IPL probe: ED issues summons to Ravi Shastri

first_imgSpeeding up its probe into the finances of Indian Premier League, the Indian Enforcement Directorate has summoned former Indian cricket captain Ravi Shastri for questioning in connection with the alleged financial irregularities in the IPL.Former Indian Captain Ravi Shastri Shastri, who is out of the country currently, has been asked to help the ED in answering certain questions related to the Twenty20 league as he was on the IPL Governing Council, sources involved in the investigation said.Shastri has been called to be present at the ED’s office here next week to speed up the probe into the case.The ED is also probing the role of ex-IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi, who is currently in London, for alleged contraventions of foreign exchange rules.The ED is investigating into the alleged violations under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) against various IPL franchises and foreign exchange and remittance related offences and connected issues concerning both the IPL and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Spain wants ‘final four’ format for its Super Cup

first_imgOil plant explodes in Pampanga town SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Gilas call-up for Fiba World qualifiers dream come true for Thirdy Ravena LATEST STORIES PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes The Super Cup has been played in a one-game final between the Spanish league champion and the Copa del Rey winner, and now Rubiales wants to include the runner-ups in both competitions.The changed format could start as soon as next season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesRubiales says the proposal will be made during the federation’s general assembly. He did not say which country would stage the tournament’s new format.Last year’s final, won by Barcelona against Sevilla, was played in Tangier, Morocco. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants MOST READ Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi shoots to score his side’s opening goal from the penalty spot during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Valladolid at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)MADRID — The Spanish soccer federation wants a “final four” tournament to decide the Spanish Super Cup.Federation president Luis Rubiales says the tournament would be played outside of Spain in the beginning of the season.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Navigating The Turbulence: How United CEO Oscar Munoz Leads

first_imgIt’s been a rough year for Oscar Munoz. The CEO of United Airlines was thrust into the spotlight in April after a video of a passenger forcibly ejected from a flight by non-United security went viral and caused a public relations uproar.  Munoz and United were criticized by the way they initially handled the situation, but ultimately released a more thoughtful apology to the passenger and public acknowledging that the “truly horrific event” elicited “outrage, anger, disappointment” that he both understood and empathized with. Most importantly, he promised to review and improve booking policies, noting, “No one should ever be mistreated this way.”Impressively, despite the uproar public crisis, United Airlines employees continue to be confident in the leadership of Munoz and the direction the company is headed. According to reviews on Glassdoor, employees have and still enjoy working for Munoz – In fact, the CEO has been named one of the 2017 Highest Rated CEOs, ranking #18 with a 96% CEO approval rating.During the awards eligibility (5/2/16 – 5/1/17), Munoz maintained an exceptional approval rating. However, Munoz’s CEO approval rating saw a slight dip in the wake of the public relations debacle, but is still holding  a 91% approval rating —  well above the average CEO approval rating on Glassdoor of 67%, based on the 700,000 companies reviewed. Glassdoor ratings show that United employees have and still do love working at United under Munoz’s leadership. The chart below also shows how Munoz has consistently been a strong leader in the eyes of his own employees since taking the helm at United a few years ago.Here’s a sample of what employees have to say post-incident:“I have been with United for 29 years. I am proud of my company again and that’s because of our beloved CEO Oscar. He has made the world of difference to me and so many of United family. He is a wonderful and kind person. I love my co-workers, we are like a family.” —United Airlines Customer Service Representative (April 25, 2017; Denver, CO)“Management is great, they keep employees motivated and well-informed of everything. They are very accessible and ready to help.” —United Airlines Temp Customer Service Representative (May 26, 2017; Houston, TX)“Working for over 5 years, great place, family oriented, lots of mentoring from an abundance of experienced seniors, industry standard pay, respect and professionalism, great focus and leadership under our CEO Oscar Munoz.” —United Airlines Service Director – Airport Operations (May 13, 2017; Washington, DC)“United Airlines is one of the largest airlines in the world. United Airlines’ focus is on customer satisfaction. Their second focus is on their employees. Most of their employees are very happy because the share in the success of their company, which is awesome.” United Airlines Customer Service Representative (April 17, 2017; Newark, NJ)Furthermore, while the incident caused United stock to fall as much as 6.3% in pre-market trading, dropping $1.4 billion, in the first week, employee sentiments in the aftermath did not waiver. The vast majority approve of the job Munoz is doing and United’s company rating has climbed from 3.3 to 3.8. Since becoming CEO in 2015, Munoz’s ratings have been higher overall than both of his most recent predecessors, Jeffrey Smisek, who left with 42% approval rating, and Glenn Tilton, who left with 30% approval.Exploring the United CEO’s reviews, we also see a few common themes from employees including:Strong training programs and mentorship from experienced senior leadership: United truly cares about employee successEmphasis on customer service and transparency: United wants to do the right thing for both employees and customersRecently renovated mission and organizational structure with increased alignment to technology demands of the sectorWhat makes Munoz a top CEO? According to Glassdoor chief economist Dr. Andrew Chamberlain, Munoz’s positive rating among employees has more to do with day-to-day culture than any breaking new story.  “Our research shows that company culture is the single biggest factor driving CEO approval among employees,” says Dr. Chamberlain. “There’s a clear link between healthy company culture and being a high rated CEO. Workplaces with satisfied employees rate their CEOs significantly higher than those with low worker satisfaction. And employees hold CEOs personally accountable for cultivating a healthy corporate culture.”Digging into the rating trends, as of June 1, 2017, employees rate the likelihood of recommending United to a friend at 78% and the overall business outlook at 67%.United team members consistently rave about the company’s “excellent” 401k plan, employee discounts, health insurance plans and work-life balance. While he relies heavily on his team to shape the employee experience for the over 10,000 employees, Munoz is at the core of United’s thriving culture.“For me, the name United evokes something special. It brings to mind the countless inspiring stories of so many dedicated professionals I’ve met,” shared Munoz in February.  “Each day, they make me proud to call myself a member of their team. I see our people going the extra mile for our customers and for one another. I see them brave the elements and endure the long hours and late nights, often far away from their homes. I see them strive to go beyond expectations and deliver a better experience for our customers with each flight. This is the vision of our company that I find most inspiring.”Congratulations to United CEO Oscar Munoz for being named one of Glassdoor’s Highest Rated CEOs — and the highest airline CEO —  showing the world what it means to survive the storm.last_img read more

Are Optional Cover Letters Really Optional?

first_img 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 2.8★ 23 hours ago 23h Director, Advanced Technology Policy General Motors United States 3.5★ Deli Associate F&M Deli & Restaurant Mount Laurel, NJ 3.1★ LCPC – Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center Chicago, IL RN, Registered Nurse – OP Chemotherapy CHRISTUS Health Houston, TX 4.5★ 23 hours ago 23h Registered Nurse Supervisor RN Waterbury Gardens Nursing and Rehab Waterbury, CT 3.4★ Registered Nurse (RN) – Charge Nurse – $7,000 Sign On Bonus EmpRes Healthcare Management Gardnerville, NV 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h N/A We’ve all seen it on job applications: cover letter optional. But while some of us shout for joy when we see that line, others of us wring our hands with worry, wondering if we’ll be docked proverbial brownie points by the recruiter or hiring manager if we hit send without attaching that optional document. So we set out to put your worried minds at ease, asking career experts whether optional cover letters really are optional — and what you can expect to happen if you don’t send one. Why would a company say that a cover letter is optional?The application clearly says a cover letter is optional. And that begs the question: why leave the choice of whether to attach one up to the job candidate? Is it some kind of twisted trick?It’s not — exactly. “If they say it’s optional, they may be vetting out who’s truly motivated for the position by who takes the time to compose a cover letter,” explains career coach Hallie Crawford. Or, the company may not have been impressed in the past with applicants’ cover letters, so they’re reducing their own load by not requiring them, job search expert Hannah Morgan says. “Leaving the decision to submit a cover letter up to the candidate could be a company’s way of signaling that it isn’t that important to them,” she explains.How to Write the Perfect Cover LetterSo, should you bother to write one? Yes. Even if a cover letter is optional, any applicant who takes the time to write and submit one anyway — especially a thoughtful, well-written, spell-checked letter — will make a good impression, both experts agree. “When the majority of people take the easy way out, and don’t submit a cover letter, then writing one can make a difference, if it gets read,” Morgan says. “It takes time and effort to explain why you are interested in the role,” she says, and “when that’s done well, it may be the differentiator that gets the candidate the interview.” Another reason to submit an optional cover letter?  “A cover letter is a great way to explain to the hiring manager why you would be a great fit for the job,” says Crawford. “It’s also a way to show them that you are willing to accomplish tasks that aren’t required but still important. It shows them you’re motivated and interested in the position, and it’s a chance to sell yourself with information and statistics beyond what’s listed on your resume.”What should you include in an optional cover letter?When we said there’s no point in sending a less-than-exceptional optional cover letter, we meant it. “A well-written cover letter does two things: it explains why the candidate is interested in the role and highlights why they are a good fit for the job,” explains Morgan. And that can require a lot of time and research on your part. For example, “let’s say the company has a new product coming out, but it isn’t mentioned in the job posting,” says Morgan. “In reading the company’s press releases and talking with insiders, the candidate discovers that the job would be supporting the new product. The candidate should mention this in the cover letter and if he or she has experience supporting a new product launch, that information would also be extremely important to mention.”9 Attention-Grabbing Cover Letter ExamplesBut that doesn’t mean you can blather on and on in the letter. “Writing a concise message is an enviable skill,” says Morgan. “With attention spans getting shorter every day, less is more. The letter should be succinct, yet still include [at least] three paragraphs.” What if you decide not to send an optional cover letter?Sometimes you’re crunched for time. Sometimes, you just can’t find the right words. And so, when you see the chance to not write a customized cover letter, you’re going to take it. (We get it.) But don’t worry — making this move doesn’t necessarily set you up to fail as an applicant. Here’s what you can do instead: the next time you’re on social media, see if the company is too. If they are, mention them or tag them in the next post or tweet you compose, suggests Morgan. “Don’t dismiss social media, as many recruiters are searching social media profiles as part of the candidate review process,” she says. Then, make sure your online portfolio or LinkedIn account are up-to-date and optimized “with embedded media and links to career achievements like promotions, presentations, awards or articles you’ve written,” she says. This way, you can still make a splash. 2.3★ 2.5★ 4.7★ Interior Designer – St. Louis & Dallas Oculus Saint Louis, MO 23 hours ago 23h 4.8★ ICU Registered Nurse Del Sol Medical Center El Paso, TX 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Part-time Day Associate Crew Carwash Indianapolis, IN Service Advisor Prime Motor Group Saco, MElast_img read more

10 Companies Hiring Now That’ll Pay You To Travel the World

first_imgIf Glassdoor’s mission is to help people everywhere find a job and company they love, then that means if you want to jet from New York to Chicago to Shanghai in a month for work, we should serve that up. And we do!There are thousands of jobs on the platform that include things like “willingness to travel” or “50% travel” in the job descriptions. To help you wade through all of the cool jobs and exciting companies, we’ve curated a handful of companies looking to hire road warriors and those who love to collect passport stamps. From sales roles to teacher gigs, we’ve got a little of everything.Here are 10 hot companies hiring now. Apply now and be wheels up in no time!UnileverDetails: With over 400 brands, more than 174,000 employees based in more than 150 countries, Unilever is one of the most recognized and world-wide brands. In addition to hiring around the globe, Unilever has a Workplace Services team that travels to manage Unilever’s offices and facilities. Many other roles call for frequent travel as well.Hiring For: Digital Brand Manager, Global Logistics Manager, Global SC Analyst, Regional Lead for Workplace & Travel, Executive Assistant to CEO of Seventh Generation, Global SHE Manager & more.What Employees Say: “The list of reasons why Unilever is the best place to work is way too long. So below are just a few: Brands – It is really an awesome feeling to let people know you work for this amazing company Unilever, and “Oh by the way, they make Dove, Hellmann’s, Ben & Jerry’s”. Flexibility – agile work environment. Being able to get your job done from wherever, whenever. Empowerment – being encouraged to own and make decisions and knowing that the leaders have your back.” —Current EmployeeBrowse Open Jobs See more Remote jobs Bain & Company Details: Driving impact for the world’s most influential organizations has led to Bain’s impressive results story: Bain has grown 15% per year over the last 20 years and expect strong growth this year, which means they’re currently hiring for our largest class ever. “At Bain, we firmly believe that the ability to travel and experience other cultures is one of the great gifts in life; it is extremely rewarding from both a personal and professional standpoint. If you join Bain our offices in 53 of the world’s most desirable cities, and clients in hundreds more, will enable you to gain invaluable global experience through a variety of different ways. The amount of travel you do and the locations you visit is somewhat up to you and where you are in life.”Hiring For: Associate Consultant, Senior Consultant, Case Team Leader, Principals, Senior Software Engineer, Contracts Counsel-EMEA, Senior Specialists of Supply Chain, Manger of Data Science & more.What Employees Say: “Best people and high impact work. Very strong culture and people are committed to making you succeed longer term.” —Current Case Team LeaderBrowse Open Jobs Software Help Desk Specialist Ortho2 Computer Systems Ames, IA 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Local Marketing Administrator General Assembly Remote Jobs Washington, DC N/A Available Remote Jobs 4.5★ Part-Time Product Management Instructor, Enterprise General Assembly Remote Jobs Washington, DC N/A N/A 3.9★ 4.0★ Unmanned ISR Pilot Remote Imagery Technologies, Inc North Las Vegas, NV Johnson & JohnsonDetails: The diversified healthcare giant operates in three segments through more than 250 operating companies located in some 60 countries. One of their most in-demand roles is Clinical Specialist which lists one of the qualifications as “the ability to travel (by automobile or air, day trips and overnight stays) a minimum of 60% and up to as much as 80-90% of the time (depending on geography) is required.”Hiring For: Clinical Specialists, Territory Manager, Consumer Sales Rep, Consumer Senior Marketing Manager, Global Director of Regulatory Affairs, Distribution Supervisor, Senior Global Supply Planner & more.What Employees Say: “Amazing company culture that truly encourages your professional development, co-ops receive a significant amount of responsibility and visibility in the organization with the opportunities to meet and interact with managers and executives throughout the organization. There are also a lot of opportunities to develop professionally, with various lunch and learns and trainings that interns, co-ops, and full-time employees are encouraged to attend. Great work-life balance as well.” —Former EmployeeBrowse Open Jobs N/A 3.0★ 23 hours ago 23h Field Supervisor Allied Universal Louisville, KY Accounting Representative Jitasa Boise, ID Speech Language Pathologist- Work from Home PresenceLearning Indianapolis, IN N/A 1.6★ 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h GitLabDetails: “The GitLab Inc. team consists of the following 267 team members and their 69 pets. We’re a remote only organization and we currently have team members in 37 countries.”Hiring For: UX Designer, Data Analyst, Product Manager, Federal Implementation Engineer, Manager of Professional Services, Solutions Architect Manager, Customer Experience Manager, Technical Writing Manager, Field Marketing Manager, Community Advocate, Engineering Manager & more.What Employees Say: “Fantastic company to work for if you love working remote as everyone is 100% remote. No corporate headquarters. Opportunity to meet with people from all over the world. The values are authentic and true. Extremely transparent.” —Current EmployeeBrowse Open Jobs Research Hydrologist USDA ARS Hydrology & Remote Sensing Laboratory Beltsville, MD NovartisDetails: Novartis is a global healthcare company based in Switzerland that provides solutions to address the evolving needs of patients worldwide. To met Novatris’ territory and regional goals, many employees travel frequently leading account-focused teams in pharmaceutical sales, leadership and account management.Hiring For: Sales Representative Ophthalmology, Medical Representative, Sales Training Manager, Key Account Manager, Area Business Manager, Territory Business Executive, Field Support Specialist, Regional Marketing Lead & more.What Employees Say: “Flexible hours, salary, bonus and benefits. Ability to work from home day. Working in a multi-cultural exposure and meeting people from different backgrounds.” —Current Business AnalystBrowse Open Jobs AccentureDetails: With more than 435,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture provides services in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Landing from the management consulting team to the business & technology integration vertical, constants can expect to travel regularly to engage with clients, manage multiple tasks and problem solve on the go.Hiring For: Security Analyst, Payments Technology Consultant, PMO Analyst, Enterprise Fraud Strategy Consultant, SAP Intel Enterprise Consulting manager, Management Consulting Manager & more.What Employees Say: “Accenture has Good benefits, offers variety of work that we support to keep employees engaged and training is continually provided. Great people to work with. Needs more diversity in upper leadership, but Accenture is taking action to try to improve in this area. Can require large amounts of travel in some roles.” —Current Project/Program ManagerBrowse Open Jobs VIPKIDDetails: Work when you want, where you want, how often you want. Work from home or when traveling the world. VIPKID provides an international learning experience to Chinese in the comfort of your own home. They provide 1-on-1 online full immersion language and content classes based on the US Common Core State Standards.Hiring For: ESL Teacher Online, Part-Time Online English Tutor, Flexible Online ESL Educator, Online English Tutor, Weekend Online English Teacher & more.What Employees Say: “Easy to do from home. No commute, no child care, no savvy business clothes, no commuting in the snow, and the best part is every day is “bring your cat to work day!” My cat, Bootsie, loves my job as much as I do! No kidding, I’ve had parents post reviews on my cat! The kids love it! Payment is once a month. I don’t mind that because then it its a big check. You know what to expect and money is in the account on time. I love the children I teach. It is amazing how close you get to the family from the other side of the world!” —Current Major Course TeacherBrowse Open Jobs GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)Details: The science-led global healthcare company that generated £4.5bn in sales of new pharmaceuticals and vaccine in 2016, hires pharmaceutical sales reps and territory associates whose responsibility it is to promote GSK’s products and improve the quality of human life through healthcare. As their job descriptions read, “We need a talented and motivated workforce to deliver against our strategy. To achieve this, we strive to attract the best people and to create an environment that empowers and inspires.”Hiring For: Sales Professional, Territory Associate, Sales Force Effectiveness Specialist, Digital Analytics Global Methods Manager, Area Manager of Consumer Healthcare, District Sales Manager, Brand Activation Manager, Sourcing Group Manager & more.What Employees Say: “GSK cares about doing drug development right, truthful marketing of and 360 care and growth of its employees. If you’re lucky enough to get an offer from this 5-star company, don’t think twice about accepting it!” —Former Manager in ResearchBrowse Open Jobs InVision AppDetails: InVision gives teams the freedom to design, review, and user test products—all without a single line of code. With intuitive tools for prototyping, task management, and version control, it’s your entire design process, all in one place. InVision is a fully distributed company with employees in 25 countries around the world. The company allows you to “do great work from an environment that you’re comfortable in.”Hiring For: Director of Customer Acquisition, UX Engineer, Senior Security Software Engineer, Design Specialist, Business Development Representative, Product Marketing Manager & more.What Employees Say: “I’m a firm believer that working remotely is not for everyone. You need to be diligent, hardworking, proactive with a strong sense of time management. There is an initial adjustment period and learning to balance home life and work life all in the same environment can be challenging. Our CEO, Clark wants employees to work wherever they want, and he believes giving people that freedom can increase employee happiness and foster communication that’s better than that of many co-located companies. This also enables us to tap into talent from all across the globe, rather than being limited by geographic locations- we can bring on the best and the brightest regardless of where you live!” —Current EmployeeBrowse Open Jobs 23 hours ago 23h Senior Account Executive (Cloud Security Sales) Remote Anitian Washington, DC 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h ZapierDetails: “Zapier is a 100% remote team that gives everyone internet superpowers: We help people easily connect and automate the apps they use every day so they can get more work done with less effort. Partners and developers, including Google, Salesforce, Intuit, and Dropbox, use Zapier to offer their customers integrations with over 1,000 other apps.”Hiring For: Customer Champion, CMO/VP of Marketing, VP of Engineering, Security Infrastructure Engineer, Manager of Platform Design, Frontend Engineer, Partner Manager & more.What Employees Say: “100% Remote team helps make a great team and culture. By being able to hire from around the world, it means that everyone on the team is excellent at their job. With the focus on remote-first work, we’re able to mitigate many of the potential risks.” —Current EmployeeBrowse Open Jobs 23 hours ago 23h Instructor Manager General Assembly Remote Jobs Washington, DC Browse All Jobslast_img read more

Real Madrid president Florentino welcomes AC Milan bid but James only wants…

first_imgAC Milan have made an offer for Real Madrid attacker James Rodriguez.Don Balon says Milan have held talks with Real president Florentino Perez and intimated they’re willing to pay €60 million for the Colombia international.Perez is delighted with the offer, as current bids have only reached €40 million for James since the end of last season.PSG, Bayern Munich and Manchester United have all been in contact, but has left Perez disappointed with their proposals.Real would be happy to sell James to Milan immediately, but the midfielder’s thoughts are another matter.James still has his heart set on joining United and will take some persuading to accept a move to the Rossonero.last_img read more

Real Madrid hero Arbeloa confident Cristiano Ronaldo will stay

first_imgReal Madrid hero Alvaro Arbeloa is confident Cristiano Ronaldo will stay.The former West Ham fullback announced his retirement yesterday.He told Marca of Ronaldo: “Cristiano is going to stay.”Above all, Cris is smart and he knows he needs Real Madrid. “He has achieved the league and the Champions League with them and is at the best team in the world.”last_img

Ex-Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka regrets turning down Alaves job

first_imgFormer Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka regrets turning down the Alaves job.Alaves came knocking 12 months ago.Karanka told Marca: “Sergio Fernandez [Alaves’ sporting director] tried in many ways. I thank him very much for the confidence he had in me, but for now the idea is to stay in England… unless something comes up that I cannot refuse. “It was a shame because I know Josean Querejeta and I know that their project is spectacular. So I thank them one more time and say that I will be supporting them. I’m sure it will work out fine.”last_img read more

Charities are spending A LOT on marketing

first_imgA new study from Changing Our World has some remarkable figures:Large American nonprofits spend at least $7.6 billion per year on marketing and public relations, and may in fact spend a great deal more, according to the Changing Our World analysis of 71 nonprofits with annual revenues of $10 million or more per year. Itemized examination of IRS Form 990 Line 43, where marketing and communications expenses reside, resulted in an extrapolated estimate of $7.6 billion for the sector.With more than 100 nonprofits forming everyday, it’s becoming a very competitive world for donor dollars. That’s driving a lot of marketing spending. And since most of us don’t have a huge marketing budget to sling around, we have to work smarter than ever. Not a relaxing thought on a Friday afternoon in the heat of fundraising season. One way to work smarter is to get your online fundraising up and running, because it’s cheap and competitive. Network for Good (my nonprofit) can really help you in this department. Get a Donate Now button, do email outreach, and use the long tail of the web to reach people where they cluster online. And at least this study gives you another talking point for defending your marketing budget — it’s a competitive world out there.last_img read more

Back to basics: 4 web site tweaks

first_imgI spent an hour looking at a lot of nonprofits’ websites yesterday. Here are four tweaks that 95% of them need, and that might help you too:1. Make your Donate button easier to find. Grab a friend or relative, sit them down in front of your website home page, and count how many seconds it takes them to find and click on your Donate button. If it takes them more than two seconds, you need to place your button in a far more prominent position. Make it central to the page. Make sure it is above the fold. Make it big. Make it colorful. Make it impossible to miss. Here’s an example of an easy-to-find Donate button.2. Frame the Donate button in a more compelling way. Now think about why someone should click on your Donate button. Your financial needs are not enough. Create an appeal around the button that is focused on donors, their interests, and what they get in return for their donation. What tangible change will result if they give? How is that tangible change relevant to them personally? Will it feel good to make the donation? Is clicking on the button fun, touching or compelling? Here’s an outstanding example of framing.3. Add a sense of immediacy. You want to inspire someone to give right now, but that can be hard to do if it’s not December or if there’s not an urgent crisis to address. Create a sense of urgency for donating by creating a campaign with a goal and deadline, matching grant, or appeal for specific items or programs that are highly tangible. Here’s an example of bringing a sense of urgency to an appeal by making it clear what the donation does (it buys a bed net) and tying it to a popular show. 4. Recognize that getting clicks requires cultivation. While you want someone to donate right away, it’s important to remember that it takes time to cultivate donors. Be sure your website includes a way to capture the email addresses of visitors so that you can build a relationship with them and turn them into donors in the future. Think beyond a newsletter sign-up. Here’s a nice example of an innovative approach to capturing emails.last_img read more

Young Champions Come of Age!

first_imgPosted on January 1, 2011June 20, 2017By: Peris Wakesho, Young Champion of Maternal 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)This blog post was contributed by Peris Wakesho, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. She will be blogging about her experience every month, and you can learn more about her, the other Young Champions, and the program here.Almost four months since the start of the fellowship program on Maternal Health, and the African Union was holding its first ever African Union Youth Volunteer Corps (AU-YVCs) pre-deployment training at Obudu Cattle Ranch in Cross Rivers State, Calabar, Nigeria. You must be wondering, what is the connection with the Young Champions? Wonder no more – for the two involve young people who will and are working around the world to make a difference!The only differences they have are that the AU-YVCs are African young people who will be posted within Africa, volunteering in various development fields, while the Young Champions of Maternal Health is global and specifically working on Maternal health (http://ashoka.org/youngchampions#meet).It was an honour to participate and share the cultural and professional experience as a Young Champion, to enable the AU-YVCs to begin to anticipate and appreciate key intercultural issues as well as map their personal and professional growth before and during their deployment.The key message delivered was: to work in any community, one needs to understand the people, their way of life, what works for them and respect them. Because human beings are inherently good!During the training, the AU-YVCs also worked on strategies and activities they will undertake to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), of which I worked closely with teams on MDG 3, 4 and 5. These address Promotion of Gender Equality & Empowerment of Women, Reducing Child Mortality and Improving Maternal Health respectively.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Perspectives on Performance-Based Incentive Programs to Improve Quality of Maternal Newborn and Child Health Care

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on February 6, 2014November 7, 2016By: Sara Riese, Research Advisor, Translating Research into Action (TRAction)Click 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)A meeting which brought together implementers and experts in the fields of performance-based incentives, maternal newborn and child health (MNCH), and quality of care (QoC) was bound to get complicated.  Each of these fields has its own theories of change, indicators, measurement needs & approaches, and languages which they use to communicate amongst themselves.  But as performance-based incentive (PBI) programs increasingly move towards integrating and incentivizing quality of MNCH care performance measures within their programs, the need for collaboration and communication has never been more important. In order to start this conversation, USAID, the TRAction project, and the World Bank co-hosted the launch of a working group which will hopefully drive this collaboration.Meeting participants reflected on a few key questions over the day and a half:Since PBI programs are being implemented in countries across the globe, in both high and low resource settings-it is here to stay, in some form or another. How can PBI programs be made as effective as possible to improve quality of maternal and child health care?  What are the most important quality indicators to incentivize?These questions brought out some of the clear differences between the different groups.  While the PBI implementers were seeking to develop a clear set of quality indicators that could be incorporated as measures into programs, presenters and members of the quality of care world talked of not using the word “quality” anymore since it is so vague, and members from the MNCH community spoke of how long it has taken (and continues to take) their own community to develop a core set of quality indicators.  In general most felt that a conceptual framework showing the potential areas of overlap and limitations of PBI and QoC is necessary before delving into a discussion on specific indicators.How can this working group, or a group like it, advance the work on quality of care and PBI?The group identified three key areas which emerged from the conversation: measurement strategies and indicators, gaps in knowledge and the “black box”, and navigating change.  Smaller groups delved into priorities within these particular areas and worked to create a short term work agenda in the area, identifying the key human and other resources needed, as well as whether there is scope for building a community of practice or email group around the area.Results of those discussions can be found in the meeting report here.Without a doubt, there are areas of overlap and synergy between the different fields.  Continued collaboration and discussion between these diverse groups is going to be necessary in order to identify the key areas of overlap and develop tools which will effectively respond to the needs of PBI implementers seeking to integrate measures of quality into their programs.What do you see as areas of overlap between the performance-based incentive, quality of care, and maternal, newborn, and child health worlds? How can they work together to make a greater impact on the health of mothers and children around the world?Share this:last_img read more

Ding dong, the UBT is (almost) dead

first_imgFriday, July 10th 2009 will always be remembered as a big day in Freelancers Union history. You may have gotten an email from Sara Horowitz, Freelancers Union Executive Director, on announcing that after a long month with no action, the New York State Senate finally passed our Unincorporated Business Tax bill (S5519) last Friday. Following the State Assembly’s lead, the Senate voted overwhelmingly for $25 million in tax relief for independent workers within New York City. The bill now goes to Governor Paterson for his signature. As of this morning, he has yet to sign the bill. Please email him today and urge him to sign the bill without delay. We’ve been talking about the UBT in numbers and dollar figures for months now, talking about how much money it takes from the local economy each year (about $162 million paid by freelancers annually), how much repealing it for those earning under $100,000 and providing a credit for those earning up to $150,000 will save freelancers ($25 million), and how many people this will immediately impact (17,000). But there was a different set of numbers that was just as equally impressive; the thousands of Freelancers Union members who got involved and worked to make passage of S5519/A8615 a reality:14 members drove up to Albany with us for a day of lobbyingOver 100 of you showed up at City Hall and helped support those who were testifying in support of the UBT repealWe met with over 120 legislators or their staff to personally push for passage of S5519As of this morning 151 of you have sent an email to Gov. Paterson urging him to sign S5519/A8615253 of you called your State Senators and asked them to get back to work and pass our bill552 of you donated to our PAC to show lawmakers we’re serious about supporting those who support freelancersOver 2,500 of you sent emails to your state legislators urging their support for our billThis was a major step towards providing tens of millions of dollars in tax relief for freelancers and independent workers. But the Governor hasn’t signed the bill yet so take a minute today and send him a message asking for his support. We have many other fights ahead of us including ensuring proper worker classification, developing an unemployment protection program for freelancers, and establishing a system for you to collect unpaid wages. But for now, take pride in what you’ve accomplished, and realize that when thousands of us work together, we can and will make freelancing a little more equitable.last_img read more

Freelancer Victory! Obama Signs Small Business Jobs Act

first_imgThis past summer, Freelancers Union actively rallied around passage of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, urging members to contact their legislators, sending memorandums of support to elected officials, and meeting with key stakeholders. Yesterday, September 27, 2010, President Obama signed the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act of 2010 into law. One of the most beneficial provisions of the legislation will allow you to deduct the cost of your health insurance when calculating your self-employment taxes this year. Read the National Association for the Self-Employed’s guide, “What You Need to Know About the One-Year Tax Deduction On Health Costs for the Self-Employed” for more information.last_img read more

5 tips for mastering Twitter chats

first_imgIt’s no longer a secret that Twitter chats can be a great tool in one’s marketing strategy. Essentially, a Twitter chat is an online networking event that you can participate in from the comfort of your own home (and PJs). True, you are missing out on the free champagne and petits fours but you will also be spared from the pointless chit chat and superfluous formalities. Twitter chats attack the topic head on and tweets are to the point. After all, when you only have 140 characters to spend, “How are you?” is pretty wasteful.Twitter users convene around a certain topic and select hashtag for an hour or so. The hosts or moderators guide the conversation by throwing in questions (using Q1, Q2…) and users tackle them (using A1, A2…), interacting not only with the hosts and moderators but among themselves, usually by tagging specific users in their answers.Now, I am an advocate for participating in Twitter chats prior to creating and hosting one. And there are 5 reasons for that:1. You get to know your community and audienceJoining a chat that already exists and has a loyal community not only allows you to capitalize on those eager users – and save you the trouble of finding them yourself – it also allows you to get to know the community intimately. And this is crucial.You want and need to understand their values, their concerns, their desires, what animates them, what they find problematic and what solutions they would like to see. This applies to a wide range of categories of users and whatever community you are trying to serve. You need to know what they are talking about.2. Find new followers and follow new peopleTwitter chats resemble classrooms and, even though users are all 18+, the dynamic is not far from 6th grade: there are the ones that sit in the back and rarely raise their hands and there are the loud ones that will quickly interject any chance they get. The latter are the ones you’ll want to get in touch with.Twitter chats allow you to find the people that are driving the conversation, the ones that are taking the lead and answering audience questions–the ones that are building trust. Furthermore, the more you’ll actively engage them (i.e. respond, reply, favor, & retweet), the more people will follow you. Win-win situation!3. Make your voice heard in your communityBeing an active member of a chat is a great way to gain credibility among fellow users. Because topics are specific and participants are experts – or at least, very interested in the matter – showing that you know what you are talking about will boost your popularity among target groups.By engaging carefully and respectfully (i.e. reply to the questions with a well thought-out answer, address all questions you were tagged in, and retweet pertinent answers), you will be able to send your message across effectively. However, one needs to remain cautious: Twitter chats are not the avenue for blatant self-promotion – remember, they are networking events, not a marketplace. The goal is first of all to form relationships and gain legitimacy among the community you are trying to serve.4. Get to know influencersSimilar to point 2, you will find THE people to follow thanks to Twitter chats. And these people have a name: influencers. I am an avid fan of influencer marketing because I strongly believe in the power of individual relationships and connections to move brands forward. Being on the friendly side of the right people will take you a long way.You should start by following the hosts and moderators of the chats. Understand who they are and where their expertise comes from. See how they interact with their audience and the solutions they are trying to provide.Engaging via Twitter chats with influencers is a great start but you should quickly carry on the process outside the chat. Follow them and start tweeting to them and retweeting and favoriting their tweets. Hopefully that will do more than catch their attention – they will follow back and it will be the beginning of a mutually-beneficialrelationship relationship.5. Become an influencerEventually, if all goes well, you will want to venture into chat hosting. If you are using Twitter as a part of your marketing strategy–and you must be if you’re reading this–then chances are you ultimately would like to see your newly gained Twitter friends turn into customers and/or users. And that could happen if after playing your cards right with careful interaction and knowledge sharing you’ve established yourself as an expert in your community.Thanks to the great connections made through previous chats, which should be nurtured, you could significantly grow your exposure and online popularity. The result: traffic, and hopefully, traction.This 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.last_img read more

The entrepreneur’s guide to failure

first_img“Fail fast, fail often” is an established mantra in the startup world. When creating a new business, every failed idea — every rejection, every roadblock — puts you one step closer to developing a successful product. In the business world, failure is a learning opportunity.Launching a startup means knocking on 100 doors, and having 99 slammed in your face. It means throwing your ideas to the wolves for scrutiny, and watching them get picked apart and twisted. It means facing rejection time and time again, and entering the next VC meeting with the same high-spirited level of enthusiasm.You continue to fail until, eventually, you succeed. Your ideas are validated, you get the investor, and you finally find that sweet spot of product market fit.The problem is, no one teaches us how to fail.Psychologically, failure hurts, and unable to express their emotions in the environments were confidence is currency and emotional vulnerability is costly, many entrepreneurs experience depression. According to a recent study by Dr. Michael Freeman, a clinical professor at University of California San Francisco, as many as 30% of entrepreneurs (compared to only 7% of the general population) suffer from depression.How you deal with failure is the biggest determination of whether or not you will succeed as an entrepreneur — and plays a pivotal role in promoting your personal well-being. Here is a step-by-step guide to handling rejection, designed to help you get the insights you need for your startup to succeed.Step 1: Embrace failure in all areas of your lifeFirst, it’s essential that you separate the act of failing, from the idea of being a failure. Seek out — or be mindful of — small instances of failure in your daily life, relationships, or work. This repeated exposure will desensitize you to failure. It’s called systematic desensitization, and it’s a behavior therapy used to help overcome anxiety and phobia disorders.“By confronting your fear, and by repeatedly doing the thing you fear, the fear eventually disappears,” says author and motivational speaker Brian Tracy in his book, Negotiation.Small failures in life are inevitable — being late for work, forgetting a friend’s birthday, saying something hurtful to a loved one. But doing “bad things” doesn’t make us “bad people” and there’s no better way to realize that than by seeking out and noting these small failures. According to the theory of systematic desensitization, getting used to small failures will make you less likely to crumble under the big ones.As vulnerability researcher Brene Brown says in her TED Talk, The Power of Vulnerability, “If you have no tolerance for failure, you will not create anything new.”Step 2: Cultivate a growth mindsetModern psychology identifies a dichotomy between two common mindset patterns — a “fixed” vs. “growth” mindset. Those with a fixed mindset tend to avoid failure at all costs, assuming that intelligence and creative ability are static givens. They measure success against a given standard and may use it as a way to maintain a sense of superiority over others.People with a growth mindset see failure not as evidence of inferiority, but as a means for growth. They treat failure as a reason to stretch existing abilities until they reach success.Obviously a growth mindset is preferable for entrepreneurs who are existing in the “fail fast” world we live in today. However, switching from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset can be tough. Dr. Carol S. Dweck, one of the the world’s leading researchers in the field of motivation and a professor at Stanford University, suggests starting by recognizing how to hear your “fixed mindset voice.” Then, make a choice to interpret them with either a fixed mindset or growth mindset perspective and answer your internal fixed mindset voice with a growth mindset voice. Finally, take the growth mindset action.Consciously practice this approach until it becomes habit and the constant failures of the startup world will feel like progress instead of roadblocks.Step 3: Share the burdenWe’re all know the myth of the hero entrepreneur — the Elon Musk type who goes it alone and builds a tech empire. It’s a great story, right? Except, in reality, he didn’t do it alone. No man or woman can build an empire completely on their own. It takes a strong team, a lot of know-how, and way more work than any one person can undertake on their own.Leo Lapore, founder of the TWiT network, says that his biggest mistake was trying to do everything himself.“As a founder I felt like I knew everything I needed to know about media, content, even the technology involved to reach my audience. And I did. I just didn’t know anything at all about making a viable business: finance, marketing, advertising, and human resources,” Lapore says on the Buffer blog. “Hiring a business partner then giving her full scope to do her job felt a little like giving up my company but it was a vital step toward success.”Though we might be trained to idolize the singular champion, there’s not a single startup that was built by one person alone. It’s always a team effort, which means that both successes and failures are never yours alone. Put aside that hero mentality, and share the burden of failure with your team. You’ll find that it not only makes your burden lighter, but also builds a sense of camaraderie that will carry you through the toughest times.Step 4: Separate the emotion from the lessonWhen you’re still deep in the disappointment of a failed venture, it’s hard to focus on the next step: What you can change in order to do better next time? Take the sting out of rejection by viewing it as a learning experience and by trying your best to remove emotion from the equation. While it can be tempting to wallow, when you wallow in self-doubt for too long, you default to inaction.“You must make a decision that you are going to move on,” Joel Osteen says in his book Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential. “It won’t happen automatically. You will have to rise up and say, ‘I don’t care how hard this is, I don’t care how disappointed I am, I’m not going to let this get the best of me. I’m moving on with my life.’”Feeling upset at the initial blow is natural, and it’s okay to own that. However, it’s important to switch over from a dialogue of internal criticism to one of external action if you want to catch your momentum again. Momentum breeds momentum, and you can’t start on the upswing until you take the first step towards renewed action. The best way to do that is to accept that things didn’t go your way this time, refocus on the goal, take some time to bat around improvement strategies, and put them into action, one small step at a time.Time to fail betterAccording to Freud’s pleasure principle, everything we do comes down to an instinctual desire for pleasure and an avoidance of pain. Under this premise, the ideas of motivation, fear and failure get a little tangled: The idea of successfully launching a startup brings pleasure, whereas fear of failing brings pain.As entrepreneurs, we start out hugely motivated, swept up in a wave of possibilities. But when the going gets tough and we find ourselves coming up against obstacles again and again, a sinking feeling of failure ad infinitum slowly takes over, paralyzing us.Therefore, finding actionable ways to turn the inevitable failures that come with the territory into opportunities for development is your best bet for ensuring success for your business.Winston Churchill once said, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”So continue. Fail fast. Fail often. And you’ll find that you fail better.Benjamin Earl Evans is an award-winning designer from London, England. He uses Design thinking to help startups create more inclusive products and services.With over 300 contributors and 2 million readers, the Freelancers Union Blog is the foremost publication dedicated to empowering the independent workforce. Write for us!last_img read more

How to work faster–by slowing down

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.I’ve always had a reputation for speed, as being a writer who could get an editor or client the quickest turnaround (delivery time) in the business. When another writer admits, two days before the deadline, that they won’t be able to deliver on time, and assuming the editor simply can’t extend that deadline, I’ll get an email or phone call from said editor asking me to help out by writing the article. This happens to me once a month or so, so I know the word has gotten out: Chuck Leddy is fast. But it’s not quite so, or at least not simply so, as I’ll explain.Move fast, but never hurryI’m a fast learner, a fast organizer, and a fast writer. This doesn’t mean I don’t think deeply as I go–I think a lot, actually, but I’m always moving forward and simultaneously immersed in thought. As the legendary coach John Wooden used to tell his basketball players at UCLA, “Move fast, but never hurry.” Or as Abraham Lincoln liked to say, “I may take my time moving forward, but I never look back.” I follow the same philosophy. I believe the key to moving fast is knowing exactly where you’re going, to have a clear forward focus in mind. Most importantly, you need to be mentally present and self-aware to go fast. Always start where you are, fully present and aware in the moment you inhabit. Sounds simple, but it’s anything but.How to move fasterIt helps to “know thyself,” as the ancient Greek philosophers were so fond of saying. The more integrated and self-aware you are as a creative person, the more comfortable you are with your values and interests and weaknesses, the faster you can move forward. I like to observe, to learn, to share, to connect emotionally with others.I’m a huge believer in looking inward before you glance outward to create. Paradoxically, it takes a lifetime to learn who you are, but this day-by-day investment in self-reflection allows you to move faster and make better decisions in real-time, to be more creative and to immerse yourself entirely into what you’re doing. To move fast, you must first be grounded. We are our own North Stars, but we so often don’t realize it or look for that star to guide us. We need to if we wish to move fast.Einstein saves the worldThe great Albert Einstein was once asked what he’d do if Earth was facing a pending disaster and he only had an hour to save the world. Sounds like a “rush job” if I’d ever heard one! Did Einstein say he’d rush right into action? No. “If I had an hour to save the world,” explained the legendary genius, “I’d spend 59 minutes defining the problem, and one minute solving it.” I agree. We need to know where we’re going first, which requires knowing who we are (i.e., defining the problem). The rest is relatively simple, though not easy.To do anything well, from pursuing our careers to being good parents or friends, or trying to do “fast” creative work or decide anything, “defining the problem” means understanding who we are, what values are important to us, and what legacy we want to leave behind. Once you’ve figured out this stuff, which can (alas) take a lifetime, then you already have your map and GPS.I’m a fast writer, but I know that my speed comes from a place of deep reflection and hard-earned self-awareness. Sometimes, when I’m given two days to write something that might take another writer a week, I like to sit on my back porch for an hour and watch the birds who occupy the oak tree in my neighbor’s yard. I sit there with all my senses engaged, watching the birds move from perch to perch, listening to their birdsong, smelling the air of a quiet summer afternoon, tossing breadcrumbs to get the birds closer. Am I wasting my time “doing nothing”?Far from it. It’s the best investment I can make, giving me the best ROI (return on investment). It empties my brain and engages all my senses, immerses me in another world for an hour. So when I start working, I know exactly where I’m going, and what I need to get there. The world looks new again and my mind is ready to create.I like to lose myself to find myself. I love to wander to know exactly where I’m going. It may sound like a paradox, but it’s not (that’s another paradox). You don’t need to watch birds to gain the benefits of slow and focus, you just need to immerse yourself in something different. Some people meditate or walk or do yoga. I like nature because it doesn’t really care about my concerns, my need to be creative or to satisfy my client’s “pressing” needs. I sit and become part of the natural scenery, and that helps me be fully present and focus on what’s most important to me, creating.​What I’m telling you is that slow is the gateway drug to fast. You can miss so much when you hurry–you can miss your entire life and all the joys within. So try going slow, fully inhabiting the present moment, before you go fast.It works for me. Find a way to make it work for you.Boston-based Chuck Leddy is a freelance B2B Brand Storyteller who connects brands and customers through engaging stories. His clients include ADP, Catalant Technologies, The Boston Globe’s BG Brand Lab, MITx, and The National Center for the Middle Market. His website is www.ChuckLeddy.com.last_img read more

These education-related tax deductions are available for freelancers

first_imgStaying ahead of the curve (and your clients) as a freelancer often requires extending your own education and sharing your knowledge with others. These efforts can also require the investment of dollars in workshops, classes, seminars, books, and other sources of information. Since these costs can add up, it’s smart to school yourself on what you can and cannot deduct from your freelance taxes so that you can save some dollars.Educating yourself: what is deductible? The good news is, if you are expanding your own knowledge base, most work-related education costs are fully tax deductible. The key qualifier is that whatever means you use to acquire new skills or information must add value to your existing business by expanding your current career expertise.Specifically, the IRS looks at whether each education-related expense maintains or improves skills that are required in your current freelance business. Education expenses are not deductible if they qualify you for a new career or are outside the focus of your business. With this in mind the following education-related expenses can be deducted from your freelance income:Classes and workshops that improve skills related to your businessSeminars, conferences, and webinarsSubscriptions to trade or professional publicationsBooks related to your industryTransportation expenses to and from classes, conferences, or workshopsIf you are taking college classes at an eligible educational institution (any accredited public or private nonprofit college, university or vocational school), you can claim the following tax deductions or tax credits (you cannot deduct your expenses and then take a credit as well) — which are available to help with qualified college expenses such as tuition, books, and supplies.The American Opportunity Tax Credit directly reduces the tax you owe. The maximum you can claim is $2,500 per student each year for four years. You must be enrolled in a class for at least three months of the tax year in which you are claiming this credit.The Lifetime Learning Credit also directly reduces the tax you owe. The maximum you can claim is $2,000 per student per year with no limit on the number of years you can use it.Regardless of whether you are using a tax credit or deducting your expenses on your taxable income, be aware that classes related to sports, gaming, hobbies, and those for which there is no credit are usually not deductible.Providing an education experience for clients? Know what expenses you can deduct. Sharing your knowledge with clients and prospects is one of the best ways to earn their trust and future freelance business. Whether you host a live workshop, speak at an event or create an online training, you can likely deduct at least some of the costs just as you would other business expenses, according to the IRS guidelines.For example, if you were to host a workshop at a venue where you have to pay for the room, this expense could be deducted — as could the cost of printed materials and 50 percent of the costs of any food you provide. Keep in mind that under the new tax rules, if you hire any entertainment for your workshop or conference, you will not be able to claim any of the costs for it.If you are creating an online training and you incur expenses such as the production of a video through a third party, that expense could be deducted. However, keep in mind that if you are charging for access to your education module you would have to declare that as income. The same goes for any live events for which you are charging a fee.Travel costs related to education are deductible. Whether you are attending an education event for your own benefit or for that of your clients, here is a rule of thumb for deducting travel expenses for education events: if your event is local you will be able to deduct the cost of traveling from your freelance business to the location of the class or workshop. If you need to travel further, you can deduct travel expenses in the same way that you would deduct general business travel. That is, you can fully deduct transportation and lodging costs that are directly related to your business activities. Under the tax reform laws that went into place last year, you can deduct only 50 percent of meal costs when you are away from home attending your education event.Keep track of your education-related costs. As with any expense that you want to claim on your taxes, you must obtain and retain the right documentation such as invoices or receipts which prove the expense, when it was made, and what it was for. This is imperative in case the IRS questions your deductions. It is also important so you can track your freelance business expenses accurately.Knowledge is power. The value of continuing your education as a freelancer for both yourself and your clients is clear. Not only can you level up your own skills by attending workshops or enrolling in classes related to your freelance business, but you can also solidify your reputation as the go-to source for your clients and win new business by providing education opportunities yourself. Being aware of the various tax benefits related to education will also help you make smart decisions about these investments  — which may just lower your freelance taxes in the process.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, http://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 March 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

5 Housewarming Gifts for Under $25

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