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Top 8 Cities for Professional Women

As a business professional, your moves have a huge impact on your life. Where you live determines your available jobs, earning potential, and lifestyle.

Whether you prefer a beautiful range of seasons or perpetual sunshine and you are considering moving, find your place in one of the following top eight cities for professional women in the continental United States.

1. Austin, Texas

Austinites focus on diversity, eclecticism, and local business. In this progressive hotbed, you’ll find a host of occupational opportunities, as well as cultural, musical, and artistic events. Enjoy the atmosphere as you soak up the sun in this temperate southern city.

Full time female workers in Austin earn a median salary of $40,356. Women lead the educational, healthcare, sales, financial, and engineering sections.

2. Boston, Massachusettsboston

The little big city of Boston has the feeling of a cozy hamlet with the industry of a major urban area. Immerse yourself in the history and flavor of New England while pursuing your career goals.

Working full time, women earn a median salary of $42,562. Women dominate Boston’s healthcare, education, professional service, and technical service industries.

3. Boulder, Colorado

If you work hard during the week and want to play just as hard over the weekend, consider Boulder. The metro area represents a haven for liberal ideals and higher education. Outside the city, however, the Great Plains meet the Rocky Mountains in over 36,000 acres of recreational land. You’ll have plenty of opportunity for fun.

Here, full time working women earn a median income of $49,691. Boulder sets itself apart as one of the best places for female entrepreneurs.

4. Bridgeport, ConnecticutBrideport1 CT

Connecticut offers high living quality for its residents, including a myriad of educational opportunities. Specifically, Bridgeport features many parks, museums, and theaters.

Full time working women earn a median of $54,844 here. In Bridgeport, women lead the administrative, psychiatric, and educational sectors.

Minneapolis5. Minneapolis, Minnesota

Head north to Minneapolis to become part of its historical culture. Originally home to the Dakota Sioux tribe, the area’s notable population includes artists like Franz Marc and musicians like Prince.

Full time female workers in Minneapolis earn a median of $42,331. Women run nearly a third of the city’s businesses. And the city hosts a number of organizations, like Women Venture, designed to help female entrepreneurs optimize their businesses.

6. Napa, California

Known for its expansive vineyards and popular wine trail, Napa values culture and art. The area boasts more than 300 wineries, which provide many of the jobs (and enjoyment opportunities) in the region.

In Napa, women working full time earn $48,985-a full 94% of the median male salary. While wine represents Napa’s primary business, the city ranks high as one of the best places for small businesses and new careers.

San Fran7. San Francisco, California

San Fran’s diversity and stunning Victorian architecture attracts visitors and residents alike. Enjoy the various backgrounds, political perspectives, and methods of artistic expression in the Golden Gate City.

Here, women make a median income of $54,376 when working full time. Women also represent a significant portion of the workers in professional, scientific, and technical services. Professionals can also find opportunities in healthcare, sales, accounting, and auditing.

8. Seattle, Washington

Seattle represents a haven for education-more than 58% of residents have at least a bachelor’s degree. The city has one of the highest business-to-resident ratios in the U.S.-12.5 businesses for every 100 people.

Women here make a median salary of $51,158 when working full time. The city offers jobs in industries from fashion to computer programming.

As you prepare to move, consider these cities. The right location could get you off to the right start in your professional, personal, and recreational life.

Medical Practice

How to Successfully Move Your Medical Practice

Do you like the location of your medial practice? Have you ever wondered how your clinic would benefit if you moved somewhere with a little more space or with a little more traffic? Regardless of your specialty, you can benefit from a move.

Moving locations can increase the number of patients you see and strengthen the stability of your practice.

If you think moving would help your clinic become stronger, you need to make sure you do it right. A well-executed move will help your practice, while a poorly thought out move could hurt it significantly.

Tip 1: Keep Your Patients Informed

Once you find a location for your clinic, immediately begin to notify your patients. Patients represent the lifeblood of your practice. You can’t afford to lose them in your move. Use these suggestions to keep your patients during the moving process.

  • Post notices of your move in the office at least 30 days before yoChecklistur move. This will allow your more regular patients to take notice and plan accordingly.
  • Send patients emails before and after the move explaining the details of the move. Include the address and, if necessary, your new phone number. Consider sending postcards as well, since some people prefer physical reminders.
  • Launch a social media campaign connected to your move. Encourage patients to like your page or share posts about the move. Not only will this remind existing patients of your move, it could also encourage their friends or followers to check out your new location as well.

Tip 2: Maintain Employee Morale

You can’t practice medicine without your support staff. You need to keep them happy to ensure your practice runs smoothly, especially during a stressful move. Use these tips to keep up your staff’s morale up, even during a difficult transition.

  • If your staff participates with the move, make sure you do things that make it more enjoyable. As they pack up files or equipment, give them plenty of breaks. Provide lunch on a few days and other rewards for their hard work.
  • In the same vein as offering rewards, consider offering some sort of bonus for your staff. They will feel more appreciated if you recognize their extra work.
  • Make sure your employees understand the purpose behind the move. When they see what they gain, they will feel more excited with the transition.

Tip 3: Find Professional and Specialized Movers

Your medical office has many things to move. Odds are you can’t afford to move it all on yourself. However, you need to hire specialized professional movers who have experience moving medical practices. Because your move represents a more complicated prospect than the average business move, you need a mover who can simplify the process for you.

Use these tips to choose the right moving service:Moving In

  • Interview movers before you hire them. Use the opportunity to get a feel for their experience and skill. Ask about their methods, so you can compare them with other companies.
  • Look for medical moving experience. You need movers who know how to move fragile equipment such as an x-ray machine or tonometer.
  • Ask for references. Use them to get a sense of the company’s work history. Try to get references from other physicians. They can give you a more accurate reading of the company’s skill.

Tip 4: Notify Your Payers

Of course, you should immediately notify your payers when you are moving. You could lose needed revenue if your payers don’t have your new address. Don’t forget to update your address with the postal service, this way you will not miss out of any mail or payments during the transition.

While moving your practice can cause stress, the right move will increase the number of patients you see and help you become more successful. Our tips will help you cover the major requirements of your move. Use our suggestions to start planning a move today.

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Is your move tax deductible?

When moving to start a new career or when relocated for your current job, federal tax law allows you to deduct your expenses with a qualifying move.  In order to claim your move as a deduction, all expenses will need to be reported on an IRS Form 3903 to be included with your personal tax return after you have made sure your move satisfies all requirements.

The three requirements are as follows:

  • Time & Distance
    • The move must be close to the start day of your new job
    • Your new home must be closer to your job than your previous home
  • Distance
    • Your new home must be 50 miles farther from your previous job location
  • Time Test
    • If you are a full time employee you must have worked at least 39 weeks during the first 12 months after you have arrived at your new home.

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For example:

Kourtney and her husband are moving because she was recently transferred from Downtown Cincinnati to the Glendale office in California. Currently, Kourtney travels 10 miles one way to her office. According to the IRS in order to qualify for the moving expense tax deduction, she will need to move closer to her new office and her new home must be 50 miles farther from her previous office.

Kourtney was transferred from Cincinnati on December 31, 2012 and she started her new job on January 15, 2013. As of February 2014 Kourtney completed the minimum requirement of 39 weeks of employment during her first 12 months in her new home. In April 2014 she filed form 3903 when completing her taxes. She was in fact eligible for the tax deduction and was able to write off much of her moving expense.

Working with Bekins proved much easier than determining her eligibility for the moving expense tax deduction associated with her long distance move. Her move was managed by a Bekins professional coordinator who assisted with planning, packing, loading options, and delivery.

customer-service-billboardOn the day of her move, the local Bekins agent arrived promptly at 8:00am with extra moving boxes in hand. The friendly movers assisted with last minute details and immediately started loading. Kourtney was concerned with the possible damage to carpet and hardwood floors, however the moving professionals laid runners and special padding to protect the home’s condition. As items and boxes were being loaded, the driver of the Bekins Truck took inventory of everything including its’ physical condition. Kourtney signed the Bill of Lading (shipping contract) which confirmed the level of service requested and delivery date and time.

On January 10th, Kourtney met with the Bekins movers who transferred her belongings 2,173 miles. After Kourtney paid for her moving expenses, the movers began moving each item. Kourtney checked off each item and its’ condition off of the inventory list and started moving into her new home.

As you can see, through Kourtney’s experience, she met the qualifications for the moving tax deductions and had a stress-free experience by choosing Bekins for her long distance move.


An Employee’s Guide to Corporate Relocation

So you’ve been offered your dream job. Congratulations! However, this dream job has one big caveat-it’s located far away from where you currently live. Deciding to make the move may seem like a hard decision, but actually making the move could be even more difficult.

Don’t get overwhelmed by the idea of a difficult move. Instead, use these tips to take advantage of your job opportunity-no matter where it takes you.

1. Find out if your employer offers a relocation package

Before the economic downturn, many firms offered generous relocation packages to their employees to acquire the best talent. Now, fewer companies offer financial compensation for their employees to move. But it never hurts to ask.

And if you take time to negotiate, your company may compensate you for at least a few of your expenses.

Relocation packages could cover:

  • Trips to find a new home in the new location
  • Professional moving services
  • Moving costs for specialty items
  • Travel costs for you and family members
  • Rent of temporary housing for a short period of time
  • Loss-on-sale protection (if you lose money selling your current home)
  • Closing costs
  • Relocation bonus

You should also ask your new employer if you should take advantage of preferred providers. The company may work closely with certain real estate agents or moving companies, and they may only reimburse you for moving costs if you use those providers.

business handshake2. Ask how you will be compensated for relocating

Companies have different types of relocation packages: lump sum, reimbursement, direct bill to employer, and third-party relocation packages. Find out which method your company uses before you start spending money on moving.

Lump sum: Your company will give you a one-time payment that you and your employer previously agreed upon. There are no restrictions on how you spend the money, but you won’t get any more.

Reimbursement: Your company determines an amount that they will reimburse you for moving-related expenses. You typically need to show receipts to receive the reimbursement.

Direct bill to employer: Your company pays all or some of your moving bills directly through the moving company. Generous employers will combine this payment type with lump sum payments or reimbursements.

Third-party relocation: Your company uses a relocation company to coordinate and manage your move in its entirety. You may be required to pay the relocation company yourself, or the company may contribute with one of the payment plans above.

3. Figure out how much money you’ll spend out of pocket

Your company will likely not cover every single cost of your move. You’ll probably have to pay for the travel expenses of you and your family, your food, any stays in hotels, and home selling costs.

Here are some costs you should think about (note that some are also listed in possible relocation package bonuses):

House hunting trips: You should research your new location thoroughly. Many people who relocate take at least one trip to the new city to search for a new home. Do your research before you arrive. You should look at school systems, crime rates, cost of living, home values, and any other information you think is valuable. Then when you get there, schedule walk-throughs of several potential homes so you can decide which one suits you.

Remember, the expense of traveling to search for a new home may fall on your shoulders, so be economical with your time. If you fly, take rental car expenses into account.

skd273191sdcLease cancellation or closing costs: If you’re currently renting, you will typically have to pay a cancellation fee to get out of your lease. The cost could range anywhere from one month to three months’ rent.

If you sell your home, you may have to spend as much as 10% of the price of your home to get it sold. Take into account real estate agent costs, listing costs, and closing costs. You may also have to accept the possibility of selling your home at a loss.

Miscellaneous expenses: Remember to account for the little things. You may have to store your belongings in temporary storage while you wait to move into your home. You have to prepare your home for the move. You have to get the new home ready to move into. You’ll have to pay security deposits for utilities in your new home.

4. Find temporary or rental housing

If you’re selling your home, avoid paying two mortgages at once. Unless your current home sells right away, live in a rental unit for a portion of your time in your new location. Often, people who relocate for work live in temporary housing for 1 to 3 months. 3 months is more typical if you owned your previous home.

Living in temporary housing gives you a chance to live in your new environment before you make a final purchase of a home. You don’t risk as much of a monetary investment. If you hate your rental housing, it’s not a big problem, because you can easily move.

5. Make the move

Now that you know where you’re going and who’s paying for your move, you’re ready to move you and your family to your new location. Visit our Corporate Relocation Services page for more information.

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Benefits for Corporate Clients When Using Bekins

For more than 120 years in the household goods moving industry, Bekins Van Lines, Inc., has specialized in corporate relocation for transferees and their families.

Making a smooth transition for your employees is a priority. With its network of 370 agents and 5000 drivers, Bekins can ensure that your employees will be well taken care of.

As a Human Resources Director and Corporate Relocation Manager, you are looking for quality and profitability. Bekins offers this through our unique business model as well as the services that put us above the competitors.

  •  First-Class service for your employees – When a National Account client has an employee that requires relocation services, clients can be assured that their moving experience will be handled by qualified and trained professionals. The transferee will be serviced by one of the finest and most trusted firms in the moving industry.
  • Priority Service – National Account relocations receive priority over individually booked moves. National Account Transportation Agreements are not affected by seasonal deviations, such as rate adjustments.
  • Fixed Rates – Moving rates and discounts are fixed during the term of the agreement. During our busiest season of May through the end of September, peak charges are waived. This will provide savings to National Account clients that can equate to hundreds of dollars.
  • Free Replacement Value Protection “Valuation” – Under a Bekins National Account, your employees will receive full value protection valuation up to $100,000 at no charge. Another significant amount of savings, $300 – $800 depending on the characteristics of the move.
  • Custom Tailored Moves – We are focused on listening to the requests and needs of the transferee and fulfilling them with an honest, accurate and detailed moving plan. From partial packing to full pack, to delivery of cars separate from the household goods, to moving of pets, we will create the estimate tailored to your employee’s requirements.
  • Communication – Sharing of information is critical to providing a positive moving experience. Our move coordinators will be in touch with you and the transferee on a regular basis.
  • Higher Level of Work Production – Bekins will step up and handle all of the components of the move. Our move management staff is focused on alleviating stress and taking the time to coordinate all aspects of the move so your employee won’t have to worry about the moving process. We’ll set up appointments, communicate with the transferee from the time of estimate all the way to when the truck leaves destination.
  • Reduced Work for You – You will save time and focus on your day-to-day activities. Simply send us the name of the transferee and we will promptly start the relocation process.
  • Direct Billing – We will invoice the company directly with a comprehensive breakdown of all costs.
  • Accurate Invoices – We will perform a complete audit of the relocation charges. When you receive a Bekins invoice, you will know that it is accurate.
  • Unique Web site – Start the relocation off right. We will create a Web site that can be used for your transferees to insert their moving information and send it to the correct moving consultant.

To find out more information about a National Account Transportation Agreement with Bekins, contact Doug DeLor at 1-317-558-0733 or


Landing a Job in Your New City

Moving is a daunting task, but moving without a job can be completely overwhelming. Whether you are trying to find a job before you move or once you are settled in your new home, here are a few tips on how to land a job in your new area.


Research the city that you are relocating to and learn about the industries that are located in that particular area. Pinpoint three-to-five companies that might interest you and think about what you, with your skill set, can bring to that organization.

You might want to research the geography of the city in relation to where these companies are located. Consider your commute to and from work as it might affect your decision on what neighborhood fits best.

Learn as much as you can about the culture of the city because these can be some great talking points in interviews.


When moving, planning is essential to alleviate stress. The same goes for finding a job, too.

Start by vamping up your resume and cover letter. A cover letter not only allows you to sell yourself, but can be a useful tool to explain your move and work availability. When possible consider using a local address on your resume since many larger human resources departments may filter out-of-town candidates from the pool. This will help you get past initial screenings.

Always be honest about your intentions to move. In your cover letter and in-person, make sure you are confident in your story as to why you are moving and when. It is essential to show hiring managers that you are not only committed to the move, but to the company and, most importantly, can remain composed under stressful circumstances.

Set a time frame and have a plan for your move when the time comes. There are many questions as to how much it will cost to move, who will relocate you, and how to pack your household goods. This will be much easier if thought out before moving day arrives. Here are some helpful tips when considering your relocation.


In recent study, 80 percent of jobs were found through networking as it can set you apart from a vast candidate pool. Be sure to connect with people in the area to let them know your intentions on moving. In addition, let family and friends know about you’re moving because they might have a link to someone in the area as well.

Consider reaching out to local recruiters or employment agencies. Their job is to find the best possible candidate for an open position at a company. Do a local search and explain your intentions with the move.

Try visiting the area before you move to meet up with these connections. If possible, plan your trip around local job fairs or networking events that can help build your network.

If you cannot visit before the move, the Internet will become your best friend. There are many career resources and job sites, such as LinkedIn, Indeed, Monster and CareerBuilder, which will help you find job openings. You also can search local newspaper and government Web sites. Change your location on your social media profiles, including Facebook and Twitter, to begin networking with companies and people in your new area. Join local industry groups on LinkedIn as they may post job openings and give advice for job seekers like you.


Finding a job takes persistence. You might not get call backs or interviews right away, which can be very frustrating, but don’t give up! The perfect job for you will come along; you just need to put in some work finding it!


Have you landed a job in a new city? What advice would you give to someone who is planning on doing so?


Post Trade Show Thoughts: SHRM 2013

SHRM 2013

Having recently returned from the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) Annual Conference in Chicago, our Sales team was abuzz with new and exciting ideas.  This annual conference, the largest of its kind in the world, brings together HR professionals as well as Insurance, Professional Development, Talent Management and Corporate Relocation professionals… just to name a few.SHRM Toy Trucks

Wheaton’s Sales Administrator, Heather Stafford, recapped her experience in the Windy City and filled us in on some of her favorite and most memorable happenings of the week.

What’s new

I’ve been going to SHRM’s Annual Conference for four years, so I wouldn’t call myself a novice, but I find that I continue to learn new things every year that I attend.  The biggest change I noticed this year was the presence of social media.  The amount of time spent on social media seems to increase every year and I find that fascinating.  I was amazed not only by the use of Twitter during the conference, but also at the amount of promotion that happened even before we walked through the doors of McCormick Place. The blogs (such as the one we wrote!), infographics and Tweets that I read for weeks leading up to the conference renewed my excitement to attend.

What’s not new

Long days.  You can always expect to be tired after a day at the SHRM conference, but the days are fun and full of conversations and networking.  I particularly enjoyed Sunday evening as the opening reception always draws a large crowd.Bekins booth at SHRM

Impressive keynote speakers are also a SHRM staple.  This year topped the list with names like Gabby Giffords, Hillary Clinton and Blake Mycoskie.  SHRM brings the best of the best to their conference every year and you can always expect to learn a lot.

Favorite part?

That’s a tough one. Of course, I love representing Bekins and talking about our top notch corporate relocation program.  It was also great to see new faces and reconnect with old friends. We raffled a Kindle Fire and Deana Moylan from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center was our big winner. I would have to say, though, that my favorite part of the conference was the Kelly Clarkson concert.  There was so much positive energy in the room, Kelly put on an amazing show and everyone had a great time.SHRM 2013 Annual Conference & Exhibition Logo

Final Thoughts

I always enjoy attending SHRM’s Annual Conference. I know that I’m going to have the opportunity to showcase our corporate relocation program and walk away with a solid list of potential clients.  The conference is always well-run, effectively scheduled and organized.  With an impressive lineup of keynote speakers, attendees and entertainment, it’s a conference that can’t be missed.  I can’t wait to see what’s in store for SHRM14 in Orlando!

Heather Stafford is the Sales Administrator  for Wheaton World Wide Moving | Bekins Van Lines.  You can connect with Heather on Twitter and LinkedIn to learn more about her experiences at SHRM and the Bekins corporate relocation program.

Everything You Need To Know About Bekins & #SHRM13

On June 16th, Bekins Van Lines will be heading to the Windy City for a 4-day conference presented by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

What is it?

The SHRM 2013 Annual Conference & Exposition is the world’s largest HR marketplace featuring information about all sorts of human resource topics such as employee compensation, health and wellness programs, and training… just to name a few.

You might be wondering why a moving company like Bekins would find it necessary or even beneficial to attend this conference.  The answer is two words: Corporate Relocation.

The van line performs hundreds of corporate moves every year, so it makes perfect sense to have a strong presence at a conference that so many key players attend.

Bekins’ Corporate Relocation Services

Bekins Van Lines will be present at the conference, informing attendees about the benefits of utilizing our moving services for corporate relocations.  These benefits, such as precise pick-up and delivery dates, valuation protection and competitive pricing have made us a preferred selection for many of the nation’s top businesses, universities and health care systems.

Work Hard, Play Hard

In addition to providing valuable information on our moving services, Bekins also wants to have a little fun.  With an abundance of raffles and giveaways, it should be on every attendee’s priority list to stop by the Bekins booth (#1928) for a chance to win a Kindle Fire, along with many other prizes.

Bekins Van Lines is very excited to head to Chicago to learn and interact with the best the human resource industry has to offer.  Is anyone else headed to #SHRM13? If so, let us know.  Leave us a comment or Tweet us using the provided hashtag.

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Can Moving Expenses Be A Tax Deduction?

According to the American Moving and Storage Association, many situations in which you have incurred moving expenses can count as a tax deduction from your federal income taxes. However, in order to file these moving expenses as tax deductible, you must meet several of the requirements. Here are the parameters for meeting the requirement for a reduction off your federal taxes.

To qualify for a deduction for “reasonable” moving expenses if you moved due to a change in your job or business location, or because you started a new job or business, you must first satisfy two tests: (1) Under the distance test, your new job must be at least 50 miles farther from your old home than your old job location was from your old home. If you had no previous workplace, your new job must be at least 50 miles from your old home. Or (2) in order to meet the requirements of the timing test, you must be an employee working full-time for at least 39 weeks during the first 12 months right after you arrive in the general area of your new job.

In addition, if you are a member of the armed forces and your move was due to a permanent change of station, you do not have to satisfy the distance or timing tests previously mentioned. “Reasonable expenses” according to the IRS, include the cost of packing and transporting your goods and effects, the cost of storage and insurance on these items and the cost of connecting and disconnecting utilities while moving household goods and personal effects. Meals are not deductible as an expense. Also pre-move house-hunting expenses and entering into or breaking a lease are not deductible. The standard mileage rate for moving expenses for 2010 is 16.5 cents a mile, plus parking fees and tolls.

Moving to a New Home? Need Decorating Ideas?

You’re moving to a new home.  Do you need some decorating ideas to help make your new place look like home?  Here are some interior design tips from Interior Design News that might be helpful when you move and start getting settled  They recommend that when you decorate, you should consider your space, keep in mind your color and balance and don’t overspend!

Keep these in mind so that you’ll be able to settle in quickly and enjoy your new home!