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Lifemaps : a step-by step method for simplifying 101 of life's most overwhelming projects
Antoniak, Michael.
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New York : Fireside, [2002]

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xiv, 509 pages ; 24 cm
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For all of life's little challenges that can seem so confusing, here's a clear and comprehensive guidebook to getting things done in the twenty-first century.Inspired by the visual format of the bestselling Lifescripts, and offering practical solutions to 101 business, financial, consumer, and family problems, each Lifemap - helps you clarify your goals -- gets you up to speed on the information and terms you'll need to know for each project -- informs you of the helpful resources available -- provides a graphic representation of the chronological steps that will lead to completion -Whether you're buying a home, starting a business, planning a wedding, changing careers, repairing your credit rating, choosing new health insurance, dealing with a stalker, or just trying to rent a car, here's your guide to simplifying the most intimidating tasks and suddenly making them manageable.

Author Notes

Michael Antoniak is a freelance writer.

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Library Journal Review

Using the graphic format of Pollan and Levine's best-selling Lifescripts, freelance writer Antoniak has boiled down 101 major life projects to their most essential steps. The book is divided into four parts: "The Basics," which covers how to approach a problem in general; "Career and Business," which tackles how to find a job and get a raise, etc.; "Personal Finance," which discusses how to improve one's credit rating and so on; and "The Consumer," which includes guidance on buying a used car. Each project is given an overview of up to two pages, followed by a to-do list of 20 to 40 steps. Although the information is clear and accessible and the graphics helpful, Antoniak oversimplifies projects that require very detailed information to avoid costly mistakes. For home collections, Lifemaps could serve as a handy preparatory reference. But library patrons will be looking for more comprehensive, project-specific information. Not recommended. David Leonhardt, Toronto (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. xiii
Part 1 Lifemaps: the basics
1. How to use lifemapsp. 3
2. How to approach any problemp. 7
3. How to research anythingp. 12
4. How to do research on the Internetp. 16
5. How to tap into online resourcesp. 21
6. Should you do it yourself or hire a professional?p. 26
7. How to evaluate a professionalp. 31
8. How to protect your interests in a contractp. 36
9. How to resolve disputesp. 41
Part 2 Lifemaps for career and business
10. How to conduct a job searchp. 49
11. How to prepare a resumep. 54
12. How to prepare for an interviewp. 59
13. How to evaluate a company and a job offerp. 64
14. How to get a raise or promotionp. 69
15. How to fight age, sex, and race discriminationp. 74
16. How to propose new workplace optionsp. 78
17. How to develop a business planp. 83
18. How to raise start-up funds for your businessp. 89
19. How to select a business partnerp. 93
20. How to investigate a franchise or business that's for salep. 98
21. How to incorporate your businessp. 104
22. How to choose a business locationp. 109
23. How to set up a home officep. 114
24. How to make your home business more professionalp. 119
25. How much should you charge for your service or product?p. 124
26. How to get publicityp. 129
27. How to evaluate advertising and promotional mediap. 133
28. How to launch or promote your business onlinep. 138
Part 3 Lifemaps for personal finance
29. How to obtain a lower-rate or no-fee credit cardp. 147
30. How to repair your credit ratingp. 151
31. How to launch an investment programp. 156
32. How to establish household and personal budgetsp. 160
33. How to select a financial adviserp. 165
34. How to select a pension planp. 170
35. How to set and reach your retirement goalsp. 175
36. How to select a retirement locationp. 180
37. How to determine your insurance needsp. 185
38. How to buy home and auto insurancep. 190
39. How to buy life and disability insurancep. 195
40. How to buy long-term care insurancep. 200
41. How to avoid a tax auditp. 204
42. How to handle a tax auditp. 209
43. How to make a willp. 214
44. Should you buy or rent your home?p. 219
45. How much can you afford to pay for shelter?p. 224
46. How to judge a communityp. 228
47. How to judge an individual apartment, co-op, or condominiump. 233
48. How to judge an individual housep. 238
49. How to negotiate the price and sales contract of a homep. 244
50. How to raise a down paymentp. 249
51. How to obtain or refinance a mortgagep. 254
52. How to obtain a home equity loanp. 260
53. How to prepare your home for salep. 265
54. How to find a trustworthy real estate brokerp. 269
55. How to price your home for salep. 274
56. How to hire and deal with a moving companyp. 279
57. How to plan a home renovation projectp. 284
58. How to find and choose a home renovation contractorp. 289
59. How to buy vacant landp. 294
60. How to appeal the amount of your property taxesp. 300
Part 4 Lifemaps for consumers
61. How to choose a long distance planp. 307
62. How to choose an HMOp. 311
63. How to appeal an HMO's refusal to payp. 316
64. How to find a good physicianp. 321
65. Should you buy or lease a car?p. 326
66. How to buy a car from an auto dealershipp. 330
67. How to buy a used car privatelyp. 335
68. How to shop for an auto loanp. 340
69. How to sell your used carp. 344
70. How to deal with an auto repair problemp. 349
71. How to find the lowest possible airfarep. 354
72. How to get the lowest rate at a hotelp. 358
73. How to stop junk mail, telemarketing, and e-mail "spam"p. 362
74. How to control how your charitable donations are usedp. 367
75. What to do if your purse or wallet is stolenp. 372
76. How to deal with identity theftp. 377
77. How to resolve consumer complaintsp. 382
78. How to file and win a case in small claims courtp. 387
79. How to trace your family treep. 392
80. How to craft a fair prenuptial agreementp. 396
81. How to plan a weddingp. 401
82. How to find quality child care at home and awayp. 406
83. How to get help for a child with special needsp. 411
84. How to make college tuition bills more manageablep. 416
85. How to choose and gain admission to the right college or universityp. 422
86. How to craft a fair divorce settlementp. 427
87. How to win custody of your childp. 432
88. How to plan a funeralp. 437
89. How to become a naturalized U.S. citizenp. 442
90. How to research a health problemp. 446
91. What to do if you are diagnosed with a serious illnessp. 451
92. What to do when a relative shows signs of depressionp. 457
93. How to protect your medical privacyp. 462
94. How to manage medical care from many miles awayp. 467
95. How to get a parent onto Medicaidp. 473
96. How to get a loved one into a good nursing homep. 478
97. How to arrange home care for a loved onep. 484
98. How to deal with domestic violencep. 489
99. How to stop a stalkerp. 494
100. How to deal with problem neighborsp. 500
101. How to get the police to act on a complaintp. 505