Tewari approaches Election Commission

first_imgSenior Congress leader Manish Tewari lodged a complaint with the Election Commission, seeking action against those indulging in “false and malicious” propaganda against him and his family on social media. In a video clip that was attached with Mr. Tewari’s tweet, it was alleged that his father, late Professor V.N. Tewari, was involved in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in Delhi and petrol was supplied from his filling station to “burn Sikhs”. ‘Gutter, despicable’ Describing the propaganda against him as “gutter and despicable”, the former Union MMr. inister, who is contesting from Anandpur Sahib in Punjab, said his family never owned a petrol pump anywhere in the country and his father was assassinated by militants on April 3, 1984, six months before the riots. “My mother was a Jat Sikh. My father was an academic at Panjab University, Chandigarh, and my mother retired as the Dean of the PGI. Our family has never owned a petrol pump ever in our lives anywhere in India. We have complained to the returning officer, Ropar SSP and the CEC. They need to act against the miscreants as soon as possible,” he tweeted.‘Outrageous lies’ “Those who failed in trying to raise the outside bogey against me have now stooped too low to malign me and my family with outrageous lies,” Mr. Tewari said on Thursday. The Congress leader is locked in a four-way contest against sitting Member of Parliament and Shiromani Akali Dal leader Prem Singh Chandumajra, Aam Aadmi Party candidate Narinder Shergill and Punjab Democratic Alliance nominee Bir Devinder Singh. Voting in Punjab will take place in the last phase of the Lok Sabha election on May 19.last_img read more

CHINA-LD SCS 2LAST

first_imgThe Philippines intruded into relevant maritime areas ofThe Philippines intruded into relevant maritime areas of Chinas Nansha Qundao to carry out illegal oil and gas exploratory drilling and bidding and has repeatedly harassed and attacked Chinese fishermen and fishing boats conducting routine fishing operations, according to the white paper.In January 2013, then Philippine government unilaterally initiated the South China Sea arbitration.By doing so, the Philippines has violated its standing agreement with China to settle the relevant disputes through bilateral negotiation, has violated Chinas right to choose means of dispute settlement of its own will as a State Party to the UNCLOS, and has abused the UNCLOS dispute settlement procedures, it said.”The Philippines has distorted facts, misinterpreted laws and concocted a pack of lies, in an attempt to deny Chinas territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests in the South China Sea,” it said.The tribunal established at the Philippines unilateral request has no jurisdiction over relevant submissions, and awards rendered by it are null and void and have no binding force, the white paper said.China reaffirmed that its territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests in the South China Sea “shall under no circumstances be affected by those awards.” China does not accept or recognise those awards, it said.The white paper said that China opposes and will never accept any claim or action based on those awards. PTI KJV AV AMS ABHlast_img read more

5 Steps to Become A Manager

first_img N/A View More Jobs 3.6★ Registered Nurse RN Operating Room CJW Medical Center Richmond, VA Crisis Intervention Specialist – Emergency Services – Windham County HCRS Brattleboro, VT 23 hours ago 23h EXPERIENCED AV Installer Inspired Technology and Communications North Easton, MA 23 hours ago 23h 4.6★ Service Route Driver AAA City Plumbing Inc Rock Hill, SC 3.4★ RN, Registered Nurse – ICU CHRISTUS Health Austin, TX Line Cook The Cliffs Landrum, SC Many people reach a point in their careers when they decide they’d like more responsibility. Becoming a manager can be an excellent way for professionals to advance their career development and even earn more money.Managers are responsible for coordinating and overseeing many company projects and everyday tasks. That makes their position a unique one within the company – one that holds particular importance for maintaining business success. But becoming a manager isn’t always easy, you’ll often find yourself competing against other qualified candidates and co-workers to snag the position.Here are five steps to take toward becoming a manager in your company:1. Let your aspirations be known. If you aspire to become a manager, don’t stay quiet about it! While you don’t have to border on obnoxiousness, it’s still important to let the right people know you’re thinking about taking the next step so they can help you get where you want to be. Let your current manager or boss know you aspire for more, and work with them to develop the skills you need to eventually make the transition.10 Interview Questions to Answer If You Want to Be an HR Manager2. Become a mentor. Ask your manager or boss if opportunities exist for you to become a mentor, or join a professional organization in your industry that will set you up with a mentee. This can be an excellent way to show you have the expertise to work closely with others and develop solid interpersonal relations – a must in any managerial position. Or, consider taking on a mentor yourself – someone who has more experience than you can help you to prepare for more responsibilities.3. Strengthen your skills.As a manager, you’ll experience less leisure time, more authority, more leading, and tons of other new requirements. For this reason, it’s important to strengthen your skills to ensure you’re prepared to step up to the plate. Actively assess the skills you already have, and talk to those already in managerial positions to determine what skills you need to acquire. Do your research, stay up to date on industry trends, and seize any opportunity to strengthen your abilities.7 Small Gestures Managers Can Make That Will Go a Long Way4. Show your worth. It’s important to put your ambition into action. If you feel as though you need to show your boss how valuable you are before you can have a chance at landing a higher position, consider setting up a meeting and prepare a presentation that highlights your accomplishments and commitments to the company thus far. Provide concrete numbers to describe your accomplishments (“increased client leads by 40 percent,” or “managed accounts of advertisers contributing to a total budget of $200,000”) to make your arguments irrefutable.5. Ask for feedback.Ask your higher-ups and coworkers to assess your performance so far. Do you do a good job of responding to conflict? Do you react well to stressful situations? Are you able to lead a group without trying to take too much control–or too little? Glean feedback from your coworkers or managers to determine where your strengths are and where you need to improve. Not only will this show you’re open to feedback and continual improvement, but it will show you value the opinion of individual group members, something that any manager should commit to.3 Ways Managers Can Empower Team Members With Mental Health StrugglesBecoming a manager can be an excellent way to advance your career and prepare you for further professional opportunities. As the year comes to a close, make a commitment to taking these steps next year to increase your chances of landing a higher role in your company. Good luck!What are some other steps professionals can take toward becoming a manager? Share your thoughts below! Restaurant Manager Red Lobster Beavercreek, OH 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Senior Advanced Software Engineer General Dynamics Mission Systems Pittsburgh, PA N/A 23 hours ago 23h 3.4★ Lab Technician (Temporary position – Materials Laboratory) DOWL Billings, MT 3.0★ 23 hours ago 23h Browse Open Jobs Certified Nursing Assistant (Full Time) Genesis Healthcare Wakefield, MA 23 hours ago 23h 3.2★ 23 hours ago 23h 3.3★ 2.6★ 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23hlast_img read more

Another one? Bayern Munich swoop for Barcelona youngster Mateu Morey

first_imgBarcelona are losing another youngster from their La Masia academy.Mateu Morey is leaving Barcelona for Bayern Munich, with the German club to pay his release clause of €3 million, says RAC-1.The 17-year-old is just the latest Blaugrana youth teamer to leave the Catalan club, following Jordi Mboula’s departure for Monaco and Eric Garcia’s switch to Manchester City.Morey has been on the radar of several European clubs ever since his impressive performances at the last Under-17s European Championship.He has only lasted two years in La Masia, making the switch just 24 months after arriving from Real Mallorca’s youth setup.last_img read more

10 Things Every Nonprofit Executive Needs to Know about IT

first_img1. Very little technical knowledge is required in order for nonprofit CEOs to praticipate actively in strategic IT planning.As long as you thoroughly understand your organization’s overall mission, strategy, and tactics (and are willing to learn a little bit about the technology), you can keep your IT infrastructure on target.Keep pressing for tactics that will help you achieve your desired outcome (for example, of saving whales); this will enable you to hold your own in most discussions with technical experts.2. Your board of directors should be calling for and participating in your strategic IT planning.If they’re not, it’s time to recruit some board members who are techies. For example, your region probably has an Internet service provider, a high-tech corporation, or a large retail firm with an extensive IT department. Perhaps you can recruit representatives from these organizations to serve on your board as part of their community-benefits program.3. A tremendous number of high-quality resources for strategic IT planning are available to nonprofits at no charge.Free advice, products, and services make it possible for nonprofits to lower the risk of trying new technology – but in the long run, you’ll have to pay real money to have precisely the right tools for supporting your mission.4. You can keep an eye on innovations in IT, and think about possible uses for them in the nonprofit sector, even if you don’t have a technical background.If you regularly read the technology columns of a good daily newspaper and a few general-interest magazines such as PC Monthly, MAC User, or Network World, you will soon catch on to the basic concepts and terminology. (Don’t worry if it seems over your head at first – you’ll catch on! Everybody has to start somewhere.)5.Information technology, no matter how strategically you apply it, will probably never save your nonprofit organization any money.It will, however, enable you to work more effectively. You will probably be able to do more work, of higher quality, with fewer person-hours. But don’t be surprised if this raises the bar of expectations on the part of the board, the community, the clients, the constituents, and the donors.6. You need an in-house IT committee. Convene an IT team or working group, within your nonprofit, and make sure that you regularly meet to give input to the senior management on strategic IT issues.The team should include a cross-section of staff – administration and finance, programmatic, secretarial. Be sure to include staff members who are overtly or covertly technophobic; their concerns should be addressed.7. Secretaries and administrative assistants should be the lynchpins of your IT infrastructure. Budgeting for IT training for these employees can be one of your best investments.Which staff members are more likely to be there when problems arise, to know about the technical abilities (and phobias) of their colleagues, and to know where the (paper or electronic) files are? Professional development that includes IT training is likely to increase job satisfaction and employee retention. Don’t forget to revise job descriptions and job titles as your secretaries and administrative assistants move into IT management responsibilities.8. In the long run, IT training and support (and other operating expenses) will make up about 70 percent of your IT budget.The more obvious line items – such as hardware, software, and network services – will comprise about 30 percent. This is a highly counterintuitive fact of nonprofit life. However, there is research on the “Total Cost of Ownership” that bears this out.9. Donated hardware, software, and services can cost a nonprofit more than purchased products or services in the long run.The cost in person-hours of using and maintaining non-standard or substandard configurations is astonishingly high, and donated equipment tends to be non-standard or substandard. Likewise, donated services will cost you a great deal of time in support, supervision, and ongoing maintenance. Beware of the Web-design services donated by a close relative of the chair of your board! You may end up with something that you don’t like, can’t use, or can’t easily change.10. In a nonprofit organization, most strategic IT problems are actually organizational development problems.Is it a CEO who is resistant to technical innovations? A board of directors that hesitates to make the commitment to raise the money need for the IT infrastructure? Line staff that are already stressed and overworked, and can’t stop to learn and implement new technologies? An inability to make outsourced IT consultants or in-house IT staffs understand organizational processes? All the information technology in the world won’t resolve these issues, if you don’t address them at the organizational level.Bonus Item: Hands-On IT SkillsFinally, the CEO, CFO, and COO of every small nonprofit should know how to:Compose, send, read, and delete email using the organization’s standard application.Create and save a simple text document using the organization’s standard application.Do a daily backup of the system.Bring down and bring up the network server.This article was first published on the web site, Technology for the Nonprofit and Philanthropic Sector by Deborah Finn.Copyright: Deborah FinnSource: http://www.techsoup.org/learningcenter/techplan/page7377.cfmlast_img read more

HIV Positive Mothers Helping HIV Positive Mothers

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on August 22, 2012November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Patience Hlengiwe Kweyama, site coordinator with mothers2mothers, recently wrote a post, HIV Positive Mothers Helping HIV Positive Mothers, for the Huffington Post’s Global Motherhood blog that describes the work of mothers2mothers as well as her role within the organization.From the post:The mothers2mothers model is so simple and that’s why it works so well. We educate, support, and empower mothers living with HIV to keep themselves and their children healthy. Johnson & Johnson partners with mothers2mothers to support the work that I and many other mentor mothers do in South Africa.For an HIV-positive pregnant woman everything seems so complicated — but m2m has come up with a simple solution. Pregnant women living with HIV are educated and informed in both groups and one-on-one sessions about how to keep themselves healthy and what steps they can take to have a healthy HIV free baby. The education is done by Mentor Mothers like myself, who have participated in the program and are trained as health educators and role models. Mentor Mothers motivate pregnant women with HIV to adhere to their medicines. We provide a network of support for all mothers in the community. Challenges such as stigma and health worker shortages are addressed as well. Mentor Mothers are powerful agents against the stigma of HIV that causes women to live in fear and prevents them from seeking care. Mentor Mothers work alongside doctors and nurses, filling critical gaps in understaffed health centers and clinics.Read the full post here.Share this:last_img read more

mHealth for Maternal Health: Day Two Wrap Up

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on April 8, 2014August 10, 2016Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)[View the story “mHealth for maternal health: Day two wrap up” on Storify]Share this:last_img

After Mexico City and Before Copenhagen: Keeping Our Promise to Mothers and Newborns

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on April 28, 2016October 12, 2016By: Kayla McGowan, Project Coordinator, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Six months after the Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference (GMNHC) held in Mexico City last October and just weeks before the Women Deliver Conference in Copenhagen, leaders in maternal and newborn health gathered for a policy dialogue to review priorities, evaluate progress, and reignite efforts in the maternal newborn health field. The April 13 event, “After Mexico City and Before Copenhagen: Keeping Our Promise to Mothers and Newborns,” was part of the Maternal Health Task Force’s Advancing Policy Dialogue on Maternal Health Series, in partnership with UNFPA and the Wilson Center. It served as a reflection of the lessons learned at GMNHC as well as preparation for achieving the maternal newborn health agenda through an advocacy lens at Women Deliver. As Katja Iversen, Chief Executive Officer of Women Deliver, projected, “The Women Deliver Conference will focus on solutions: what works, what can be scaled up, and what can we go home and do?”With the recent launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which target a reduction in the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 live births, universal access to sexual and reproductive health care services, and the end of preventable deaths of newborns and children under 5 years of age by 2030, now is the time to decide which steps we need to take to achieve these objectives. Despite strides in maternal mortality reduction, the maternal and newborn health community must remain ardent in its commitment to mothers and newborns. As Mariam Claeson, Director of Maternal and Newborn Child Health at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, articulated:“[Targets like the SDGs] hold all of us accountable for making progress. That’s why we need numbers and rates, and we need to ask the questions, ‘Are we making a difference in poor communities? Are we actually making any changes in quality improvement?’”While we set the agenda for improving maternal and newborn health, we must consider where our efforts will be most efficient and effective. During the dialogue, Claeson cited a recent review of key findings on cost-effective health interventions for reducing maternal, newborn and child deaths, and stillbirths. According to Claeson, “One of the most important investments that financers can make is in the quality of labor and delivery.” Claeson explained that better labor and delivery offers a quadruple return on investment, including reduced rates of maternal mortality, newborn mortality, stillbirth, and disability.Ariel Pablos-Méndez, Assistant Administrator of Global Health at the United States Agency for International Development, continued the conversation on the importance of investing in maternal and newborn health. He praised the innovative global financing facility, launched to increase private-sector resources in maternal, adolescent, and child health, as the “missing piece in the maternal child health space.” Pablos-Méndez described the platform as “country-powered partnerships, public and private, in which the World Bank … is set up with trust funds to bring the countries themselves, the Ministers of Finance, to put skin in the game.” He emphasized that the maternal newborn health community must support other countries in becoming autonomous in their maternal child health initiatives. According to Pablos-Méndez,“As we project growth in many of these countries, we want to borrow from the future to save lives now, have countries own their own programs, and instead of sending proposals, develop joint investment cases at the country-level that are fully aligned with the national health plans and priorities of those countries.”Peter Waiswa, Lecturer in the Department of Health Policy, Planning and Management at Uganda’s Makerere University School of Public Health, echoed the importance of retaining efforts at the country-level: “If we are to achieve the [SDG] targets, countries have to lead… Measurement alone is not enough, the data must be able to be used; first at the local level, and then at the national level.”While Pablos-Méndez commended GMNHC for catalyzing efforts among country partners to end preventable maternal and child deaths, other presenters illustrated the conference’s immediate impact by providing examples of post-GMNHC policy changes and program implementation. For example, as a direct result of lessons learned at the conference, policy makers in India were able to introduce a new approach to training providers on reducing preterm birth risks. According to Jyoti Benawri, State Program Manager of Jhpiego, “We have been able to push the government to introduce one entire chapter in our curriculum on how to prevent neonatal mortality and how to introduce antenatal corticosteroids.”Speakers also offered renewed insight on the GMNHC themes of equity, quality and integration of maternal newborn health care. A central theme of the dialogue was the importance of data in planning and implementing effective programs and strategies. However, while crucial, data can conceal inequities. As such, Waiswa called for disaggregation and context-specific indices within health measures.  He stressed the importance of reviewing data by geography, age groups, and socioeconomic status while acknowledging the inherent challenges in this more nuanced approach, such as income levels that fluctuate with harvest seasons.The dialogue centered on the importance of delivering quality care to mothers and newborns. As presenters agreed, one way to expedite quality care is to ensure policymakers, leaders, the media, and women themselves can understand and act on technical evidence. Unfortunately, this type of information is often understood by an exclusive few. According to Catherine Mwesigwa Kizza, Deputy Director of New Vision in Uganda, “Many times, evidence is gathered and it remains with the technocrats… it’s never interpreted.” When research is broken down and translated into language that policymakers and local leaders can understand, they can spur action themselves. Furthermore, this can spark change at the individual level: when women are aware of certain danger signs in pregnancy or know what to expect at a health facility, they can demand quality services.Data has a strong influence on delivering quality care. Waiswa explained, “Using data to drive quality improvement, to drive audits, and to drive lobbying for staff… has been able to reduce maternal death in hospitals in Uganda by about 18% and neonatal deaths by about 20%.” But we must steer away from relying solely on data; we must maintain an approach that balances both data and quality measures. For example, according to Claeson, “It’s not about counting how many times a mother interacts with antenatal services or comes to the facility, but it’s what happens in these encounters that matters.”Finally, the dialogue highlighted the importance of collaboration and integration. Ana Langer, Director of the Women and Health Initiative and Maternal Health Task Force at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, urged the community to unite in reaching the SDGs:“We advocate for better integration: integration of strategies, integration of services, integration of funding streams. We cannot afford working in silos any longer; it’s detrimental for mothers, babies, families, and communities in general.”To focus the community’s efforts to achieve the SDGs, Langer presented the Momentum for Maternal Newborn Health poster, a roadmap of ten critical actions stemming from GMNHC. The next steps serve as key reminders and responsibilities for the maternal and newborn health community, including maintaining focus on vulnerable populations, sharing both successes and failures, and ensuring access to respectful care. With the SDGs, the maternal newborn health community’s attention must go beyond mortality; we must also focus on morbidities, stillbirths, and child development. As Langer said, “We don’t just want people to survive, but we also want them to thrive.”Photo Credit: After Mexico City, courtesy of the Wilson Center Maternal Health InitiativeShare this:last_img read more

New Positions in Maternal Health

first_imgPosted on March 2, 2018March 2, 2018By: Staff, Maternal Health Task ForceClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Interested in a position in reproductive, maternal, newborn, child or adolescent health? Every month, the Maternal Health Task Force rounds up job and internship postings from around the globe.AfricaChief of Party: CARE; Niamey, NigerChief of Party: Management Sciences for Health (MSH); Cotonou, BeninChief of Party: PATH; Kisumu, KenyaCommunication and Knowledge Management Officer: EngenderHealth; MalawiCommunity Health Systems Technical Advisor: MSH; Cotonou, BeninMalaria Technical Advisor: Jhpiego; BeninAsiaCountry Lead, Family Planning Policy: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; New Delhi, IndiaNational Professional Officer: World Health Organization (WHO); New Delhi, IndiaEuropeAssistant Professor in Epidemiology and/or Economics of Maternal and Newborn Health: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; London, United KingdomDirector of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health: WHO; Geneva, SwitzerlandNorth AmericaChief Executive Officer: Maternity Care Coalition; Philadelphia, PACommunications Specialist: Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP)/Jhpiego; Washington, D.C.Digital Engagement Manager: 1,000 Days; Washington, D.C.Director, Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine: Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology; New Orleans, LADirector, Provincial Acute Care: Perinatal Services BC; Vancouver, BCExecutive Coordinator: Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights; Ottawa, ONPostdoctoral Fellow: BetterBirth Program, Ariadne Labs; Boston, MA Program Associate Fistula Care Plus: EngenderHealth; Washington, D.C.Program Officer II – Regional Zika Response: MCSP; Washington, D.C.Senior Director, Sexual, Reproductive & Health Rights: CARE; Atlanta, GA—Is your organization hiring? Please contact us if you have maternal health job or internship opportunities that you would like included in our next job roundup.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

A holiday gift from Freelancers Union

first_imgThis year, instead of just sending out our holiday e-card, we wanted to do something a little more special. So we’re offering you a craft project! It’s a DIY desk calendar. You can download the pages from our website, cut out the square for each month, and then display it in a CD jewel case.last_img

Happy holidays–updated meal and entertainment deduction rules are here

first_imgThis is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.If you are keeping track of the rules related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) that are likely to impact you as a freelancer, you’ll want to take note of this one in regard to meal deductions. At the beginning of the year, it looked like the IRS was not going to allow the deduction of 50 percent of food and beverage expenses associated with business operations.However, this rule was recently clarified to confirm that you can continue to deduct meal expenses as long as they meet the specific guidelines for such deductions.The good news for freelancersThis is good news for freelancers, especially if you are planning to host client meals this holiday season and for any of the business meal expenses that you may have racked up throughout the year (as long as you have receipts).Keep in mind, however, that expenses for entertainment, amusement, or recreation in the course of business are not deductible. For example, if you want to treat your client to dinner plus tickets to a show, only 50 percent of the meal expenses would be deductible.What you can deductYou can deduct client meal expenses, but they have to be legitimate. As a refresher, here are the requirements for being able to take advantage of the meal expense deduction on your freelance business tax return:The meal expense must be reasonable and a necessary as part of your business operations.Either you, or an employee of your business, must be present when the meal is eaten.The food and beverages you are claiming must be provided to a current or potential business customer, client, consultant, or similar business contact.If food and beverages are provided during or at an entertainment activity (i.e. brats and beer at a baseball game) they must be purchased separately from the entertainment on one or more bills, invoices, or receipts….and what you can’tIn case you were wondering, you cannot try to pass through the cost of any entertainment as a deduction by claiming that the meal or food and beverages you provided is greater than it really was. In addition, you must have receipts to support your meal expense deductions (not just a credit card statement) so be sure to keep those filed with your other tax information.Beware of the new IRS view on de minimis meal expense deductions for your business.Aside from the above meal expense deductions, it is important to remember that under the tax reform laws, significant changes to the amount you can deduct for de minimis meal costs were also made.These expenses related to meals provided on premise by companies to their employees are considered a form of de minimis or “fringe” benefits by the IRS. Typically, de minimis benefits are characterized by a) their low value (a good rule of thumb is the expense is less than $100) and b) the relative infrequency with which they are offered.It used to be that de minimis benefit expenses were 100 percent tax deductible as a general business expense and included items such as occasional snacks and refreshments provided to employees by an employer or the infrequent provision of money for meals by an employer when employees are working overtime.Not anymore.The TCJA gradually eliminates these deductions. Starting in the 2018 tax year, the deduction businesses can claim for de minimis meal expenses is reduced from 100 percent to 50 percent. By the 2025 tax year, the ability to deduct these costs is completely eliminated.In addition, starting in the 2018 tax year, the current 50 percent limit on the deductibility of business meals by individual taxpayers expands to include businesses. This means that any meals provided by businesses on their own premises, such as at a company cafeteria, holiday party or employee picnic—as well as any related operating costs—are no longer 100% deductible. This year only 50 percent of these costs may be deducted by businesses and in 2025 no deduction for these expenses can be taken.So there you have it—some good news and some not so good news about meal expenses for your freelance business. If you plan to take clients out to eat or to bring treats to the office during the holidays, keep your receipts in your tax file and the above TCJA provisions in your mind.Jonathan Medows is a New York City based CPA who specializes in taxes and business issues for freelancers and self-employed individuals across the country. He offers a free consultation to members of Freelancer’s Union and a monthly email newsletter covering tax, accounting and business issues to freelancers on his website, www.cpaforfreelancers.com which also features a new blog, how-to articles, and a comprehensive freelance tax guide.Jonathan is happy to provide an initial consultation to freelancers. To qualify for a free consultation you must be a member of the Freelancers Union and mention this article upon contacting him. Please note that this offer is not available Jan. 1 through April 18 and covers a general conversation about tax responsibilities of a freelancer and potential deductions. These meetings do not include review of self-prepared documents, review of self-prepared tax returns, or the review of the work of other preparers. The free meeting does not include the preparation or review of quantitative calculations of any sort. He is happy to provide such services but would need to charge an hourly rate for his time.last_img read more

Need to reach out? Quick tips for finding an email address

first_imgThis is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.There are dozens of reasons why you might find yourself in need of an email address. Perhaps it’s to send a post-interview thank you, or to ensure that an inquiry isn’t lost in the general email shuffle. All you need is a search engine and a few strategies.Guess!Most emails follow: (first name).(last name)@(company.com). So if you are looking for Billy James, you could first try billy.james@hiscompany.com. You might also try using underscores between names, removing the last name, or adding hyphens. As lots email addresses are formatted this way, it’s a good first move.Search BingEnter “@domainname.com” in the Bing search bar and see every available email address related to that domain pop up. Note: this technique won’t work in Google because Google uses the @ signs for social tags.Try Twitter’s advanced searchIf you need an email address to perform a reverse email lookup, you can certainly ask someone for it on Twitter. But people sometimes enter their email address in their tweets by using “at” instead of the @ sign and “dot” instead of the period. So if you go to Twitter Advanced Search and enter “at dot,” you will see any posts come up where those two words are used.Use LinkedInIf you aren’t connected to the person you’d like to contact, you can still send them a private message asking for their email address. If you are connected, just click on their profile and go to Contact Info.Check WHOIS Data and other online toolsChecking WHOIS is not 100% reliable as because people often pay for domain privacy. But in some cases, you might be able to look up a domain or name and find the email address.If your subject has a website or blog and offers signup, do it. This will probably give you their email address at confirmation. Otherwise, use the generic contact form on their website to request an email back.Ben is Chief Security Officer at InfoTracer and an author of guides on cyber security.last_img read more

For Emmanuel Oni, Waking up Early is the Key to Getting Good Work Done

first_imgMeet Oni. He is a freelance community-based designer. Originally from Houston, Texas, he currently resides in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. You can check out his work here and here.Tell us about your work.I work as a community designer and artist, mostly with people, organizations and neighborhoods that don’t really have the opportunity or access to advocate for themselves visually. My job is really to help visualize what the community would look like if the decision-making processes were in the hands of the residents and the locals.I also teach at Made in Brownsville, a creative agency that provides STEAM workshops and classes for youth in and around Brooklyn. A lot of the kids that grew up there don’t normally have access to these types of fields and also exposure to other people of color who are doing design work. I truly believe, despite who you are, where you come from, if you have a passion, you’ll definitely make it.What are the biggest struggles you’ve faced as a freelancer? How did you overcome them?One of the main challenges that I felt was just how to organize my time and then also figuring out self-care. I remember I used to laugh a lot when I heard that term, but it’s so true. I realize now why there’s a weekend. I had to kind of figure out how to balance my time with my friends or my family because everyone works on a typical 9-to-5 schedule. So I’m trying to figure out, how do I coordinate, not only my time, but also how to spend time with others. And I think over time, and working here at the Freelancers Hub has helped me figure out how to arrange my activities so that I can align my time with people I care about.How has the Freelancers Union community been helpful to you?They provide a lot of workshops that allow you to become more familiar with running a business, and also how to improve your business with, let’s say, marketing or branding. Every now and again, they bring in a tax person who talks about how to itemize or what to itemize for — suggestions about how to operate and whom to reach out to. I think, as a freelancer, you really like that gross income and don’t always think about the net and figuring out how to organize all that.Do you have any tips or tricks you can share that might be useful to other freelancers?I do a lot of strategic planning. I’ve worked a lot with nonprofits and I realized that I could apply the same consulting advice that I give to nonprofits to myself as my own entity. I have quarterly meetings with myself now, just to address any issues or challenges.Also, find out when you’re able to work best. I realized that I’m definitely a morning person when it comes to getting work done. I like to wake up early — there’s something about being in New York in the morning that’s just very peaceful and quiet. When no one’s around, that’s when I can get my work done.More than one-third of New York City’s workforce is freelancing, reflecting the wide-ranging diversity of the city. The purpose of Faces of Freelance is to shine a light on each unique, individual story in freelancing, and offer a platform on which it can further the conversation. Join the Freelancers Hub today and offer your own story into the conversation.last_img read more

A Guide to Sublet Etiquette

first_imgHow much do you pay for heating? Depending on where you live, it’s a good chunk of money during the wintertime. Even though we live in the South (in lovely Raleigh!), we’re not immune to getting some cold weather.   With winter coming… Full Story,Tips to help turn those homebuying dreams into reality. From outstanding credit card debt to massive student loans, financial difficulties are barring more and more millennials from becoming homeowners. While the vision of buying a first home may seem hopelessly… Full Story,When most people imagine buying a house, they think about how many bedrooms they need or what kind of porch they want. When they think about homebuying costs, they decide how much to put down and what their maximum home… Full Story,One of my favorite shows is Sex and the City. Those women lived glamorous lives I could only dream about. And, Carrie, a writer, was living my dream life as a famous writer in Manhattan. One of the storylines that… Full Story,Last year, my husband and I were packing up our Denver apartment to prepare for our move back to his home state of Indiana. We’d put an offer in on a house and had only given ourselves a couple of… Full Story,A few years ago Dave Munson and his family decided to move from their 5,600-square-feet, 8-bedroom house in the city of San Antonio, Texas, to a smaller, unique living situation: tents. Well, fancy, upscale tents that total 2,000 square feet… Full Story,It’s a well-known fact that your personal environment affects your mental health. If you live in a beautifully decorated home with plenty of plants and green space nearby, your risk for anxiety and depression is lower. If you spend your… Full Story,My husband and I were so excited to buy our house. We’d been renting since college and were eager to have our own place. Finally, no one could tell us how many dogs we could have or how many posters… Full Story,Last summer, I was forced to relocate out of my cozy, bungalow-style apartment in West L.A. Living in one of the most unaffordable rental markets in the U.S., I was resigned to the fact that, to enjoy my ideal setup… Full Story,When you buy a home, you’re making an investment in yourself and your future. You’re building  financial stability, equity, and experience. You have a place to call your own and you can customize the space just how you want. As… Full Storylast_img read more

How to Evaluate Your Retirement Funds in 15 Minutes or Less

first_img Post navigation Do you know how hard your money worked for you in 2013?If not, it’s time to do a 15-minute checkup of your investments and make some plans for 2014.Step 1: Check your performanceThe first thing to do is pull out recent statements for all your investments, including retirement plans such as IRAs and 401(k)’s, or check them online.If you don’t have a recent paper statement or online access to your accounts, you may have to wait until the year-end statement arrives in the mail.But let’s assume you have your statements in front of you. The important number you are searching for is your fund performance.Once you find that number, your next question should be “Is that good?”To find an answer, you’ll need to compare your funds with indexes that include similar investments.For example, if your funds are invested in large-company stocks, you might compare your performance with the S&P 500. (As I write this, it’s up more than 28 percent this year!)If you have a small cap fund, look to the Russell 2000 for guidance. For more tech-heavy investments, the Nasdaq might be the best comparison.I know it would be easier if I could simply tell you that if you hit a certain percentage, your investments had a great year.However, anyone who boils your fund performance down to such basic terms is doing you a disservice. You need to have an apples-to-apples comparison.That means comparing bond funds to bond funds, balanced funds to balanced funds and so on.In addition to indexes, you can also see how your funds performed by comparing them with funds offered by well-established fund companies like TD Ameritrade, Vanguard, American Funds or Fidelity.Don’t freak if your fund is a few percentage points off the returns offered by indexes or similar funds, but if your large-cap fund earned 5 percent this year when the S&P 500 earned 28 percent, that should be a red flag.Step 2: Review the feesAfter you check out fund performance, the next step is checking what you paid to achieve it. In other words, fees.If you’re investing in mutual funds, this should be listed on your statements as the expense ratio.If for some reason you don’t find it on your 401(k) paperwork, you may need to call your employer’s HR office and ask.Obviously, lower fees are better. Some mutual funds have expense ratios as low as 0.10 percent. Others might have combined fees that top 3 percent.Look at the fund families in the companies mentioned above for comparisons.With so many excellent, low-cost investment choices available today, there is little reason to have a fund with more than a 1 percent expense ratio.Step 3: Rebalance your assetsThe final step is to rebalance your portfolio. Over time, as certain funds underperform or outperform, your asset allocation may become skewed.For example, because stocks did so well in 2013, you may have more of your savings in stocks than you’re now comfortable with.Why is that important?Because the type of investments you have is directly related to the amount of risk you’re taking.Stocks often earn more than bonds or money market funds – they certainly have this year – but if the market crashes, you could lose big.Ideally, you should have a balance of stocks, bonds and other investments that are based upon your individual goals.If you are 22 and saving for retirement, you can probably be stock-heavy since you have time to weather the market’s ups and downs.But if you’re 60, you’ll want more of your money in bonds and money market funds so you don’t risk wiping out your life savings as you approach retirement.When you opened your investment account, you may have gotten guidance on the right asset allocation for your situation. Now is the time to rebalance your investments so they reflect that advice.Bottom lineMake an investment review part of your year-end planning.Set 15 minutes aside, follow these three easy steps and you’ll feel a lot more confident that your money is ready to meet the new year.“How to Evaluate Your Retirement Fund in 15 Minutes or Less” was provided by MoneyTalksNews.com Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Relatedlast_img read more

26 Tips on How to Do Disney World on a Budget

first_imgIt’s every child’s dream to go to Disney World, just like it’s every cash-strapped parent’s nightmare.Since the Happiest Place on Earth is so incredibly popular, Disney is aware that they can charge just about anything and make gobs of cash doing so.After all, what are parents supposed to do?Tell their children “no, we’re not going to Disney World because we don’t want to pay close to $100 a ticket plus hundreds more in hotel fees, plane tickets, and a million silly souvenirs you’ll probably lose in the airport on the way back home”?Give that line a try and see what happens.Luckily, there’s a better solution — go to Disney World and enjoy yourselves, but don’t destroy your wallet while doing so.Since going to the House of Mouse isn’t exactly a spur-of-the-moment decision — if you have kids, you’ll probably end up there eventually — there are plenty of ways to cut corners from the moment you leave your house to the time you and Mickey wave goodbye.From Mousesavers:1. Start a separate Disney World savings account, and don’t withdraw anything until it’s Mouse Time.2. Buy US Savings bonds, as they generate massive interest for their bearers. You need to plan at least five years in advance though, as you will incur a penalty if you cash them in before then.3. Store all your loose change in a jar, and don’t spend any of it. You’ll be amazed how quickly it adds up.4. All tax refunds, lottery winnings, Christmas bonuses, birthday card money, and other “found funds” should go directly to your Disney account, before somebody gets tempted to spend it.5. Cut back on small things (such as morning coffee from your local doughnut shop) and put the savings toward Mickey.If you buy a $1.50 coffee every morning, cutting that out will generate over $550 to your vacation fund annually!Couponing to Disney has an extensive database of coupons for everything. Print out and clip as many as you need, and put all savings into the Disney account.From Theme Park Insiders:6. Driving to Orlando instead of flying will save you a bunch of money, though the lack of complimentary peanuts might be a deal-breaker for some.7. Buy your tickets ahead of time, and not from Disney’s web site. If you can get tickets through your local library, or websites such as Undercover Tourist, you will save bunches.8. You can bring your own food and drinks into the park, so do that, instead of paying park prices.9. Don’t buy pictures or useless souvenirs. Cast members will take free pictures with your camera if you ask, and fun in the moment is way better than any silly trinket.From Mini Time:10. Don’t go in the early summertime; that’s the most popular, and therefore expensive, time of year. Go during the late summertime or even wintertime, when tickets are suddenly much cheaper.11. Instead of an expensive hotel, buy a tent and spend nights at the Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. Tons of fun (including back-to-back Disney movies every night, for as low as $43 a day.12. Buy a $15 souvenir mug once, and refill it for free the rest of your trip. No need to buy a $4 bottle of water every time you’re thirsty.13. Get a AAA membership and save 15-20% on many aspects of your trip, including lodging and tickets.14. Disney Tourist Blog recommends the Disney Dining Plan, which allows for a set number of meals and snacks per day, regardless of the price on the menu.Dine wisely, and you can eat the finest food for not very much at all!15. If you’re not on a plan, Wide Prep School highly recommends quick service (fast-food over a counter) over sit-down dining.The food is usually quite good, and far cheaper than if you were to sit down and dine with Cinderella and Pooh Bear.16. However, if you really want to hit up a sit-down restaurant, especially those with characters walking around and greeting guests, do so at lunchtime instead of dinnertime, as lunch is almost always cheaper.From Chip and Company:17. Disney’s Boardwalk is a completely free area to walk, bike, and take in scenery away from the hustle and bustle of the main park.18. Free fishing is offered in several areas of the park, though it’s all catch-and-release, so don’t expect to bring home dinner this way.19. Chip and Dale’s Campfire Sing-Along, offered every night at the Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, is an inexpensive s’more roast/sing-along with Chip and Dale as your adorable hosts.From Disney Top 10:20. Take in the sights at the resorts, as they’re free to simply enter and look around.21. Ride around in the Magic Kingdom Monorail. It’ll rest your bones and offer a great view of the entire park.22. The Magic Kingdom offers a parade and fireworks every night, and is completely free of admission.23. The Electrical Water Pageant, held near the Seven Seas Lagoon Resort, does roughly the same thing as the Magic Kingdom parade, but in a much cozier location.From The Disney Moms:24. Epcot Kidcot Funstops offer up free arts and crafts, featuring wooden masks that the kids can decorate and take home.25. There are free playgrounds all around the park, though all your excited child will hear is “playgrounds.”26. Finally, as Mouse Planet points out, if it rains, STAY THERE. Many people will run away and basically waste their money.For you and your frugal family, this means fewer lines, less crowded chaos, more choice seats on rides (except for outdoor electrical ones, which will probably be closed) and overall more fun for your dollar.Unless you’re married to the guy in the Goofy suit, you’re probably not going to experience Disney World for free.But planning ahead of time and budgeting wisely every step of the way can help keep your overall cost as low as humanly possible.Because while seeing your child’s face light up when they meet their favorite character for the first time is the best part of Disney World, knowing you saved a fortune during your trip is a close second.Mary Hiers is a personal finance writer who helps people earn more and spend less.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related Post navigationlast_img read more

How to Kickstart an Emergency Fund

first_img Post navigation Besides having a spending plan and saving for retirement, one of the major tenets of financial wellness is to have a healthy emergency fund. But the reality is that when you’re juggling multiple financial priorities—or simply have a rough time covering your bills each month—building the recommended three to six months for the unexpected is super challenging.  I remember when I was making $30,000 at my first full-time job. While that doesn’t seem like terrible pay, living in Los Angeles can be pricey. With rent on my tiny studio apartment in West L.A. devouring about a third of it, I worked super hard to save for an emergency fund. I managed to save $5,000 in my first year, along with getting SCUBA certified and going on a few fun trips. And along the way, I found a few ways to jump-start my emergency fund.  Here are a handful of easy things you can do to kickstart your e-fund:Sell junkLook in your closet, garage, attic, and anything else you haven’t touched for a year or more, suggests Ben Watson, a financial coach and owner of Fiscal Fluency. Then put it up for sale on an online marketplace such as Letgo, eBay, Decluttr, or OfferUp.“The simple act of getting rid of clutter or unnecessary items is elating as is the receipt of cash from doing things you love,” says Watson. “Use this hit of dopamine to motivate yourself to set a target amount and keep fighting until you reach it.”  Sock away “extra cash”Your tax refund, returned purchases, a work bonus, a small raise, someone paying you back, or a cash gift for your birthday or Christmas. Take that “extra” cash and put it right in your emergency fund, suggests Amy Schultz, a financial coach and CEO of Financial and Female.“This is effective because you’ve already spent that money and did just fine without it,” says Schultz. “So putting it in the emergency fund is easier to accept than watching money come directly out of your checking account. It’s all about mindset.”Use cash and save your changeYes, using cash helps you spend less. “Using cash is effective because it forces you to only spend what you have and, by saving your change, it shows how even the smallest amounts can add up over time,” explains Dr. Ann James, founder of Financial Freedom Battle Buddies.More on saving your change: To this day I save my spare change in my doggy piggy bank. I then use that money for Amazon purchases, gift cards to restaurants to dine with friends, or gift cards to use for Christmas presents.Go on a no-spending challengeI’ve done a handful of these and not only does it help me save, but it has also helps me break bad spending habits. If you’re going to do a spending freeze, you’re certainly allowed to stock up on groceries and fill up your tank of gas ahead of time. I’ve found that it’s far easier to commit to a no-spending challenge during the week, when you’re mired in a routine and aren’t likely to be lured by social events.Auto-save I’m a huge fan of putting things on auto-pilot. Even when I wasn’t making much money, I commited to save $50 of each paycheck. And after six months’ time, I had $650 socked away. After a year, I had $1,300.  To date, setting and forgetting is my favorite way to save. I auto-save as much as I can. Because it’s money I didn’t even know I had, it’s a pleasant surprise when I check my savings, and find an extra few hundred bucks—or more—socked away.Side hustleIf you already have a day job, working after hours is probably the least exciting thing. But it’s a great way to kick-start your emergency savings. During the first year I was out on my own, I cat-sat, and test proctored at a local university. While I only netted $1,000 in side hustle money that first year, it really helped me bulk up my emergency savings.If you’re side hustling just for the money, easy and fun is a great M.O. “Look at your hobbies and see if there is a way to earn some money off of it,” says Watson. “Like dancing? Offer dance lessons. Enjoy dogs? Offer pet sitting.”If you’re doing it to drum up experience to possibly parlay into a full-time business, then figure out what you want to ultimately do, what your current skill set is, then bridge the gap. For instance, I wanted to earn more money with my editorial skills. So I started off proofreading, copyediting, and eventually landed a few writing gigs. I not only earned additional dough, but gained some valuable professional skills.Remember: no matter what your financial situation, you can certainly get your emergency fund started. There’s no waiting for that perfect scenario. Taking action today is the best way to build your savings.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) RelatedIs $1,000 Emergency Fund Enough?October 9, 2018In “Saving”How to Build an Emergency Fund in CollegeOctober 7, 2019In “Saving”How to Reevaluate Your Emergency Fund StrategyNovember 7, 2018In “Saving” last_img read more

6 things you can do right now to reduce your risk of high blood pressure

first_imgHigh blood pressure kills – and it kills quietly.There aren’t any obvious signs (other than a cuff reading) that a person’s blood pressure is dangerously high, which is why many call hypertension the “silent killer”.As sciencealert.com reports, it can be tough to see outward signs of pressure building up in a person’s blood vessels until it’s too late and the extra stress on arteries leads to a heart attack, a stroke, or heart failure.Recently, the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology lowered the bar for what they consider high blood pressure to a cuff reading above 130/80, down from 140/90.The new guidelines mean nearly half of adults in the US – 46 percent – should lower their blood pressure, according to the American Heart Association.Here are some tips on how to do it.Blood pressure is measured in two numbers. The top number is your systolic pressure, or the amount of pressure in your blood vessels when your heart beats. It ideally should remain below 120.The bottom number is your diastolic pressure, or the amount of pressure in your blood vessels when your heart rests between beats. It should stay below 80.If you want to lower your blood pressure, spend some time with family and friends – or yourself.Stress contributes to blood pressure, so enjoying time relaxing with family or friends is a great way to lower your risk of heart problems.The Mayo Clinic even suggests taking 15 to 20 minutes a day to simply “sit quietly and breathe deeply”.And being thankful is also great for your heart. A 2015 study found that patients with heart failure who spent more time appreciating life and giving thanks were healthier.“It seems that a more grateful heart is indeed a more healthy heart,” said Paul Mills, one of the study’s authors. “Gratitude journaling is an easy way to support cardiac health.”Jump around.A bit of movement can also boost heart health.When you’re more physically active, the heart doesn’t have to work as hard to pump blood around the body.And you don’t have to be a pro athlete to reap all-star benefits from exercising.A recent study found that people who start high-intensity aerobic exercise in middle age can reverse some of the dangerous and deadly effects of a life spent sitting in a chair or on a couch.Researchers already knew that a lifetime of exercising four or five days a week helps keep a heart healthy. But the new findings suggest that even a person who shunned exercise for decades can change their ways later in life and become part of the heart-healthy crew.Drink less.If you’re going to happy hour, moderation is key.According to the Mayo Clinic, having more than three servings of alcohol in one sitting can temporarily raise your blood pressure, and repeated binging can lead to more long-term blood pressure problems.Some studies suggest that a bit of moderate drinking – especially wine – can help lower blood pressure and may also reduce a person’s risk of developing diabetes, but researchers are still debating the science behind that.Start reducing the size of your waistline.By shedding pounds around your middle, you’re increasing blood flow to the brain and reducing strain on your blood vessels – a nice perk for both your body and your mind.One of the easiest ways to watch your weight and reduce midsection paunch is to eat more filling, flavourful, and fibre-filled foods, like whole grains and protein, while cutting sugar.Slash salt from your diet, and add more fresh fruits and veggies.Foods that are low in sodium and high in potassium are great options for heart health.When the level of sodium in your bloodstream increases, it becomes harder for your kidneys to flush impurities from your blood, raising blood pressure. Even eating just a little less salt can make a difference.Potassium is a natural antidote to sodium’s harmful effects on your blood pressure, so eating more fresh fruits and vegetables, like bananas or avocados, can perform a double-duty favour for your heart.And finally, if you smoke, it’s a good idea to quit.The nicotine a smoker inhales triggers an immediate spike in blood pressure – and though it’s temporary and doesn’t correspond with higher blood pressure levels throughout the day, it can lead to longer-lasting problems in the blood vessels.The chemicals in tobacco can cause the arteries to narrow and damage the lining of their walls, prompting a spike in blood pressure.The American Lung Association says people who quit smoking can start to reduce their risk of a heart attack in as little as two weeks.last_img read more

17 Inspirational Sales & Marketing Quotes to Honor Zig Ziglar

first_imgZiglar was the author of more than 29 sales and motivational books, including See You at the Top and Over the Top. Because he has motivated so many marketers and salespeople throughout his more than 50-year long career, we thought a great way to honor his life would be to compile a list of some of our favorite Zig Ziglar quotations — quotations that any marketer, salesperson, or business can learn from.Click here to download our full collection of inspirational quotes from industry thought leaders.17 Motivational Quotes to Honor Zig Ziglar1) “Every choice you make has an end result.” (Tweet This Quote)2) “Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.” (Tweet This Quote)3) “Your business is never really good or bad ‘out there.’ Your business is either good or bad right between your own two ears.” (Tweet This Quote)4) “People don’t buy for logical reasons. They buy for emotional reasons.” (Tweet This Quote)5) “A goal properly set is halfway reached.” (Tweet This Quote)6) “If you want to reach a goal, you must ‘see the reaching’ in your own mind before you actually arrive at your goal.” (Tweet This Quote)7) “Remember that failure is an event, not a person. Yesterday ended last night.” (Tweet This Quote)8) “If you learn from defeat, you haven’t really lost.” (Tweet This Quote)9) “If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.” (Tweet This Quote)10) “If you don’t see yourself as a winner, then you cannot perform as a winner.” (Tweet This Quote)11) “Every sale has five basic obstacles: no need, no money, no hurry, no desire, no trust.” (Tweet This Quote)12) “When obstacles arise, you change your direction to reach your goal; you do not change your decision to get there.” (Tweet This Quote)13) “You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want.” (Tweet This Quote)14) “Statistics suggest that when customers complain, business owners and managers ought to get excited about it. The complaining customer represents a huge opportunity for more business.” (Tweet This Quote)15) “Timid salesmen have skinny kids.” (Tweet This Quote)16) “For every sale you miss because you’re too enthusiastic, you will miss a hundred because you’re not enthusiastic enough.” (Tweet This Quote)17) “Stop selling. Start helping.” (Tweet This Quote)Zig Ziglar will be greatly missed, but we can still all learn a lot from his motivational wisdom. Thank you, Zig.To leave your condolences for Zig, his website asks that you visit his official Facebook Page here. Marketing and Sales Alignment Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Originally published Nov 28, 2012 4:49:00 PM, updated February 01 2017 Topics:last_img read more