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TN to issue ordinance to ensure conduct of Jallikattu

first_imgNew Delhi, Jan 20 (PTI) In a bid to defuse the swelling street protests, Tamil Nadu government today said it will issue an ordinance to ensure the conduct of Jallikattu sport in a day or two and has submitted a draft of it to the Union Home Ministry.After discussions with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and consultations with legal experts, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam announced this morning that the state government will amend a Central act on Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to allow conduct of Jallikattu in the state with Centres backing and urged protestors across the state to withdraw their agitation following the likelihood of the bull taming sport to be held in a “day or two.”Panneerselvam, who stayed back in Delhi yesterday to discuss the matter with legal experts and government officials, said the draft ordinance has been prepared and sent to the Union Home Ministry today, and after Centres approval, it will be sent for Presidential assent.”I stayed back in Delhi yesterday and discussed with legal experts and senior government officials the matter of making amendments to Centres animal cruelty prevention act (Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960) at the state level. On the basis of that it was decided to bring an amendment to the Act at the state level,” he told reporters here.”It was also decided to issue an ordinance to make this amendment. Under the Constitution of India, this draft ordinance has to be sent to Union Home Ministry and on Centres recommendation it has to be sent to the President for his approval,” he said.advertisementAfter securing a Presidential order, Tamil Nadu Governor can issue an ordinance on the matter, he said, adding, he had asked his senior officials to liaison with their Central government counterparts on the matter by staying put in Delhi.Panneerselvam sounded confident of seeing the matter through as he recalled the Prime Minsters assurance of support to any legal steps by his government to allow the bull taming sport in the state and said the ordinance will be issued in a day or two.”As said by the Prime Minster, we will get full Central cooperation on this matter. So, with the ban about to be removed and Jallikattu likely in a day or two, I request the public, students and other organisations who have been protesting to withdraw their agitation,” he said, flanked by among others, state Animal Husbandry Minister P Balakrishna Reddy. MORE PTI SA VSC DVlast_img read more

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Karnataka AIADMK backs Kambala, wants ban on PETA

first_imgBengaluru, Jan 27 (PTI) AIADMK Karnataka unit workers staged a protest here today, demanding lifting of the ban on Kambala, a traditional buffalo race held in the states coastal region, and demanded a ban on PETA, which has filed a petition in the Karnataka High Court to restrain the sport.AIADMK activists and leaders took out processions raising slogans against the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and demanded that the Siddaramaiah government bring in an ordinance at the earliest to clear the decks to conduct Kambala.”Our chief minister should take the cue from the success story of Tamil Nadu with regard to jallikattu. He should immediately bring in an ordinance to conduct Kambala in the Dakshina Kannada region,” AIADMK Karnataka secretary V Pugazhendi told PTI here.The protesters also raised slogans like “Kambala ke bembala…beku beku Kambala beku (we support and want Kambala)” and “Odisi Odisi PETA odisi (chase away PETA)”.”PETA is a foreign-controlled organisation and hardly understands the religious and cultural sentiments of Indians, whether they are Tamils or Kannadigas. They are needlessly provoking the sentiments of the people. PETA should be banned,” said Pugazhendi.AIADMK chief V Sasikala had also demanded a ban on PETA with regard to jallikattu, he added.Pugazhendi said, “If need be, AIADMK workers and leaders will also go to Mangaluru to extend our support to the protesters there.”In November 2016, the Karnataka High Court had passed an interim order restraining holding of Kambala.The next hearing in the case is scheduled for January 30. PTI BDN RA APR RCadvertisementlast_img read more

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Diego Maradona to be new ambassador of Chinese Super League

first_imgArgentina football legend Diego Maradona announced on Thursday that he will be the new ambassador of the Chinese Super League (CSL). (Also read: Diego Maradona given FIFA ambassadorial role)On his Instagram account, Maradona said: “Thank you very much Ms. Tang Qinghui for this opportunity you are giving me to work in China, I will be eternally grateful!”The Argentine wrote this caption in Spanish, Italian and English, and attached a photo of himself posing with his spokeswoman, Tang Qinghui, in China standing in front of a picture where he is carrying the 1986 World Cup trophy, reports Efe.Maradona’s lawyer Matias Morla confirmed that his client has signed a contract to promote Chinese soccer.This announcement comes after Maradona recently stated that he will be working with FIFA to achieve a clean and transparent organisation to govern international soccer.last_img read more

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Lok Sabha speaker distributes footballs to MPs to promote FIFA U-17 Football World Cup

first_imgThe Sports Ministry is going all out to promote the upcoming FIFA U-17 Football World Cup.In a country where the masses have been mostly gripped by the cricket frenzy, the ministry adopted a unique way to promote football. During an event organised near the Gandhi statue, Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan distributed footballs to MPs from the both Houses of Parliament.Members of Parliament from all political parties gathered near the Gandhi statue and the speaker handed them footballs.”Of course our children will play football. Various sports need to be promoted,” said Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan while talking to India Today. Football player Baichung Bhutia was present too.It will be the first time that India will be hosting FIFA U-17 Football World Cup. The World Cup kicks off in October and the final will be held in Kolkata. The U-17 World Cup is being organised in partnership with the All India Football Federation (AIFF). Sports Minister Vijay Goel said that he urges all MPs to create awareness about games especially football in their respective constituencies as it will help in taping talented individuals and take the game forward in India.”In order to create football culture in the country we have initiated Mission 11 Million wherein we will take football to 11 million kids across India,” Goel said while addressing MPs in Parliament.Also read: Can hold FIFA U-17 World Cup before Diwali if there is pollution: Sports minister Vijay Goellast_img read more

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5 things to stop doing in 2012

first_imgThe HBR Blog just had a great post from someone lucky enough to have taken a month-long vacation. Dorie Clark returned from the experience with a fresh perspective on how to spend time on what matters rather than soul-sucking activities. Here is a short version of her advice on what to avoid this year:1. Responding Like a Trained Monkey. Before you rapidly answer every email, let it marinate a while. It may not require action.2. Mindless Traditions. Do you really have to send out that annual update no one reads? Make sure you’re spending time on traditions that matter to others and positively affect your organization.3. Reading Annoying Things. Don’t read what you feel you must. Read what gets your mind humming.4. Work That’s Not Worth It. Don’t chase that grant or start that program just because it sounds good – consider what may be more trouble than it is worth.5. Making Things More Complicated Than They Should Be. She says: A while back, a colleague approached me with an idea. She wanted me to be a part of a professional development event she was organizing in her city, featuring several speakers and consultants. She recommended biweekly check-in calls for the next eight months, leading up to the event. “Have you organized an event like this before?” I asked. “Can you actually get the participants? Why don’t you test the demand first?” When none materialized, I realized I’d saved myself nearly half a week’s work — in futile conference calls — by insisting the event had to be “real” before we invested in it. As Eric Ries points out in his new book The Lean Startup , developing the best code or building the best product in the world is meaningless if your customers don’t end up wanting it. Instead, test early and often to ensure you’re not wasting your time. What ideas should you test before you’ve gone too far?Good advice. What will you avoid in the new year?last_img read more

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NFG Staff Profile: Liz Ragland

first_imgFrom arts marketing to politics to advocating for women in science, Liz Ragland has spent her career working for nonprofits. In her role at Network for Good, she currently manages all customer-facing communications.“We have some very passionate customers who do amazing work. I love learning about them.”Q&A with Liz Ragland, Customer Success MarketerWhat do you do at Network for Good?I work with our Welcome Team to ensure that the communications to customers align with the goal of getting the customer onboarded quickly, as well as the Champions Team to guarantee that their ongoing trainings and customer conversations are productive and succinct. I also help our Customer Solutions Team with updating our Knowledge Base with product information and assist the Product Team to make sure that language inside the product is customer-friendly. There’s more to my day-to-day than just that but in a nutshell: customer communications.What is your experience with nonprofit organizations?I did marketing, graphic design, and a little bit of development work for a theatre in Seattle, Washington, and then I worked on a political campaign, before moving to D.C. Before joining Network for Good, I consulted with an organization that focuses on the aging Hispanic population in America and contracted for the Association for Women in Science, which ensures that women in STEM are represented and have a seat at the table.What attracts you to nonprofits? From a very early age, I was taught the importance of service-learning and doing good in the world. In my family, a lot of people have vocations, they feel a sense of calling or purpose in their jobs. I knew that I wanted to do something with my communications degree that would benefit other people. I consider working with nonprofits, and working at Network for Good, more of a vocation than just a job or a career.What do you enjoy doing outside work? I have a six-month-old baby, so taking care of her and being with my family takes up a lot of my time, but I also really like my book club, which I’ve been in since I moved to D.C. It’s a group of amazing women who support each other. I also stay involved with my sorority, Alpha Chi Omega, as an alumna and am an active member of my church here in D.C. My husband and I are avid movie-goers and we root for both the women and men’s U.S. National Soccer teams.Lightning RoundDream vacation?  Burlington, Vermont, in the summer when there aren’t a lot of people around. Lake Champlain is just gorgeous.Most recent book read?  Boom Town by Sam Anderson.Last movie seen in movie theater?  Avengers EndgameTheme song? The Parks and Recreation theme song. It’s so chipper and happy and approachable.Favorite color?  Yellow. It’s bright and sunny and makes me smile.Read more on The Nonprofit Bloglast_img read more

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Silva unsure about Neymar injury

first_imgParis Saint-Germain captain Thiago Silva is unsure if Neymar’s injury is serious after the star forward was substituted during a draw at Bordeaux on Sunday.Neymar opened the scoring in the 2-2 draw in Ligue 1, but he came off early in the second half after apparently re-injuring his groin.Thomas Tuchel has already ruled the Brazilian out of Wednesday’s trip to Strasbourg and Silva is hopeful the 26-year-old is only sidelined briefly. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The manager added that he believes the injury is the same one that impact Neymar during Brazil duty, while his Brazilian team-mate reiterated the hopes that it isn’t one that will keep the winger out for an extended period of time.”Neymar? We don’t know if it’s serious. But you know the guy, he doesn’t like to leave a game so if he does, there has to be something. I don’t know what he has,” Silva told reporters.”He has to undergo a test and then we’ll tell you because you’re curious. I think even the doctor isn’t sure yet, but you’ll know [Monday].”Along with @DaniAlvesD2, @neymarjr celebrates his 30th goal in 32 @Ligue1_ENG games… #FCGBPSG #AllezParis pic.twitter.com/2x5hngZg0l— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) December 2, 2018PSG went ahead twice – Kylian Mbappe giving them a 2-1 lead – but were pegged back on both occasions as their perfect record in the league this season came to an end with the 2-2 draw.Tuchel’s side are 14 points clear atop the table through 15 games this season.Next up for PSG is the visit to Strasbourg on Wednesday before a home match against Montpellier over the weekend while a vital Champions League match agaisnt Red Star Belgrade also looms large.last_img read more

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Koulibaly: Napoli Europa favourites

first_imgNapoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly lamented his team’s Champions League loss to Liverpool, but believes they are now favourites to win the Europa League.The Serie A side finished third in Group C after falling to a 1-0 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield on Tuesday.Koulibaly felt Napoli were so close to producing a huge surprise by advancing from a group that also included Paris Saint-Germain. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “We were so close. When the group stages started, many people saw us already out of the Champions League,” he said.”We are very sorry because we could have surprised everybody and we couldn’t do it.”We have a good team though and I know we will have many good moments in this season.”Napoli finished third in the group, dropping them into this season’s Europa League.It’s all over. We gave it everything but Liverpool hang on for a 1-0 win.#LIVNAP@ChampionsLeague #UCL#ForzaNapoliSempre pic.twitter.com/J38pBCXfxk— Official SSC Napoli (@en_sscnapoli) December 11, 2018While the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal are in Europe’s second-tier club competition, Koulibaly feels his team will be considered favourites.”We will have to give everything in the Europa League to go as far as possible, and even try to win it,” he said.”We know it won’t be easy because now we are the favourite for it. It will be a difficult competition because there are good teams in the Europa League.”But we have time to think about it, now we must think about tonight. We will try and win it.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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So you want to be a freelance writer

first_imgI get asked quite frequently how to become a freelance writer – particularly by people who are just graduating from school, looking to transition careers, or who enjoy writing in their spare time. While I don’t pretend to be an expert on the nebulous freelance writing industry, I can share some insights based on my adventures in this career.*My experience won’t ring true for everyone (and there are differing requirements depending on what field and medium you’re interested in) – but this is pretty sound basic advice for MOST aspiring freelance writers.IMPORTANT PREFACE: If you really want to be a freelance writer, don’t let anything I say discourage you (or anything that anyone else says, for that matter)! There are MANY ways to become successful in this field – you’ll figure it out, if that’s what you want. It is eminently achievable.The thing you don’t need:**A writing degree of any kind. **Seriously – I have a BFA in Acting. I now have many years of work experience, but I entered this field with no formal training beyond general aptitude, a good public school education, and several years tutoring students in English.Would a degree in writing or English have helped me get more work at the beginning of my career? Maybe! Do certain writing programs impart valuable skills? Probably! Does it make any difference once you start landing clients? … not that I’ve found, ever.The things you do need:1. You need to be a very good writer.Is that obvious? Yup, but it’s key. You don’t need to be Tolstoy (and occasions to bust out your best, most challenging writing may in fact be few and far between when freelancing), but you need to be good enough to be competitive. There’s certainly room for growth – everyone becomes a better writer through writing frequently – but ask trusted mentors, teachers, and friends for their honest opinion. Do they think your writing has real potential? If they hem and haw, do not fret. YOU CAN STILL BE A WRITER! I SWEAR, YOU CAN STILL BE AN AMAZING WRITER! DO NOT LET ME TAKE YOUR DREAMS AWAY, I DO NOT KNOW YOU (OR YOUR WORK), AND I BET YOU ARE WONDERFUL! But you may need to polish your skills before you start to make money off of freelance writing.2. You need to be a decent editor.Sometimes, I’m lucky enough to have my client be a great editor. That has rarely been true. Most of the time, I submit work to clients that has only been edited and proofed by… me. Even when you have an editor, you’re expected to turn in clean, fairly error-free copy. I know a few freelance writers who are fantastic and happen to be lousy spellers – but they make up for it with VERY strong style and points of view, and spell check helps them along. Overall, to be a successful freelance writer, you need to have basic mastery of grammar, syntax, usage, and tone – and the ability to proof your own work and make cuts.3. It helps to be (relatively) speedy.This skill definitely develops with practice, so don’t worry if you’re not the fastest pen in the desk at the moment. But if you take a loooong time to finish pieces, be aware that this habit will probably need to change; many clients have fairly strict deadlines, and nothing impresses them like a fast turnaround. It’s not entirely requisite – but I know I’ve beaten out competitors just by virtue of speed.4. You have to really, really like writing.Nothing tests your love of the written word like having to produce it full-time. I LOVE to read, and I really, really like writing. And yet even I occasionally get to the point where I feel like I will throw up if I have to type one more letter. I can’t imagine how wearing it would be if I didn’t fundamentally enjoy it.5. The foremost thing you need to know: There is no One Right Way to become a freelance writer.People come to it from all kinds of backgrounds, and work in all sorts of niches. If your work is strong enough, you’ll find clients. If you’ve got a hunch you might be good at this, it’s time to give it a go!So how do you get started?1. Seek out helpBefore you start freelance writing, learn as much as you can about the business you’re attempting to break into. Is there any sort of niche you’re particularly interested in? Pick up a book or two and do your research. In the Internet age, this kind of foundational investigation is easier than ever. A good Google search will get you information ranging from standard freelance rates to pitch formats. Is there anything you’d be particularly qualified to write about: a former career, a lifestyle, a specialty? Do you prefer writing long-form pieces or short-form, or both? Now’s the time to start thinking about it.The best way to learn about the realities of freelance writing is by talking to someone who already does it. If you can find a professional writer (don’t be afraid to ask on social media), offer to take them out to lunch or coffee in order to pick their brain. Nobody minds being treated as an expert, and most people like a free lunch. If you’re lucky, they may even be able to point you towards clients who they’ve outgrown, or tell you where they get their gigs.When I was beginning to freelance, I was advised by the very kind and generous Jennifer Williamson of Catalyst Writing Services (see her work here) – she also helped me get one of my first gigs. Thanks, Jenny!2. Build a portfolioThe good news is that nobody appoints you a freelance writer; if you get freelance writing work, you’re in the “club”.The bad news is that nobody wants to be your first client. So how do you gain experience?While companies (and individuals) are often loath to pay untried writers, many will not turn down volunteer work. When you’re starting out, you may need to do some low-paying (or non-paying) work to get samples.Non-profits are a great way to build your portfolio while creating some good karma – they often have limited budgets, and are eager for the help. Research some smaller non-profits in your area (you can try big ones, too, but they often have dedicated marketing departments) or look up pro bono writing jobs on Idealist.Small businesses are often great “starter” clients, too – offer to proof menus or develop fliers.Pitch yourself as someone who can help them out with content: newsletters, emails, social media posts, press releases, etc. Be clear about your enthusiasm for the organization, and specify that you are a writer interested in using your skills to help them – while building your portfolio.If you’re in school, reach out to clubs and student organizations (or even the institution itself) and offer to help them with writing work. Do they need fliers? Posters? Website copy? All of these things make nice beginning samples.Look over writing work you’ve done for recreation or for school; is any of it re-usable? A nice erudite essay goes a long way.If none of these avenues is fruitful for you, make up samples (or make your own work). Research the right way to write a press release, and make one for your friend’s band. Start your own blog and post to it faithfully. Write an opinion piece and submit it to Huffington Post. The point is just to build content samples.With relatively little effort, you’ll have a starter portfolio – now package it and start promoting it. Antonia wrote a nice run-down of writers’ portfolio sites; I use Pressfolio, but there are lots of options.3. Find clients – and then find more clientsBy now, you have a nice little portfolio and have done your online research about freelance rates. Time to start charging!Since you’re just beginning, price yourself at the low end of the spectrum – but don’t go too low. Writing for minimum wage is NOT acceptable. Take a comfortable hourly rate; you’re a skilled contractor now, after all. Resolve to raise your rates at reasonable intervals.Finding freelance writing clients, unfortunately, is just like finding any other employer. Reaching out to others on social media has always worked well for me; does anyone in your network need a writer? Online job boards can be an exhausting crap shoot (and full of dreck) but I have found decent gigs through many of the usual suspects: Craigslist, Idealist, FreelanceWritingGigs.com, LinkedIn, eLance.Make a list of your favorite organizations and companies, or ones that operate in your areas of specialty. Send them a nice inquiry with a link to your portfolio. 85% won’t respond – but that one bite makes everything worth it.In the meantime, keep finding your circles and networking. If you’re like me, many of your clients will eventually come through word-of-mouth; you just have to keep on plugging. Finding new gigs and clients is part of freelancing; there are many excellent articles on this blog dedicated exclusively to the “hunt”. Take some time to read through them!4. Carve out a specialty (or a couple of specialties)After a while, you’ll have a couple of clients – and you’ll be getting more and more into your freelance writing groove. Time to narrow things down!What field are you getting a lot of experience in? What work gets the best feedback from your clients? Most importantly, what do you really enjoy doing?Start focusing your searches when you look for gigs; look for projects and clients that fit your ideal work profile. You’ve started working a lot – now it’s time to get picky. Specializing allows you to develop expertise, which allows you to raise your rates and find repeat clients more easily.5. Don’t expect to succeed overnight – and keep on goingFor the first year or two, I supplemented my freelance work with part-time jobs. They weren’t always very satisfying, but they provided a consistent income stream while allowing me to continue developing my freelance skills. If I had expected freelance writing to be very lucrative immediately, it would have been pretty frustrating – but the knowledge that I was building towards a goal helped me over several of these speed bumps.You’ll need some talent. You’ll need some luck. But if you plug away at it long enough, odds are you’ll find freelance writing work sooner than you think. It takes some time, and you’ll always have to hustle a little bit (as you do in almost any job), but the dividends are really satisfying.So if you wanna be a freelance writer – congratulations! You are hereby empowered to become a freelance writer. You don’t need a degree or a certification or a fairy godmother to deem you worthy; you just need to give it a try, and see what develops. I did, and I’ve never been sorry.*This article is aimed to serve people who are interested in beginning down this path, or who are just starting out – experienced freelancers will need more detailed advice, obviously. Building your intermediate freelance writing business is a whole different post!Want more like this? Join Freelancers Union (it’s free!) and never miss a post.last_img read more

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It’s summertime and the billing is NOT easy—5 tips to avoid a cash flow crunch

first_imgSummer — it’s a great time to take a vacation and let things slow down a little on the work front. At least that’s what your clients are thinking.Having a slow month or two is to be expected as part of the whole freelancing gig and sometimes the downtime is a good thing. A good thing that is, unless you can’t afford to bridge the gap between your “regular” flow of income and the shortfall.Before you start really sweating about a complete money meltdown this summer, there are things you can do to avoid one. Start with these tips:Take the long view of your business.First off, don’t freak out completely if you start looking at the next few months and see that your to-do list looks a little more sparse than usual. In fact, this situation is exactly what separates the truly business-savvy freelancer from those who are just dabbling for a little extra cash on the side.If freelancing is your main source of income, then you need to be prepared for the inevitable ebbs and flows by taking a long view of your business and creating a cash cushion of savings throughout the year. Doing this means that a little less volume for a month or two doesn’t throw you into a financial tailspin.The other way to cut your chances of a cash flow crunch is to, of course, get more work on your plate. Simply reaching out to your existing clients with a friendly email to pitch a potential new project or to follow-up on a project that was put on the back burner can lead to more billable time for you.Of course, if you’re feeling the summer slowdown already, there’s no time like the present to start an email marketing campaign for prospects or taking advantage of good networking opportunities to meet new clients.Invigorate your invoicingSurprisingly, many freelancers do not have a good project management or invoicing infrastructure. If you find it difficult to track your projects and time-consuming to send clients bills for work completed, then logic tells us that you are going to have a tough time collecting your full income.Poor time tracking puts you at risk of not capturing all of the billable time and projects for which you should be invoicing. A poor invoicing system makes you slower to send invoices. It’s a double whammy crush to your cash flow.To fix the problem, use professional-level software such as QuickBooks or FreshBooks. Both are relatively low cost and will pay for themselves by helping you get paid for the work you do in a timely manner.Remember, freelancing isn’t freeWhen you’re feeling flush with cash, it’s easy to let a little extra work slide for a good client. After all, what’s the point of billing for 15 minutes here or there? The point, for freelancers, is to avoid that tight-in-the-wallet feeling later—or right now!While it would likely be poor form from a business perspective to retroactively bill for small tasks you did months ago, if you set the expectation upfront that you will consolidate “incidentals” on a monthly basis and bill for them, you’ll have more cash in the bank and the dignity of being paid fully for what you do.Use your contracts to keep the money flowingEvery freelancer loves a nice big retainer, but, the reality is that project-based work is much more readily available. That’s why it’s important to structure your contracts in favor of cash coming into your business on an ongoing basis. The contracts you use should define the scope of work, but they should also help you buffer cash flow issues.For example, consider charging an upfront deposit for larger projects; milestone fees (i.e. charging after each phase of a project is completed); adding cancellation fees to cover projects you start but the client subsequently puts the brakes on; and late payment fees.You should also clarify what happens if there is scope creep once a project is initiated. Having these type of considerations in your contract: a) makes you look more professional and serious; and b) helps you get paid on time and for all the work that you do—even if a client chooses not to finish a project.All this being said, if you do not have a formal contract that you use, put it on your to-do list, pronto!Make a date with your inner collections agentWhat could be more fun on a summer afternoon than calling and emailing clients who have not yet paid the lovely invoices that you have sent? Just about anything, if we’re being honest.Unfortunately, being a business owner means that making sure your clients make good on their pledge to pay you for services rendered is on you. Of course, this task is much easier if you have a good strong cup of coffee (and maybe a shot of whiskey by your side).But beyond liquid caffeination and courage, having the kind of organized invoicing system that we discussed above will make this task a little more bearable. The key is to set a firm date—preferably the same day of each month—to tap into your resolve to collect what you are owed. Start by squaring up who has paid and who hasn’t, then make contact with your delinquent clients in a polite but firm manner.It is possible to avoid cash flow issues—even as a freelancerSome might say that cash flow issues are inevitable, but I disagree. If you treat your freelancing income just like any other profitable business does, you can avoid them altogether. Do revenue projections; watch your expense-to-income ratio; plan ahead so you know what’s coming (and what isn’t); collect what you’re owed; and most importantly, create a financial cushion so that you’re not completely up a creek when things slow down work-wise.While this may seem like a tall order—and it is—putting the suggestions above in place is important so that you can keep your business profitable without having to sweat things out financially from month to month.If you need assistance getting your cash flow back on track, seek it from a qualified financial professional familiar with freelance businesses, they’ll be able to help you make that summertime billing significantly easier.This is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.last_img read more

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360i Press Release: 360i Named Search Agency of the Year

first_imgNEW YORK – December 18, 2007 – 360i, a leading digital agency, today announced that OMMA magazine has named 360i Search Agency of the Year for 2007. The annual Agency of the Year Awards are bestowed upon agencies who demonstrate outstanding performance in select areas of expertise.OMMA selected 360i because of the agency’s proven aptitude for delivering high-performing search strategies within comprehensive digital campaigns for brand marketers including NBC Universal, Office Depot and H&R Block.“360i’s deep knowledge of how consumers search and interact online informs the strategies we employ for engaging consumers across a variety of online media,” said Bryan Wiener, Chief Executive Officer of 360i. “We have a strong history of developing results-driven search strategies for our clients and are honored to be recognized for the discipline that is at our foundation.”In addition, OMMA applauded 360i for its expertise in other emerging online platforms such as social media and behavioral marketing, demonstrating the agency’s ability to quickly adapt to marketers’ needs in the changing media landscape. Last year, the agency began offering its clients enhanced social media solutions — concepting, creating and distributing search-friendly digital media assets such as widgets, videos and other content to generate buzz and engage online audiences.The OMMA award caps off a year of accolades for the independent digital agency. In November, 360i became the first search-centric digital agency to win Google’s Marketing Machine award, which recognizes one industry-leading agency each quarter. The Google award was quickly followed by Advertising Age declaring 360i one of the “hottest digital agencies around” in an October issue of the magazine.“In 2007, we continued our momentum of growth, expanding our client offerings and adding leading brand marketers such as Discovery Networks and Borders to our client roster,” said Jonathan Ragals, Chief Operating Officer of 360i. “We have built 360i around finding circles of excellence in digital marketing platforms that engage users and provide measureable results. Over the coming year, we look forward to expanding on our capabilities and continuing to provide our clients with cutting-edge, performance driven digital marketing solutions.”The 2007 Agency of the Year Award winners will be honored at an event held by OMMA in New York on January 17, 2008. In addition, the January issue of OMMA will detail the achievements of each winning agency.last_img read more

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360i Press Release: Digital Agency 360i Celebrates Ten Year Anniversary

first_imgNEW YORK – October 21, 2008 – 360i, an award-winning independent digital agency, celebrates its ten year anniversary this month. Since its founding in October 1998, 360i has grown into one of the largest independent digital agencies in North America, has won industry recognition as a leader in search and social marketing, and is poised to lead digital marketing innovations over the next decade.Over the years, 360i has expanded its service offerings organically beyond search, first with behavioral marketing and then with social marketing, earning a leadership reputation among clients and the industry in those disciplines. The agency currently maintains a premier list of Fortune 500 clients, including NBC Universal, Office Depot, H&R Block, JCPenney, Comedy Central and Red Roof Inn.“One constant throughout 360i’s ten year history is our focus on innovation,” said Bryan Wiener, CEO of 360i. “Whether it’s creating centers of excellence around new media channels as they emerge, or streamlining processes so our people can focus on more ‘value add’ strategic services for our clients, innovation is at the heart of why we exist.”Some of the agency’s recent milestones include:Selected as a Top 5 “Next Generation Agency” by AdweekNamed one of the “Hottest Digital Agencies Around” by Advertising AgeHonored as OMMA’s Search Agency of the YearAwarded multiple WebAwards from the Web Marketing Association for Web site experiences designed on behalf of adidas and Marvel“We see consumers’ shifting media consumption patterns as a huge opportunity for marketers to build brand equity and increase market share by engaging customers in new and exciting ways online,” added Jonathan Ragals, COO of 360i. “We are honored to work with some of the smartest and most innovative clients and partners in the industry to create integrated digital programs that take advantage of the opportunities the evolving digital landscape affords.”In honor of its ten year milestone, the agency has released a timeline charting the company’s history and digital innovations over the last ten years. To view the timeline, please visit: http://www.360i.com/timeline.htmllast_img read more

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360i Press Release: 360i Releases Mobile Marketing Playbook as Medium Hits Tipping Point

first_imgDigital marketing agency publishes “Mobile Marketing Playbook” to help brands develop creative and savvy mobile strategiesNEW YORK – September 14, 2010 – 360i, an award-winning digital marketing agency, today released the “Mobile Marketing Playbook,” an in-depth guide to understanding and harnessing the rapidly-growing mobile channel. The Mobile Marketing Playbook brings together industry data, examples of mobile campaigns and best practices to demystify the rapidly evolving mobile landscape for marketers. A comprehensive overview of opportunities to engage consumers in the mobile environment through advertising, search, social and commerce, the Playbook is available now for free download at http://www.360i.com/mplaybook .More than 90 percent of the U.S. population are mobile subscribers (comScore, May 2010), and there are more than 85 million U.S. mobile users (eMarketer, July 2010), putting mobile at the critical tipping point experienced by search in the early 2000’s and mimicking the recent proliferation of social media. The mobile industry is now a fertile breeding ground for brand engagement and mobile is quickly becoming a key component of the digital marketing landscape. As marketers increase their spend in the coming year to reach the mobile consumer, 360i’s Mobile Marketing Playbook is designed to help develop high-impact brand strategies that tap the rapid intersection of mobile, local, social and commerce across the online and offline worlds.The Mobile Marketing Playbook also includes contributed articles from some of the most prominent thought leaders on the front lines of mobile marketing, including eMarketer analyst Noah Elkin; Mobile Marketer Editor-in-Chief Mickey Alam Khan; Bravo Director of Consumer Marketing Valerie Brown; and Naoki Muramatsu, VP of Digital Business Development at Dentsu Holdings USA.“Our Mobile Marketing Playbook is designed to provide marketers with a framework for establishing integrated mobile marketing strategies that drive business objectives. We also want to encourage a dialogue about what matters in mobile now, and what’s ahead for this rapidly evolving medium,” said Bryan Wiener, CEO, 360i. “Last year, we issued our Social Marketing Playbook for similar reasons, and it received a tremendous response, with more than 50,000 downloads to date. We hope the Mobile Marketing Playbook will be just as valuable for marketers looking to make sense of the current mobile landscape and arm themselves for innovations ahead.”Key areas addressed in the Playbook include:* Strategic planning for mobile marketing: The Playbook outlines four key questions every marketer should answer before embarking on a mobile plan to ensure success.* Mobile search marketing: The Playbook provides tips for building on an online search program and offers recommendations for the best ways to use mobile paid search and search engine optimization.* SMS marketing: The Playbook shares a number of different ways brands can most effectively utilize SMS as part of their marketing mix.* Mobile advertising and video: The Playbook gives an in-depth overview of mobile advertising and offers frameworks for evaluating when to include each in plans and how to measure success.* The intersection of mobile and social: The Playbook reveals best practices for social marketing via mobile devices and shares examples of campaigns that employ some of today’s most leading-edge tactics.* Mobile applications strategy: The Playbook takes a deep dive into the many ways marketers can use mobile apps in their programs and provides a methodology for mobile app and website development.* Mobile commerce: The Playbook delivers insights into the rapidly evolving world of mobile commerce and shares strategies for how best to use mobile coupons, mobile payments and barcodes to give marketers new ideas for driving consumer purchases on the go.last_img read more

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This Holiday Season, 360i is Giving the Gift of Inspiration

first_imgThis holiday, in lieu of sending physical holiday gifts, we decided to invest in a higher cause and give the gift of inspiration to thousands of students in Harlem. In Q1 2014, 360i will be furnishing the Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ) with two emerging technology labs, which will be used to empower the future leaders of tomorrow with the tools they’ll need to create and innovate in the years ahead.Earlier this month, we hosted an Immersion Night for students of HCZ’s Education & Technology Center (ETC) after-school program and Promise Academy Charter School to introduce them to technologies like Google GLASS, Makerbot and Leap Motion (among others), which will permanently live at HCZ next year. It was a huge success: the students immediately engaged with the technologies and their excitement was absolutely infectious.To help inspire others to join HCZ in its mission to level the playing field for all students, we’ve created an inspiring video that explains why early exposure to emerging technology is so important for today’s youth. In this mini-documentary, we captured students’ first-hand experiences as they interacted with the technologies and explored opportunities they have the power to unlock in the future.360i has been an advocate of HCZ since 2010, offering our capabilities to them and providing a consultative role in their own marketing efforts. We believe strongly in their mission to do whatever it takes to end the cycle of generational poverty, and will continue to do so in the years ahead.We hope you’ll join us in helping to raise awareness for the organization – and for our broader mission of empowering the leaders of tomorrow through technology – by visiting 360i.com/giveinspiration and sharing the video.last_img read more

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MediaPost Names 360i OMMA Agency of the Year for Second Straight Year

first_imgFor the second year in a row, 360i has been named by MediaPost as OMMA Agency of the Year.MediaPost’s Agency of the Year annual awards program recognizes the “best of class” agencies and shops in the online advertising community.We’re honored to receive this distinction and thankful to our entire team, including clients and partners, for their continued curiosity and passion for pushing the boundaries of marketing.Congratulations again to our team and to all MediaPost winners.last_img

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360i Press Release: 360i Hires Jonathan Goldmacher as New York Managing Director

first_imgNEW YORK — June 29, 2015 — 360i today announced the hire of Jonathan Goldmacher as Managing Director of the New York office, further expanding the agency’s executive leadership team. The newly-created role comes as 360i continues to grow and win new business, helping brands shift the way they communicate for today’s communications environment.Goldmacher joins 360i from R/GA in New York, where he shaped the agency’s approach to client relationships as Managing Director and Head of Client Services, while leading digital and fully integrated teams and accounts. Reporting to 360i CEO Sarah Hofstetter, Goldmacher will lead 360i’s New York office and becomes a member of the executive leadership team.“Jonathan’s diversity of experience and focus on account stewardship will help us advance and accelerate our vision as an integrated agency built for today and evolving for the future,” said Hofstetter. “As clients continue to increasingly put digital top of mind in their marketing, his leadership will be pivotal in helping deepen our partnerships and expand our industry-leading capabilities. We are thrilled to have him join us during this important phase of our growth.”While at R/GA, Goldmacher was a member of the senior leadership team responsible for leading the growth, development and implementation of the global client services department, while overseeing integrated capabilities and clients including E*TRADE, Jet.com, Volvo, AARP, and PwC. Prior to joining R/GA, he was Senior Vice President at McCann Erickson New York, where he helped lead award-winning work for global integrated accounts including Johnson & Johnson and Intel Corporation. Across his career, Goldmacher has held positions at leading agencies including Euro RSCG (now Havas), Arnold Worldwide, Saatchi & Saatchi and Grey, working with leading brands such as General Mills, Gillette, P&G, LEGO, Ocean Spray and Goodyear.“This is an exciting opportunity to help advance an agency that continues to put client relationships at a premium, foster some of the best talent in the industry, attract new business and develop envied work,” said Goldmacher. “360i brings together a well-defined vision, great talent, Fortune 500 clients and unwavering momentum. I’m very excited to join the leadership team and to be a part of what’s to come.”last_img read more

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‘the den’ Chicago-style: Highlights & Resources from Our Latest ‘Digital Education for Nonprofits’ Workshop

first_imgAfter a successful inaugural event in our NYC headquarters last year, we held our second iteration of ‘the den’ – Digital Education for Nonprofits – yesterday in our Chicago office. The morning kicked off with a full house, as over 60 nonprofit marketers from more than 40 organizations joined us for a day of programming that focused on “Navigating the Future of Giving.” Subject matter experts from our various disciplines, including Social and Influencer Marketing, SEO/SEM, Insights, and Paid Social, gave their tips and tricks on how to make meaningful connections with key audiences for nonprofit organizations. We also welcomed guest speaker Temitope Famodu, Director of Communications and Fundraising at GirlForward, who spoke about the importance of finding your brand voice, crafting effective stories and connecting with millennials.To close the day full of inspirational programming, we invited our guests to grab a drink, network and mingle in the Chicago office’s newly renovated Wrigley Field café.Courtney White, Founder of Culinary Care, said that ‘the den’ helped her gain perspective on what matters: “In the world of marketing it’s so easy to get caught up on the what, and today reminded me that what we really need to focus on is the why. I’m definitely leaving today with a new perspective on where to focus my time and energy!”One of the main challenges for nonprofits is facing minimal or nonexistent marketing budgets. Jeb Davis, Chairman of Chicago House Advocate Board, expressed how easy it is for consumer marketing to be pushed to the back burner when this is the case. The den helped him “understand how common media strategies can translate to Chicago House and how [we] can drive broader engagement with our supporters and the LGBTQ community.”To help extend the content covered at this one-day workshop, below you can find a top-level guide to some of the insights, tools and best practices covered throughout the day.From all of us at 360i, a sincere thank you to our partners that made the day possible, and to all the nonprofit marketers that joined us for ‘the den’! Following two impactful years of programming, we look forward to bringing this series to life in more workshops to come.Follow 360i on Twitter to stay up-to-date on plans for the next event. First time hearing about it? You can learn more about ‘the den’ in our introduction blog post or by watching the video below.last_img read more

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November Hot Jobs: Browse 360i’s Latest Openings

first_imgNovember is in full swing, and that means Thanksgiving is just around the corner. While we can all get behind endless amounts of turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie, it’s hard to get excited about the inevitable questions that your nosy relatives will ask about your life. We can’t help you explain why you’re still single or who you voted for in the last election, but with our latest hot jobs, you can find a position that lets you field those career questions with pride.Start your next chapter by joining our team. Apply to one of the open positions listed below or visit our careers page to see more openings. Senior Software Engineer (New York, NY) – We are looking for a Senior Back-end Developer to help build our growing technology team. This person will work closely with our Director of Front-end Engineering and the rest of the Technology group to develop websites, social apps, and mobile apps for all classes of devices along with. Additionally, this person will help develop practices and process for standards-based development, and keep up on the latest advances in tools and frameworks. The ideal candidate must be hands-on, a superb communicator, and have experience working in a fast-paced and collaborative environment. Applicants should have 5+ years of experience with C# and ASP.NET.Junior Associate (Chicago, IL) – The Junior Associate provides assistance with internal client service initiatives as well as day-to-day projects, tasks, and management responsibilities. This particular role offers a holistic view into internal operations, including exposure to integrated digital strategy (SEM, SEO, Display, Paid Social), agency workflow, and budget management for a large-scale advertiser. He/she should be a well-rounded, highly motivated team player who is eager to learn best practices in media account management and provide support across a wide array of projects and tasks. This person should have prior internship, part-time or full-time work experience and excellent communications skills. Director, Paid Social (Los Angeles, CA) – We are looking for a Director, Paid Social to drive paid social strategy development and oversee its flawless execution for one of the world’s leading entertainment brands. This person will lead a group of paid social media professionals, and will be a point person for their team, working hand-in-hand with our clients on channel strategy and across disciplines internally to effectively deliver excellence. The ideal candidate must have 6-8 years of paid social/display campaign management and experience in entertainment, as well as a working knowledge of Insights Tools such as Facebook Insights and/or Twitter Analytics. He/she should be detail-oriented with strong attention to follow-through and problem-solving. Media Manager (Atlanta, GA) – This role requires expertise in paid search marketing to assist in the development and implementation of media strategies, ability to craft recommendations based on performance insights, and a proven track record with bidding and budget management. The Media Manager is a large contributor to the overall success of the business as they will own the day-to-day management of the account and help train, develop and lead the team towards success. This position requires collaboration with other Media teams as well as with Account, Analytics and Technology groups. Applicants should have at least 1 to 2 years of experience.Senior Project Manager (New York, NY) – As an integral part of the project management team the Senior Project Manager is a leader on the Project Management team, responsible for maintaining cross-capability relationships, team management and development of PM resources in PM and Operational best practices. The position leads the execution of mid and high level complexity projects, as well as participates in new business pitches. The SPM ensures all assigned tasks are delivered on time and budget, and according to internal processes and industry best practices. This person should be able to prepare and own timelines, budgets, and scopes for full breadth of products and complexity. View more job openings on our careers page.last_img read more

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Highlights & Resources from ‘The DEN’ NYC

first_imgYesterday at our New York headquarters, 360i hosted the fourth iteration of ‘The DEN’-Digital Education for Nonprofits. The DEN is a free, one-day workshop designed to provide free tools, research, best practices and tricks of the trade for being a smart, nimble nonprofit marketer in the digital age. More than 100 nonprofit professionals attended the event, with representation from nearly 90 organizations. The day began with a welcome from Chairwoman Sarah Hofstetter, followed by sessions on Insights, Social Marketing, Paid Social, SEO & SEM, user Experience, Influencer Marketing, Crisis Communications and presentations from our partners at Facebook and Google. To bring the event to those who couldn’t attend in person, we livestreamed the morning and afternoon sessions on Facebook, and shared insights from each session on Twitter using #360iTheDEN.One attendee noted, “This was a great workshop – very informative and I learned a lot of tangible strategies I can directly apply to my nonprofit. It provided a different mindset about digital marketing.”This marks the fourth time in two years that 360i has hosted a DEN event, with previous workshops being held in Chicago, Atlanta, and New York. The teachings of The DEN have impacted more than 50,000 nonprofit marketers over the years.Thank you to our partners and speakers who made this day possible, and to all the nonprofit professionals who joined us for The DEN.Follow 360i on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, for more information on the next DEN workshop.last_img read more

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