Why You Must Have a US Bank Account As Non Resident Working Online

Gone are the good old days when we were all living in isolation of one another. Then it did not matter so much what goes on in other places. You were contented with the happenings in your locality. Thanks to the Internet, this is an old gone era. An era we the older generation can remember with nostalgia.

Now not anymore – you are not living in isolation. What goes on in other far lands affects you directly. We are now in a global village, thanks to the Internet and the information age.

In the past, having a bank account in your area of locality was enough. You did not even need a bank account in the next town. But now the reverse is the case.

If you are working online, you can be in one geographical location and be working for a company on the other end. This is all possible due to the internet. You can be living in Europe and be working fro a company in the US.

It now become imperative for you to have a US Bank account in order to get paid faster and cheaply. This is because almost all the Networks or companies you will be working for online are headquartered in the US. If they are going to pay you, it will be via the country’s financial system.

So it is better for you to have your bank account there. If you don’t, the only option to pay you in most cases will be to cut and mail you a check. This can take over 4 weeks to get to you in your country. Plus it has to go back to the US via your local bank for collection. This can take another 4 weeks. In the end you are looking at an interval of 10 weeks just to be able to access the money you have been paid. Plus there are extra financial costs associated with this. And this can easily run into the hundreds per annum. These are monies you could easily have invested in advertisement to even make more online.

If you have a US bank account even as a non resident, it is a breeze to get your payment. You will be paid via the automated clearing house system or direct deposit straight to your US bank account. This takes 2-3 working days to become money in your account, money that you can use for further online promotions to even make more money. Remember the saying that time is money? It is damn true, yes true. Also this form of payment is mostly free. Where you are charged a fee, it will be merely a token, something in the region of $4 – $5 only.

So in explaining the title of this article, you need a US bank account if you are going to be ultra successful online. Otherwise it may just end in frustration for you.

You need a US Bank account to verify your account on eBay, verify your PayPal account, get payment from such Networks as Commission Junction, ClickBank, 2checkout.com, Share-it.com and Plimus.com, etc.

So you can see that the importance of a US bank account to a foreigner or non resident can not be over emphasized.

So go for it wherever you can as a non resident

More Than Ski Fun in Snowmass Village

Snowmass Village Offers Wonderful Recreation and Accommodations All Year Long

Snowmass village is nestled amidst the #1 rated ski and snowboard destination in the world, according Transworld Snowboarding magazine. As a native Colorado snowboarder myself, Snowmass’s spot at the top of Transworld’s list is well deserved. The four mountains available to skiers and riders from Snowmass Village offer the widest variety of some of the best terrain you will ever find. These mountains are huge, and they provide access to any type of run you may prefer complete with some of the best snow conditions available in the Rocky Mountains.

But to be fair, I’m pretty sure whoever made that decision at Transworld was only considering the world-class skiing and snowboarding that can be found in the mountains that surround the actual town of Snowmass Village, which has so much more to offer than that!

Snowmass Village is for people that enjoy getting out and experiencing what life has to offer. That’s why you’ll never get board here. If you think it’s only about snow sports, than you’re probably like the 15-year-old version of me, who had only visited Snowmass Village during the Winter X Games. So, do yourself a favor and visit Snowmass during the winter as well as all other times of the year to get a feel for everything the town has to offer.

There are a ton of options when it comes to choosing your Snowmass Village accommodations, whether you prefer a ritzy hotel, practical ski-in-ski-out condominiums, a country club type resort, or if you’re on a tight budget. The question shouldn’t be whether or not to stay in Snowmass Village, but where in Snowmass Village to stay.

If it’s total luxury you’re after, you absolutely must check out the Villas at Snowmass Club. They offer just about anything you could possibly imagine from an elegant Snowmass vacation spot except for being ski-in/ski-out. There is, however, a free shuttle that takes only 2 minutes to get you from the club to the slopes.

Popular options for guests looking for affordable elegance with easy access to the slopes are condos such as the Interlude Condominiums or those of the Hayden Lodge. A great option for families and larger groups, the condos available in Snowmass Village offer a wide range of floor plans and amenities, and can be quite affordable depending on the time of year you are looking to book your vacation. Most have kitchens, swimming pools, hot tubs, washer and dryer and more.

Aside from the downhill skiing and snowboarding, residents and visitors of Snowmass can participate in a ton of different recreational activities just by calling or visiting the town recreation center or by asking just about any local you happen to bump into. Local favorites include the Winter Wild Things animal lovers event, Storytelling by the Campfire, the Bud Light Concert Series, and cross country skiing expeditions, just to name a few.

There are also a number of terrific eating and drinking establishments to make sure you check out sometime during your visit. For great, home-cooked food or just a beer with the locals, stop in to Zane’s Tavern and/or The Stew Pot. The Artisian Restaurant is also a great choice for reasonably priced fine dining or just a drink with friends and family.

Whatever time of year you decide to first visit Snowmass Village, rest assured that your experience will be rewarding. Just ask one of the 2,000 residents that live there year-round.

Ghana Life: People Of The Slaves’ Village

The road from Accra enters the City of Kumasi from the east and the campus of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) lies on the left hand, or southern side of the road, just within the city boundary. Driving on the right, passengers from Accra descend from transport on the northern side of the road at Ayigya Junction where a lorry park has long been established. In the early 1970s, life on the university campus was comfortable and pleasant but across the road in Ayigya was the zongo, the former slaves’ village, where life was still a grim struggle for existence. Living in such close proximity, the two communities had found a way to live in peace and mutual dependence, with the university providing employment and farming opportunities and the former slaves providing round-the-clock security.

Before the colonial period the Ashanti Empire had been dependent on slaves collected mostly from raids on northern tribes. These unfortunates were accommodated in communities attached to Ashanti villages and called zongos; thus across the road from the KNUST campus were both Ayigya village and Ayigya Zongo. Officially, slavery was illegal in modern Ghana but in practice it was a matter of perspective. At a dinner party hosted by the Director of the Building and Road Research Institute (BRRI), Dr Joseph W S de Graft-Johnson, later to become Vice President of Ghana under President Hilla Limann (1979 – 81), told his British and American guests that, ‘The British claim to have abolished slavery but we still have slaves in our houses.’ The Ghana press, too, periodically reported raids by police and army on communities still claimed to be holding slaves.

Whether or not there were pockets of slavery elsewhere, the inhabitants of Ayigya Zongo were not slaves in any formal or legal sense, but their situation could hardly have been worse. A survey conducted by the Department of Social Sciences of KNUST revealed their plight in brutal statistics. It was found that in the whole of Kumasi the average room occupancy was seven persons, but in Ayigya Zongo with its broken mud walls and rusted iron roofs, it was eleven. Such density of accommodation was only possible by arranging sleeping by rota and this was only possible because most people were unemployed. Needless to say, employment across the road on the university campus was eagerly sought.

The work of the university generated many casual labouring jobs and these were quickly filled by zongo residents who exploited their access to the campus by growing corn on every spare plot of land. Although this casual farming was against university regulations in practice it was usually regarded with a blind eye. Those with paid work on the campus were the lucky ones, many others lived close to starvation. The basic carbohydrate input in their diet was cassava but this inexpensive food contained very little protein. The social scientists’ report made it clear that the main source of protein for the zongo residents were chickens, goats and dogs rounded up on the KNUST campus. Those whose nocturnal hunting was unsuccessful were often reduced to eating rats and lizards.

Somewhat surprisingly, the university security force was primarily recruited from the zongo. One might have expected the zongo recruits to experience mixed loyalties; were not the night intruders also coming from their community? In practice, however, these men hailed from the same northern Moslem tribes from which the British formerly recruited army and police personnel. Many still held proudly to their traditional sense of discipline in uniform, with military bearing and respect for their officers. A few older men still wore the medal ribbons they won in World War II, serving with the West African Regiment in Ethiopia and Burma. Any attempt to divert them from the course of duty was likely to be met by their universal slogan, ‘I like my pay.’