Books To Help Finance Your Projects After Film Courses

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You are determined to become a filmmaker. You’ve already taken your first step: applying to film schools. In Canada and abroad, there are many choices. Your life feels ripe with possibility. But you have one fear that haunts you. You wonder if you will really have what it takes after graduation from film courses to make your dreams come true. You have plenty of ideas for movies, that’s for sure. But that doesn’t mean that you know how to finance one. Here are three book ideas to calm these kinds of fears, common amongst new applicants to film schools.

1. 43 Ways to Finance Your Feature Film by John W. Cones

In this book, entertainment lawyer John Cones shares his insider knowledge gleaned from almost two decades helping independent filmmakers navigate the multifaceted world of movie financing. Although the author is based in Los Angeles – where else? – the book includes a discussion of financing from countries other than the United States, and is, therefore, appropriate for new applicants to film schools in Canada and abroad.

This book may turn up on the curriculum of your film courses, but there’s no harm in beginning your research early. Reading on your own increases the likelihood that when you do finally graduate that you will have a firm grounding in such topics as:

industry financing (What is this? It is basically funding by your peers, i.e., other, more established graduates of film schools)
investor financing
lender financing

2. The Fundraising Houseparty: How to Get Charitable Donations From Individuals in a Houseparty Setting by Morrie Warshawski

Although this book could be of use to any kind of fundraiser, it is written with filmmakers in mind. The author explains how graduates of film schools can organize a compelling event, touching on such details as:

planning committees
invitations
food and drink
presentations
thank yous

Warshawski emphasizes the importance of graduates of film courses appealing to the emotions of their potential donors, something to which their craft, fortunately, is uniquely well suited. What is the role of film schools if not to teach students how to appeal to the emotions of their audience?

3. Shaking the Money Tree, 3rd Edition: The Art of Getting Grants and Donations for Film and Video, also by Morrie Warshawski

In this book, Warshawski tackles that topic of supreme interest to staff and students of film schools in Canada and abroad: how to write a winning grant application. This kind of knowledge can even help students in film schools finance their productions for film courses.

If you are anxiously awaiting a wave of fateful letters from films schools in Canada and elsewhere in the world, calm your nerves by advancing your studies on your own. Who knows, it may help you finance one of your film school’s productions once you finally do get that longed for acceptance letter!

blood banks – Benefits of Cord Blood Banking

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Cord blood stem cells have already been used in treating over 20,000 patients for a wide range of diseases, including types of leukemia and immune system illnesses. Cord blood stem cell treatment is still considered experimental and scientists continue to research its uses in treating other diseases like cerebral palsy, stroke, and diabetes. As further scientific breakthroughs are made, the potential for using cord blood stem cells to treat a variety of diseases and conditions may continue to increase. The first documented clinical use of cord blood stem cells was in the successful treatment of a six-year-old boy afflicted by Fanconi anemia in 1988. Since then, cord blood banking has become increasingly recognized as a source of stem cells that can be used in stem cell therapy.

Recent studies have shown that cord blood has unique advantages over traditional bone marrow transplantation, particularly in children, and can be life-saving in rare cases where a suitable bone-marrow donor cannot be found. Approximately 50% of patients requiring a bone marrow transplant will not find a suitable donor within a critical period. In certain instances, there may be some medical issues around using one’s own cells drawn from their cord blood storage, as well as availability of cells, which will require treatments done using cells from another donor, with the vast majority being unrelated donors. However, studies have shown that stem cells from cord blood banking can also be used for siblings and other members of the family who have a matching tissue type. Siblings have up to a 75% chance of compatibility, and the cord blood may even be a match for parents (50%) and grandparents.

Parents often ask what a cord blood Collection Kit exactly is. A collection kit stores and protects cord blood for delivery to a cord blood bank. These kits vary from bank to bank, and they commonly feature temperature stabilizers, reinforced casings that provide breakage protection, and specialized collection bags for containing cord blood. It’s important to take your kit with you to the hospital, as the staff there will not provide you with one should you forget to bring it. With regards to choosing a reputable bank, it is important to take the time to consider these key questions: Has the bank registered with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and met all necessary state regulatory requirements? Is it accredited? How does the bank store cord blood? How experienced is the cord blood bank? Is the cord blood bank financially stable and profitable? Ask the bank you’re considering what it would do with your cord blood if the company went out of business. Look for a company with a reasonable plan to accommodate customers. For additional information, visit www.cordbloodadvantage.com to learn more.

Affiliate Marketing – Making Money on Autopilot

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The Internet offers a lot of ways to earn money that didn’t exist ten years ago. One of the more popular ways of making a living on the World Wide Web is through affiliate marketing. This method of advertising rewards those who promote a product for a seller or manufacturer by giving them a portion of the sales price when an item sells. As an affiliate, you don’t actually make the sales; you simply advertise a product and direct the customer to the site where they can make the purchase. When they buy, you collect.

The system does have its rewards; one of them is that you can promote products around the clock with a Website without having to deal with customers directly. Customers can visit your Website, see your promotion for a product, and click on a link to buy it without any direct involvement on your part. In that sense, affiliate marketing can be “automatic”, but prospective marketers should not confuse “automatic” with “no effort.”

Many authors of books devoted to the topic of making money sell their books via affiliate marketing. Many of these authors, in order to increase sales, suggest that as an affiliate, you can make money on “autopilot”, and that doing so requires little or no effort. They often embellish this even further by suggesting that it is only necessary to work one or two hours a week to make a fortune online. Nothing could be further from the truth.

The truth about earning money through affiliate marketing is that it is, like anything else you might do, hard work. It is true that you can create a Website with information and links that customers may use to make decisions and purchases. Once you create such a Website, how will customers find it? You have to promote that Website, and doing so is hard work. The online marketplace is a competitive one, and establishing a viable Website while competing against thousands of others can quickly become a full time job. This is particularly true if you create more than one Website to promote more than one product.

Even if you get a lot of visitors to your Website you will find yourself continually making adjustments to the site’s content in order to increase the number of visitors who make a purchase. A simple “this product is good – buy it!” will not persuade many visitors to make a purchase. You’ll have to do a lot of time consuming experimentation in order to find something that works for you.

Is there money to be made in affiliate marketing? Of course. Anyone thinking that it’s “easy money” or that you can create a business in minutes that will start making money today should probably reconsider. As with any business, making money online is hard work.

Women Entrepreneur How To Get Your Start

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There are many ways to make money from home putting in as many hours as you want while getting to stay home with your family. You can become a mom entrepreneur in no time.

Most women need more flexibility than what they typically get in the regular workplace. You often cannot plan for your child being sick or getting out of school early and it is stressful to have to quickly find someone reliable to pick them up and drop them off on days like that.

Many moms worry about their kids walking home from school alone and would prefer to pick them up and take them home. They also wonder if their kids are safe once they reach the house as they will not be home with their kids until the evening.

It is quite a conundrum as most moms do not work because they want to but because they have to. If this is you, how would you feel if you found out you would not have to stress over such problems anymore?

There are clearly many reasons to start a home business. Getting started can be difficult though. In order to do so you need to stop and ask yourself two simple questions: What are your interests? What are you good at? If the answer to both these questions is the same then you have an advantage as you can create, sell, or teach something that you are great at and love. This makes things easy. There are a plenitude of options available that many a mom entrepreneur usually likes.

If you enjoy working with kids, you can either have a daycare in your house, or become a tutor. Either job would likely help out mothers who are not lucky enough to be home with their kids everyday. You remember what that is like, don’t you?

Or you may want to take advantage of the internet. With outstanding products and superior services you could incorporate yourself into a simple and duplicatable online marketing system that automates most of your business tasks for you. Such systems have been developed specifically for the young business women, but you just have to know how to locate such opportunities.

For startup costs usually around a few hundred dollars, you could be well on your way to securing your slice of the abundant internet pie. Be imaginative when deciding which business to begin; make a list of your interests and skills to help you get started.

Property Investment Vs Property Speculation

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Most people get Real Estate wrong for two simple reasons.:

1. They don’t understand the difference between an asset and a liability
2. They don’t understand the difference between investing and speculating

The broke majority live under the misguided belief that their family home is an asset. An asset by definition is Something valuable that an entity owns, benefits from or has use of, in generating income. The key is the words generating income. By that definition your home is not an asset, it is a liability. It does not generate income, it costs you money.

The broke majority will borrow as much as they possibly can, to buy the most expensive home they can afford, in the mistaken belief that this is a good investment. In fact they are are burdening themselves with the worst kind of debt. Long term, expensive, non-deductible debt that produces no income in return. The same kind of debt that lead to the housing collapse in the USA.

Successful investors understand this crucial point. Your home is not an investment.

The Business Dictionary defines an investment as Money committed or property acquired for future income. Now some will argue that an investment doesn’t have to produce an income and cite as an example gold bullion, collectibles or share futures contracts. By definition, none of these are investments, they are items of speculation. They can go up in value or, just as easily, go down. You are speculating on the future trade-able value, not investing in the inherent value of the income an asset represents. Tens of thousands of homeowners around the world discovered in 2009 that home values can fall and can fall dramatically and disastrously.

If you buy a house to live in with no income return expected from it, but in the hope it will increase in value, you are speculating not Investing.

If you buy a house to rent out, you are investing. The Australian government has long recognised the difference and that is why they allow you to claim the expenses relating to a rental property, including interest payments, as a tax deduction but do not allow any deductions for expenses incurred in buying a house to live in. In other words, the government is willing to share the risk of investing in income generating real estate because the risks are lower than tying up your money in your home.

Smart investors have a small or no mortgage on their own home and the majority of their borrowings are for rental property because that is the lowest risk strategy. They also get the best advice they can on quickly reducing the mortgage on their home.

Checklist Before You Hire Someone For Small Business Websites

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All types of businesses, be it home based, manufacturing or a start up business, must have online presence today. Small Business Websites have the possibility to appeal new customers and have many growth opportunities.

What is needed is to make these websites attractive to project a very good image of the business and they should be able to present the exact business activities in a very professional manner. For this, the content material must be full of important information.

There are quite a few website designing companies that provide professional service but out of those companies, choosing one such company that would serve your requirement is tough. Prior to getting into any kind of agreement with these web designing provider, one needs to be certain of the quality of services in the long run and also availability of the support staff. The contract need to be handed over only if the business owner is comfortable with everything the firm offers.

The most important thing to have Small Business Websites would be that the firm developing such websites should have a knowledge of buildig websites for small businesses, SMEs and individuals so that their performance and competence could be checked. It is important to make sure that they look after the needs of the small business and listen to the marketing aspect also.

Such websites hold the ability to create recession proof business so that in times of volatility the marketability of businesses doesn’t get affected. The design of the website can be optimized for the search engines and are accountable to rank high in SEO parameters.

Since a designed website gives the initial impression to a customer about a item, it should be created very carefully. The first impression to website visitors with well designed websites is far greater than that of an in house website and thus it can bring in much greater business.

The cost factor is also accountable for driving a website. The setup and maintenance costs should be estimated properly and competing prices should be compared thoroughly prior to engaging a firm to build a website. It’s prudent to compare the prices of few other web designing agencies to select one that designs Small Business Websites at a fair price and one that understands how to market your business.

One more essential thing to consider is the after sales support. Also, they are supposed to give one month free post sales service to make alterations if needed. Even there should be provisions for add-on features like ecommerce, SEO and others.

Implications Of Money Laundering

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Money laundering is referred as to make to proceeds of the crime appear respectable. The whole world is now taking serious actions against money laundering.
In United Kingdom, the parliament has passed money laundering act. This act has been influenced on different parliament acts. These are:
Drugs Trafficking offences Act 1986
Criminal Justice Act 1993
Terrorism Act 2000
Anti Terrorism Crime Security Act 2001
Proceeds of Crime Act 2002

Money laundering is based on different crimes. It is just the end form of different crimes. Some criminal offences are mentioned below which are included in Proceeds of crime Act:
Laundering: Acquisition, possession or use of the proceeds of crime

Failure to report: If somebody fails to disclose knowledge or suspicion of money laundering then he will be liable for crime.

Tipping off: Somebody who disclose information to any person who is involved in some crime then he is also liable and contributor in crime.

For example a bank manager who see any illegal transaction then he should declare this information to money laundering reporting officer, before the transaction took place or right after the transaction. Otherwise he will be investigated and failure to disclose will lead him to crime.

There are three major phases in money laundering which are mentioned below:
Placement
Change the initial disposal of the illegal activity into legal business activity.
Layering:
It means to put different layers to hide the original proceedings.
Integration:
After placement and putting different layers, the money has the appearance of legal funds.

Accountants can play a vital role in reducing the chances of money laundering. They have to be very careful while preparing accounts of company because accountants are liable to disclose any illegal activity inside the company. Now accountants have to be followed many regulations which are set by IASB. It is mentioned in these regulations that accountants will be asked of any suspected transaction.

If somebody has been involved in the above offences then he may have to face serious penalties. The British Law sets out the following penalties in relation to money laundering:

1. Person who is directly related to money laundering can be penalized 14 years imprisonment and/or fine.
2. A person who is responsible for failure to report information may be given 5 years imprisonment.
3. 5 years imprisonment is given for tipping off a suspected launderer; it means suspected launderer must not be alerted.

Tax Tips for New Ecommerce Entrepreneurs

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New ecommerce entrepreneurs can find them confused and confounded by the tax and accounting requirements of their venture. And thats a shame: If someones spotted a great new category and successfully built a web presence, heck, that someone shouldnt find themselves bogged down with the accounting minutia. The entrepreneur should focus on increasing traffic, expanding margins, and growing cash profits.

With that in mind, I offer up the following tax and accounting tips:

Tip #1: Dont Incorporate

A true corporationwhether a C corporation or an S corporationsaddles your business with more complicated tax accounting and a bunch of state filing requirements. You dont want to deal with this redtapeor at least not until youre profitable.

Instead, operate your business as a sole proprietorship. If youre concerned about legal liability protection, note that you can setup a one-owner limited liability company, or LLC. A one owner LLC is treated as a sole proprietorship for income tax purposes.

Tip #2: Start Your Business Before Making Investments

Expenditures you make before youre actually in business-in other words, before youve got a business license and before youre selling or trying to sell your stuffarent very deductible.

Specifically, you can probably deduct the first $5,000 of these expenses. But any amounts in excess of the $5,000 must be amortized over the next fifteen years.

What this means is that you want to start your business before you start spending money on advertising, training, web development, accountants and lawyers and so on.

Tip #3: Automate Your Bookkeeping & Accounting

By lawand some people dont know thisyoure required to maintain an accounting system that lets you clearly measure your income. As a practical matter, this means you need to use a product like Quicken or QuickBooks.

But you ought to go one better than simply using desktop accounting software. Make sure that youre taking advantage of online banking and bill payment features which integrate your accounting system with your banking. As much as is possible, for example, you want to be able to move money from PayPal to your bank to QuickBooks simply by typing a few keys or clicking your mouse a few times.

Tip #4: Hire a Payroll Service Before Hiring Employees

Many successful ecommerce business owners can run their operations without employees. And if thats true for you, hey, congratulations. If and when you do need employees, however, dont try to handle the payroll yourself. Oursource the payroll to one of the large payroll service bureaus like ADP, Payroll, or QuickBooks.

These services are expensive. Figure $1000 to $2000 per year. But the services let you avoid the bookkeeping nightmare called payroll and prevent you from getting into payroll tax trouble.

Tip #5: Consider S Corporation Status After Youre Profitable

Ive written and talked much about how S corporations save taxpayers money and how the right way to set up an S corporation is first create a limited liability company and then ask the IRS to treat the LLC as an S corporation for tax purposes.

Mechanical Trading System Eliminates Subjectivity, Confusion, Hesitation & Missed Trade From Your Day Trading! Read On To Find More

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You must have often come across the term Mechanical Trading System. Mechanical Trading System is basically a ‘packaged expertise’ in forex, futures, stocks and options trading. Usually highly experienced traders develop these kinds of systems. They package their trading experience into a set of ‘top secret algorithms’ that remove all the uncertainty of the trade.

As perceived by some inexperienced traders, mechanical trading systems are not scams. They have their uses and legitimate day traders and trading professionals do use them. However, there is a world of difference between using a mechanical trading system and being a skilled trader yourself, think of it as the difference between having power tools and being a skilled carpenter.

What Is A Mechanical Trading System?

A mechanical trading system uses historical parameters to determine when certain trades should (or should not) be made. They have usually been back tested to check with existing market data, and they have specific entry criteria (buy EUR when price is at $1.20 would be one example) and specific exit parameters (sell EUR when price exceeds $1.22) to automate a lot of trading activity. These objective criterions are based off the accumulated data of hundreds of thousands of trades.

How Does A Mechanical Trading System Work?

Ostensibly, a mechanical trading system removes the emotional weight’ from trading activity, and prevents them from being blinded by greed. In practice, what it does is provide the trader who is overwhelmed with information that he is watching, with a filtered set of information to handle ‘baseline parameter’ trades so that he can focus his attention elsewhere. For beginning traders, they are an effective set of training wheels while they learn to do the research they need to make a more substantial and nuanced trading strategy.

What Are The Advantages of A Mechanical Trading System?

The primary advantage of a mechanical trading system is that it automates a lot of data gathering, and for a narrow range of trades, can effectively automate your day trading practices. Depending on which one you are using, it may be aggregating a lot more information than a beginning trader would consider boosting confidence in its trade recommendations.

Mechanical trading systems are also likelier to find an early entry point on a trade, and depending on how they are programmed, may be a good ‘conservative play’ for getting out of a trade.

The use of good mechanical trading system will eliminate all subjectivity, which can greatly reduce your trading stress.

TSUBOT by Tsunami Trading Educators, Inc. is one such system which analyses price volume & momentum in real time and gives out high margin 100% mechanical trading calls right from computers speakers.

Dubai To Pass A New Law Protecting Investment In Property

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The new law will allow anyone who has made an investment in property in the emirate to receive a full refund if a property developer fails to deliver an off-plan property on time. Other occasions in which investors can request to be compensated include breach of warranty and fraud.
The plans for the new law came to light in June when a draft was published. This early version of the law has undergone amendments after a consultation process. Majida Ali Rashid, director of planning and organisational development at DLD, explained that the public and interested parties, which were included in the talks, brought several suggestions to the table.

Boost to investor interest

The final version, which is now being drawn up, will ensure that interested parties are less exposed to risk when it comes to investment in property in Dubai. With the new law, investors receive extra protection in situations where they have suffered from a developers inability to keep the terms of the agreement. This will most probably give a boost to Dubais property market, aiding the recovery which has recently been seen after the market crashed in
2008 following the global economic crises.

Dubai is a country which has attracted serious global interest for investment in property. Over the last decade the country has launched some of the most ambitious infrastructural and development projects in the world such as Dubai Marina, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Palm Jumeirah and The World Islands. These and other projects have had property investors salivating. According to the emirates Real Estate Regulatory Agency (RERA), Dubai is currently home to 3,094 registered real estate brokers. Nearly 50 percent of this number comes from UAE (620), with Indians (438) and Pakistanis (428) also well represented. Britain comes fourth with 304 brokers.

And with the new protection measures Dubai will become even more attractive destination for property investors across the world, creating a safe and fertile ground for whatever spectacular project developers in the emirate dream up next.