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What You Need For A Mobile Office


Don't have a permanent office? Make a moveable office for yourself. Here's what you can do to make your mobile office efficent and easy to set up and take apart as you move. You can grab your office stuff and go in just a few minutes. Brisk Transport especializes in moving things and people so they have expert advice on how you can go mobile with your office. Basically, you're condensing a regular office to a small box that has everything you need to do your job just as great as you would do it in a regular office.

Here's what you need:

- A small storage box (preferably plastic) that will fit in the trunk of your car and one that you can easily carry but will fit all the stuff you need like files and some office supplies. You can buy those in any hardware store or grocery store or office supply store.

- Any small laptop or other mobile device that you can do your work on. You can't take your big computer with you. It's easier to have a laptop that is lightweight and has all the applications or software you need to be on top of your game. A plus with most small devices is that their battery life is pretty good so you can stay working without plugging in for hours.

- You'll need a little notebook to write down important information when taking calls or for brainstorming ideas in a meeting if you're not using a device during meetings or conference calls to take your notes on.

- You'll need pens for writing on your notepad or for signing things. Don't rely on others for pens. Have basic blue, black, and red. Make sure they work before packing them. You can also just carry those pens in your purse.

- Get internet on the go with an internet stick that you can pay as you go if there is no regular wifi where you're going. You can also activate the personal hotspot on your phone to give internet to your other devices when necessary.

- Buy external chargers for your laptop or other mobile devices like your mobile phone just in case there is no power source where you go or there is no outlet available for you. It's always wise to carry those chargers just in case you're running out of battery power and you can't plug in. Make sure the chargers are charged themselves before packing them into your mobile box.

- Don't forget to put in headphones (stored in a case so it doesn't snag on anything and break). This will help you listen to conference calls better when working in a noisy place.

- Have a pack that contains a few snacks, a bottle of water, and a coffee mug. Like a regular office, you'll need to take breaks so having these items can remind you to take a few minutes rest after a couple hours of hard work.

Once you have all these things ready, you can work efficiently from anywhere in the city, state, country or the world.











Do It Yourself Accounting


Whether a small business owner or politician, it is important to keep track of money spent. If you're a business owner, did you know that most businesses go bust during their first year of operation? The numbers show that it's about a fifty percent success rate. It's even a worse success rate after five years. Usually only five percent succeed after five years. If you're a politician, you know you'll be scrutinized for every dollar spent if you do get elected to office, so try your best not to do any funny business with your money. It's important to know the ins and outs of accounting. Come tax time or times of being audited, you will not break into a cold sweat when you do things the proper way. It's important to take account of your money as this will improve your success rate.

Here's what you can do to be successful accounting wise:

- Be motivated to do them. Know that in the long run, keeping meticulous accounts will add to your success.

- Get the right tools. You will need filing cabinets to keep hard copies of receipts and other important banking documents. It's best to store your accounting information on a computer and save them to another mass storage device. Record everything you do for accounts on a spreadsheet in your computer.

- Know what type of business you are like whether you're doing your taxes as a sole proprietor of a business or you're a corporation. Because depending on what type of business you are, you will have to file your taxes differently. That means you will do some accounting differently. Do your research carefully and thoroughly before starting to do your accounts so that you know how to do your accounts properly.

- Receive help from your local city government office. Most people don't know this, but some cities offer day or week programs to help educate business owners on how to file their taxes properly and do their books properly. It is highly suggested to do this because through these programs people will learn rules that are specific to that region and it prevents many accounting mistakes. Usually the programs are free or people pay a small fee that is tax deductible.

- Seek help from professionals like Tax Wise if you're like most and don't like numbers and dealing with taxes.

- Get a business bank account. Don't use your personal bank account for business. Some very small business owners use their personal accounts for business but is very difficult to keep track can can be messy in the long run when doing accounts. Some banks offer free accounts or very cheap accounts to help out small business owners so again do some research in order to find a great bank.

- Be organized and make sure you save and take note of all receipts and write down all the money coming in and all the money you spend business-wise.

- Make sure all your agreements are down in writing and properly signed.

- Have a sales and collection procedure. If people don't pay you for goods or services after a long period of time, send collection agencies after them. Nice guys in business don't usually make a profit. Don't be mean about it, but be fair to yourself too.











Running For Political Office


What does it take to make it to the big leagues of politics? You've got to start small. Here are some tips to help you run for political office in your community.

First of all, take action. You've probably thought about it a lot and have done some planning already. Begin your fundraising strategy as soon as possible. Don't start until later. Every little bit helps. If you are first beginning to run for office in your community like for city council, you will not need a lot of money. You could probably drive around your whole city within 15 to 30 minutes. You won't need to buy space in television stations for country-wide coverage. You will need money for important events you need to attend for people to get to know you and your political strategy. You will also need money for your campaign handbills, pamphlets, brochures, and billboards and other materials. If you want to know how much money you will need, you can have a peek at how past city council runners have managed their campaigns and how much they've generally spent on their campaigns. See how they've spent their money and where they've spent it successfully. You can follow their way of managing their money or learn from them and do something more productive with it. In an average not-so-big city, you'll probably need about ten thousand or less. However, you will probably be good with just five thousand when starting out.

Where do you begin to get funds for running a campaign locally? Start with people you know like your family and friends. You send them what is called a fundraising letter. You and your team should look at your contact list on your agenda or your mobile devices. Make a spreadsheet of your contact list with your contacts' addresses and contact information on them to keep track of who you've sent fundraising letters to and if they've responded.

What should be written in the fundraising letter? Keep it simple. Make it only one page that lets your family and friends know that you're running for city council or whatever office you're running for and that you need some start up money to get your campaign on its feet. It's a good idea to enclose a reply envelope already ready to mail back to you in your letter.

Next, throw an event together. Make it a fun party to debut yourself. Have someone be the host to introduce you. Your event can be a ball, a barbecue, or a golf tournament. It can be anything you want. It is a good idea to have as guest someone that is higher up the political ladder to add some credibility to you. They can be your host as well. You can have as many fundraising events as you like but choose your timing wisely. Stagger them so that people will be able attend your events. Give them time to recover from major holiday celebrations or make your events to include those holiday celebrations.

Those are just some beginning tips for running for a small political office. You will need an actual office once you have enough money to rent one to run your campaign from. If you need a moving company to get your office supplies and furniture in quickly, check out this website for the fastest moving company in Brisbane. Check out their Facebook site at Brisk Transport Facebook.











Current Events


Yankee Austerity In Vermont today even George Washington's first campaign would be illegal (from the Wall Street Journal).

GOP looks before it leaps on party platform. As always, the Vermont GOP is listening to Vermonters.

"Harebrained Howard" rails against school choice -but seemingly forgets about Vermont's 130 year old voucher program, according to the Weekly Standard.

President calls on Congress to Act on Prescription Drugs With seniors lacking the coverage they need, the Senate Democratic leadership needs to put election year politics aside.

Racine does not support real permit reform But does support involvement by outside special interest groups.

Dubie Takes the High Road The Essex Reporter offers a bouquet to Lt. Gov. candidate Brian Dubie and brickbats to his democrat opponent.

Radical Court Rules Pledge Unconstitutional Here are some facts about the 9th U.S. Circuit Court and Senator Patrick Leahy's complicity. See also: "A Circuitous Court" by Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah.

Bertrand Announces Montpelier attorney Mike Bertrand today announced that he is a candidate for the Republican nomination for Secretary of State.

Dean and Racine Behind Circ Delays? Have top democrats in Montpelier misrepresented their position on this key issue while privately thwarting the wishes of Chittenden County residents and businesses?

Ready: Auditor, or Loose Cannon? If IBM announces more layoffs, can we thank Auditor Elizabeth Ready for her help?

Jim Douglas formally announces candidacy "It's time to stop making excuses and start making a difference... We need to attract and retain good jobs."

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Vermont Corrections: No Room at the Inn We should be concerned about the overuse of community-based corrections as a solution to lack of prison space, argues Wendy Wilton.

President Calls for Conservation and Stewardship on Earth Day. Clear Skies legislation will do more to reduce power plant emissions than ever before in our nation's history.

Hearings on Senate Redistricting Reveal Problem Worse than Gerrymandering.Chittenden County's six member senatorial district is the only district in the United States with more than three members.

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Economic Development

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Economic Development in Vermont: Making Lemons Out of Lemonade. Economist Art Woolf describes how Vermont could have higher incomes, lower poverty rates, a higher standard of living, and fewer people without health insurance.


Liberal Intellectual Decline. Sen. Peter Shumlin’s over-the-top attacks on republicans are rude and disrespectful, and detract from the intellectual discussion of policy. Commentary by Deborah Bucknam.

Congressman Bernard Sanders is part of the Problem. Economist David Hale writes, "If the U.S. is to offer the world's poor people any hope for material progress and improving living standards, it has to set an example of openness through policies which promote trade. Rep. Sanders has been an opponent of such policies..."



President Bush Takes Action to Strengthen America's Communities. In his State of the Union Address, President Bush called on all Americans to give at least two years of their lives to service to their neighborhoods, communities and Nation.



President Bush providing needed leadership on health care reform. President Bush’s proposals mark the end of almost 10 years of inaction on health care reform, according the the Wall Street Journal.



President Bush Signs Landmark Education Reforms. Legislation provides for greater accountability, more local control, better training for educators, increased school choice, and dramatic increases federal education funding. Leahy, Jeffords, and Sanders voted against it.



Vermont's Republican Gubernatorial Candidate


Jim Douglas sets the tone for his candidacy: "We will present to the people of Vermont an agenda undergirded by the principles that have formed the basis of the GOP since its founding a century-and-a-half ago: limited government, a lower tax burden, decisions made at the family and local levels whenever possible, respect for the individual, a free market economy, conservation of our natural environment, equal justice for all."




Meet Joe Acinapura, Chair of the VERMONT'S GOOD OLD POLITICS. State Committee officers and Executive Board Members also elected.




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