Suns to hire NBA’s first non-American born head coach in Kokoskov

(Reuters) – Serbian Igor Kokoskov will become the NBA’s first ever head coach born outside North America after agreeing a deal with the Phoenix Suns, the team announced on Wednesday.


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Frustrated State Department employees hire attorneys, charging ‘political retribution’

A growing number of State Department employees are charging they are being put in career purgatory because of their previous work on policy priorities associated with President Barack Obama and in offices the Trump administration is interested in closing.


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Small Business Owners Plan to Hire More and Add New Products in 2018

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Some 90% of small businesses intend to hire one to two people in 2018, a new survey shows.

Implementing a new marketing strategy among plans for next year

 

Simultaneously, 37.6% of small business owners are contemplating offering a new product or service, and 35.7% aim to apply a new marketing strategy. About 19% plan to partner with another small business.

 

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The findings are based on a survey released by Microsoft Store and done by SurveyMonkey. Some 1,300 U.S. small-business owners with one and 200 employees were surveyed. The analysis pinpoints trends and gauges what challenges and opportunities the owners see in the oncoming year.

About half of the owners identified their biggest challenge as staying ahead of rapid changes in technology in 2018. Further, 23% reported budget constraints were a big concern in maintaining and growing their ventures. For brand new small businesses, budgeting was their top challenge, something expected for businesses opened less than a year.

Other findings from the survey:

  • Eighty percent of respondents say they now maintain enough freedom and flexibility to support their work-life balance. That finding came despite the challenge to keep pace with digital innovation that companies face today.

 

  • Those surveyed maintain a high level of mobility, working off-site and in multiple locations instead of at a fixed venue. The younger the business (less than one year old), the more likely it is to have employees who work mainly with mobile devices. As companies get larger, mobile use gives way to other devices and digital options for how work gets done.

 

  • In navigating the demands of both budget and technological readiness, over 30% of the respondents report they are likely to turn to familiar sources (a family or close friend) for technical guidance or help with computers, email or software.

 

  • In terms of cybersecurity threats, 50% reported they are not concerned about a data breach, while 25% are doing anything to protect themselves.

 

  • Twenty-six percent of respondents stated they have a formal relationship with a support or service establishment, small businesses said comfortable, human interaction was key in how they sought help.

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ATLANTA (AP) Alex Anthopoulos began assembling his team in the Atlanta Braves’ front office Monday, hiring Andrew Tinnish as vice president of amateur and international scouting and promoting Perry Minasian to replace recently hired Adam Fisher as assistant general manager.

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Floyd Reese, the general manager of the Tennessee Titans from 1994 until 2006, offered three reasons why he believes the franchise decided to sign Brandon Weeden instead of Colin Kaepernick this week to be their backup quarterback – a move that angered many NFL fans.

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4 Things to Do Before You Hire a Freelancer

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On one hand, hiring a freelancer can be an inexpensive way to get work done quickly as well as a much-needed stress relief. But on the other hand, freelance staffing can be a headache especially when it comes to finding reliable people or managing remote workers.

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Here are four things to do before you hire a freelancer:

Determine IRS reporting obligations

 

Does your business have withholding and reporting obligations to the IRS? According to the IRS, if a business hires an independent contractor based in the United States, it is required to report payment over $ 600 yearly using Form 1099-MISC.

 

Request a portfolio of work, testimonials, or recommendations from former clients

 

Even if a freelancer comes highly recommended from a friend, you should conduct your own review of their past work and check for recommendations. For instance, if you’re hiring a web designer, review at least 3 LIVE websites, search Google or another forum for customers reviews or ask for another recommendation as it relates to their quality of work and timeliness.

 

Be clear on your goals and set expectations up front

 

To avoid miscommunication with freelancers, conduct a kick off meeting to set expectations. Here are a few questions to consider:

  • What’s your preferred means of communications for status updates—face to face, email, video conference or phone meetings?
  • Do you prefer weekly or bi-weekly updates?
  • What’s the project timeline?
  • What’s the format for the final deliverable?
  • Is the project an hourly or fixed rate project?
  • How many revisions are allowed?
  • What is the number of hours designated for the work?
  • What’s the invoicing process?

Create a legally binding contract

 

To avoid work disputes, create a contract and make it official by having each party sign and date the document. Contracts may include project specifications including the scope of work, compensation, a description of services and grounds for either party to terminate the contract, such as missed deadlines and payments.

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