EXCLUSIVE: Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgn, Hrithik Roshan, Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and more CONFIRMED to grace Aamir Khan’s daughter Ira’s reception : Bollywood News

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Bollywood Hungama is thrilled to bring you exclusive news about the much-anticipated reception of Aamir Khan’s daughter, Ira Khan. Set to take place tomorrow, January 13, in Mumbai, the event promises to be a glittering affair with A-listers from across the industry gracing the occasion.

EXCLUSIVE: Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgn, Hrithik Roshan, Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and more CONFIRMED to grace Aamir Khan's daughter Ira's receptionEXCLUSIVE: Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgn, Hrithik Roshan, Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and more CONFIRMED to grace Aamir Khan’s daughter Ira’s reception

As you may already know, Bollywood Hungama was the first to break the news of Aamir hosting his daughter’s reception after her intimate wedding ceremony last year. Now, we can reveal a list of prominent guests who will be joining the celebrations.

Leading the charge will be Akshay Kumar and his family, along with Ajay Devgn, Kajol, and their children. Suniel Shetty and wife Mana are also expected to join the festivities. Meanwhile, Hrithik Roshan and power couple Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh are all confirmed to grace the occasion. Readers may recall that we earlier reported that Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan will also attend the event. In addition to this, Katrina Kaif, Vicky Kaushal, Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan, among others, are also on the guest list.

For the unversed, after a registered marriage in Mumbai, Ira and Nupure took off to Udaipur, Rajasthan, for another grand ceremony earlier this week. After some pre-wedding festivities, the two tied the knot in a Christian wedding style amid the blessings of their parents, family, and friends on January 10.

Also Read: EXCLUSIVE: Aamir Khan to host reception for daughter Ira Khan in Mumbai; Shah Rukh and Salman Khan among guests

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Sanjay Dutt performs ‘Pind daan’ and prays for the souls of his ancestors in Bihar : Bollywood News

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Sanjay Dutt, whose special appearance in the Shah Rukh Khan starrer Jawan and the power packed role in Thalapathy Vijay starrer Leo was much loved by audience, has been on a trip away from home. The actor was recently seen in Bihar where he visited the pious Gaya river and was seen performing the Hindu ritual of Pind daan. Furthermore, we hear that the actor was surrounded by fans as well as media and even though he was on a trip, he took some time out to interact with them.

Sanjay Dutt performs ‘Pind daan’ and prays for the souls of his ancestors in BiharSanjay Dutt performs ‘Pind daan’ and prays for the souls of his ancestors in Bihar

Sanjay Dutt was seen performing the Pind Daan at the Vishnupad Temple, which is expected to be a Hindu ritual that signifies paying homage to ancestors. The Munnabhai actor was seen performing it in Gaya where places like The Phalgu River, Vishnupad Temple and Akshay Vat Tree are known to be auspicious to conduct this ritual. We hear that Dutt was also seen praying for the souls of late parents, legendary actor Sunil Dutt and yesteryear actress Nargis Dutt along with the rest of his ancestors from his family.

During his visit, reports suggest that Sanjay Dutt was swamped with fans who were eager to catch a glimpse of the star outside the temple he visited and Dutt even obliged to this request. He is also expected to have had a brief interaction with the media wherein he also expressed his happiness over the inauguration of the Ayodhya temple.

On the work front, Sanjay Dutt has several interesting projects to look forward to, not just in Hindi but also in other languages. The actor has the Telugu film Double iSmart, Kannada film KD The Devil in the pipeline, along with Hindi films like the horror comedy The Virgin Tree, Baap, and also, Welcome To The Jungle in the pipeline.

Also Read: Munnabhai MBBS completes 20 years; Sanjay Dutt hopes to return with Munnabhai 3

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Merry Christmas gets UA certificate, clocks in at 2 hours 24 minutes : Bollywood News

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The highly anticipated bilingual film Merry Christmas, starring the powerhouse duo of Katrina Kaif and Vijay Sethupathi, has received its official runtime from the CBFC. Certified UA, the film clocks in at 2 hours 24 minutes and 24 seconds. The UA certification suggests the film is suitable for a general audience with parental guidance. 

Merry Christmas gets UA certificate, clocks in at 2 hours 24 minutesMerry Christmas gets UA certificate, clocks in at 2 hours 24 minutes

Directed by Sriram Raghavan, known for his masterful storytelling in thrillers like Andhadhun and Badlapur, Merry Christmas has generated immense buzz ever since its announcement. The trio is promoting the film extensively. With that being said, it is worth mentioning here that Katrina, Vijay and Sriram also appeared in Bollywood Hungama’s Hangout, a fans’ meet and greet event. 

During the conversation, Katrina called Vijay a “gifted” artist while speaking about his stardom. She said, “I think he has a lot of honesty in what he does. He is very unafraid of what he is doing. He has a unique vision of life and I think that comes across in his performances. He has a unique way og seeing life. And I think he is a gifted artist.”

Meanwhile, Sriram clarified that initially, he did offer the film to Saif Ali Khan but when things changed in the creation of the story. He asserted, “When I was looking at it, I was looking at a Hindi film, no Tamil version and all. I was thinking of Saif because I have worked with him in a couple of movies earlier. So, I thought it might be interesting. I met him and he liked the subject, he liked it very much.”

Merry Christmas is all set to release on the big screen on January 12, 2024. Produced by Ramesh Taurani, Sanjay Routray, Jaya Taurani & Kewal Garg, Merry Christmas is a collaboration between Tips Films and Matchbox Pictures. It has been shot in Tamil and Hindi simultaneously. 

Also Read: BH Hangout EXCLUSIVE: Vijay Sethupathi lauds Merry Christmas co-star; calls her “great”, and it’s neither Katrina Kaif nor Radhika Apte, watch

More Pages: Merry Christmas Box Office Collection , Merry Christmas Movie Review

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Suniel Shetty joins Khushi Kapoor and Ibrahim Ali Khan in rom-com: Report  : Bollywood News

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Stars kids Khushi Kapoor and Ibrahim Ali Khan are set to share the screen in a romantic comedy. And, as per the latest buzz, veteran actor Suniel Shetty has joined the cast. A source close to the project told ETimes, “Suniel plays an integral part in the movie, and his character is sure to add an interesting dimension to the story.” 

Suniel Shetty joins Khushi Kapoor and Ibrahim Ali Khan in rom-com: Report Suniel Shetty joins Khushi Kapoor and Ibrahim Ali Khan in rom-com: Report 

Directed by Shauna Gautam, who makes her directorial debut with this film, the romantic comedy promises to be a captivating tale with an unexpected charm. Gautam previously honed her skills as an assistant director on Bollywood blockbusters like Karan Johar’s Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahaani and Rajkumar Hirani’s Sanju.

Earlier, a report by PinkVilla suggested that the film might be heading for a direct-to-digital release, possibly under Karan Johar’s digital production arm, Dharmatics. “It’s one of those romantic comedies that Hindi Cinema is known for. However, Karan and co. feel that the palette of narrative fits better for the OTT than the big screen. It’s planned and will be executed as an OTT original,” the report quoted a source. 

Speaking of the professional front, Kapoor recently made her acting debut with Zoya Akhtar’s The Archies. Released on Netflix, the film also marked the debut of Amitabh Bachchan’s grandson Agastya Nanda, Shah Rukh Khan’s daughter Suhana Khan, Aditi Dot and Vaidang Raina. On the other hand, Ibrahim will also mark his debut soon with a thriller film, co-starring Kajol. 

Also Read: Athiya Shetty shares a beautiful birthday wish for brother Ahan Shetty; Tadap actor reacts

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EXCLUSIVE: Aamir Khan to host reception for daughter Ira Khan in Mumbai; Shah Rukh and Salman Khan among guests : Bollywood News

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Aamir Khan’s daughter Ira Khan’s wedding with fitness trainer Nupur Shikhare continues to be a joyous occasion gracing headlines. Following their intimate registered marriage and traditional Udaipur ceremony, the celebrations culminate in a grand Mumbai reception hosted by Aamir Khan himself on January 13.

EXCLUSIVE: Aamir Khan to host reception for daughter Ira Khan in Mumbai; Shah Rukh and Salman Khan among guestsEXCLUSIVE: Aamir Khan to host reception for daughter Ira Khan in Mumbai; Shah Rukh and Salman Khan among guests

A source told Bollywood Hungama that confirmed guests include the industry’s biggest stars like Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan. Meanwhile, Bollywood’s Mr Perfectionist will also organise a lunch for the media fraternity on January 12, which is tomorrow. 

Earlier today, the official wedding photos of the couple were released. The couple tied the knot in a Catholic wedding in Udaipur on Wednesday. Ira’s parents, Aamir and ex-wife Reena, walked her down the aisle. 

The caption of the post, shared by the photographer, read, “Ira and Nupur’s vows ceremony. While it felt surreal, it was one of the most authentic and organic experiences of love that we have had. The couple exchanged vows amongst family and friends surrounded by the Aravali mountains. Much love and many congratulations to the both of you Ira Khan and Nupur Shikhare. It was an honour to be a part of your wedding.”

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How to create your own self-employed benefits package

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Self-employment gives you the freedom to set your schedule and choose your own projects—but it doesn’t come with a benefits package. As freelancers and small business owners, we don’t get employer-provided PTO, retirement savings matches, or health insurance. The good news is: we can create our own. 

In this guide, I’ll walk you through each major employment benefit, how it works as a business owner in the US, and how to find the option that works best for you. Along the way, I’ll share which options I’ve chosen, so you can get a sense of what it might actually look like in action.

Health insurance for self-employed individuals

Before we go any further, take some time to think about what you’re looking for in health insurance. Here are some questions to ask yourself:

  • How many people need to be covered by my policy, and how old are they?

  • How much coverage do I need? Am I looking for something basic for emergencies or comprehensive care? 

  • What add-ons do I want, like vision and dental?

  • Do I need to factor in any chronic or pre-existing conditions?

  • When do I need coverage to begin?

Next, tally up your current resources. Note down anything you can think of, whether it’s emergency savings, a healthcare fund, or any coverage from a family member or spouse’s job. Also, calculate how much you can afford to spend on monthly premiums and what sort of deductible you’d be comfortable with.

There are three main ways to access health insurance when you’re self-employed and plenty of alternatives beyond that, depending on your income level. 

Insurance type

Description

Considerations

Healthcare Insurance Marketplace plans

Standard plans available through the Health Insurance Marketplace®; includes HMO, PPO, and HDHP options

Tax-deductible; eligibility for tax credits based on income

Employer-provided insurance (for corporations)

If set up as a corporation, you can treat yourself as a W-2 worker and pay for your own insurance

Depends on business structure; tax credit eligibility for small businesses

Medicaid or government-provided insurance

For those with lower income; eligibility varies by state

Tax paperwork provided for coverage period

Fixed indemnity insurance

Reimburses medical expenses up to a fixed amount

Premiums are tax-deductible under qualified medical expenses

Short-term coverage

Insurance plans covering short periods, usually less than 12 months

Varies by state and coverage amount

Direct primary care (DPC)

Monthly membership for a range of specified services with a specific doctor or clinic group

Find providers through Direct Primary Care Coalition database or primary care memberships

Health shares

Sharing medical costs within a community; members pay a flat fee

Based on age, dependents, health condition, and preferred deductible

International plans

For international freelancers; includes companies like SafetyWing and CignaGlobal

Ensure it’s international health insurance, not travel medical insurance

Healthcare marketplace

If you’re looking for your standard health insurance plan, self-employed workers can buy plans through the Health Insurance Marketplace®

The most common types of health insurance plans include:

  • Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) plans: HMOs offer discounted care within a network of healthcare providers and often don’t cover out-of-network costs. If you want to see a specialist, you’ll need a referral from your primary care provider. HMOs generally have lower premiums and deductibles as well as fixed co-pays.

  • Preferred Provider Organization (PPO): PPOs offer the most flexibility in terms of care and cover both in-network and many out-of-network costs. You also don’t need a referral to see a specialist. However, this freedom does mean paying higher premiums than HMOs.

  • High-Deductible Health Plan (HDHP): These plans have very low premiums and high out-of-pocket costs. They’re designed to help you keep care costs low unless you have a medical emergency. HDHPs can be HMOs or PPOs and have a huge tax advantage: health savings accounts (HSAs). HSAs allow you to set aside pre-tax income to pay medical expenses and invest the rest in a tax-advantaged account.

Healthcare Marketplace plans are generally tax-deductible, though they actually just lower your taxable income. Depending on your income level, you may also be eligible for a tax credit that allows you to pay a lower premium.

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Pay your own employer-provided insurance

If you’re set up as a corporation, you have the option to treat yourself as a W-2 worker and pay yourself a salary. As a W-2 worker of your own company, you may also be able to pay for your own employer-provided insurance.

Your limitations and tax advantages depend heavily on your status as an LLC, S Corp, or C Corp, so consider this option carefully if you’re your company’s only W-2 worker.

The Health Insurance Marketplace® has options for small businesses with employees. You also may be eligible for a tax credit on a portion of premiums if you have more employees than just yourself and your family members.

If you’re part of a professional association, check and see if they offer introductions to insurance brokers.

Alternative health insurance options

Whether you have a lower income, less-than-ideal local coverage, or don’t have the business structure to pay your own insurance, there are plenty of other options.

Medicaid or other government-provided health insurance

This option is generally for those with lower income, and your eligibility will vary from state to state. I found this option helpful when I first started freelancing and during slow seasons. For tax purposes, you should receive paperwork before April to show that you were covered for part or all of the year, but it won’t affect what you pay or owe.

Fixed indemnity insurance

This is a type of insurance that reimburses you for medical-related expenses up to a fixed amount per year (e.g., $1,000 for ER visits). The good news is that you can often keep the difference if your care costs are less than the fixed amount. 

These plans are considered supplemental, not full insurance, so while you can deduct premiums, they fall under qualified medical expenses. Also, fixed indemnity payments may be taxable if your reimbursement is larger than the original medical expense. 

Short-term coverage

This covers a range of insurance plans that will cover you and other family members for a short period, usually less than 12 months. These plans differ by the amount of coverage, and most states limit use to prevent people from buying multiple short-term policies back-to-back.

Direct Primary Care (DPC)

With DPCs, you sign on with a specific doctor’s office or group of clinics for a monthly membership or subscription fee. The fee covers a range of specified services, like checkups, basic tests, and bloodwork. If you need additional medical care, your general practitioner will refer you out to a specialist.

To find a DPC provider, try the Direct Primary Care Coalition database or primary care memberships like Forward or OneMedical.

Health shares

Health shares help you pay for healthcare by sharing medical costs. Members pay a flat fee based on their age, number of dependents, health condition, and preferred “deductible” or unshareable amount. Then, when medical costs arise, you can submit eligible expenses to be paid by the community once your portion has been covered.

While many medical cost-sharing memberships are based around religious communities, there are agnostic groups out there as well.

Important note: Most of these alternatives are tax-deductible if you plan to itemize your qualified medical expenses.

Global insurance plans

Finally, for my international freelancers, there are global insurance plans through companies like SafetyWing, CignaGlobal, GeoBlue, Aetna—the list goes on. Just make sure you’re buying international health insurance, not travel medical insurance.

My healthcare plan

While I’ve been self-employed for over a decade, I currently freelance on top of full-time work and have an HDHP through my employer with an HSA, which is an exciting first for me. Fun fact: an HSA can also double as an investment account, which I’ll discuss in more detail in the retirement savings section.

Retirement savings for self-employed individuals

We all need to retire sometime, but the freelance retirement plan is usually “I’ll work until I can’t.” But we can do a bit better than that for our self-employed benefits package. If you don’t already have a retirement plan in mind, now is a good time to make one. 

How much are you looking to save, or what percent of your income? Have an overall retirement savings number, as well as your ideal monthly and annual contribution ready before you start looking at savings options. You can always adjust based on what you find.

Like health insurance, you’ve got a lot of options, such as Traditional IRAs, Roth IRAs, SEP IRAs, and Solo 401(k)s.

Savings option

Description

Contribution limits

Traditional IRA

Contribute pre-tax dollars; tax-deferred growth; taxes paid on withdrawal

$6,500 (2023), $7,000 (2024); $7,500/$8,000 for 50+

Roth IRA

Contribute after-tax dollars; tax-free growth and withdrawal

Combined limit with Traditional IRA

SEP IRA

Designed for self-employed; tax-deductible, tax-deferred contributions

Up to $66,000 (2023), $69,000 (2024) or 25% of net income

Solo 401(k)

For self-employed with no employees; high contribution limits

$66,000 (2023), $69,000 (2024); plus $7,500 catch-up for 50+

Traditional and Roth Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) 

Traditional and Roth IRAs are tax-advantaged accounts that help you save by growing your savings over time tax-free or only paying taxes when you withdraw funds. Every IRA account comes with a range of investment options, including stocks, bonds, and funds, which will vary depending on the account provider.

Traditional IRA

A Traditional IRA is an IRA you contribute to with pre-tax dollars, meaning that your contribution will lower your taxable income. Your savings grow tax-deferred, which means you get the tax deduction upfront and only pay tax when you withdraw from the account. 

Roth IRA

Roth IRAs work opposite to Traditional IRAs. Instead of getting a tax deduction right away, you contribute with after-tax dollars. All savings grow tax-free and any amount you withdraw will be tax-free as well. 

The annual maximum you can contribute to Traditional and Roth IRAs combined is $6,500 or $7,500 for those 50+ for the 2023 tax year and $7,000 ($8,000 for 50+ contributors) for the 2024 tax year. Tax deductions and contribution limits also depend on your Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI).

Simplified Employee Pension (SEP) IRA

SEPs were created especially for self-employed folks and are tax-deductible with tax-deferred contributions, similar to Traditional IRAs. When you withdraw from your account, those funds will be taxed as income.

These accounts can also be used as basic retirement savings plans for small businesses with employees. Employer contributions have their own set of rules, so please do your due diligence before committing.

SEPs have a much higher contribution limit than other IRAs. For the 2023 tax year, you can contribute up to $66,000 or 25% of your or your employee’s annual net income up to a certain limit. For 2024, the maximum contribution increases to $69,000. SEPs also don’t have catch-up contributions for those over 50.

You must be 59 ½ to withdraw from any IRA without paying penalties. Both Traditional and SEP IRAs require you to begin withdrawing from your account at either age 72 or 73 depending on your birth year

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Solo 401(k)

If you want your very own 401(k), here’s an option for you. Solo 401(k)s were created for self-employed folks and business owners with no employees. But there is an exception: your spouse can be added to the account and contribute as well if they earn income from your business. Solo 401(k)s have no income or age restrictions.

Like the SEP IRA, Solo 401(k)s have a higher contribution rate: $66,000 in 2023 and $69,000 in 2024. But Solo 401(k)s also allow for catch-up contributions for 50+ freelancers: an additional $7,500 for both the 2023 and 2024 tax years.

The most popular IRA and 401(k) account providers include household names like Fidelity, Vanguard, Charles Schwab, and most major banks. Check with your bank first to see what their retirement account options are, their minimum deposit requirements, and investment options.

My retirement plan

My partner and I were a little late to the retirement game, so we only opened our first IRA in the last few years. Since then, I’ve become employed full-time at a company that offers a 401(k), which we’re adding to our rotation of retirement accounts.

And as I mentioned in the health insurance section, I also have an HDHP with an HSA for medical costs. An HSA is very similar to a traditional IRA because it allows you to save and invest a fixed amount of pre-tax dollars. And while your contributions are limited, the amount rolls over each year, giving you a potential extra retirement account option.

Paid time off (PTO) for self-employed individuals

There’s no magic formula for getting PTO while self-employed. We don’t have tax-advantaged accounts, employer matches, or government resources to fall back on for vacation, sick, and personal days. In all fairness, though, plenty of full-timers don’t get great PTO either.

So, ready to DIY your PTO? First, the basics:

  • Add up your ideal vacation days. How many days do you want to (or need to) take off this year to work at your best that aren’t weekends or non-work days? And don’t forget about holidays. Do you want to factor these into your PTO or not count them at all because your clients won’t be working either?  

  • Now do the same for sick days. It’s hard to predict how often you’ll be sick in a year, especially if you have kids. But to give you a place to start, paid sick leave maximums across the U.S. range from 5-10 business days or 40-80 working hours

  • Think about your PTO approach. Some companies offer separate PTO days for vacation and sick leave; others lump it all together. Which would you prefer?

Finding your PTO fund total

Once you know how many days you want, you can calculate the total based on your average annual income, or your income goal for the year—whichever is higher.

If you’ve historically made or plan to make $60,000, for example, that’s $5,000 a month or roughly $1,150 a week. If you want to get a bit more specific, take that weekly number and divide it by the number of days a week you work:

  • 4-day work week = $287.50 per day ($143.75 half day)

  • 5-day work week = $230 per day ($115 half day)

  • 6-day work week = $191.67 per day ($95.83 half day)

Say you want two weeks of PTO total (vacation and sick leave) this year and you work five days a week. That’s $2,300.00 ($230 x 10 business days), or half a month’s income. 

Saving for your PTO fund

Now you can find your PTO number, cost, and the cost of each day and half day. Let’s get to the good part—where is all the money for this PTO going to come from? Once again, you have options.

PTO type

Calculation method

Funding options

Active PTO fund

Based on annual income goal; set aside a portion for PTO

Add PTO cost to income goal; save in a separate account or as a budget line item

Passive PTO fund

Build fund without additional earnings; use creative methods

Micro-savings, interest income, credit card points, investments

Active PTO fund

If your annual income goal is $60,000 and you want to factor in two weeks of vacation and sick leave ($2,300), your new income goal is $62,300 or $191.67 extra a month.

Then you can choose how and when to spend it. One way is to simply use the time and reimburse yourself when you make that “extra” income. You could also set that monthly PTO fund ($191.67) aside in a separate savings account to use or grow. This is similar to how full-timers accrue hours of sick leave as they work.

A great way to keep extra funds organized is by adding them as line items to your operating expenses budget. That way you can track how much you’re “earning” toward PTO, what you’ve spent, and how much you can roll over at the end of the year.

If setting up a separate account seems like a lot, some banks like Ally, SoFi, Bank of America, and Revolut offer savings “vaults” or “buckets” that help you divide out your savings by category.

An example spreadsheet for PTO fund tracking

Passive PTO fund

Why not build your PTO fund passively without having to earn more money? To me, this is the more fun option because it costs the least and forces you to get creative. Unfortunately, it also usually takes longer because you have to wait for the fund to grow.

There’s no one way to build a passive income fund, but here are a few methods you can try separately or together:

  • Micro-savings: Apps like Acorns and Chime help you save more by “rounding up” your purchases to the nearest dollar. Over time, that can add up pretty quickly, especially if you make a lot of purchases or connect multiple bank accounts.

  • Interest income: Earn money with money you already have. Switching to a HYSA can earn you hundreds of dollars a year. Check out sites like Doctor of Credit to find super high-yield savings opportunities.

  • Credit card points: Plenty of business and personal credit cards offer points for spending on certain categories, big sign-up or anniversary bonuses, and “pay yourself” cash options. With a little research and some strategic spending, you can easily start adding to that PTO fund. 

  • Investments: Micro-investment apps, brokerage accounts, and peer-to-peer (P2P) lending are just a few ways to make your money work for you. Just be careful with this option when you’re trying to build a fund you aren’t willing to lose, as many investments come with risks attached.

Unfortunately, many of these saving methods don’t come with tax advantages. However, micro-savings like “roundups” typically come from post-tax dollars, and the IRS doesn’t usually doesn’t count credit card points as taxable income

One more thing to remember when it comes to PTO: self-employed income potential is flexible. 

If you freelance full-time, you often have the freedom to take extra time off and then earn additional income to pay for it later. Freelance income is also irregular, so you’ll likely not make the exact same amount each month. You might meet or exceed your PTO goal some months or come in under on others—that’s just how it works.

This is just a way to help you stay organized and see where your savings are going. Don’t forget to actually take that time off when you start earning it.

What about slow seasons?

If there’s one thing you can always count on, it’s that you’ll eventually have a slow season. Many of us are probably used to falling back on part-time jobs or supplementary skills during slow seasons, but it can’t hurt to have a little cushion, just in case. 

You could theoretically combine slow season savings with your PTO fund. After all, it can be a great time to rest and recharge on holiday. But I personally advocate for a separate fund—because you just never know. 

There’s no real formula for a fund like this. Slow seasons can depend on your industry, your clients’ fiscal year, the economy, even the weather. It’s hard to say when they’ll happen or how long they’ll last. Think of slow season savings as a freelancer emergency fund, one that you’ll likely use up every year or two. 

According to a recent Bankrate report, 57% of U.S. adults can’t afford to pay for a $1,000 emergency expense. And a $1,000 slow season fund might be a good place to start. Any of the methods I’ve mentioned for building your PTO savings can help.

My PTO and slow season plan

I have multiple sources of income: a full-time job and freelancing. Since I need both to meet expenses, I theoretically need two PTO funds.

As a full-timer, I get PTO days through my employer, but that PTO only covers my travel or sick days at my full-time job. For my freelance work, I have a “sick and slow season” fund, which is part of my operating expenses budget.

I live with several disabilities, including depression. That means that for several months a year, I’m not getting a lot done, so having that extra savings just makes a lot of sense.

I save a set amount of my freelance income each month, which then goes into a separate savings bucket. I’ve used micro-savings, interest income, and credit card points mostly for personal savings, but one of my goals this year is to start applying some of these ideas for business savings as well.

Other self-employed benefits to consider

You probably have a lot to think about so far, but stay with me. 

Health insurance, retirement savings, and PTO are definitely the “big three” when it comes to employee benefits. But full-timers also often have access to other benefits that you might need for one reason or another. Here are some examples.

  • Disability insurance: Short- or long-term coverage that protects you if you’re disabled by a serious illness or injury. For self-employed workers, most providers offer personal or individual income and business overhead expense policies. Most personal or individual disability insurance premiums aren’t tax-deductible (though that may depend on your business structure), but insurance payouts are usually tax-free. In many cases, you can also deduct business overhead expense policy premiums as a business expense.   

  • Critical illness insurance: While disability insurance focuses on covering income and business expenses, critical illness insurance pays a benefit when you’re diagnosed with certain serious conditions. This lump sum is typically meant to help offset big medical bills and even everyday expenses. Critical illness insurance, another type of supplemental insurance, can be tax-deductible as a qualified medical expense if you itemize your deductions.

  • Life insurance: Life insurance helps fill the financial gap you leave behind if you die unexpectedly. These policies can pay for your funeral, any remaining debts, and your family’s living expenses. Life insurance policies usually fall into three categories: temporary (term life), long-term (universal life), and permanent (whole life). Each has different benefits and coverage options.

In general, you can’t deduct life insurance premiums on your taxes, though payouts should be tax-free if you’re not subject to estate tax.

Benefits package for one

As self-employed workers, we may not get all the same perks at the same price. And creating a benefits package can be exhausting, especially when it’s not tied up in a neat bow for you. 

But what we can do is pick and choose what works for us, our lives, businesses, budgets—and of course, our taxes. Now go and start building the work benefits package that works for you.

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Disclaimer: You understand and agree that this post is intended to provide general information and education, which in some cases may be outdated, and that the information provided is not intended to be interpreted as specific business, financial, or legal advice for your business and financial situation. You should consult with an attorney, accountant, and/or financial advisor in your area who understands your particular business and financial situation so that you can take the right steps for you and your business.

Emraan Hashmi gifts himself Rolls Royce Ghost Black Badge worth Rs. 12.25 crore! : Bollywood News

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As the new year began, Bollywood actor Emraan Hashmi, decided to treat himself to one of the India’s most expensive Rolls Royce. The actor, known for his on-screen presence, added a jewel to his collection by welcoming a swanky Rolls Royce Ghost Black Badge into his garage.

Emraan Hashmi gifts himself Rolls Royce Ghost Black Badge worth Rs. 12.25 crore!Emraan Hashmi gifts himself Rolls Royce Ghost Black Badge worth Rs. 12.25 crore!

The car worth a staggering Rs.12.25 crore, places Emraan Hashmi in an elite league of Indian celebrities who indulge in opulent automotive choices. The Rolls Royce Ghost Black Badge, known for its sleek design and top-tier performance, now graces the actor’s impressive car collection. On Thursday, fans and onlookers witnessed the grand arrival of Emraan’s latest possession as the jet-black car was delivered to his residence in Mumbai.

Priced at a whopping Rs 12.25 Crore, this luxurious vehicle solidified Emraan Hashmi’s status as a connoisseur of the finer things in life. The actor, famous for his discerning taste, has consistently chosen roles that resonate with his versatile talent, and it seems his choice in cars aligns with his penchant for excellence.

On the film front, Emraan was last seen in Tiger 3. For the unversed, Maneesh Sharma directorial is a spy-thriller that garnered rave reviews for its high-octane action sequences and storyline. Tiger 3 featured Salman Khan alongside Katrina Kaif apart from Emraan Hashmi. The film explored the world of espionage, presenting suspense, action, and drama. Tiger 3 is now available on Prime Video.

Also Read: Emraan Hashmi opens up about preparations for his role in Tiger 3; says, “Every week I sent out these recorded sample scenes and dialogues to Maneesh and Aditya Chopra”

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Google Forms: A guide for how to create Google Form surveys

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Google Forms is a free online form builder app that offers all the features you need to create a simple poll or dynamic survey: you can add different question types, use form logic, customize the form to match your branding, and thanks to its deep integration with Google Sheets, you can gather data and mine it for insights without leaving Google Workspace.

We have a lot of ground to cover, so let’s dive right in. Here’s everything you need to know to create and share Google Form surveys. 

How to create a Google Form

The simplest way to create a Google Form is directly from the Google Forms web app. 

  1. Go to docs.google.com/forms.

  2. Click Blank form to create a new form. Alternatively, you can choose a pre-made template to kickstart the process. 

    How to create a Google Form from scratch or from a premade template.

You can also create a new Google Form directly from Google Sheets. This is the quickest way to automatically sync your form data with a new or existing spreadsheet. 

  1. Open the spreadsheet you want to sync with your form. 

  2. Click Tools, and then select Create a new form

    How to create a Google Form from Google Sheets.

A blank form will automatically appear in the Google Forms editor. By default, the form title will be the same as your spreadsheet. Or, in the case of creating a new form directly from Google Forms, it’ll appear as Untitled form. You can also enter a form description to help respondents understand the purpose of your survey. 

Google Forms survey created from a Google Sheets spreadsheet.

Using the Google Forms editor is straightforward. Click a form field to add and edit a question. To add more questions, click the Add question icon, which looks like a plus sign (+), in the floating toolbar next to your question box. And to modify the question type, click the dropdown next to the question field. 

Google Forms offers eleven different question types. Here’s what each one does: 

  • Short answer: This field is perfect for asking for small bits of text like names, email addresses, and values. You get one line of text to answer the question—though your users could actually enter as much text as they want.

  • Paragraph: This field is for long-form text. Use it when you want detailed feedback or longer notes in the answer.

  • Multiple choice: This is the default field for new questions in a Google Form. It lets you list different options and have users select only one. You can then have the form jump to another section based on the answer or have the answer options shuffled to prevent bias.

  • Checkboxes: This field lets you list different options and have users select as many as they want. It also includes data validation to require users to select a specific number of options. It doesn’t include section jumps, however.

  • Dropdown: This is similar to the multiple choice question type with the same section jump and shuffle options. The only difference is that the answers are presented in a dropdown menu. This is useful for keeping your form compact when there are many answer options.

  • File upload: This isn’t a question type per se, but it lets your respondents upload files that will automatically save in your Drive. If you use this, be sure to share your form only with people you trust. 

  • Linear scale: This field lets respondents select a number in a range, so you can set a numerical scale starting at 0 or 1 and ending anywhere from 2 to 10. You can also add labels for the lowest and highest options. And yes, emoji work for labels, too.

  • Multiple choice grid: This is perhaps the most confusing field, as the fields are displayed in a list rather than in a grid. Essentially, you enter questions as rows and answers as columns. You can include as many rows and columns as you want, but note that respondents will have to scroll right to see more than six columns on desktop browsers or just three columns on mobile. In addition to the standard option to require a response for each question, the multiple choice grid lets you limit users to only one response per column.

    Example of a multiple-choice grid question in the Google Forms editor.
  • Checkbox grid: This is set up similarly to the multiple choice grid, but respondents can select multiple answer options (columns) for each row in a table. It’s a good option to let respondents make comparisons or select, say, their levels of satisfaction with a product. You can limit users to choosing just one answer per row, and you can also shuffle the row order to eliminate bias. 

  • Date: This field is useful if you want to ask for a specific date, perhaps to schedule an event or log an activity. Note: the date format will appear in the default format for your location. For example, if your account’s preferred language is set to US English, dates will be formatted as MM/DD/YYYY; UK English accounts, on the other hand, will show dates as DD/MM/YYYY. Your users will see the date options in your location’s date format unless they’re logged in to their Google Account.

  • Time: This field lets respondents enter time in hours and minutes. 

All question types allow you to insert an image, but if you want to add only an image or video with no question, you can do that, too. Click the Add image or Add video icon in the floating toolbar, and choose the image or video you want to insert. 

Example of a Google Forms field with only an image and text.

Note: Google Forms supports only YouTube videos, which you can add through search or with a link. 

Whether you’ve added images or videos, your entry will have the standard title and description fields, along with options to resize and show the video or image center-, left-, or right-aligned. 

Accidentally remove a form element or add one too many? Press command + Z or Ctrl + Z to undo, just as you would in a document.

How to add sections and logic in Google Forms

Simple forms need only a few fields, but longer surveys can quickly get overwhelming with dozens of questions listed on one page. That’s where sections come in handy: they let you break your form up into chunks so that respondents answer only one set of questions at a time.

Click the Add section icon, which looks like an equal sign (=), from the floating toolbar. 

How to add a new section in Google Forms.

This will add a new section below the current question. Each section includes its own title and description, along with an Expand/Collapse section option to keep your form editor manageable.

Let’s say you want to ask a respondent follow-up questions based on their answer. This is where form logic comes in. 

  1. Create a multiple-choice or dropdown question as you normally would. Note: Form logic doesn’t work with other question types. 

  2. Click the More options icon, which looks like an ellipsis (), in the question box, and then click Go to section based on answer.

  3. Modify the next-step options beside each answer. In the example below, anyone who answers that they’re attending the event in person will be brought to the next question; anyone who is attending virtually or not at all will be directed to the end of the survey. 

    Example of a multiple-choice question field in Google Forms that uses section logic.

Note: Be sure to not select your current section’s name, or you’ll end up making a loop where respondents can never get to the end of your form.

At any point, you can click the Preview icon, which looks like an eye, above your form to make sure your survey is flowing the way you want.

How to preview a Google Form.

How to create a quiz on Google Forms

Another way to make an interactive form is by turning it into a quiz. The quickest way to create a new quiz in Google Forms is by going to g.co/createaquiz. If you want to turn an existing form into a quiz, click Settings, and then click the toggle next to Make this a quiz.

How to create a quiz in Google Forms.

From the Settings menu, choose whether to show the results immediately after the form is submitted or after you review the answers. If you choose the latter, your form will prompt respondents to first sign in with their Google account.

You can then choose to show missed and correct answers, as well as a value for each option. With these options enabled, you’ll need to update your answer key. 

  1. Click Questions

  2. In the question box, click Answer key. 

    How to add an answer key to a Google Forms quiz.
  3. Choose the correct answer(s), and enter the value of the question. 

  4. Optionally, you can click Add answer feedback to share feedback for both correct and incorrect answers.

    How to add answer feedback to a Google Forms quiz.

Note: You can use any question type—such as Multiple choice, Short answer, and even Date—in a Google Forms quiz. 

How to change the design of a Google Form

When you create a new form, the default design—if you can call it that—is a purple color theme. But it’s easy to change the design and include a header image to add a little personality or to match your company’s branding. 

  1. Click the Customize Theme icon, which looks like a paint palette.

  2. In the Theme panel that appears, you can change the form’s text style, header image, and color theme. 

    How to change the design of a Google Form.

How to create a Google Forms template

Unlike in Google Docs, there’s no straightforward way to create and share Google Forms templates. But there’s a simple workaround. 

  1. Create your form.

  2. Click the More icon () above the form, and select Make a copy

  3. Edit the copied form as needed.

If someone else wants to use your template, add them as a collaborator and then share a link to your form. 

How to share and collaborate on Google Forms

Google Forms sharing settings 

Once your form is finished, be sure to check the form settings before sharing it with the world. Here are some fields you may want to pay extra attention to. 

Responses 

How to change Google Forms response settings.

These settings let you manage how responses are collected and shared. You can limit users to submitting only one form, allow them to edit their responses, or receive a copy of their responses. You can also choose to collect email addresses and share the form either with only your organization or publicly with anyone who has the link. And you have the option to collect respondents’ usernames (their Google Workspace email addresses), which is helpful if you need to follow up with someone. 

Presentation

How to change Google Forms presentation settings.

These settings let you manage how the form is presented and add a confirmation page to your form. This works the same as the form description field, but it’s really bare-bones—you can’t format the text or add hyperlinks. You can also choose whether to show a progress bar, shuffle your question order, or show links to submit another response. 

Language

Language isn’t a setting you can adjust directly from Google Forms, but it’s worth noting that Google will display the form’s interface in the default language for your recipients’ location. If your readers are in, say, Japan and your form questions are in English, user interface (UI) text like Required and Submit will appear in Japanese while your questions appear in English. If that’s an issue, add a note to the beginning of your form to remind people to first update their preferred language

How to collaborate on Google Forms

If you want to get feedback from your team on your form, here’s how to collaborate on Google Forms. 

  1. Click the More icon () above your form. 

  2. Click Add collaborators

    How to add collaborators to a Google Form.
  3. Enter individual collaborators’ email addresses or give general access to anyone in your organization or anyone with the form link. 

    Example of sharing Google Forms with individual collaborators.
  4. Click Done

How to share Google Forms

Once you’re ready to share your form, click Send above your form. 

How to share a Google Form from the Google Forms editor.

From here, you have three ways to share the form.

  • Email. This option lets you send an email to recipients within or outside your organization with an individual invitation to complete the form. Click Include form in email and your recipients will be able to fill out the form directly from their inbox. In my experience, though, this feature doesn’t always work. For example, I couldn’t complete the form in the Gmail mobile app. It also didn’t work when I sent respondents a form I created using my Google Workspace account, but it did when I made one using my personal Google account. 

    How to share a Google Form via email.
  • Link. This option lets you copy either a full-length link or a shortened URL to your form, which you can share as you normally would. 

    How to share a Google Form via a link.
  • Embed to your site. This option gives you a code to add the form directly to your site. You also have the ability to modify the width and height to fit the form within your site’s design.

    How to embed a Google Form to your website.

How to share a pre-filled Google Form 

Want to get feedback with a form partly filled in? Perhaps a contact clicks a button on your site that says they dislike one product, so you want the survey form to automatically reflect that. Or maybe you have a form that needs to be filled out with similar info each week, and you don’t want to re-type it.

  1. Click the More icon () above your form. 

  2. Click Get pre-filled link

    How to share a pre-filled Google Form.
  3. Complete the sections of the form that you want to have pre-filled. 

  4. Click Get link

  5. A link to the form automatically copies to your clipboard. Paste and share the link as you normally would. 

The only downside is that Google Forms doesn’t store pre-filled links for you to reference and share at a later date. You’ll have to repeat the process every time you want to share the pre-filled form. 

How to share a paper or PDF Google Form 

Need to gather responses offline? Google Forms can help with that, too. 

  1. Click the More icon () above your form. 

  2. Click Print

    How to share a paper or PDF Google Form.
  3. Google Forms will make a ballot-style copy of your form that you can print or save as a PDF.

    Example of a PDF-version of a Google Form.

Grids and multiple-choice options show pill buttons to fill in, while text, date, and time fields include blank lines for answers. 

Once respondents have filled out your paper forms, enter their answers into your Google Sheets spreadsheet to save them along with your other form entries.

How to access Google Forms responses (and automatically save responses in a spreadsheet)

Once you’ve created and shared the form, you don’t need to do anything extra to store respondents’ answers in Google Forms. 

Click Responses to view individual responses, summary lists and graphs of responses, and an option to send an email reminder to anyone who still needs to complete the form. 

Example of responses to a Google Form displayed in summary pie and bar graphs.

The graphs and lists are great for a quick overview of responses, but if you want a more detailed breakdown in a Google Sheets spreadsheet, click View in Sheets. 

How to view Google Forms responses in a Google Sheets spreadsheet.

Want to create a new spreadsheet or select an existing spreadsheet to store your answers in instead? Click the More icon () next to the summary of total responses, and then click Select destination for responses

How to add Google Form responses to an existing Google Sheets spreadsheet.

Note: You can store results from multiple forms in one spreadsheet, but each form’s responses will save to separate sheets. 

One great thing about saving Google Forms entries to a Google Sheets spreadsheet: it’s fast. Change your form field names, and they’re automatically updated in your spreadsheet. Get a new entry, and it’ll show up in the spreadsheet as soon as your recipient clicks Submit.

Note: You can change form questions and answer options at any time, but if you do, it won’t change entries that have already been added to your spreadsheet.

Accidentally deleted something from your spreadsheet? Google Forms always keeps a full copy of your form data. The easiest thing to do is unlink and relink your form and spreadsheet. Click the More icon () next to the summary of total responses, and then click Unlink form

How to unlink a Google Form from a Google Sheets spreadsheet.

Then reconnect the form to your spreadsheet, and Google Forms will add all the form data back to a new sheet.

With your form data in the spreadsheet, you can use Google Sheets’ formulas to calculate values or make custom graphs to visualize your data. Add conditional formatting to the spreadsheet, and you’ll be able to see patterns in your form responses at a glance.

How to use Google Forms add-ons

Google Forms is great on its own, but odds are it’s still missing some features you want. There’s an entire library of add-ons specifically for Google Forms that lets you do things like customize form notifications and take signatures in a form. 

  1. Click the More icon ().

  2. Click Get add-ons

    How to add Google Forms add-ons.
  3. Find and install the add-on you want. 

To use an add-on, click the Add-ons icon, which looks like a puzzle piece, above your form, and select the tool you want to use. It’ll then run in the background automatically. 

How to access add-ons from the Google Forms editor.

There’s no straightforward way to remove add-ons directly from Google Forms. The easiest way to manage your apps is by going to Google Workspace Marketplace and uninstalling the apps you no longer want.

Automate Google Forms

Google Forms offers a robust feature set to create and share dynamic surveys. But once you’ve received a form submission, actually doing anything with that data requires some manual work—whether that’s copying it over to a to-do list or messaging your team. With Zapier, you can eliminate that manual work. Connect Google Forms to your other apps, so you can automatically do things like: 

Learn more about how to automate Google Forms, or get started with one of these workflows.

To get started with a Zap template—what we call our pre-made workflows—just click on the button. It only takes a few minutes to set up. You can read more about setting up Zaps here.

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This article was originally published in July 2016 by Matthew Guay with contributions from Elena Alston. The most recent update was in January 2024.

FWICE urges filmmakers to boycott Maldives shoots; scout for Indian locations amid tension : Bollywood News

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Amid growing tension between India and Maldives, the Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) has announced their decision to boycott the shoots in Maldives. The union has appealed to the members to scout Indian locations for their shoots in a statement released on Wednesday, January 10, 2024.

FWICE urges filmmakers to boycott Maldives shoots; scout for Indian locations amid tensionFWICE urges filmmakers to boycott Maldives shoots; scout for Indian locations amid tension

The official statement reads, “In view of the growing row between India and Maldives over the derogatory statement issued by three ministers of Maldives, the FWICE which is the oldest and largest Federal body of the workers, technicians and artists working in the media and entertainment industry, strongly condemns the most irresponsible and ridiculous remarks of the ministers of Maldives passed on globally respected Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji. In solidarity with the nation and its wide culture, the members of the FWICE have decided to boycott Maldives for their shooting locations. Instead, the FWICE appeals to its members to choose similar locations in India for their shooting purpose and contribute towards developing the tourism in India. All the producers in India and over the globe are hereby advised not to plan any shootings or production activities in Maldives. We all stand in strong support towards our Prime Minister and our Nation.”

This came in the wake of alleged criticism from some influential figures from Maldives, who allegedly mocked Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to the Lakshadweep Islands.

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What is brainwriting? The 6-3-5 technique, explained

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If you’re anything like me, coming up with ideas on the spot is really hard—unless it’s 3 a.m. on a Tuesday and you’re desperately trying to fall back to sleep. 

But if you work in any sort of creative job or a role that requires problem-solving, coming up with ideas is probably a large part of what you’re paid to do. And that can really put the pressure on: not only do you have to have ideas frequently, but you need to have them in a group setting. If you’re introverted like I am, that makes it even harder to feel confident in what your brain is doing. 

Enter brainwriting: A collaborative, iterative method for generating ideas. 

What is brainwriting?

Also known as 6-3-5 brainwriting or the 6-3-5 method, brainwriting is a practice designed to stimulate creativity and help groups generate ideas. Originally developed in the late 1960s by Bernd Rohrbach, a German marketer, it guides a small group of people through several rounds of communal ideation and refinement.

Six people identify a problem statement, i.e., what they’re trying to solve. Each participant then writes this statement at the top of a rubric (known as the Idea Form). Then, they try to generate three ideas in five minutes. Six people, three ideas each, in five minutes—or 6-3-5. 

Unlike traditional verbal brainstorming, the ideas are written out or expressed through symbols and drawings. And once the five minutes ends, each participant passes their sheets to the person to their right, and the process repeats. Rinse and repeat until the entire Idea Form is full. 

At the end of the process, the group screens the ideas generated, removes duplicative ideas, and selects a few ideas to develop further. 

Brainwriting vs. brainstorming: Why brainwrite?

Brainwriting has a few advantages over traditional brainstorming:

  • It’s graphic. Participants write down their ideas or draw them, which may unlock creativity by engaging different parts of the brain.

  • It’s iterative. Participants can improve on or expand others’ ideas, instead of just coming up with new ones. Theoretically, seeing ideas written down from round to round should help spark ideas that wouldn’t have otherwise come up. It should also help the group refine ideas, so they can move forward with the best possible options after the session. 

  • It’s good for introverts. Because it’s not verbal, it gives less confident or more introverted folks a chance to contribute ideas; in a more traditional brainstorm, they might not feel comfortable speaking up. 

  • It’s equitable. By using a rubric to guide the process, brainwriting prevents one or two people from monopolizing the discussion. 

  • It’s time-bound. If you have six people, this activity takes 30 minutes flat. Since it’s timed, there isn’t as much of a risk of it ballooning into a time suck.

Brainwriting template: How to use the brainwriting method

A brainwriting template

When you’re ready to run your first brainwriting session, just follow these steps:

  1. Make sure you have the right rubric handy. I created one for you, which you can copy and edit to match the number of participants. If you use a whiteboard app or other brainstorming tool, like Miro or FigJam, you may be able to find a pre-made brainwriting template there.

  2. Assign a moderator. They’ll help keep the group on track from round to round, along with guiding the quick screening at the end of the activity. 

  3. Do the first round. Start the timer, and give everyone five minutes to put three ideas in the Idea From. 

  4. Pass your Idea Form to the right. Rinse and repeat for five more rounds. 

  5. Discuss the ideas on your rubrics together. Have your moderator lead a discussion aimed at creating a shortlist of the most promising or popular ideas. Then outline next steps.

Does the brainwriting technique work?

I’ve tried brainwriting a few times, and I’m still on the fence about it. Disclaimer: I’m a writer and strategist, so I’m used to showing up to a meeting with ideas in hand. I’m not a big fan of communal idea-having; I’d rather come up with one or two ideas on my own and then discuss them in depth with my team. I’m a quality over quantity kinda gal, and over the years I’ve developed my own ways of tapping into my creativity. 

But there are a few scenarios where brainwriting can be really great.

First, if you’re really stuck—like total my-brain-is-broken, all-my-ideas-are-bad stuck. Brainwriting can take some of the pressure off because it’s not about having good ideas right out of the gate. It’s about getting the kernels of an idea onto paper in a group situation, where no one is immediately singled out or asked to defend their thinking. 

Second, brainwriting can be great when you want to foster collaboration with your coworkers. Because it’s not competitive—no one is trying to convince others that their idea is the right one—and iterative (meaning you can read and develop other folks’ ideas), it forces the group to work as a team. If you’re a newer group or a group that’s struggled to connect creatively, brainwriting can be a powerful tool to strengthen your relationships with one another.

Finally, I find brainwriting is great for identifying common ideas or threads of thinking within a group. The truth is that very rarely does someone have the singular answer to a problem or question; teams tend to think alike. Brainwriting is great for bringing those common ideas to the surface, in a collaborative and iterative way. 

6-3-5 brainwriting: another tool in your creativity toolbox

Brainwriting is a versatile tool for your brainstorming toolbox. Whether you’re mind-numbingly stuck or looking to bring your team closer together, it’s worth trying—the worst-case scenario is that you wind up with dozens of just ok ideas, which is still more than zero.

And if you want to improve your brainstorming and collaboration even more, consider automating parts of the process with Zapier. By connecting popular apps like Asana and Slack, you can make sure you actually follow up on all the new ideas you came up with in your brainwriting session. Learn more about how to automate your brainstorming workflows.   

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