The Effects of Globalization on Both Accounting Profession and Education

Innovations in technology has catapulted the financial district into a global market. Globalization has had a large influence on the way businesses conduct business. Firms are not only responsible for being privy to information involving consumers in their own backyard but also understanding consumer culture as well as economic, political, and legal structures that exist in other countries. Due to the influence globalization has had on businesses, it has changed the expectations that are required of incoming business students and their education. More specifically, accounting students are being impacted by the changes globalization has influenced the market with. These students are challenged more particularly throughout their undergraduate years to understand not only the rules and regulations of GAAP (General Accepted Accounting Principles) but also the standards set forth by the IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standards). Within the accounting sphere, the primary focus has been on external reporting which involve the preparation of financial statements and auditing. However, due to the ever changing world of the global market, future accountants are required to possess perspectives that influence both external and internal reporting. The market will continue to change due to the fast paced journey of information making globalization an important factor in accounting education.

Businesses in the United States have largely adopted GAAP which is a guide to how business are to construct financial information to produce statements. GAAP has been useful in the last couple of years because it facilitates the way businesses in the U.S. communicate with each other. However, in the global environment, GAAP proves to be burdensome for most companies. Overseas, they have adopted IFRS which is another guide to producing financial information which aids foreign companies with communicate amongst each other. Most countries use IFRS as a basis for the way business transactions are conducted. Since most of the world is using IFRS as the standard it leaves the U.S. with the tedious task of having to incorporate two different principles to conduct business. In the article, “How Globalization is Affecting U.S. Accountants” by Bruce Pounder, Pounder states that “U.S. accountants will find themselves at a severe disadvantage to the many foreign accounting professionals who have already mastered international accounting standards and who are therefore much better-positioned to take advantage of rapidly growing career opportunities in China, India, and other emerging economies” (Pounder, 2007, p. 3). He then goes on to predict that as GAAP becomes more overshadowed by IFRS, U.S. accountants will find their skills and knowledge becoming obsolete. Therefore, IFRS has become more integrated into the accounting curriculum for education. Students are required to understand not only GAAP but IFRS and the changes that occur when working with both. By involving IFRS into the learning process, students will be prepared to later take the CPA Exam which has recently been updated to include information about IFRS in the Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR) section. Students are becoming better equipped with skills and information that will make them more marketable and efficient in the globalized business environment.

In the U.S. economy, a thriving financial sector is usually supported by a strong public accounting and auditing firms. Therefore, the focus over recent years has been to ensure that accountants excel at compiling information involving a company’s assets, liabilities, equity, investments, etc. However, due to globalization, external accounting practices aren’t as valued if internal practices are not also implicated. Internal practices are important because it shapes the way businesses reach their customers in the foreign market. Authors Paul Danos and Richard L. Measelle stated in their article, “Globalization of the Business Environment: Implications for Accounting Profession and Business Education”, that “In a competitive global market place, the internal accountant must be sensitive to what drives the costs of products and he/she must work with production and marketing people to rationalize all cost accounting procedures” (Danos, 1990, p. 79). The responsibilities of the internal accountant is becoming more critical to the success of businesses. For a business wanting to expand into foreign territory, cost accounting is used to accurately develop product price information, location of manufacturing facilities, picking suppliers, etc. Due to these factors, internal accountants have to be familiar with regulations across borders, tax treatments, and currency conversion costs. When it comes to public accounting, auditors must be heavily versed in global accounting standards because “the world’s economies are becoming increasingly interdependent… ” (Needles, 2010, p. 602) according to Belverd E. Needles Jr. author of the article “Accounting Education: The Impact of Globalization”. The author goes on to encourage global standards for auditors because it strengthens their practices by only having to be familiar with those regulations. In order to be well versed in the global market, accounting students are advised to take courses specifically designed to analyze different cultures, languages, and political factors that influence societies.

Globalization has influenced many changes that have taken place in both the accounting profession and education. Students are now exposed to problems that occur in the global market and how to go about solving them. Not only are these students expected to understand all the mathematics and jargon involved with the business world, but they are also expected to have a good sense of foreign consumer culture as well as the regulations bound to each country. Implemented with these skills, students will be able to excel in the new business world.

Education – An Online Presence Is To Be Felt

Education tops the do-list. It is the basic need of all times. Education forms the base of social transformation as well as the economic growth process. The educational system of India has improved immensely and is perhaps one of the leading in the world. Now, holding an educational organization isn’t just enough. The bigger picture demands wide online presence of the organization in the world of education.

Online Presence Is A Survival Strategy
Where 40% of the world’s population is still illiterate, widening prospects is a do-factor. If your business pertains to providing education to students in the face of diverse vocational courses, then add your website to hosting sites and widen your prospects of reaching maximum study groups. Remember, your service to the education industry can be a great help. If your business aims at helping students enroll into your vocational courses to enhance learning, then do not just let it go vain. Make your online presence felt among hundreds and thousands of students who might be longing to enroll into substantial study course.

Online Education Business Is Flourishing

Online education is flourishing and growing with passage of time. Most rapid expansion of distance education through the Indian educational prospects is gaining popularity all-the-more. A convenient mode of learning and training, websites promoting online education must be a part of the entire learning process. Such organizations must promote company profile by opting for hosting sites who list business for free. Remember, there is stiff competition in the world of online education as vocational course-conducting websites are growing at a fast pace. To stand out the best and enhance your future prospects, it is needed that you flourish your business among majority students.

Online education is believed to be meeting the needs and demands of the efficient workforce. Majority of the world’s population is on the web now. Internet access is incredibly at a rise and has added tremendously to the education growth base of the students. So, it is a must that most of the education companies list their business on online hosting sites where they can expect a widened popularity.

Conclusion

Mere visibility isn’t enough. Online education websites must smartly reach to the net-users so that it gathers your business a reason to survive. For instance, you might hold an educational vocational training centre, but would not be too well-known. Under such a state, know students are always on a lookout for online study assistance. In this regard, advertise your business on a service site in a proper guided way. Remember, education is the right of common man. If your services pertain to helping the students with their on-time studies and training, then it can be a great help at hand. When you enlist your mist, the guiding factor is price. Though quite high and often over-estimated, you must remember that online visibility and promotion on a hosting site is no mean task. It is always preferable to guide your steps in advertising since you are aiming at providing the students with refined quality education.

Quality Education Vs Accreditation

Education:

“The act or process of educating or being educated; the knowledge or skill obtained or developed by a learning process!”

Inquiries into furthering my educational aspirations were made to various colleges within my immediate environmental area. Several of the schools contacted required placement exams that I did not challenge, as I am adept and very capable of dealing with college examinations. The thing that got to me was the disparaging remarks from some college recruiters regarding their standards for education as opposed to another college. One of the schools that I’ve attended is a two-year degree school while the other is as well. They hold real estate in the same zip code and competed for students in the same local. They both educated local students as well as out of state and students from other countries and nations.

One school considered itself superior to the other by reason of accreditation. The school that was described as inferior did not have middle states accreditation. The school was described as below standard by the other. The so-called superior school is lead and operated by a non-HBCU affiliation while the other happened to be lead and operated by an African American staff. The self-described superior school has made plans, designs, and did bid for the take-over of the African American school. Albeit, the self-described superior school admits that it does not and will not accept credentials from the so-called inferior school. I have attended both of these institutions and received very good instruction from its teachers as well. While the lessons learned were an invaluable source of information, the education that I received from personal academic research (self-taught) has enhanced my knowledge base. Money was not a factor in my personal research, study, and/or practicum. I would add, the knowledge and information that was derived from the HBCU School proved to be equally rewarding as the other if not better!

Personally, I would say that I received more educational value at the HBCU (Historical Black Colleges and Universities) as opposed to the other collegiate institution. Albeit, they both required money.

When students visit college campuses they are encouraged to become a student at that particular school. The tour guides’ show all of the amenities and accolades that are offered in order to get you enrolled…and to gain your tuition monies. But what about the quality of education offered by the particular schools? The majority of the colleges will often quote their accreditation as compared to another school of choice. What has accreditation to do with a good and valuable quality education? Money! And the ability to make money! Education does not and should not require money!

In 1899 Dr. Matthew Anderson, an outstanding community leader, and his wife Caroline Still Anderson founded Berean Manual and Industrial School. Dr. Anderson was a pivotal influence in the religious, business, and educational history of Philadelphia. Dr. Anderson also founded the Berean Presbyterian Church and the Berean Savings Fund Society.

Caroline Still is the daughter of the great William Still, a Philadelphia Abolitionist and member of the Underground Railroad.

Mr. William Still (a self-educated man), one of seventeen children, was born in Burlington County in 1821. His father escaped slavery from Maryland to New Jersey and later was followed by his wife and children. William Still left New Jersey for Philadelphia in 1844. Three years later he was appointed secretary of the Pennsylvania Abolition Society.

“When Brother William Still was 23, he left the family farm in New Jersey for Philadelphia, to seek his fortune. He arrived, friendless with only five dollars in his possession. Mr. Still taught himself to read and write. In fact, so well, that in three years he was able to gain and hold the position of secretary in the Pennsylvania Abolition Society. Brother Still provided the all-white society with his views on how to aid fugitive slaves. After all, he had been one himself. He was such an asset to the group, that he was elected chairman in 1851. Still held the position for the next ten years. He also became chairman of the Vigilance Committee in 1852. Still was the first black man to join the society and was able to provide first-hand experience of what it was like to be a slave.”

“Mr. Still established a profitable coal business in Philadelphia. His house was used as one of the stations on the Underground Railroad. Brother Still interviewed escaped fugitives and kept careful records of each so that their family and friends might locate them. According to his records, Still helped 649 slaves receive their freedom. The number is compounded with the number of slaves saved by Sister Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad.”

“William Still, a self-educated man, began his campaign to end racial discrimination on Philadelphia streetcars. He wrote an account of this campaign in Struggle for the Civil Rights of the Coloured People of Philadelphia in the City Railway Cars (1867). He followed this with The Underground Railroad (1872) and Voting and Laboring (1874).”

“William Still, a self-educated man, established an orphanage for the children of African-American soldiers and sailors. Other charitable work included the founding of a Mission Sabbath School and working with the Young Men’s Christian Association. William Still died in Philadelphia on 14th July, 1902.”

The Concise History of Berean Institute:

“In 1904 Berean Institute of Philadelphia Pennsylvania qualified for state aid and received a grant of $10,000. Over the years, state aid has enabled the school to expand its services and diversify its programs of study. Funds from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania now provide a significant portion of the total operating budget. Berean Institute embarked on a program of expansion under the dynamic leadership of the late Dr. William H. Gray, Jr., who utilized the support of many influential citizens of Pennsylvania including the former Governor Milton J. Shapp. Dr. Gray served as Chairman of the Berean Board of Trustees. Under Dr. Gray’s leadership Berean Manual and Industrial School began operating as Berean Institute. He also had Berean Institute’s current building constructed in 1973.”

“Mrs. Lucille P. Blondin, who served the school for forty-five years, became Berean Institute’s first President. Mrs. Blondin retired in June 1993. Dr. Norman K. Spencer was appointed to serve as the second President and Chief Executive Officer. Under Dr. Spencer’s leadership, contracted programs funded by the City and Commonwealth agencies as well as community outreach projects have been added. Hon. John Braxton, former Judge, Court of Common Pleas heads a list of distinguished Board of Trustees members.”

“Berean Institute enrolled students in full and part-time programs. Most of the students are residents of the Commonwealth and live in Philadelphia. Other students have come from Central and South America, China, India, Puerto Rico, Tonga, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Tanzania, the Dominican Republic, England, Cambodia, Viet Nam and states along the eastern seaboard of the United States.”

“A number of students come to learn a marketable skill and their Berean training fulfills their current educational aspirations. Many others regard the school as a stepping-stone to further education. Berean has many graduates who have gone on to earn four-year college degrees and others who have completed graduate studies at some of the area’s outstanding institutions of higher learning.”

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Department of Education granted Berean Institute approval to award the Associate in Specialized Technology Degree on September 15, 1976, and the Associate in Specialized Business Degree on December 27, 1976.

Again, education is:

“The act or process of imparting or acquiring general knowledge, developing the powers of reasoning and judgment, and generally of preparing oneself or others intellectually for mature life; the act or process of imparting or acquiring particular knowledge or skills, as for a profession; a degree, level, or kind of schooling: a university education; .the result produced by instruction, training, or study: to show one’s education; the science or art of teaching; pedagogics.”

A definition of education: ‘The act or process of educating or being educated; the knowledge or skill obtained or developed by a learning process; a program of instruction of a specified kind or level: driver education; a college education; the field of study that is concerned with the pedagogy of teaching and learning; an instructive or enlightening experience:

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Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2009

So why does another school rate it’s accreditation over and above that of another? Money! Many colleges and universities rate its’ educational values based on the amount of money in its’ coffers as well as the amount of money that they can amass! Another tool to increase superiority in the education business is to attain and maintain accreditation and as many acquisitions as possible.

Several opinions suggest education achieved through these venues is designed to prepare people/students for the job market as opposed to being prepared for life skills. The skills required to carry ones posterity and their descendants that follow into prosperous futures.

Is it fair to assess the stature of a collegiate institution above any other based on the amount of money that is needed to be spent or the amount of education that is achieved? Ivy league institutions turn out many students who are not prepared for the challenges of life…but many of them are rich and have spent thousands of dollars to attend those schools as well as graduating from them. On the other hand, many poor people that are lucky enough to qualify for grants, loans, scholarships, etc., are better prepared to face the challenges set before them (so it seems).

Many poor and working poor students seem to value the collegiate level education as if their life depended upon it, so they tend to work a bit harder to achieve the degree status. The document can be deemed worthless when the graduate cannot find the desired job for which he/she has studied. It is even worse when the graduated student finds that they are worse off than when they started college. They are now burdened with school loan debt plus the debts that they have had to meet before attending college. Working at McDonalds and the like, seem to be the only job that is attainable for many of them. The competition is fierce. These students are for the most part, grouped in with many applicants that are not college educated and many do not have high school diplomas as well! The knowledge attained is not considered or tested by many of these employers. Kiosk type pictures on a cash-register computer is what they have to work with. Is this not insulting to a student who has studied computer science, read and write computer programs and its languages, as well as other academics of study?

Why is it that many non-ivy league students find themselves out of work? Why is it that many of them find that they are the first to lose their employment positions compared to their ivy-league colleagues? Why is it that many inner-city college educated graduates find themselves less likely to be selected as team-leaders than their counter part ivy-leaguers? Many employers advertise their openings with statements that don’t require a college level education. They ask that candidates simply have a high school level education. College educated candidates apply to those openings and find themselves scrutinized out of the running, i.e., background checks, credit checks, criminal histories, schooling activities, etc. Why is it college educated candidates find that not only do they have to compete with ivy-leaguers, they have to compete with high school educated folks as well. What is the sense in enduring hours, years, and other sacrifices to attain the coveted two and/or four-year college level degree when you’re not going to qualify for the job anyway?

The notion of accreditation, money, and notable stature should not be the basis of choosing the collegiate route to education. Education should be based on ones ability to achieve, retain, and utilize education. The achievement of education begins in the home (as well as anyone who desires it). It begins with the Childs’ upbringing and the stressed importance placed by the parent and/or guardian. Should the child be highly scholastic in abilities that enable him/her to be described as intellectually talented above average, that student deserves free college education. While the rest of us who are collegiate material may well have to pay for our higher education. Mind you, my argument is based on the ability to access education without having to spend money…teachers need to earn a living, schools need to pay the costs of operating and maintaining buildings and staff. So the money has to come from somewhere. Albeit, the aforementioned disparages between different colleges should cease the practice of who’s a better institution of higher learning. Is it the responsibility of educated people to enlighten people who are not?

While many may not be aware, education is achievable without attending so-called accredited and/or less accredited schools, of higher learning…start with the libraries in your homes as well as the public facilities, news papers, magazines, shared information, and articles. Why is the education attained by others kept to a level of secrecy that one should have to pay for it?

Attained and acquired education is the responsibility of the educational pursuer…the burden is placed solely on the student not the educational pursued. I’m not advocating that one can become a doctor, architect, or a lawyer by simply reading text…there is a difference between education and training.

Education is yours to achieve and it can be free.

On-Going Education, Business Presentation and the Flow of Entertainment

Some business presentation consultants and many on-going education seminar teachers warn about the flow of entertainment in teaching. It is important to make learning fun and using visual equipment in a classroom setting makes sense to pique the curiosity of the participants. But be careful not to over do it the experts say.

Even those who give business presentations think about the over use of entertainment visuals, as they want to sell a concept, service or product not dazzle everyone with free-entertainment. Presenters must have a clear understanding of their mission, whether it is to sell something, teach something or enlighten someone. Once the message is lost all is lost and sure it was entertaining, but you have defeated your entire purpose.

Psychologists often say that The flow of “Entertainment” does somewhat curb the human appetite for learning and I believe that this is because they do all the thinking and your brain goes into hibernation. But, we know from fMRI scans on TV watchers that like a Starbucks Mocha Frappachino Caffeine rush there is an immediate spike for about fifteen minutes.

So, if you can spike the awareness for 4-5 minutes (TV news segment trick) then take them into your learning system, slow them down so to speak and make them think and ponder the use of this tool in groups and bring them back again, which is often done at small business symposiums then you do both? Visualization does not have to be entertainment completely, but humans do enjoy visualization.

I hope this article propels thought and proper planning in your presentations in 2007. Our goal is simple and that is to assist you in your quest to be the best.

Online Education Business – A Good Home Based Business Idea

A good area to do online business is in the area of education these days. With the world economy going global, it is real time to tie up education with the online bandwagon. Online education business is not new on the web and it’s been around for a while. The idea is to get something different.

A website that offers many facets of education is a business worth looking into. The modern world sees large numbers of students on the move, either to enroll into school or university. This number is going up by the day and trends indicate that the numbers could only get larger. A website that takes the headaches away from the parents could be the theme around which this business could operate.

Such an online business could act as a primary source for student recruitment and getting them enrolled into schools. It could be wise to start such a business with schools as these require less paperwork and formalities. Whether one starts off with the primary or the secondary is left to debate. It may be good to go the whole way but, one needs to identify some good schools and have a tie up with them. In this business the money comes from the students as well as the schools.

The money is reasonably good and a regular turnover of students could bring in handsome returns. Once again in this business too there is no big capital investment but, the thinking and it would be nice to allow and see the business grow slowly. After all in such businesses, word of mouth brings in new customers. It may also not be a bad idea to keep the school tie ups limited and not to expand on such a scale that it creates a sense of competition among the clients themselves.

Single Mom Grants – Education, Business and More

There are many different types of grants available for single mothers. There is financial aid available that can help her go to college, start a business, pay off debt, and more. In 2009 there was said to be 1.4 trillion dollars just waiting for someone with a plan to claim.

A good place to start when look for any type of assistance is grants.gov. Their motto is “Find. Apply. Succeed.” This is a searchable site when you can find and apply for government money. Free funds are out there, all you need is a plan to succeed.

If you are lucky, you may live in a states that offers a business grant specifically for mothers raising children on their own who wish to start a business. To find out, inquire with your areas unmarried mother’s resource center. They should be able to tell you about specialized funds that you could be eligible for. Another benefit is that they might even be able to help you meet up with other women owners who have received the award in the past. From them you could get tips and guidance.

Before you apply for any program you need to make sure you meet the requirements. Why waist your time and resources when you know ahead of time that you cannot even be considered. You will always need a social security number and to be a valid United States Citizen. If you are applying for money specifically for a parent raising children alone, you better fit that mold. Most time you will need to have graduated from high school or have passed the GED test. If you are applying for tuition assistance you need to have been accepted and perhaps even enrolled at a university. Some funds are specifically for people in certain careers, religions, or of certain ethnicities. Make sure you read all the details before applying. Lying on any application is considered fraud.

If you have always wanted to be your own boss and start up a business there may be funds out there for you to do so. Women wishing to go to college are usually able to find financial assistance easily. No matter what you want to do, all you need is a plan to start applying for assistance.

Create Outstanding Postcard Designs Fit For Educational Businesses

Businesses that fall under the educational system aim to inspire their market through designs that veer towards dedication, achievement, and direction. To market this service to targeted students, postcard printing and mailing services could very much help in capturing the exact audience with the right process and promotional materials.

Undergoing postcard printing services would be of much help for any business for these companies have more than enough tools and templates to suit your needs and purposes for your design and layout. But it would still be good to think of a clear picture of what you want your color design concept to work around on.

o Colorful graphics and photos suit early child education: Setting a lighter tone into your postcard design for younger students is more appealing for you would want this age bracket to perceive school as fun. Adding on inspirational photos such as trees, birds, colored pencils, or any object that can signify growth will somehow get your recipients in high spirits that they would eventually want to enroll in your school.

o Use a more subdued color combination for older students: Getting into universities is a serious choice to make. As a marketer promoting your services, through colors, you can show that you are serious with your dealings in preparing students for the real world. Colors such as black, green, maroon, or blue are the usual tints used for schools; thus, applying this to your postcards will make your readers take your collateral and business seriously as well.

In much more serious businesses like schools, the colors you choose for your promotional tool say a lot about what you are projecting. Same is true when it comes to professional-looking materials that undergoing postcard printing services to upgrade your postcards and campaign strategy will generate better responses.

What Things An Entrepreneur Should Consider Before Starting An Online Education Business

Distance education is the name of a media for the online students to be educated. As the educators-college students head to head connection is occurred here a few, so a college students who would desire to get himself admitted in this online institution, s/he might want to have some manageable and up-to date services from that universities. This sort of requirement may be the different student to student, as the learners are from all over the globe with distinct types of curiosity and ethnic behaviors. But as the learning is concerned and getting college degree from an accredited online school is the principal mission; some common expectancy is what we can assume and every online schools and online college or university should provide these opportunity to the college students for making themselves feel good. So, what are these expectations that an online student can have and as a business person what the things you must have to consider before starting an online education business? Well, check these out now!

Develop a User-Friendly Instructional Website

Yes! Developing a user-friendly web page for the students is very essential endeavor that we have to list it in the best of others. Web-based School’s official website should have to be quickly navigational and easily search-able to acquire particular material. It’s really worth mentioning that, all the students who get online college degree from online college are not geek in Technologies. Some students find themselves in mess while they use the standard features of massive online world. So we should consider this thing. Producing a confusing web page for the long distance learning students wouldn’t be effective thus it would be quite unpredicted in long-term. Additionally, students don’t expect such type of web-pages from their online universities.

High Quality Tech-Support

Your Online Learning Business will be a mild looser at last if you don’t care about to arrange the high quality tech assisting program. Assisting the college students with higher quality technological devices is the one and only way to attract the scholars and have them in your school till they are graduated. Disrupted words and other media communications make an odd effect upon the involving professors and students and online university itself.

Use User-friendly & Free of charge Online Instruments

Work with a lot of social networks and free online resources to enrich the brainstorming practice for the students. Students love to make use of free stuffs as they are just students. Utilize Google Reader, Google Doc, Skype, Facebook and other free web-based equipment in constructing up conversation with scholars.

Provide Exceptional and Accredited Online Degree

Well, exactly how many special online lessons you are supplying for the students that very few other universities have provided? Just consider it deeply. The much more special & unique you can be with your provided lessons; the more scholars will be involved in your online institution.

Flexibility of Courses Durations

The programs that your online college offers should be flexible in such way that a scholar who is in a full-time employment would be able to take any of your available training as per their free time schedules. So, don’t restrict your learners to take programs in a pre-defined times. It’s better to make a schedule of courses that are planned with flexibility which would be really quick to take for any students from any region of the world.

I am sure, if the above mentioned things a new entrepreneur consider; s/he will be succeed on Online Education business.

How to Write an Education Business Proposal

Do you have an idea for a new educational program or service? Maybe you want to apply for a government grant for an after-school program for middle school kids, organize a private high school, or develop a network of tutors for hire.

How are you going to get the money you need and explain your ideas to the influential people who can make it happen? The best way is to master the art of writing a proposal.

If you are replying to an RFP (Request for Proposal) or applying for a specific grant, you need to follow any instructions specified in the RFP or grant application as precisely as possible. An RFP response typically requires combining government agency forms with topics you need to write from scratch – based on what the RFP asks you talk about.

All proposals follow a basic structure: introduction, the recipient/client-oriented section, the description of proposed goods and/or services, and then the proposal writer/supplier-oriented section. The content of each section will vary from one proposal to the next, but this sequence of sections should stay the same.

Let’s break down those sections further. The introduction section is the shortest. The very first thing you’ll want for your proposal is a Cover Letter. A Cover Letter should be brief, and it should contain the following four elements: a brief explanation of who you are, a statement about why you are submitting this proposal at this time, a statement of what you want the reader to do after reading your proposal–call for a meeting, sign the contract, etc., and all your contact information so the reader can easily call you with questions or to accept your proposal.

The very first page of your proposal package should be a Title Page–just name your proposal something appropriate, like “Advanced Science Seminars Offered for the Jacobi School Gifted Program” or “Proposal to Create a New Charter School in the West Valley School District.” Next, if your proposal is long and detailed, you may want an Executive Summary or Client Summary Page, which is a summation of the most important points you want to make, and a Table of Contents to help readers easily see the contents and navigate through the proposal. That’s all for the introduction section.

The next section should be focused on the proposal recipient or client. Depending on what you are proposing, the readers you want to target might be members of a grant committee, potential students, parents of students, teachers, school administrators, a loan committee, or a governmental organization. It’s important to consider them carefully, and tailor your information to them. What do they want to know? What concerns might they have? Are there scheduling or budget restrictions? At the very least, this client-oriented section should have a Requirements page that summarizes what they have asked for, or what you believe they need. You may also want pages like Schedule, Deadlines, Limitations, Budget, Goals, Considerations, Special Needs, and so forth, to describe in detail your understanding of what the client needs. This is not yet the time to brag about your proposed program or your organization. Keep this section focused on information about what the client wants or needs.

The next section is a description of your ideas. Be sure to match them up with the previous section, explaining how you can address the client’s needs, how the client will benefit from your proposed program, and what your proposal will cost to implement. Don’t use generic sales jargon. Instead, be as specific as possible about what you plan to do. This section could contain a wide variety of topic pages, like Classes, Equipment, Schedule, Staff, Venues, Tutoring, Testing, Mentoring, Evaluation, and so forth–you’ll include whatever you need to thoroughly describe your proposal. At a bare minimum, you’ll want a Services Offered, Benefits, and a Cost Summary page in this section.

After you have thoroughly described what you want to do and how much it will cost, it’s time to tell the proposal readers all about you in the final section. What makes you or your organization qualified to take on this job? It’s not enough to simply say “I can do it” or boast about how smart you are. Keep in mind that it’s always best to provide evidence or testimonials from other parties than to do your own bragging. Do you have special Training, Certifications, or Education? Do you have an extensive Company History, a long list of Clients, or years of Experience in the field? Have you won Awards? Do you have Testimonials or Case Studies to offer to show how you have been successful in the past? Include any information that helps persuade the clients that you have the knowledge and professionalism to carry out your proposal promises.

At this point, you will have completed the first draft of your proposal. Congratulations! Now for the finishing touches. Have a qualified proofreader or editor read through your draft and fix any grammatical or spelling errors. It’s always best to enlist someone who is not familiar with your ideas to do this. That person is much more likely to catch errors and ask important questions than someone who knows your proposal well. It would be especially embarrassing to submit an error-ridden proposal for an education project, wouldn’t it?

After the words are perfect, make sure each page looks good, too. You might want to use visual details like splashes of color in titles or special bullet points to add interest, but keep the overall look professional.

That’s it! Print out your proposal or package it into a PDF file, and deliver it to the client or committee. Be sure to use whichever delivery method was specified by the client, or deliver it in the way you believe will most impress the recipients (email, upload to a web server, print and mail, etc.). Remember, you want your proposal to succeed, not end up in the heap with a hundred others, so it might be worthwhile to hand-deliver it or use another special method. Then, after a reasonable period of time, follow up with a phone call to make sure your proposal was received and give the clients a chance to ask questions.

After you have written one proposal, you’ll find that the next one is easier and faster to write, and that you can re-use a lot of the same information in multiple proposals. But it’s important to customize each one to the specific recipient; that’s the difference between proposal writing and mass marketing.

Proposal writing packages can make your proposal writing and formatting easier. A pre-designed proposal kit will include hundreds of templates, including all the ones mentioned above. You can find a page for almost any topic. The writing and details to include are up to you, but each template in a kit includes examples and instructions that remind you of typical information for that topic, so you’ll feel like you have a guide throughout the writing process.

Use a professionally designed proposal kit, so your proposal will look great, too. You can find kits with design themes or insert your own company logo. Make sure to use a kit that includes a large collection of sample proposals, too, including some education-oriented ones. Sample proposals give you ideas of contents and looks for finished proposals. You’ll find that a pre-designed proposal kit gives you a big head start on your first proposal.

Planning An Online Education Business With E Learning Software

It sounds quite clichéd to say that the Internet has infiltrated each aspect of our personal and business lives, but there it is! You cannot deny facts just because they have been repeated to the point of boredom. Today we can buy everything online – from a pair of socks to a limo! It is no wonder that more and more people are carrying out their affairs through their computers from the cozy comforts of their homes, and even getting an education online is no exception.

There are many online courses out there, which are popularly known as e-learning courses. If you already are running an educational institution that has been recognized by your government, then you should seriously think of entering into the online education business, which is growing by leaps and bounds with each passing day. You will need to know about the government rules that apply, and try to get your online institute accredited. There are many accrediting bodies, but you will have to find out which organizations are valid for accreditation within your area.

Once you get your online institute accredited, you must plan out the courses that you would impart. Of course, you will have to put a team of able teachers at your disposal. If you are planning to use the faculty from your physical educational institution, then you will need some special staff to translate their course material for online purposes. Each and every course normally taught in educational institutions can be taught online too, but the course will definitely need to be reworked to be feasible for online study.

You can use the large amount of e-learning software tools available out there. These tools will help you design courses for your online education programs. These software tools will help you to arrange all your text and multimedia files in compatible versions for the Internet, and will also break them into modules and lessons that you can impart to your online students. Some of this software has an inbuilt tracking system too, by which you can keep records of what lessons the student has already learned, so that there is no leakage of your online courses to unauthorized people.

An important aspect of online education is conducting the tests and the assignment submissions. Online students are also meant to submit worksheets and maintain journals, as well as get tested at the end of a particular portion of the syllabus. E-learning software can be configured in the way you want to conduct all these tests and assignments, so that you can keep track of how your students are coping up. The e-learning software will also help you to assess the online submitted papers and worksheets of all these students, which could be quite a daunting task as the number of students increase on your academic roll.

Hence, investing in e-learning software is not a bad idea at all. Most educational institutions are still quite conservative about going online, but it is high time now to accept that that’s the way the world is going.