Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The Hourly Intern & The Southwestern Advantage Sales Intern

Guaranteed hourly pay is a great fit for many people. It frustrates others to feel that they outwork their co-workers only to be paid the same rate; they would rather be paid according to their effort. In this article, we'll compare how savings can work between an hourly college intern (W-2) versus what a first year Southwestern Advantage sales intern (1099-MISC) can save before ever advancing into a leadership role. Sometimes this money & tax stuff gets dense. We'll try to keep this readable.


$20 per Hour
Let's say you intern at a local firm. This firm pays you a very generous $20 per hour and you work 35 hours each week. Your gross pay will be $700 ($20 X 35) per week. You're happy, your friends envy you, your parents are proud, life's great! But then, Uncle Sam immediately shows up to take his share: Social Security tax, Medicare tax, and Income tax. (State income tax varies; a few lucky states don't have this tax.)


Net Pay
Your net pay is what's actually on your paycheck once taxes are taken out. If you make $700 one week, your taxes may look something like this, depending on the state:


Federal income tax
11 % of gross pay
$700 x .11
= $77.00
State income tax*
4 % of gross pay
$700 x .04
= $28.00
Social Security tax
6.2 % of gross pay
$700 x .062
= $43.40
Medicare tax
1.45 % of gross pay
$700 x .0145
= $10.15
Total taxes
$158.55

$700 – $158.55 = $541.45 on the paycheck

x12 week summer: $6,497.40


Expenses
Oh right, it costs money to live life. Let’s be very conservative and assume you only spend a combined $100 per week on food, rent, transportation, and other expenses. After 12 weeks, you would have spent a minimum of $1200.


Your in-hand savings:  $5,297.40
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Now, let’s look at a first year Southwestern Advantage sales intern (1099-MISC)
For context, in 2017, the #100 ranked First Year SWA Salesperson made a gross pre-tax profit of $8,474 which historically in our program is pretty standard for that ranking. Not high, not low, very normal.
How might this sort out with 1099-MISC tax status? First, you are not taxed immediately on your gross-profit. You are able to deduct your business expenses. Let’s take that $8,474 as our gross profit for this example and subtract the $2,000 you spent on business expenses like credit card processing fees, product freight, etc., and let's toss out an extra $500 just for good measure (make it rain!). The amount you're taxed on is now at $5,974.


Next, you get to deduct what’s called a per-diem rate. Uncle Sam offers a variety of daily deductions for small business owners to help them better-afford food, travel, etc. Let’s use a common per-diem rate of $20/day. After 12 weeks, that’s $1,680. Now, this doesn’t decrease our in-hand money (you already deducted your expenses), this decreases the amount that’s taxed, which brings us down further to $4,294.
Every mile driven earns you 53.5¢ per mile in deductions (54.5¢ for 2018). Let’s say you drove 700 miles each week of the summer, for 8,400 total miles. You pick: deduct about $750 in total gas expenses or deduct $4,494 in mileage (pick mileage).


Good news, there are even more deductions you can take! But instead, let’s stop there. Why? Because your deductions have brought you down to $0 that Uncle Sam will now tax you on.

What if you don't make it down to $0? Starting in 2018, you can take advantage of the Qualified Business Income Deduction. QBID says that if you end up above 0 after you've exhausted all of your deductions, you can chop 20% more off that number before taxes kick in. Compare that to the $20/35 job with $158.55 taken out weekly for taxes.

Remember that $750 you spent on gas, though? That dropped your in-hand money from $5,974 to $5,224. So, in this hypothetical situation, you finished the summer having made $8,474 total, but after expenses, ending up with $5,224 in-hand. The $20/35 job had $5,297.40 in-hand.


These numbers are kinda close. So...
  • How likely is it to find a $20 per hour 35 hours per week summer job? Possible, sure; but probable? Is it more realistic to earn $15/hr and work fewer than 30 hours per week? 
$15 x 30 x 12 weeks = $5400 – taxes = $4,177
  • Say you land a $15/30 job, how likely is it that you’ll only spend $100 per week? Is it more realistic that you’ll spend ~$200/wk for 12 weeks?  
$4,177 – $2,400 = $1,777 saved
Consider what actually ends up in your pocket – the amount you save.
Hypothetical hourly intern: $1,777
Hypothetical SWA sales intern: $5,224

Lastly, cut $1,000 cash from the SWA sales intern's savings, and give a $1,000 cash bonus to the hourly intern. The SWA salesperson has still saved 80% more. This student is in a far better position to afford school, life, and start a Roth IRA before they even advance into the leadership opportunities within our program.
Southwestern Advantage interns understand that, in sales, working 3x as hard can save them 3x or more by the end of their summer.
Do you like the idea of your pay and savings being determined by your effort?
Do you think you could finish in the top 100?  



The above content was made possible by Southwestern Tax Services – a full-service tax firm within the Southwestern Family of Companies.

Friday, February 9, 2018

College Internships & Becoming a Great Job Candidate

As a college student, you know internships are important. You know there are many to choose from. So, how will you find the right one for you? How will you become the right person for them? How will your internship springboard you into a fulfilling post-grad career?

Let’s start here...
3 Qualities of a Great Internship

Challenge

You may have expected “experience” to be first on the list, so why would challenge rank higher? Ask yourself this – wouldn’t the more challenging internships offer you better experience by default? Wouldn’t a future employer be more interested in your history of taking on challenges? The fact is, dealing with challenge is synonymous with meaningful experience. The bigger the challenges the better the experience. Don’t be fooled by that “internship in the fashion industry” where the day-to-day responsibility is to fold t-shirts at the mall, or the glamorous experience interning in Manhattan on Wall Street where the day-to-day responsibility is to pour coffee and staple papers.
Leadership
Networking” has become a tired cliche. It causes too many students to think that the execs at the firm will be inviting them to happy hour and to sit in the boardroom. Anything’s possible, but is it probable? Here’s the reality: Executives invest time in executives, not interns. Ask any potential program to show you its leadership capacity – specifically how they help their interns grow professionally. If you’re not learning and growing, ask yourself – is it really an internship or is it just a job?
Money
Yes, money – that thing you need to get through life. If you consider yourself to be a person that adds value, find an opportunity that pays you based on the value that you add. If your heart is in volunteer work, fantastic! However, bills still exist. Spend your college summers earning and saving as much as possible, not accumulating debt.

What can you do to become a great job candidate?


In addition to all the experienced professionals interviewing, 1.8 million college grads will enter the job market this year. This is why employers will spend an average of 6 seconds reviewing your resume to determine if they want to interview you or not. Their primary interest is your track record.
A smart high school student does what it takes between 9th-12th grade to prove they should be admitted to a great university. A smart university student does what it takes as an undergrad to prove they’re ready for a great career. Picture yourself as an employer in a competitive industry. Who would you rather spend time interviewing – college graduates with the type of work experience that high schoolers are known to have or graduates that have results-oriented experience?

Don’t rush your unemployment

What’s the most opportune time of year that a university student has to gain work experience for a future career search?
Summer, of course. Again, picture yourself as an employer. Would you seek out candidates that graduated “on-time” or “early” or would you seek out candidates with a track record of skills and expertise? How does an early or on-time graduate with little to no experience expect to compete with a 28 year old that has 5 years of experience? Employers do not care if it takes you 6 years to graduate; they want the best candidates. Use your summers wisely, and do the hard things that other undergrads are not willing to do.
Your degree will serve as fantastic theory and foundational knowledge, but when other job candidates have a bachelors or masters degree too, it takes more to stand out. The fact is, each employer will have their own way of training on-the-job technical skills. It’s the communication and interpersonal (soft) skills that are always in low supply and high demand. It’s these sales skills that help teams, organizations, or businesses grow the fastest. The engineer, the doctor, the accountant, or the environmentalist that advances in their career is the one with sales skills. After all, sales skills are simply communication skills.

What are communication skills specifically?

A good employer can quickly spot a resume filled with fluff. During an interview process, top employers with the most sought-after jobs will ask candidates to give specific, detailed, results-oriented examples of how they have demonstrated their soft skills (sales skills) in these areas. It’s great to have charisma, but if you can’t catch the ball, you won’t make the team.
At Southwestern Advantage, part of our mission is to help every single one of our participants have not just theoretical but also experience-based answers to every single scenario below. Whether a university student participates in our program or not, having experience-based answers to each of these potential employer’s interview questions will make them a great candidate. Find an internship that will enable you to give impressive answers for these communication skills:
Verbal – share a time you effectively expressed new ideas to a potential partner
Active Listening – share a time you asked questions to determine a specific situation or need
Idea Expression – share a time you explained intangible benefits
Facilitating Group Discussion – share a time you led a meaningful group discussion
Dealing With Doubt – share a time you helped someone past a hesitation, concern, or fear
Negotiating – share a time you came to mutually beneficial terms in a professional setting
Perceiving Nonverbal Signals – share a time you interpreted body language in a helpful way
Persuading – share a time you convinced someone to make a short term sacrifice for a longer term reward
Verbalizing Feelings – share a time you discussed the way you felt in a helpful way
Interviewing – share a time you asked questions that got to the core of an issue
Extracting Details – share a time you collected data that helped you achieve a goal
Problem Solving – share a time you had to independently think on your feet
Setting & Achieving Goals – share a time you set a big goal and how you were able to achieve it
Defining Needs – share a time you discovered a need and how you improved the situation
Developing Rapport – share a time you quickly built professional trust with a stranger
Providing Emotional Support – share a time you positively influenced a teammate’s mental state
Cooperation – share a time you achieved something significant with people of different backgrounds or personalities
Professionalism – share a time you provided a favorable interaction with someone on behalf of your organization
Assertiveness – share a time you demonstrated confidence under pressure
Teaching – share a time you helped a teammate understand a new concept
Delegation – share a time you empowered a teammate with new responsibility
Motivating – share a time you motivated yourself and others through a challenge
Leadership – share a time you led by example and completed a difficult task because you said you would
Coaching – share a time your technical advice helped a teammate improve their performance
Counseling – share a time you went beyond the technical and helped a teammate mentally and emotionally
Collaboration – share a time you were part of a decision that positively impacted the organization
Conflict Management – share a time you diffused a potentially damaging situation
Reporting Data – share a time you explained what the numbers were saying
Planning and Research – share a time you conceptualized future needs and offered solutions
Initiating New Practices – share a time you used sequential knowledge to grow professionally
Organizational Leadership – share a time you led a group through a challenging situation

With first-hand experience and a skill set in each of these areas, chances are you’ll find yourself picking from job offers while your peers are hoping to be picked for an interview. Remember, the job candidate you will someday be, you are now becoming.


The above content was made possible by the Career Services division of Thinking Ahead – which specializes in the professional placement of recent graduates and entry-level talent.
Thinking Ahead is the executive search & placement firm within the Southwestern Family of Companies.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Spotting a Pyramid Scheme

There are a handful of ways to tell if a sales opportunity is legitimate or if you should run the other direction. Two in particular serve as very useful litmus tests – the compensation plan and the inventory policy.


Compensation Plans
The primary compensation in a pyramid scheme is from recruiting more participants, not from the actual sale of a product or service. Often, there is an up-front fee required by new members which feeds the up-line. The primary compensation of a reputable organization should be the sale of products or services, not recruitment fees. If the products or services are being sold between reps and not to the outside public, that’s also a major cause for concern.


Southwestern Advantage is a wholesale distributor of educational products and one of the oldest in the U.S. (est. 1855).  As a wholesale distributor, our only method of making money comes from our product sales.​ No money is made by recruiting. 

The primary compensation for our Student Reps comes from selling our products to third-party consumers. Experienced Student Reps often recruit personal teams but are not required or paid to do so. New recruits do not pay any sign-up fees. In fact, Southwestern Advantage provides all initial sales supplies and training free of charge. 

If both the team leader and their team do well in sales, the team leader can receive a rebate on their personal wholesale purchases. This is a rebate, not primary compensation, and comes out of the company's profits. Student Leaders are never paid a portion of the sales that their recruits make. 



Inventory Policies
Participants in pyramid schemes often find themselves stuck with piles of inventory and piles of debt. Inventory loading is the practice of requiring or stiff-arming reps into buying inventory up-front before sufficient customer orders or payments have transpired. Is there an inventory buy-back policy? Is it simple and swift or is it a complex process filled with vague requirements?


Southwestern Advantage Student Reps have no up-front inventory requirements, no sales quotas, and our company immediately accepts back and credits any unsold inventory at the end of the selling season. 





The fact is, there are many legitimate and trustworthy direct sales and multilevel marketing opportunities that benefit millions of participants and millions of consumers. To blindly label any direct sales or MLM opportunity a "pyramid scheme" without considering the facts is plain ignorant. Common sense and some simple awareness can go a long way in both preventing yourself or someone you care about from ending up in an unfortunate situation, or, misjudging a work opportunity that could benefit them.

For more consumer protection information, visit http://www.dsa.org/consumerprotection/code-resources


Thursday, January 18, 2018

Southwestern Advantage International Participants Visit the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

Our thanks to Jennifer Zimdahl Galt, Acting Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State for hosting participants of our entrepreneurship and cultural exchange program.


https://twitter.com/ECA_AS/status/951529378164469760


Thursday, August 31, 2017

Sex Trafficking Hoax


Fake rumors circulate social media warning that students knocking on doors selling educational products are part of a child abduction and human trafficking operation. Media & law enforcement across the country have stated the warnings are a web hoax. The students are in fact part of the Southwestern Advantage entrepreneurial program and carry their credentials. See the list of over 130 police and media statements here: 


BBBhttps://www.bbb.org/nashville/news-events/bbb-in-the-news/2017/08/bogus-human-trafficking-rumors-continue-to-create-panic/
Snopeshttp://www.snopes.com/crime/warnings/booksellers.asp
Snopeshttp://m.snopes.com/2015/06/05/interview-for-trafficking/
Nashvillehttp://www.wsmv.com/clip/13661463/bbb-says-child-abduction-rumors-are-not-true
Daily Mailhttp://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2413133/Rumors-Alaska-Russian-mobsters-kidnap-children-Estonian-salesmen-sell-books.html
Hoax Slayerhttp://www.hoax-slayer.com/russian-door-to-door-booksellers-false-warning.html
ALABAMAhttp://whnt.com/2013/09/04/police-facebook-rumors-about-russian-kidnapping-ring-not-true/
ALASKAhttp://www.frontiersman.com/for_the_record/crime_briefs/troopers-booksellers-are-not-child-abductors/article_3deeb504-1129-11e3-8866-0019bb2963f4.html
ARKANSAShttps://www.facebook.com/conwaypd/posts/10153347701599320
ARKANSAShttps://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=873918506018576&id=221829174560849
ARKANSAShttps://www.facebook.com/SWTimesRecord/posts/10151449505040882
ARKANSAShttp://www.swtimes.com/sections/news/fort-smith-police-door-door-saleswoman-not-sex-trafficker.html
ARKANSAShttp://thecabin.net/news/local/2013-08-26/door-door-salesmen-legitimate-fcso-says#.UhzC7GRxvr8
ARKANSAShttp://fcso.ar.gov/press_view.php?id=20&PHPSESSID=54a8527975c75a2cc8fc9dc74ff70c80
ARKANSAShttp://katv.com/archive/faulkner-county-sheriffs-department-responds-to-door-to-door-salesman-rumors
ARKANSAShttp://5newsonline.com/2013/08/29/sheriffs-office-sees-no-threat-in-exchange-students-selling-books/
ARKANSAShttp://5newsonline.com/2013/08/28/police-dispel-rumors-of-human-trafficking-in-the-area/
ARKANSAShttps://www.facebook.com/KNWAnews/posts/10151656356722336
ARKANSAShttps://www.ktbs.com/news/facebook-rumors-of-child-sex-trafficking-ring-not-true-authorities/article_6311a374-a15c-50d9-8ab6-11a42dfcbf99.html
ARIZONAhttp://archive.azcentral.com/community/gilbert/articles/20130801gilbert-police-dismisses-facebook-post.html?nclick_check=1
ARIZONAhttp://www.azfamily.com/story/23032511/gilbert-police-say-no-truth-to-facebook-post-on-solicitors
CALIFORNIAhttps://www.facebook.com/BBBSanDiego/posts/900103100056074
CALIFORNIAhttp://www.dailydemocrat.com/breakingnews/ci_26165845/worries-about-russian-woman-selling-books-door-door
CALIFORNIAhttp://www.dailydemocrat.com/ourtown/ci_26222787/fear-and-rudeness-dont-speak-well-woodlands-reputation
CALIFORNIAhttp://www.chicoer.com/20130730/officials-rumor-on-facebook-of-child-trafficker-in-butte-county-is-unfounded
CALIFORNIAhttp://www.mantecabulletin.com/archives/84404/
CALIFORNIAhttps://www.facebook.com/EastCountyToday/posts/414052648717229?comment_id=2147713&comment_tracking=%7B%22tn%22%3A%22R9%22%7D
CALIFORNIAhttp://hanfordsentinel.com/news/local/crime/door-to-door-child-trafficking-claims-raise-concerns/article_52f2b89c-15bb-11e3-b3b1-001a4bcf887a.html
CANADAhttps://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1644120345870650&set=a.1615872708695414.1073741835.100008181009103&type=1&theater
CANADAhttps://www.facebook.com/kennebecasisregionalpolice/posts/1002355973157561?fref=nf&pnref=story
FLORIDAhttps://www.facebook.com/BBBNEFLASEA/posts/879763155450865?comment_id=879859875441193
FLORIDAhttp://www.plantcityobserver.com/article/online-rumors-kidnapping-ring-unfounded
FLORIDAhttps://www.facebook.com/PlantCityObserver/posts/578102078920497
IDAHOhttps://www.facebook.com/BBBSnakeRiverRegion/posts/665285090149318
IDAHOhttps://snakeriverbbb.wordpress.com/2013/08/21/are-booksellers-in-your-neighborhood-to-steal-your-kids-urban-myth-or-truth/
ILLhttps://www.facebook.com/pontiacpolice/posts/1016561175064503
ILLhttp://patch.com/illinois/joliet/joliet-solicitors-are-not-coming-take-your-kids
ILLhttps://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10153573649858489&id=165981193488
ILLhttp://www.mywebtimes.com/news/local/police-estonia-door-to-door-book-solicitors-legit/article_0c636674-4776-5e01-8073-b2ab1c5f2dc3.html
ILLhttp://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/postings-prompt-police-to-assure-public-about-sales-program/article_38c384ce-80c0-5b89-a5bc-3fedcbca795c.html
ILLhttp://www.wandtv.com/story/23129996/rumors-fuel-parents-concerns-over-door-to-door-booksellers
INDhttp://www.thebraziltimes.com/story/2215245.html
INDhttps://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1170335916317257&id=160788333938692
INDhttp://wibqam.com/news/articles/2015/jul/23/door-to-door-salesman-causes-concerns/
INDhttps://www.facebook.com/LindseyYatesWTHI/videos/vb.1467889930103464/1871936679698785/?type=2&theater
INDhttps://www.facebook.com/WTHITV/posts/10153398989736343
INDhttps://www.facebook.com/WTHITV/posts/10153412186571343
INDhttp://thepostandmail.com/content/police-stay-vigilant-not-alarmed
INDhttps://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=509602092466337&id=147698951989988
INDhttp://www.newhavenbulletin.com/?p=14684
INDhttps://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10151610580935823&id=92957620822
INDhttps://southbendpolice.wordpress.com/2013/08/30/european-bookselling-kidnappers-hoax-comes-to-south-bend/
INDhttp://www.heraldbulletin.com/news/local_news/police-door-to-door-book-saleswoman-not-dangerous/article_e208e502-d574-52cd-ade2-d955fbd53045.html
INDhttps://local.nixle.com/alert/5055813/
INDhttps://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?id=34875345170&v=wall&story_fbid=10153268044795171
KANSAShttp://www.leaderandtimes.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=13060:area-salesman-falsely-accused-of-trafficking&catid=12:local-news&Itemid=40
KANSAShttps://www.facebook.com/cityoftopeka/posts/10151743354651236
KANSAShttps://twitter.com/Topeka_Police/status/370249295154270208
KANSAShttp://cjonline.com/news-local/2013-08-21/book-saleslady-not-stealing-kids-cops-say
KANSAShttps://www.facebook.com/TopekaCapitalJournal/posts/10153153618050541
KYhttps://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=955864444471448&id=841896169201610
KYhttps://www.facebook.com/Shelbycountycrimebusters/posts/1007024216014456
KYhttp://www.local12.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/Police-Booksellers-are-legitimate-178884.shtml
KYhttps://www.facebook.com/WKRCTV/posts/10153850439071992
KYhttp://www.wkyt.com/home/headlines/Facebook-post-is--320360541.html?ref=541
KYhttps://www.facebook.com/WKYTTV/photos/a.147898035765.124598.33684860765/10152933572945766/?type=1&theater
KYhttps://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1177664632250164&id=220596207957016
Minnhttp://www.winonadailynews.com/news/article_630229da-ff0d-11e2-a56d-0019bb2963f4.html
Minnhttps://www.facebook.com/winonadailynews/posts/10151628931858049
Minnhttps://patch.com/minnesota/invergroveheights/inver-grove-heights-police-facebook-reports-of-abduction-attempts-are-misleading
Minnhttp://www.grandrapidsmn.com/news/article_4e221f40-2d37-11e3-b1b4-0019bb2963f4.html
MISSOURIhttps://www.facebook.com/berniepolicedepartment/photos/a.727917137246672.1073741828.142313722473686/1509430175762027/?type=3&theater
MISSOURIhttps://www.facebook.com/kfvs12/photos/a.127263417601.105734.76229602601/10154939433597602/?type=3&theater
MISSOURIhttp://www.kfvs12.com/story/36101948/bernie-police-student-selling-childrens-books-not-part-of-a-russian-child-trafficking-scheme
MISSOURIhttps://www.facebook.com/KSPRNews/photos/a.70311950406.96946.68059960406/10153451942195407/?type=1&theater
MISSOURIhttp://fox4kc.com/2013/08/07/company-sets-the-record-straight-amid-kidnapping-rumors/
NEBRASKAhttp://nebraska.tv/archive/suspicious-door-to-door-sales-calls-reported
NMhttp://www.artesianews.com/755300/book-salesmen-raise-unfounded-human-trafficking-fears.html
NMhttps://www.facebook.com/artesianews/posts/10151792453040020
OHhttps://www.facebook.com/RussellvillePoliceDepartment/posts/1106636866076045
OHhttps://www.theodysseyonline.com/young-woman-falsely-accused-human-trafficking-while-selling-educational-books-children
OHhttp://www.local12.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/Police-Booksellers-are-legitimate-178884.shtml
OHhttp://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/local/northern-ky/2015/08/03/book-sellers-legit-say-police-northern-kentucky-bbb/31049027/
OHhttps://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=184832288358998&id=147556702086557
OHhttps://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=568284369897177&id=173884152670536
OKLAHOMAhttps://www.facebook.com/PryorPolice/posts/1657711594252566
OKLAHOMAhttp://www.newson6.com/story/22797670/online-claims-of-human-traffickers-going-door-to-door-in-ba-unfounded
OKLAHOMAhttps://www.facebook.com/NewsOn6/posts/10152587218887837
OKLAHOMAhttps://www.facebook.com/OBNDD/posts/378697885564621
OKLAHOMAhttps://www.facebook.com/OATHCoalition/posts/10151712011416858
OKLAHOMAhttps://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=490057934408199&id=102352536512076
OKLAHOMAhttps://www.facebook.com/EnidPolice/posts/577834035602350
OKLAHOMAhttps://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=515448015174920&id=221425524577172
OKLAHOMAhttp://kfor.com/2013/07/11/salesman-legitimate-amidst-human-trafficking-concerns/
OKLAHOMAhttp://www.kswo.com/story/22846968/lawton-police-book-solicitors-are-legitimate
OKLAHOMAhttp://www.news9.com/story/22707067/door-to-door-saleswoman-tied-to-human-trafficking-parents-say
PENNhttp://nycrpd.org/?p=8565
PENNhttp://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2013/07/no_validity_to_facebook_rumor.html
PENNhttp://fox43.com/2013/07/11/york-co-police-debunk-facebook-child-abduction-ring-rumors/#axzz2YmPExsas
PENNhttp://www.nj.com/hunterdon-county-democrat/index.ssf/2013/07/book_sellers_were_cause_of_rob.html
PENNhttp://www.lehighvalleylive.com/hunterdon-county/express-times/index.ssf/2013/07/holland_township_police_echo_s.html
PENNhttp://www.lehighvalleylive.com/warren-county/express-times/index.ssf/2013/07/nj_state_police_dispel_rumors.html
S Carolinahttp://www.kingstreenews.com/news/sheriff-s-office-verifies-company-as-legitimate/article_e8f6d064-732a-11e7-b374-db6fcb4bce10.html
S Carolinahttps://www.facebook.com/Williamsburgsheriff/posts/820657108103486
S Carolinahttp://www.foxcarolina.com/story/23152598/deputies-reports-of-door-to-door-kidnappers-unfounded
S Carolinahttp://www.aikenstandard.com/news/door-to-door-salesmen-concern-county-residents/article_bb8792f6-d564-5720-8b52-fc37f6b64bc6.html
S Carolinahttps://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?id=567362359&v=wall&story_fbid=10151823280262360
S Dakotahttp://rapidcityjournal.com/news/local/police-verify-door-to-door-book-sales/article_ac53dd95-69de-5b26-a7d3-c3018b33ec03.html
S Dakotahttp://www.keloland.com/news/article/news/police-company-legit-in-door-to-door-book-sales
S Dakotahttps://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=297976200346064&id=118627508280935
TENNhttps://www.facebook.com/HamblenCountySheriffsOffice/photos/a.1406376826317454.1073741828.1399235890364881/1600107953611006/?type=1&theater
TENNhttps://www.facebook.com/BBBMidTN/posts/789428174512249
TXhttp://www.kiiitv.com/news/local/companie-reacts-to-sex-trafficking-hoax/464152984
TXhttp://www.kcentv.com/news/local/verify/verify-no-the-guy-selling-books-at-your-door-is-not-a-predator/463776568
TXhttps://www.facebook.com/kcentv/posts/10154625303601510
TXhttp://www.kbtx.com/content/news/Online-rumors--441046853.html
TXhttps://www.facebook.com/113294815466538/photos/a.122129424583077.17608.113294815466538/512507835545232/?type=1&permPage=1
TXhttps://www.facebook.com/LubbockPD/posts/10151557543862104
TXhttp://www.kcbd.com/story/22868341/kcbd-investigates-facebook-kidnapping-rumors?utm_source=buffer&utm_campaign=Buffer&utm_content=buffer67e64&utm_medium=facebook
TXhttp://kfyo.com/lubbock-police-say-door-to-door-salesman-kidnapping-rumor-unfounded/
TXhttp://lubbockonline.com/crime-and-courts/2013-07-17/police-no-credibility-behind-kidnapping-scheme-reports#.UegCJmRxvr8
TXhttp://www.newswest9.com/story/23200415/midland-door-to-door-book-salesmen-trying-to-clear-their-names
TXhttp://www.mrt.com/news/article/Unfounded-rumors-follow-Baltic-book-salesmen-7449269.php
TXhttps://www.facebook.com/TheReporterTelegram/posts/10152134384463012
TXhttps://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?id=342385191132&v=wall&story_fbid=10151854227791133
TXhttps://www.facebook.com/pg/CorpusChristiPD/photos/?tab=album&album_id=657856937572991
TXhttp://www.kiiitv.com/news/ccpd-says-estonian-solicitors-legal-not-dangerous/274042391
TXhttps://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?id=194613727223447&v=wall&story_fbid=655925357758946
TXhttps://www.victoriaadvocate.com/news/2013/sep/03/doortodoorsales_jrp_090413_218800/
TXhttps://www.facebook.com/VictoriaAdvocate/posts/10153157627540134
Utahhttps://www.facebook.com/UtahValleyDailyHerald/posts/10151589738324366
Utahhttp://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/utah-co-police-respond-to-facebook-furor-over-saleswoman/article_58bf54ec-c3de-5e09-ab3f-d82c9d96e9b0.html
Utahhttps://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=641965542481973&id=212822542062944
Washington http://keprtv.com/news/local/solicitors-were-raising-money-for-college--learning-english-11-14-2015