English Library

Some of the following Consumer Action publications are available in bulk for non-profit or government agencies to distribute for educational purposes. Further info can be found on the How To Order Publications page.

Library of English Publications, Sorted by Date

Micro business: Preparing for success

Library: English | Micro business: Preparing for success. Starting a very small—or micro—business can be the key to long-term professional and financial success. But since many businesses do not make it past the first few years, becoming an entrepreneur is not a decision to make lightly. This guide explains the process of planning and launching a micro business, from estimating costs/earnings and finding funding to identifying legal and professional needs (insurance, bookkeeping, business advice, etc.) and doing business on the internet. Category: Micro Business on Sep 17, 2017

 
Fake news: Recognizing and stemming misinformation

Library: English | Fake news: Recognizing and stemming misinformation. Thanks to the internet and social media, misinformation travels much faster than it used to, and it can have serious repercussions. This fact sheet will help consumers evaluate the accuracy of what they read or hear, avoid “fake news” and refrain from spreading false stories. Category: Fraud/Scams Internet on Sep 13, 2017

 
Personal bankruptcy: Your financial fresh start

Library: English | Personal bankruptcy: Your financial fresh start. Bankruptcy can offer a financial fresh start for consumers overwhelmed by debt, but there is a lot to know about the process and potential consequences before a decision to file can be made. This guide explains the differences between the two types of personal bankruptcy, what is required of filers, what happens to debts and assets, alternatives to consider, the general legal process, and where to find assistance and more information. Category: Bankruptcy on Aug 29, 2017

 
Insurance in the ‘sharing economy’ - PowerPoint slides

Library: English | Insurance in the ‘sharing economy’ - PowerPoint slides. This downloadable PowerPoint presentation is designed to be used in conjunction with the “Insuring yourself in the ’sharing economy'” lesson plan. The slides provide a visual component to the training that helps to engage learners and improve retention. Category: Insurance on Aug 03, 2017

 
Insuring yourself in the ‘sharing economy’ - Seminar lesson plan and class activities

Library: English | Insuring yourself in the ‘sharing economy’ - Seminar lesson plan and class activities. This downloadable packet guides community educators through a two-hour presentation on the insurance needs of consumers who participate in the sharing economy. In addition to the lesson plan (to be used in conjunction with the downloadable PowerPoint presentation), the packet includes exercises, resources and a class evaluation form. Category: Insurance on Aug 03, 2017

 
Questions and answers about insurance in the ‘sharing economy’

Library: English | Questions and answers about insurance in the ‘sharing economy’. Written in Q&A format, this eight-page backgrounder expounds on the topics covered in the “Insuring yourself in the 'sharing economy'” guide. Category: Insurance on Aug 03, 2017

 
Tax basics for earners in the ‘sharing economy’

Library: English | Tax basics for earners in the ‘sharing economy’. The sharing economy might enable you to put a little extra cash in your pockets in your spare time, or it could be your primary source of income. Either way, earning money will have an impact on your tax situation. This publication, while not tax advice, will help you understand how to report your income and expenses accurately, why you should take advantage of all the deductions you’re entitled to, how to avoid an unpleasant surprise when you file your tax return, and where to get more information and assistance. Category: Money Management on May 19, 2017

 
Insuring yourself in the ‘sharing economy’

Library: English | Insuring yourself in the ‘sharing economy’. The “sharing economy” can offer you new ways to earn, but, as with any business or self-employment venture, there are insurance issues to consider. This publication explains the potential risks associated with each type of “sharing,” what protection is typically available from the “platforms” that connect users, how your personal insurance may fall short, what your options are for full protection, and where to get more information. Category: Insurance on May 19, 2017

 
California’s Low Cost Automobile Insurance Program

Library: English | California’s Low Cost Automobile Insurance Program. The State of California has developed this program to provide income eligible, good drivers with access to affordable automobile liability insurance. The policies are issued by California licensed insurance companies. California state law provides that a California Low Cost Automobile Insurance policy satisfies financial responsibility laws. Category: Automobiles Insurance on Apr 24, 2017

 
Finding the right job training school - Seminar lesson plan and class activities

Library: English | Finding the right job training school - Seminar lesson plan and class activities. This downloadable packet guides community educators through a three hour presentation on finding the right job training program (also known as “trade” or “vocational” schools). The lesson plan helps prospective students discern which jobs require or recommend vocational training, recognize whether the program is appropriately accredited, learn which questions to ask the school to help identify fraudulent programs, understand the importance of community colleges, and determine their best options for paying for school. The lesson plan, which is designed to be used in conjunction with the downloadable PowerPoint presentation, also includes learning activities and a class evaluation form. Category: Consumer Rights on Mar 31, 2017

 

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