If you’re like many taxpayers, you’re probably just starting to prepare your 2001 income taxes. Unfortunately, many people create unnecessary headaches for themselves by waiting until the last minute to do their taxes. While year-end tax planning can help you significantly reduce your tax liabilities, the secret to tax-saving success is year-round planning. The sweeping tax law changes passed under the 2001 Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act (EGTRRA) illustrate why you need to stay on top of your tax planning.
Don’t just ignore your nest egg, check on it regularly to make sure
it’s growing at a rate that equals your projected retirement needs. Get information for all of the following retirement concerns at www.quicken.com. Also, see the Profit Center column in the January 2002 issue of IDEA Personal Trainer for a more in-depth discussion of tax and
retirement planning options for personal trainers.
Arrgghh! Evaluation time again! I find the whole process of having my teaching performance evaluated so nerve-wracking and artificial. I worry beforehand about doing well; then I feel my evaluator cannot get a true picture of my long-term relationship with each class; and lastly, not much ever happens as a result of my evaluation. Any suggestions or subtle words of wisdom I can give to my director to make our time spent on evaluations more worthwhile? Do any instructors have successful experiences with performance evaluations they can share with me?
How to Design an Effective Membership Survey
Most people are familiar with surveys and have answered some type of questionnaire, whether it was about a product, a political issue or even customer service. Almost always, the purpose of a survey is to discover what people think, feel or plan on doing about a particular topic or issue. As an example, to better understand what is important to...
Surmounting Industry Challenges
Portrait of an Industry:
The First Industry-Wide Work Satisfaction Study of Fitness Professionals
W H AT M A K E S P E O P L E E N J O Y THE WORK THEY DO? Is it solely the money
they earn, or do other factors have greater impact on job satisfaction? Social scientists have been intrigued by these questions for most of the past century. As we enter the 21st century,...
BY CHALENE JOHNSON
Become Your Club's
How to increase your professional stock by
organization's Most Valuable Employee!
ould you like to increase your earning potential? Have you wished your supervisor would recognize your efforts? Do you worry that your job may be eliminated? If you answered "yes" to even one of these questions, then it's time to increase your value as a...
Developing a Personal Philosophy
By Tracy Morgan
"Your personal philosophy provides a foundation for all other issues."
--Colonel Maureen K. Leboeuf, U.S. Army
The Random House Dictionary defines the term philosophy as "a rational investigation of the truths and principles of being, knowledge or conduct." Most of us associate the word with scholars, college requirements or attempts at decipherin...
BY CINDY SCIBETTA
How to Ask for --and Get-- a Raise or Promotion
Because asking for a raise or promotion can be daunting, many people spend hours worrying about it. They plan-- even role-play--how they will approach their supervisor. Maybe they start to ask their manager many times, only to make up excuses on why now is not the right time. Then they go home to stew over the issue, tell...
I have a new boss. I don’t yet know exactly how he thinks or what he expects from me. Sound familiar? Even if the organizational structure at your facility has not changed recently, you may have wondered exactly how and what to communicate to your manager or boss.