How To Get Paid When Asked To Work For Free

first_imgAre you an intern, freelancer, or consultant getting ready for a new job? Congratulations! Are they asking you to work for free? Bummer.Unfortunately, some people assume that if you’re not an official “employee,” you don’t need to be paid. Some people may ask to “pick your brain,” for a quick favor, or to discuss something over lunch.Here are four tips to getting paid when asked to work for free:1. Know your worthYou deserve to be paid for your time and effort, just like a full-time employee. Make sure you know your worth and how much you should be getting paid – Check out Salaries for specific job titles at specific companies on Glassdoor, or Google can help, too. The payment would be based on the service you provide and the amount of time you work.To calculate your worth, think about three things: experience, expertise, and competition. How many years of experience do you have in this field, and what’s that experience worth? In terms of expertise, think about what the going rate is for your work in your industry. For competition, think about what your competitors offer and what makes you different – or better – than them. Your rate and offering needs to be competitive with other providers in your market.2. Don’t be embarrassedAsking for money is never easy, but don’t be embarrassed. You know what you’re worth, so ask for it. Be polite and respectful, but also be confident. Trust me, everyone works expecting to be paid – you’re not being rude by asking for compensation.3. Communicate clearlyBe clear and direct when communicating your worth and your needs to an employer. Don’t beat around the bush! Say something like:“I’m so glad you’re interested in my work! I’d love to talk to you about the next step, which is a consultation. We can discuss my hours and pay, and your goals for my work.”4. Be flexibleThough you’ve established and communicated your worth, be prepared to negotiate, as you would if you were negotiating salary at a full-time job. Be flexible in your expectations, and work with your employer to come to an agreement that suits both of you.last_img read more

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Mumbai paid a lot for Forlan, so he must be good: ATK coach Molina

first_imgAtletico de Kolkata (ATK) head coach Jose Molina on Monday made a tongue-in-cheek remark about Mumbai City FC’s underperforming marquee footballer Diego Forlan, saying the Uruguayan must be good as he has been roped in at a high price for the third edition of the Indian Super League (ISL).”Forlan is dangerous. Maybe he had better times before. If Mumbai are paying a lot of money for him maybe is dangerous,” Molina told reporters on the eve of ATK’s return tie against Mumbai. They played out a 1-1 draw in their first meeting earlier in the tournament.Forlan is the highest paid marquee in this season’s ISL. According to reports, ATK were also interested in the 2010 World Cup Golden Ball winner, awarded to the best player in a World Cup. (Diego Forlan hopes to roll back the years in this ISL)Asked if the home side have any special plans for Forlan who is returning after a three-game injury gap, Molina said, “They have a very good team. They have good attacking players with some having good individual skills.””Yes we do plan against Forlan which I cannot say here. It’s not the same as (Mattias) Defederico and (Sony) Norde. They are different players,” Molina said. (ISL: Diego Forlan shines in Mumbai City’s win over NorthEast United)Injured ATK marquee Helder Postiga might be on the bench on Tuesday, Molina informed. The Portuguese has been nursing a rib injury for some time. (Mumbai City FC edge past FC Pune City 1-0 in first derby of ISL 2016)advertisement”I don’t know whether he will play or not. He could be on the bench. He went 15 days without training and is still not at his best.”last_img read more

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Dont give nod for Siruvani-EIA in future too: DMDK

first_imgChennai, Nov 3 (PTI) DMDK today urged the Centre not to give its consent for conducting Environmental Impact Assessment study by Kerala for the proposed dam on Siruvani river. Party chief Vijayakanth said the central government which has put the EIA in abeyance should not give consent for it “permanently,” adding such a move would be beneficial to farmers and public in Tamil Nadu. Hailing the Centre for its decision to put on hold the recommendation to carry out an EIA study for the project, he said it was a victory for the Tamil Nadu people. “This is a victory for the Tamil Nadu people and agitations held by our party,” he said in a statement. He urged the Centre to set up the Cauvery Management Board and take steps to allow the traditional bull taming sport “Jallikattu.” Vijayakanth has written a letter to the Centre thanking it for its move on Siruvani, the statement said. The Centre had informed Tamil Nadu yesterday about its decision to keep in abeyance its nod for an EIA by Kerala on Siruvani river. PTI VGN RC RTlast_img read more

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Vizag Test, Day 4: Ashwin, Jadeja late stikes mars England’s perfect day

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Transfer LIVE: Pogba to lead mass Man Utd exodus if Mou stays

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Smith Rowe helps Arsenal past Blackpool

first_imgArsenal bounced back from their draw with Crystal Palace by beating League One side Blackpool 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium to reach the EFL Cup quarter-finals, as both teams had a player sent off.Unai Emery’s side saw their 11-match winning run come to an end at Selhurst Park on Sunday, but they avoided falling short for a second game in a row, even if the performance left a lot to be desired.An otherwise unremarkable first half was punctuated by Stephan Lichtsteiner’s first goal for the club and 18-year-old Emile Smith Rowe seemingly wrapped things up in the 50th minute. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! But Matteo Guendouzi’s red card just before the hour for two cheap bookings boosted the visitors and they pulled one back through Paudie O’Connor soon afterwards. They could not force the equaliser and their goalscorer was dismissed late on.Arsenal eventually got a first shot on target in the 33rd minute and it provided them with the opening goal, as Lichtsteiner managed to nudge the ball into the bottom-left corner when stretching to reach Guendouzi’s lofted pass.They got themselves another early in the second half – Smith Rowe finding the net from close range after Mark Howard parried Carl Jenkinson’s miscued cross to the midfielder.Blackpool were offered encouragement soon after when Petr Cech knocked a corner delivery against his own crossbar.Guendouzi was then shown a second yellow for a needless tug on Jordan Thompson and Blackpool capitalised 10 minutes later, O’Connor heading home from Thompson’s corner.     Cech attempted to dribble his way out of danger 21 minutes from time and was tackled by Jay Spearing, but Nathan Delfouneso’s goal was disallowed for offside. Blackpool’s hopes of getting a second ended with O’Connor being shown a straight red six minutes from the end for a cynical tackle on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.                                                                                     It’s a standing ovation for @emilesmithrowe_ @alexiwobiSmith RoweWe made another change earlier on too… @LTorreira34 @Ains_7 #CarabaoCup  2-1  (72) pic.twitter.com/iHxAZAw01W— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) October 31, 2018 What does it mean? Gunners show grit after making things hard for themselvesIt was by no means an impressive collective performance from Arsenal and they shot themselves in the foot with Guendouzi’s red card, yet after O’Connor’s goal they generally – Cech’s blunder aside – kept things tight. Smith Rowe catches the eye againAfter an impressive pre-season, Smith Rowe has continued to look the part for the Gunners. On Wednesday he was a driving force in midfield, always willing to run at the defence, and he got himself a goal.Cech yourself before you wreck yourselfPlaying for the first time since late September, Cech was back from injury and eager to impress after Bernd Leno’s recent performances. Unfortunately, the veteran was poor. He looked susceptible to crosses and with the ball at his feet. The offside flag bailed him out after his worst moment.Key Opta Facts- Arsenal have reached the League Cup quarter-final for the third consecutive season – they’ve eliminated non-Premier League opponents in the fourth round in each of these seasons, beating Reading in 2016 and Norwich City in 2017.- Matteo Guendouzi is the first Arsenal player to be sent off in the League Cup since Denilson against Blackburn Rovers in December 2007.- Stephan Lichtsteiner became the oldest player to score a competitive goal for Arsenal since Sol Campbell scored aged 35 years 152 days against Porto in February 2010.- Paudie O’Connor is the first player to both score and be sent off in the same League Cup match since Lewis Cook for Leeds United versus Doncaster Rovers in August 2015.What’s next?Arsenal return to Premier League action on Saturday and face their toughest task of the season so far as Liverpool visit. Blackpool host Bristol Rovers in League One. read morelast_img read more

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ECB sets ball rolling to prepare England youngsters for playing in Indian conditions

first_imgTheir senior team administered a thorough drubbing, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is making sure that country’s future crop of players get plenty of experience when it comes to playing in Indian conditions. (Latest Cricket stories)”Touring India at any level is challenging, as the senior England team would confirm. But that is why it is so valuable to be able to expose our best young players to these challenges at Under-19 level,” David Graveney, Under-19s chairman of selectors, said while announcing England’s team for the tour of India beginning next month.Yorkshire fast bowler Matthew Fisher has been appointed captain of the England Under-19 team which will tour India for a five-match one-day series in Mumbai.Fisher made his debut for the Under-19s as a 15-year-old in 2013 shortly after becoming the youngest ever county cricketer for Yorkshire.Middlesex opener Max Holden will lead the team in two four-day matches at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.”We expect the India team to be very strong, as they showed in the ICC Under-19 World Cup earlier this year and again in the Asia Cup, under the supervision of Rahul Dravid. So this is a huge opportunity for the 15 players who have been selected, especially with a return series against India at home next summer,” said Graveney.”It is a major boost to have the ability and experience of Matthew Fisher back in the squad. He was a key figure in Englands success in the 2014 ICC Under-19 World Cup in Dubai, and after he was affected by injuries in the 2016 summer this is a good opportunity for him to test himself against his contemporaries in different conditions in India,” he added.advertisementEngland Under-19s to tour India: January 23 — Feb 25 Fixtures: One-day series v India Under-19s (Mumbai) — Jan 30 (Wankhede Stadium), Feb 1 (CCI), 3 (CCI), 6 (Wankhede Stadium), 8 (Wankhede Stadium); Four-day matches v India Under-19s (Chennai) — Feb 13-16, 21-24 (both MA Chidambaram Stadium).last_img read more

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Ready to give up IOA Life President’s post if IOC wants: Abhay Chautala

first_imgTainted former Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president Abhay Singh Chautala, who has been appointed as the life president of the national Olympic body, has insisted that he is ready to relinquish the post if the International Olympic Committee (IOC) tells him to do so. (IOA asked to reply to government showcause notice by December 30)”If IOC is not favourably inclined to my taking over as life president after the president has had an opportunity of discussing this matter personally with IOC, in accordance with the IOA resolution passed in the AGMs of Guwahati and Chennai, I will be pleased to sacrice my position, once again, in the best interest of indian sports, sportspersons, good governance, transparency and cleanliness in Indian sports ,” Chautala said. (Will not step down as IOA life president before I clarify: Abhay Chautala)The Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) leader also hit back at Sports Minister Vijay Goel for his criticism of former’s appointment as life president of the national Olympic body, and insisted that he would not step down from the post. (All ties with IOA remain cut till it reverses decision: Vijay Goel)Goel had on Tuesday criticised the IOA for making the tainted duo of Suresh Kalmadi and Chautala life presidents, saying that the move was “totally unacceptable” as both of them were facing serious criminal and corruption charges. (IOA row: Abhay Singh Chautala hits back at Sports Minister Vijay Goel)”I am surprised at the reaction of the Minister of Sports Vijay Goel and the media attention which was given to this ceremonial recognition of my humble contribution to sports and the sacrice I have made in 2013 by resigning from the post of president, although I was elected president in accordance with IOA Constitution, Indian Constitution and in a most transparent manner in an election conducted by three eminent judges,” Chautala said.advertisementThe tainted former IOA president also said that his presence to witness the Rio Olympics was also questioned.”I am personally aware of the conduct of the Minister of Sports at Rio Olympics where IOC had questioned the behavior of the Minister and his Associates and threatened to withdraw his accreditation. I do not wish to dwell more on this subject as I do not want to embarrass the Minister as well as the Sports Movement in India. If necessary, I will brief the Prime Minister on this issue of Rio Olympics,” he said.As per sources, the decision to appoint Chautala and Kalmadi as life presidents was unanimous. A resolution was moved by Joint Secretary Rakesh Gupta and a total of 150 people, who were a part of the meeting in Chennai, agreed to it.The Sports Ministry on Wednesday decided to issue a showcause notice to the IOA and has said that all ties will be cut with the national Olympic body until Kalmadi and Chautala aren’t removed.Meanwhile, Kalmadi has voluntarily decided to step down from the post, confirmed his counsel Hitesh Jain yesterday.”Voluntarily he is stepping down and will not hold the post till his name is not cleared by court,” Jain told ANI.Kalmadi has been facing corruption charges for misappropriation of funds during the hosting of 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi. He served as the IOA president from 1996 to 2011 and was jailed for 10 months for his involvement in the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games corruption scandal but later released on bail. Meanwhile, Chautala was earlier this month certied as the chief of the Haryana Olympic Association HOA) by the IOA.Chautala served as the president of the IOA from December 2012 to February 2014 when the IOA was suspended by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for fielding charge-sheeted candidates at the elections. His election as IOA chief was annulled by the IOC.Only after the IOA Constitution was amended to ensure that charge-framed candidates are not allowed to contest elections, the IOC revoked the suspension on IOA in February 2014.last_img read more

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MARINA-ORDER 2 LAST

first_imgIn the prohibitory order issued by him, George said he hadIn the prohibitory order issued by him, George said he had reason to believe that anti-social and anti-national elements had infiltrated the pro-Jallikattu protests and despite the government fulfilling the demand to conduct the bull taming sport, such persons and miscreants “are trying to spread rumours through the social media”, inviting students and others to congregate at Marina.They were doing so by “spreading their ideologies against the interest of the nation and the state and may again incite or lead acts of violence, mischief and rioting, that would affect the safety, peace and tranquillity of the citizens and would pave the way for damage to public property,” he said.Further, various forms of protests were not permitted at Marina and surrounding Foreshore estate area for long, he said, adding, all assemblies, processions, fasts, demonstrations, human chain and meetings were “prohibited.””Any person contravening this order shall be subjected to prosecution under the Indian Penal Code,” he said. Meanwhile, Additional Police Commissioner (South) K Shankar released videos regarding the violence by alleged miscreants and pictures of protesters holding placards threatening to observe the Republic Day as Black Day and some persons moving around with pictures of slain international terrorist Osama bin Laden. They were also seen criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi.On Monday, police were restrained while dispersing the protesters from Marina even as many had left voluntarily following polices appeal, he told reporters.Even when police came under attack from miscreants, who pelted stones and hurled petrol filled bottles at them, the police personnel only used minimum force to disperse them, he added.advertisementMany police personnel sustained injuries, he pointed out. PTI SA RC ZMNlast_img read more

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Surgical Strike in Kolkata

first_imgIt all came to a head after sports minister Aroop Biswas, a known loyalist of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, was forced to move his ailing mother to a government hospital.The private hospital in Kolkata where she was under treatment had presented him with a Rs 27 lakh bill. Although private,It all came to a head after sports minister Aroop Biswas, a known loyalist of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, was forced to move his ailing mother to a government hospital.The private hospital in Kolkata where she was under treatment had presented him with a Rs 27 lakh bill. Although private healthcare has long been known to be exorbitant in West Bengal, this was perhaps the first time that someone senior in the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) was feeling the pinch.A fuming Mamata soon revived a draft 2010 legislation brought in by the then Left Front government to regulate the state’s private hospitals. Interestingly, at the time, the TMC had vociferously opposed the bill and ensured that it was shelved. Seven years on, Mamata and her government have come back with a new law, one that is way more stringent than anything the Left Front had envisaged.The West Bengal Clinical Establishments (Registration, Regulation and Transparency) Bill 2017, enacted by the state assembly on March 3, not just provides for compensation to victims but also jail terms and cancellation of licences in instances of deficient medical care or negligence in treatment.Preceding the legislation, Mamata had reportedly castigated the heads of private hospitals for fleecing hapless patients at a February 22 meeting which lasted two hours. Mamata’s diatribe was based on shocking revelations made in a survey of 942 private hospitals by a standing committee on health.It revealed that hospitals prescribe unnecessary high-end medicines, investigations and treatment, force doctors to stagger patient release and there were even cases where patients were put on life-support just to inflate the bill. “Everybody is complaining about exorbitant bills. A hospital is not a slaughterhouse or factory,” the CM told the hospital honchos.advertisementAn 11-member regulatory commission, constituted to implement the law, has been given quasi-judicial powers to fix rates for treatment (including package rates) and monitor details of billing. The commission will adjudicate on cases of lapses in treatment and award time-bound compensations of up to Rs 10 lakh (in cases of death).Tampering of patient records can now result in attachment of assets, cash penalties of up to Rs 50 lakh and cancellation of licence of the concerned hospital. In specific instances, the commission can also initiate criminal prosecution.There are 2,088 private medical establishments in Bengal with an estimated investment of Rs 2 lakh crore. Those associated with the sector say the new law will serve a “death blow” to private healthcare in the state.The legislation has found overwhelming support, including from Opposition parties. Biswanath Chakrabarty, political analyst and professor at the Rabindra Bharati University, believes this singular act could help Mamata reap political gains amid urban voters who have hitherto remained aloof.last_img read more

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Star kids have a burden to succeed: Jackie Shroff

first_imgMumbai, Apr 2 (PTI) Actor Jackie Shroff says it is not easy being a star kid as they are under constant scrutiny and pressure to outdo the work of their parents.Jackie, whose son Tiger is also in films, believes the biggest challenge for star kids is to come out of their familys shadow and make an identity for themselves.”They have a burden in their heads, of their father, mother, family. They have the pressure to succeed. Star kids have to come out of the shadow of their fathers, be it me, Bachchan sir (Amitabh Bachchan), Dharmendra, Vinod sir (Vinod Khanna). There are so many people watching you, have expectations from you,” Jackie told PTI.”It isnt easy being a star kid that way when you have to tackle all the pressure and still make your mark. Its (acting) in the genes, if they have it they will use it and make wonders for themselves. Nobody can take away your talent,” he adds.The actor says though he is a celebrity, his son Tiger never grew up like a “star kid” and was always grounded and humble.”As a kid, he was lovely. He was on his own, never bothered about anything else but his sports and friends. When I first saw him in the incubator, he had a smile on his face. Usually kids cry but he was smiling. I still remember that moment. He is still the same and I like it,” Jackie says.The 60-year-old actor has recently featured in a short film titled “Khujli” which also stars Neena Gupta. The 15-minute film, produced by Terribly Tiny Talkies, narrates the story of a middle aged couple who try to rekindle their sex life.advertisement”I was laughing when the script came to me. The way director, Sonam Nair, narrated it to me I had a hearty laugh. I just couldnt say no. The script took me inside. It isnt really a sex comedy, by the general standard. There is a message in their too conveyed with grace.”Jackie says over the years, the emotion of love has remained the same but the process of expressing it has undergone a huge change.”Definition of love may not have changed but this generation definitely has no time. All the emotions stay the same but timing is a problem. Everything has been squeezed into the digital medium.”There is no time for looking into the eyes. The love in the old days had a certain grace, quintessential feel to it. Now everybody is busy in their phones,” he adds. PTI JUR NRB SHDlast_img read more

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The difference between marketing clutter and true connection

first_imgIf you want to break through the marketing clutter, stop being a part of it.Cartoon by Tom Fishburne, who inspired this post.What do I mean?Just because you’re in nonprofit marketing, you don’t need to sound like a marketing claim on a store shelf.Stop saying what people expect: that you need money, that we should give, that your cause is the best. If that’s all you have to say, you might as well be selling soap.Start saying what really matters: that you have a story that touches us, that we can become a part of it, and that together we can change the world. Don’t write like you’re making a brochure. Write like you’re making a difference.last_img

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The best-paying (and fulfilling) work-from-home job

first_imgMost lists that claim to give you the “best work-from-home jobs” are sad.They list gigs that pay $7/hour. The jobs listed are either tedious and robotic or require years of extensive training in a specific field. Many of them involve working for a giant company, “talent farm,” or agency that employs thousands of people — but doesn’t really care about you.It’s my firm belief that no matter your education level or your work experience, there is a job out there for you that is fulfilling and sustaining.It’s called being a solopreneur. For those who already want the flexibility of working from home, are OK with a less-than-average degree of human interaction, and don’t want employees, being a solopreneur is a great alternative to becoming a telecommuting employee.Welcome to your best new job.You probably already think that being an entrepreneur would be fulfilling. But you’re too shy, too unorganized, don’t know enough people, you’re in debt, don’t want to go belly-up, etc.At some point in your life, you’ll want to take that risk anyway.One day, you’ll be trawling the depressingly over-competitive space of work-from-home jobs or office jobs, and you’ll suddenly realize how sick and tired you are of watching all your work go to someone else and not into your pocket. You feel that what you do for them you could do on your own — and charge more for it.You’ll realize you are worth more.Tyler Tervooren, an expert bootstrapper (with a fantastic website) sums it up perfectly: “Those with the best jobs in the world didn’t ‘get’ them. They made them.”You don’t need a lot of capital — you don’t even need to quit your day job.You’re not looking to start an 100-employee company. You’re looking to create a company of you. Some people call this “microentrepreneurship.” And here’s the incredible thing about it: you can bootstrap your startup costs and get going for almost nothing.You don’t need an office. You don’t even need to be tied down to a single location. You don’t need staff. You don’t even need to incorporate or start an LLC right away. You already have a computer and a phone. You don’t need business cards (yet).In fact, you can keep your current job while starting up your own business on the side. This is a more secure way to get your feet under you before heading out on your own.Don’t believe that it’s possible to start a successful business for less than $100? Try telling that to the dozens of people Chris Guillebeau interviewed in this great resource. Or to many of our 230,000 members.Do you think “follow your passion” seems reckless?I’m glad it seems reckless to you — it should.The truth is that following your own passion is bad advice unless you:Have turned your passion into a specific service that you can provide to real peopleKnow that there are enough customers/clients in that niche to support your businessCase in point: I love myths, but I understand that writing essays about myths is probably not the most sustainable business model. But what about teaching interactive online classes? There’s an audience of book lovers on Skillshare, and if I’m smart about the packaging, I could talk about how myth is the bedrock of all creative work, thus appealing to their core audience of creators and designers.This is not the kind of idea that will make me $4,000 a week, but at least I’d be able to make a couple hundred bucks doing what I love on the side — and in the process, meet other people who love myths, grow an email list, and perhaps learn what kind of interesting products they want (that I could provide).Is this business model original? No, not in the slightest. But that doesn’t matter as much as you think it does.The originality of your business idea is not usually that important.Do you know how much time I wasted thinking I had to come up with a completely unique idea before I launched a business?As I explain here, way too much time.Unless you’re an inventor, you don’t have to wait for an original idea. All you need to do is provide a service to a specific audience willing to pay for that service.Don’t not start a graphic design business because there are a lot of freelance graphic designers out there. Don’t sit on your writing because there are a lot of writers “competing for the same jobs.”You’re living in a scarcity mindset leftover from your job hunting days. In this new world, you reach out to new clients directly. You reach out to people who don’t have job postings, and you solve their problems. You connect with other freelancers and subcontract work and share overflow. You interact with your community. You find gigs in any of the many ways we listed here.It’s the execution of your idea that’s important. It’s how you do what you do — the value you bring your clients. As George R.R. Martin said, “Ideas are cheap. To my mind, it’s the execution that is all-important.”If you’re stuck in the idea phase, try reading this article.Freelancing isn’t all daisies and buttercupsBut what in life is? It’s up to you to decide if being your own boss is right for you. And if you want to get there, check out this ginormous list of everything you need to know about freelancing, join Freelancers Union, and follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

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Is your summer vacation tax deductible?

first_imgOne of the best things about the freelance lifestyle (especially if it’s your full-time gig) is the freedom and flexibility you have to work when and where you want. When summer comes, you can take full advantage of this benefit to enjoy a vacation or to combine business and pleasure by visiting a client or attending a conference or convention outside of your local domain. The extra bonus? You can deduct a good portion of the travel expenses related to your business. Here’s how to do it:Personal and business travel expenses—keep them separatedIf your trip is primarily for personal reasons, such as a vacation, the entire cost of the trip is a nondeductible personal expense. However, you can deduct any expenses you incur while at your destination that are directly related to your business.Here’s an example to illustrate the point: If you’re taking a trip to Martha’s Vineyard this summer and you have a client based there, you can schedule a meeting with your client and deduct your travel to the meeting and any meals you may have during the course of your business dealings, as long as you can prove that your meeting had a legitimate business purpose.However, if you decide to stay a couple of extra days for personal reasons, then any meals or entertainment purchases you make will not be deductible.The key to claiming such tax deductions is to keep your personal and business expenses clearly separated so that you can accurately record them.Traveling abroad is your ticket to tax deductionsIf your travel plans include a trip outside of the United States that is no more than a week (seven consecutive days, not including the day you depart from the United States), your trip will be considered entirely for business, making all eligible expenses tax deductible (even if you combine business and nonbusiness activities).If your business trip abroad is longer than a week, but you spend less than 25 percent of your time on personal activities, your trip will also be considered entirely a business trip by the IRS so you can deduct all of your expenses.For this purpose, you count both the day your trip began and the day it ended. If you are traveling abroad on a regular basis, you may wish to consult with a tax professional to be sure that you understand the specific tax rules related to your situation.Planning a road trip? Gear up for tax deductions.If your travel agenda is more locally based—perhaps a short road-trip to entertain a client at a summer activity such as a baseball game or outdoor concert—it is unlikely that your related expenses would be considered deductible by the IRS unless there was a “substantial business discussion” occurring prior to or following the event. In order to deduct your expenses in this case you don’t necessarily have to discuss your clients’ business during the seventh inning stretch, but you could take in the game before or after a business meeting and your travel expenses would be deductible.If you and/or your client travel from out of town to attend an event and to have a business meeting, then you can still deduct a meal or entertainment expense that is incurred the day before or after your business meeting.Explore your education options (and tax deductions) with conventions and conferencesSummer is a great time to pursue continuing education opportunities and to do some networking by attending conferences and conventions. When you attend such events directly related to your business, you can write-off your travel expenses.As part of your documentation for the deductions you make, be sure to include a copy of the event program to prove that the event was clearly for the benefit of your trade or business. The same rules apply for conventions, seminars and conferences held outside of North America.Bring along family or friends…just remember only your expenses are tax deductibleWhen it comes to having family or friends accompany you on a business trip, it is important to keep any expenses you incur for the business portion of your trip strictly separated from those that are personal expenses.The IRS does not allow any deductions for travel and related expenses for family members or other companions unless they are traveling with you as employees of your business and are necessary to the business purpose of your trip.As you start firming up your summer travel plans, keep these tax deduction tips (and your receipts) in mind—and remember to take time to fully enjoy the freedom of your freelance career.Jonathan Medows is a New York City based CPA who specializes in taxes and business issues for consultants across the country. His website, www.cpaforfreelancers.com, has a resource section with how-to articles and information for freelancers.last_img read more

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How to give your client the ‘pink slip’

first_imgFreelancers work with a wide range of clients – from the wonderful to the ah, not-so-wonderful.It’s normal for those relationships to evolve or end. But sometimes freelancers are faced with an unpleasant task: “firing” a fractious, difficult, or irritating client.So how do you fire an annoying client – without hurting your business?1. Be civil – and nice, if you can beIt may feel really good to write a long screed about what impossible, inept, frustrating morons they are. By all means, write that screed – in a notebook, not an email. Don’t send it unless you’re… being quite reckless, indeed.You may truly think that your client is a pain, and swear to the heavens that you will never ever work with her again. But you’d be shocked how often people reappear in life. You never know where that pain-in-the-butt is going to be in a decade. You DON’T have to keep working with them, but you also want to avoid completely fire-bombing the relationship, if you can.At the very least, be civil. And be nice, if you can. Thank them for the good times, and wish them the best. Nasty screeds can come back to haunt you – save the articulate vitriol for letters to real villains: evil, globe-polluting corporations or especially terrible politicians. Take the high road.Join Freelancers Union (it’s free!)Become a member2. Be conciseBe wise about how you get rid of a problematic soon-to-be-former client; you don’t have to focus on all the slip-ups and wrong turns.Instead, be concise and diplomatic. You don’t have to go into specifics about what went wrong. A good “unfortunately, my commitments no longer allow me to continue working with your business” goes a long way.Opt for polite, succinct professionalism rather than apologetic over-explanation.3. Focus on the positivesI know this sounds… insincere, at best. But unless you’ve had an absolutely horrifying, burn-all-bridges, sow-the-fields-with-salt experience with a client, you can probably find a few positives to drop into your polite goodbye.Did you do any projects that went well? Did you have any mutual successes? Thank them for your time together, if that feels right.If you really can’t think of any positives, focus on the future. Detail how you’ll finish up with them, and when they’ll receive your final invoice. Again, wish them the best – it’s good karma, if nothing else.Relationships occasionally don’t work out. That’s okay! But if YOU were getting fired, you would want a civil send-off.Give your difficult client the same respect you would hope for. End it in on a polite, professional note – they may soon be another freelancer’s problem!Kate Shea lives and works in New York City, where she consumes an inordinate amount of Sriracha daily. You can catch up with her on Twitter at @katerone.last_img read more

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Leave administrator mentality, Rathore tells SAI officials

first_imgBy Amanpreet Singh New Delhi, Sep 6 (PTI) Administrators will have to become more receptive to the athletes needs — this was Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathores message to officials during a surprise visit to check Jawaharlal Nehru Stadiums preparations for the upcoming Under-17 FIFA World Cup, today. Rathore, who took charge from Vijay Goel after a cabinet reshuffle a couple of days ago, reached the stadium around 9:15am when a lot of officials had not even reached office. The 47-year-old, the countrys first Olympian to become the Sports Minister, told the officials that work has to be done keeping in mind “service”. “He told them that SAI and all other stadiums should work with only one mentality and that is service. The administrator mentality has to go. The athletes should feel looked after since their needs are supreme,” a Sports Ministry official told PTI. The minister checked each and every room at the JLN stadium which also houses Sports Authority of India (SAI) headquarters. He even inspected the canteen to check cleanliness. “The minister also checked how the data on athletes is maintained and suggested complete digitisation of the athletes record and demanded a status report,” the official added. Another official said that he directed administrators to adopt a model based on Gramin Khel Utsav for involvement and participation of youth in sports activities. “He was largely satisfied but the major thrust was that mentality has to change towards treatment of our athletes,” said the official. On his first day in office, Rathore had made it clear that the philosophy of his ministry would be respect and facilities for athletes. Going down the memory lane, he recalled the days when as an athlete, he had to take permission at the reception to enter the ministry premises. “I know what hardships the athletes face,” Rathore, the 2004 Athens Games silver medallist in double trap, had said. PTI AT PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

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Audi Reveals Luxury Self-Driving Aicon Concept at Frankfurt Motor Show

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Pan Pacific Open: Wang Qiang stuns Kristina Mladenovic, Angelique Kerber gets Naomi Osaka revenge

first_imgChina’s Wang Qiang inflicted a ‘double bagel’ on eighth seed Kristina Mladenovic of France in the first round of the Pan Pacific Open on Monday.Wang needed 48 minutes to seal the 6-0 6-0 win over the world number 15, who also suffered first round defeats at the US Open and in Connecticut, Cincinnati and the Canadian Open.Germany’s seventh-seeded former world number one Angelique Kerber beat last year’s Pan Pacific runner-up Naomi Osaka 6-3 6-4 to avenge her US Open defeat by the Japanese teenager.Kerber became only the second women’s defending champion to lose in the US Open first round.”It’s always tough to play against her,” the German told the WTA website after her victory.”I was trying to come out here and really focus on every single point and make it better than last time… she’s a great player, great, talented player and tough opponent. For sure she will have great success in the future.”Kerber plays either American qualifier Madison Brengle or Russia’s Daria Kasatkina in the next round.Local favourite Kurumi Nara beat Kazakh Yulia Putintseva 2-6 6-4 6-2 in another first round contest.last_img read more

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AFC Asian Cup qualifier: India come from behind twice to hold Myanmar for draw

first_imgIndia rode on a second half strike from Jeje Lalpekhlua to eke out a 2-2 draw against Myanmar in their 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifier here on Tuesday.Jeje chested down a long cross from Eugeneson Lyngdoh before scoring with an accurate finish in the 69th minute.The Indians are now unbeaten for the last 13 matches, having won 11 of those. They have already ensured qualification for the continental championship and the clash Myanmar was only of academic interest.They are at the top spot in Group A with 13 points from five matches.But India’s performance in Tuesday’s match was nothing to write home about. Before Jeje’s goal, the hosts were struggling to keep up with the visitors.Myanmar had taken the lead within the first 20 seconds after Naing Oo Yan jumped above a sleeping Indian defence to head in Thein Than Win’s cross from the left flank.Sunil Chhetri got the equaliser for India when he converted a penalty in the 13th minute. India goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh virtually handed back the lead to Myanmar on a platter with an an atrocious blunder just seven minutes later.Kyaw Ko Ko’s shot from outside the box had seemed harmless, but Gurpreet made heavy weather of what should have been a simple save.The visitors continued to dominate and Gurpreet had to be at full stretch to keep out a well directed freekick in the 35th minute.Four minutes later, India missed a chance to get back on level terms when Sandesh Jhingan attempt from the edge of the six-yard box sailed inches over the bar after the ball had fallen kindly for him after a deflection off a freekick.advertisementChhetri almost got his second of the match in the 58th minute when his header off Udanta Singh’s cross from the right went inches wide of the Myanmar upright.Jeje went close for India a couple of minutes later but Win Min Htut kept him at bay by deflecting his shot for a corner.India’s increasing momentum culminated in Jeje’s goal. It continued to be an equally matched affair after that and India denied a winning goal when Jhingan failed to score from close range.last_img read more

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Toby Alderweireld ruled out until next year with hamstring injury

first_imgTottenham Hotspur’s Belgian defender Toby Alderweireld will be missing until next year with a hamstring injury, manager Mauricio Pochettino said on Thursday.Alderweireld, who suffered the injury during the first half of Tottenham’s Champions League victory against Real Madrid, was already ruled out of Saturday’s Premier League derby at Arsenal.The severity of his injury, however, is an unexpected blow.”He’s out until after Christmas,” Pochettino told reporters. “He feels disappointed but he’s trying to focus on his recovery and the first stage of the rehabilitation.TEAM NEWS: @AlderweireldTob (hamstring) & @VictorWanyama (knee} continue their rehabilitation from injury. pic.twitter.com/f16X2Zroio- Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 16, 2017″Always with this kind of injury we have to be cautious.”Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Harry Winks, who all withdrew from the England squad for friendly internationals against Germany and Brazil, trained on Thursday, although Pochettino refused to say whether they would all play.”We need to assess them again tomorrow,” he said.Tottenham are third in the table, four points above Arsenal, but are yet to win at the Emirates since Pochettino took over in 2014, all three games ending in 1-1 draws.TEAM NEWS: @dele_official (hamstring), @HKane (knee), Hugo Lloris (groin), @Vorm_Official (knee) & @HarryWinks (ankle) have returned to full training for the first time today. pic.twitter.com/oToz78juGt- Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 16, 2017last_img read more

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