for a piece of property is reasonable and property taxes are very low.
One of your biggest costs will be transportation. One of the best ways for you to save money is to reduce your commute. Live as close to your post as possible. It is always best to ask for a security job as close to home as possible. It really pays to ask, because if you don’t ,they will put you wherever is most convenient for them. No, they don’t care about your needs at all unless you go out of your way to make them known. Do you really need a new car and a car payment? no! No! NO!!! You can find some great vehicles used. Be patient, realistic and know the laws. If your state requires the previous owner to have a vehicle smog tested before it can be sold, make sure this is done. You are not interested in buying parts. You want a running vehicle. If you live in one of those megalopolises you might consider the bus or subway system. This can be inexpensive. I like riding a bike. Riding saved me money on a motorized vehicle, gas and insurance. Riding a bike can really kick your savings plan into high gear! Plus riding will kick your flabby security guard behind into shape.
One of the biggest mistakes security guards make is eating out. Fast food tastes good and is way too convenient. Unfortunately, all those coffee drinks and cheeseburgers will catastrophically burn up your meager wages. Pack your lunch. Make your own coffee. Clip and use those coupons. Save those wages for something better.
Do you need a blanket, a computer or a new vehicle? Shop around. Do not ever allow yourself to buy anything on impulse. You can find stuff you need, even security guard equipment, on sale on websites like amazon.com or ebay.com Buying from these sites can be a lot cheaper than retail stores. Oftentimes, the shipping is free. Free is good.
Once you get into the frugality mindset, you will be surprised how it will permeate your life in a good way. You will be less pressured to buy stuff you don’t need. You will have gained some control over your life. And if your security company is not too stingy, you will find yourself with a nice surplus.

What do I do with that surplus you might ask? Well, there are a lot of books and websites that deal with that subject. If you want my advice then I say save and invest. First of all set up a rainy day fund. You want an emergency fund that will ultimately cover all your bills for about three months. Because we are security guards, and finding a job is not too difficult for us, I would plan for at least a month.
Once you get that emergency fund saved up you might consider a 401k plan, if your company has one, or an IRA with a good investment firm. If you have saved up a lot of money you may want to consider consulting a certified financial planner. Pay those guys by the hour and not a percentage of an investment or mutual fund they might try to talk you into. I read books like Investing for Dummies and Mutual Funds for Dummies. Very good advice. By the way, I bought those books for a dollar a piece at the thrift store. Saving money for retirement is a really good idea. Plus, the money you save in a 401k or IRA can earn way better interest than a bank account. Just be aware of the risk. Don’t put all your cookies in one basket. Diversify. There are a couple of sites I like that I check out. I like going to Yahoo finance to look at the market equities. I also like vanguard.com. Vanguard keeps their expense ratios way down. Do your homework and get good advice. Read. Educate yourself.

January 27 2016


Choosing The Right Security Guard

There are several types of security services; on-door security guards restrict access to people who are not authorised to enter the building, private security guards are body guards who move with you everywhere and block any attempts of attack on you, security patrol guards make a visit to your buildings and most important places to check everything is okay. The duration of the patrol is decided by the client and the frequency is usually twice or three times a day, a week or even a month.

There are a few points that should be considered before hiring a security guard. It is also the best idea to hire a security guard from a reputable, renowned company. You can then be sure that the security guard is trained to the highest standard and will be capable of dealing with any situation. The larger companies will also offer have the insurance protection in case any damage is caused by the security guard. The security guard will also have a specialisation and you should match that specialisation with what you require from the security guard. You should also interview the security guard you are looking to hire to find out there background. Past employers will be able to give an insight into how the character of the guard and there working capability. The security guard should be from a registered company.

Security Qualifications
In the UK all of the security guard qualifications have been set by the SIA, known as the security industry authority. Security is a serious field and requires dedicated training for those acting as a security person to perform well and deliver great service every time.
You must understand the following knowledge to be eligible to qualify for important positions such as a security guard or door supervisor.
The law that is relevant to the security industry – Security persons and agencies must know and understand the rules set down by the SIA.
The functions of a door supervisor could be; to control entry into the building, to know the complete fire procedure in case of emergency, to understand health and safety procedures, to search people and their property, to recognise and stop conflicts.
Another, in high demand, position is a CCTV operator. Security companies in LondonCCTV stands for closed circuit television. These devices are designed to protect property from a distance in a single location. These jobs have implications with the “Data Protection Act of 1998” and also “Human Rights Act of 1998,” which is why you must have training and qualifications before you get a job in these areas.
Other functions of a CCTV operator could be to; know how to use CCTV equipment, communicate with other control rooms, know how to deal with events, know CCTV surveillance techniques.

These are just two of the many fields in the security industry and give an insight into how demanding the industry is and why it should be governed. These regulations are important to keep the security
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