Employment, Events, Technical/Marketing Writing

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Employment, Technical/Marketing Writing

Writer? Freelance, Consultant, Sub-Contractor, In-House: All-of-the-Above

Repeatedly I see the confusion regarding Taxation, Social Security, Insurance and How to get Paid as a Writer in Israel.

Tax

Writers, there are stages you have to go to before you charge over 100,000 nis and need the Accountant every month. Did you know that? I was sharing with a friend who worked In-House and is now moving towards freelancing, and these are the tips that I gave her:

Level 1: Schar Sofrim –  If you are a writer, and you know you are going to need to charge your client a certain amount, take your client’s Company Number (Chet Pey) and get the tax reduction from the Tax Authority using Schar Sofrim. The page they give you is given to the Client and they will remove the tax ‘Bamakor’ (at the source). You do not need to open a File with Tax Authorities to do this. All you need is to have accessibility to the site or go there yourself and get it directly.

Level 2: Getting a Tlush – You’ve decided to start a business but you don’t want to open a File with the Tax Authorities until you know for sure you won’t have to close it. FYI, closing can be by far, more complicated than opening a ‘Tik’ because the Tax Authorities may need to audit your accounts to varify no illicit activities have taken place before the Company is closed. This has also been known to take a long time… This is why some people have preferred to go via an agency that gives you a Tlush, otherwise known as a Salary Slip. Unfortunately, this is no longer legal, therefore it’s out of the question…

Level 3: Osek Patur – Charging up to 100,000 nis a year you need an accountant once a year for this and there are tax breaks on bills based on having your office at home, etc…Speak to a registered accountant.

Level 4: Osek Murshe – Charging over a certain amount you will have to visit your accountant more frequently and take charge of all your expenses if you want any tax breaks. Speak to a registered accountant.

Insurance

Your Social Security can be paid via an agency when you are using Level 2. Social Security is NOT Insurance. If you have Social Security rights it’s because you paid Social Security, however you still need Health, Nursing, Life, Management and other insurances. For this, you need an Insurance agent.

How to get Paid as a Writer

If you are a writer, you may want to look at my article about Tips for Consultants in order to understand that getting paid in Israel is Business, not personal and you have to understand the culture in order to succeed.

I wish you the best of success in your ventures and I’m available for interactions on this page.

Employment, Technical/Marketing Writing

Working with Start-ups? TechDocs Tips for Consultants #Israel

Many Startups come to me and most of them want the service for FREE.

Here are a few things that can protect you from unethical use and insult without pay.

  1. When being approached by a Startup ask for a Business Plan: Any Company that is not willing to have you view their Business Plan is not really looking for business, i.e. they could be snooping for information and taking up your time.
  2. Before starting the job, get a Purchase Order: You may not have them contractually signed up yet, but a Purchase Order secures the payment.
  3. Ask for a Startup Fee: You’d better take something prior to commencement of the project: Some companies don’t really understand the concept of Payment Terms.
  4. To succeed, give your price up front and say ‘this is prior to reduction’: Some companies and especially in Israel do not close a deal until they see the Reduced Rate.
  5. Combine Relationship skills with Business skills to close the deal: Don’t be shy to ask people you know for referrals. Referrals are usually more secure and financially viable, i.e. you won’t have to take any clothing off to close the deal.

By morgetz.com©

Employment

Best Practices before Signing a Contract with a Company

A lot of companies look great on the outside, but it’s the inside that counts. If you want to know before signing a contract you should follow these ‘Best Practices’:
1) Do a background search.
2) Check when last the company website was updated.
3) Go directly to contacts and get references to previous employees.
Good Luck!
Mor Getz
www.morgetz.com

Employment, Technical/Marketing Writing

Aspects of Technical Writing that nobody knows or cares about

Most people I tell I’m a Technical Writer think it’s interesting, funny or weird.

I don’t really fit the profile – I’m a young, savvy, experienced professional & I’ve been in the field for +10 years.

When I tell them what I do for a living, most people think I’m a translator. They can’t really get the bigger picture of what Technical Writing entails.

  • Did you know?

Most Technical Writers not only write manuals, but write manuals while concurrently updating departments about what other departments are doing and help to keep a good BALANCE OF INFORMATION supply within a company.

  • Did you know?

Technical Writing duties often range from the merely banal, to CRM, data retention and training services while on-going work is taking place – as AN ADDED BENEFIT.

  • Did you know?

There are lots of fallacies about what Technical Writers do. Most people don’t know what challenges Technical Writing involves so they assume that the only task is at the computer, whereas most of the work is done while CROSS-REFERENCING BETWEEN MIGRATING VERSIONS, PEOPLE AND PRODUCTS.

  • Did you know?

As a rule, most Technical Writers know an average of over 50 software solutions and can implement them for your documentation?

  • Did you know?

When a Technical Writer says he’s working from home he’s probably producing more than if he was working in the office; He’ll probably finish the document sooner at home, but odds are against him if he’s running around from department to department.

  • Did you know?

Technical Writing as well as Social Media DO play a part in StartUp strategy and money raising efforts in the same way; both challenge the user to see what is really happening while covering up all the buggy stuff nobody wants to relate to (Huh? Yes I’m not joking).

  • Did you know?

The average Technical Writer has a considerably higher than average IQ in relation to the general population.

  • Did you know?

Most Technical documentation is written from the middle towards the introduction and the end (outwards)?

  • Did you know?

Not everyone can be a Technical Writer.

  • Did you know?

The average manual can take from a few days to a few months to write.

Questions & Input are Welcome!