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Britain’s Bribery Law Could Nail Sable Mining

first_imgBritish Prime Minister David Cameron, has responded to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s earlier communication requesting the assistance of the UK Government in establishing the veracity and the ramifications of the claims contained in the Global Witness Report against Sable Mining, a London-based company. In what could be a major turning point in the investigations of the Global Witness allegations, Prime Minister Cameron told the Liberian leader that the Government of the United Kingdom has a law – the Bribery Act of 2010 – which makes it a criminal offense for a company to fail to prevent a bribe being paid, regardless of where the crime occurred. The Prime Minister pointed out that he is proud that since 2010, the UK Government has introduced some of the world’s toughest Anti-Corruption legislations, especially on bribery, adding that the Bribery Act of 2010 makes it a criminal offence for a company to fail to prevent a bribe being paid, regardless of where the crime occurred.He acknowledged that President Sirleaf acted promptly in response to the Global Witness Report by establishing a Special Task Force to investigate the allegations and assured that the UK Government is fully committed to working with the Government of Liberia on the investigation. President Sirleaf in her communication to Prime Minister Cameron, mentioned that a British company called Sable, was alleged to have apparently offered or given bribes to some Liberian officials, to the tune of US$950,000, to affect the awarding of a mining concession, and emphasized that the UK’s cooperation and collaboration in resolving the issue will go a long way in launching an effective partnership between the two countries in the monumental battle against the scourge of corruption. She reminded the British Prime Minister that in a case such as the claims made in the Global Witness Report, both the giver and the recipient must face the same processes of interrogation, adding that this was the only way to bring to a halt the endemic corrupt practices that ensnare billions of the world’s people in abject poverty.According to an Executive Mansion release, Prime Minister Cameron expressed gratitude to President Sirleaf for drawing his attention to the allegations made by Global Witness against Sable Mining and agreed that it is vital to work to defeat corruption at all levels.He informed President Sirleaf that he has asked the UK Ambassador to Liberia to discuss the allegations with relevant Liberian authorities in more detail and for information to be passed on to relevant UK law enforcement authorities for further investigation.“Please be assured that the UK stands ready to cooperate with you to tackle corruption wherever it occurs,” he concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Attorney flap has GOP annoyed

first_imgJust as GOP senators thought they were gaining some traction hammering Democrats on the war, they got a blow from the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue: e-mails revealing White House political adviser Karl Rove’s involvement in planning the spate of prosecutor firings. Moments like that have angered congressional Republicans, including some of Bush’s strongest backers. Many of them accuse Democrats of politicizing an inquiry into the matter, but they say it’s Bush’s responsibility to clear the cloud that has been created. The White House says it is aware of the concerns. “We fully understand that members are frustrated, and we don’t blame them. But we are working hard to remedy that,” said spokeswoman Dana Perino. She said Bush has offered to be extraordinarily forthcoming by releasing documents and allowing his top aides to have private, unsworn and untranscribed interviews with select lawmakers about the matter. Democrats dismiss that as inadequate, and even some Republicans are demanding a transcript. The frustration is a sign of Republicans’ waning willingness to support a president whose popularity is low and whose influence is ebbing. “Congressional Republicans have untethered themselves from the White House dramatically. To the extent their long-term interests overlap, they’ll march forward together; to the extent they differ, there’s not as much reluctance to go their own way,” said Michael Franc, an analyst at the conservative Heritage Foundation. The controversy has deprived Republicans of a critical chance to draw distinctions between themselves and Democrats on fiscal issues just before they head home for a two-week break, overshadowing their message that the Democrats’ budget is loaded with tax increases, Franc said. It comes as many House Republicans, particularly conservatives who were staunch backers of expanding the administration’s terrorist-hunting powers under the USA Patriot Act, are openly questioning their decision to support Bush on the measure. An FBI watchdog’s recent report detailing the agency’s “widespread and serious misuse” of one of those authorities – gathering telephone, e-mail and financial records without a court order through national security letters – led to Republican threats to revoke them. Bush’s so-far resolute defense of Gonzales is further damaging the president and reflecting poorly on the party, some Republicans say. The president has rejected Democrats’ calls for Rove and other top White House aides to testify publicly in the probe, signaling that he’s not afraid of a showdown with Congress over the separation of powers. That stalemate looms as he also seems to be heading for deadlock with Congress on an Iraq spending bill that will set timelines for troop withdrawals, which he has promised to veto. Bush has a chance to cut deals on immigration law overhaul and even Social Security reform – but he has to get out from under the cloud of the prosecutor controversy first, said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. This “could be a good year for the president, but this is distracting. This is something that’s got to be tied up – there are too many loose ends,” Graham said. Even Bush’s strongest defenders are demanding that the White House tell everything it knows about the prosecutor firings, so they can put the matter behind them as quickly as possible. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Republicans say the flap over firing U.S. attorneys is muddling their message and damaging President George W. Bush. Instead of trumpeting their criticisms that Democrats are meddling in Iraq strategy and raising taxes, GOP lawmakers find themselves fielding questions about embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. They put a hefty share of the blame on the White House for flubbing its response to the firings. “It’s a distraction – there’s no question about that. It steps on our message for sure,” said Sen. John Thune, R-S.D. “If they had gotten out and started leaning forward on it right away it might have been helpful, because it would have stopped some of the momentum,” Thune said of Bush’s team. last_img read more

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Favorites Brazil held by Switzerland in Rostov

first_imgHowever, Brazil paid for their failure to kill the game off when Steven Zuber powered home an equaliser from Xherdan Shaqiri’s corner five minutes after the break.The pressure will now be on Brazil to kickstart their campaign when they face Costa Rica on Friday.Earlier, Serbia beat Los Ticos 1-0 to move to the top of Group F.Coutinho had been handed a central role behind Neymar, on his first competitive game for four months, Gabriel Jesus and Willian in a line-up filled with attacking intent from coach Tite.The five-time world champions went about their task of erasing the memories of a 7-1 thrashing by Germany on home soil four years ago purposefully early on.Paulinho passed up a glorious chance when his scuffed effort from close range was turned behind by Yann Sommer.-Coutinho masterpiece It seemed a matter of time before Brazil’s pressure paid dividends and the opener arrived in stunning style on 20 minutes.Brazil’s Philippe Coutinho (right) celebrates his goal against SwitzerlandBarcelona’s record signing picked up a loose ball on the edge of the area and in trademark fashion bent the ball crashing in off Sommer’s far post.Neymar looked bright despite his lack of match practice as he teased the Swiss defence provoking yellow cards for Stephan Lichtsteiner, Fabian Schar and Valon Behrami.However, Brazil failed to build on their lead as Thiago Silva and Jesus headed off target from dangerous corners and were made to pay early in the second-half.Switzerland had offered barely any attacking threat before levelling when Zuber took advantage of a gaping hole in the heart of the Brazilian defence to head home Shaqiri’s corner.Forced back onto the front foot, Brazil turned to Neymar for a moment of inspiration but he could only blast into the side-netting before Coutinho sliced wide with a much simpler opportunity than the one from which he opened the scoring.Brazil were unhappy that Zuber wasn’t penalised for a slight push on Miranda for the equaliser and felt hard done by again when Jesus tumbled under a challenge from Manuel Akanji inside the area with Mexican referee Cesar Ramos unmoved.Tite’s men ended as they had begun with a series of chances for a late winner as Neymar and Roberto Firmino headed straight at Sommer before Miranda dragged a shot inches wide.And deep into stoppage time Schar’s outstretched leg turned a goalbound effort from Silva wide as Switzerland held out for a vital point.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Neymar had a long evening being a target as Switzerland held Brazil to a 1-1 draw in RostovROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia, Jun 17- Neymar’s Brazil were held 1-1 by Switzerland in their opening World Cup game at Rostov-on-Don on Sunday.On the day when holders Germany were shocked 1-0 by Mexico, Brazil’s tag as pre-tournament favourites looked justified in a dominant first-half capped by Philippe Coutinho’s wonder strike to open the scoring.last_img read more

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MAN TOLD GARDAI HE WOULD GET CROWD TO BEAT HIM UP ON NIGHT OF ALL-IRELAND

first_imgA man threatened Gardai that he’d get a crowd of 600 people to beat him up on the night of the last year’s All-Ireland football final.Letterkenny court.Richard Rice of Claggan, Portsalon appeared before Letterkenny District Court charged with being intoxicated, causing a breach of the peace and giving a false name. The court heard how Rice, 23, refused to move on at Lower Main Street in Letterkenny on Septemebr 21st, 2014.Gardai approached Rice but he pushed the Garda on the shoulder and told him “I’ll get this crowd of 600 to beat the f*** out of you.”Solicitor Patsy Gallagher said his client had suffered from an ongoing issue with alcohol for a number of years.He added that his client had very little recollection of what had happened.Judge Paul Kelly ordered Rice to do a total of 80 hours community service – 40 hours for being intoxicated and a further 40 for refusing to leave the scene.MAN TOLD GARDAI HE WOULD GET CROWD TO BEAT HIM UP ON NIGHT OF ALL-IRELAND was last modified: April 23rd, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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BUNDORAN COUNCIL MONEY MUST BE SPENT ON ITS CITIZENS – ELECTION CANDIDATE

first_imgA well-known Fianna Fail member in Bundoran says any council money left in the town must be spent on its people.Fianna Fáil National Executive member Claudia Kennedy is seeking a nomination to run in the 2014 Donegal Electoral Area county council election.She said money that the council has left to spend, before its abolition, must leave a lasting legacy to those who have supported the council, down the years. “As a second level teacher I am very much aware of the necessity of providing a dedicated building/Youth Centre with resources, facilities, and an opportunity for our young people to be provided with a suitable building. The youth are our future, we must provide and support our young people.“The need for a community centre in Bundoran, has also been a long running issue but now is the time to get things sorted before the opportunity passes us by,” she said.“In every town and rural small village I visit around Donegal, there is always a wonderful community centre available for everyone to use for meetings, dance classes, senior citizen groups, youth clubs, etc.“It is quite disappointing and sad we do not have such facilities in Bundoran. Now is the time to direct that funding to such worthy initiatives.” She also said that a clear and identifiable role for the future of the Bundoran Town Council Building must be moved forward.“Every family in the Bundoran area will gain in a positive manner from this initiative,” she said.BUNDORAN COUNCIL MONEY MUST BE SPENT ON ITS CITIZENS – ELECTION CANDIDATE was last modified: January 27th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bundoranClaudia Kennedyfianna faillast_img read more

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After Effects Quick Tip: Link Focus Distance to Layer

first_imgSave time! Link up the focus distance of layers to a 3D camera in After Effects.If you do a lot of work with 3D cameras in After Effects than you probably know how much of a challenge it can be to work with focal distances, especially if you are working with an incredibly shallow depth of field.You’ve probably spent a lot of time trying to scrub through the focus distance to find the exact point where your object is located. This method can be extremely time consuming and taxing on your computer – it’s definitely not recommended.To avoid this problem you can use the ‘Link Focus to Layer’ button in After Effects. As the name implies, this tool will link the focus distance of your camera to the position of the layer in 3D space. This is especially important if your camera or 3D object is moving around in Z-space.By following these quick steps you can learn how to use the ‘Link Focus Distance to Layer’ feature in After Effects:1. Create a CameraGo to Layer>New>Camera. You can now adjust the various camera options in the camera menu. Typically if you are using the ‘Link Focus Distance to Layer’ feature it’s because you are working with a shallow depth of field, so for the following example we will turn depth of field on.2. Select Camera and 3D LayerSelect the camera and 3D layer that you want your camera to follow.3. Link Focus DistanceNavigate to Layer>Camera>’Link Focus Distance to Layer’. After Effects will now apply an expression to the focus distance of the camera. This expression will automatically adjust the focus distance of the camera to match the position of the layer, even if the layer moves.It should also be noted that this technique works even if you have parented your camera to a null object.Want to learn more quick tips in After Effects? Check out the After Effects section of the PremiumBeat blog. We have hundreds of articles and tutorials entirely dedicated to helping you become a better video editor and motion designer.Have any other tips for working with 3D cameras in After Effects? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

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The Four Most Dangerous and Avoidable Accidents on a Film Set

first_imgFilmmaking is all about pushing limits; however, failure to consider risks can cause injuries. Here are the most important safety concerns to keep in mind.As wonderful as your screenplay or viral video idea is, it’s not worth an injury. Yet, every year, dozens of people become seriously injured by accidents on set. Most of the time, these are preventable injuries caused by negligence and ignorance. An injury can not only derail your shoot, it can also end your career.Filmmaking engenders a kind of optimism and craziness where it seems that normal rules don’t apply. The entire industry is based on crazy new stunts no-one has seen before. So, it’s not surprising that dangerous situations arise.If you’re the director or producer, it’s critical that you establish that safety comes first because, without it, everything you’ve built is at risk.Let’s take a look at the biggest dangers — and how to avoid them.WeightI’ve put this first because it’s the most common mistake — and probably where most injuries occur. Setting up a C-stand is something people do on their first day on a film set. As a result, it’s taken for granted that it’s an elementary skill. You don’t need to add any lights or grip to a C-stand to make it dangerous — it’s already capable of killing or maiming someone. If the knuckle isn’t sighted fully, or if the arm is on the wrong side, it will loosen with weight and come crashing down. Most C-stand injuries occur when someone goes to move them, and they’re not aware how much weight or torque is involved.Never remove a sandbag from a C-stand until you know why it’s there. Don’t try and shift a C-stand or light stand that is plugged in or extended.Anytime you’re putting lights (or other equipment) above waist level, you need to maintain a margin of safety. Only people who understand grip should be putting things up and taking them down. It’s up to you to make sure every tool on set, not just the camera, gets handled by people trained in using that particular tool.ElectricityIt’s no surprise that power is next on this list. You cannot make a film without light, and there is no light without power. However, with the advent of LEDs, lights have become cooler and safer, which also means that more filmmakers are acting as their own gaffers without proper training.Image via ponsulak.A common way to get zapped on set is by damaged equipment — lights that have been treated too roughly and wires that have become exposed. Unprotected extension cords driven over by a scissor lift will electrocute the next person who touches them. Power is deadly, and unless you know what you’re doing, don’t mess with it.FallsResearching this video, I found an article in the Los Angeles Times that outlined 205 production accidents in Hollywood from 1990 to 2014. By far, the most common cause was a fall. Falling off a ladder, a scissor lift, a scaffold, or a rooftop: unfortunately, these accidents occur more often than they should. People exercise caution in their daily lives, yet on set, if people are waiting or if something’s running behind schedule, people take chances they normally wouldn’t and end up injured.Treat climbing as a two-person job. Have someone spot you (or act as the spotter yourself), and don’t try to access something with the wrong tool. If you can’t reach it from a ladder, go find a longer ladder or find another way to access what you need. Balancing on your tip toes while trying to rig a heavy light is a great way to fall and spend the rest of the shoot in a cast.Fatigue — The Real KillerThe last thing I want to talk about is probably a factor in every film set injury: fatigue. Long hours dull our senses and impair our abilities to assess risks.When people lack sleep, or just some much-needed downtime, they become an injury waiting to happen. Many fatigue-related injuries don’t get reported because they occur on the way home from a shoot.As filmmakers, we have to get over the idea that not getting sleep and working in a daze is somehow part of the job. You can only be a creative problem solver — and maintain a safe work environment — when you’re rested. It’s up to us to stand up to the producer when we’re pushing the limits.Filmmaking is a long game. The only way we can make the films we want to make, and follow our dreams as storytellers, is by working for decades at what we love. This means taking care of ourselves, and those around us, so we can reach our full potential.So make it an objective to be safe out there!Cover image via gnepphoto.Looking for more articles on the film and video industry? Check these out.10k Vs 100k Vs 500k: Feature Film Budgets ComparedThe History and Power of Sound Design in the Film IndustryThe Universal Language of Music: Interview with Composer Jacob YoffeeFilmmaking Fads and Trends: Don’t Let Them Bother YouThese Tribeca Docs Will Renew Your Faith In The Power of The Cameralast_img read more

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Want to Earn More in 2017? Move to Chicago

first_imgHoping to take home a bigger paycheck in 2017? Then you may want to not only change jobs, but also change locations. According to Glassdoor’s latest Local Pay Report, Chicago had the fastest year-over-year rise in median base pay of all major metropolitan areas studied.While overall U.S. base pay slowed to a 2.7 percent increase of $51,750 in December (compared to November’s 3.1 percent growth), Chicago’s median salary increased year-over-year by a rate of 4.0 percent to $56,635. Los Angeles, New York City and San Francisco, on the other hand, all saw year-over-year growth rates decline compared to November. [Related: 5 Jobs with the Biggest Pay Gains & Declines Now]And don’t worry — these bumps in salary aren’t just limited to software engineers, data scientists and other highly specialized positions. Pay is increasing all across the board, from education to retail and beyond. Here are a few notable positions with rapidly growing base salaries in Chicago:Construction Laborer, 11.7 percent YoY Growth (Median base pay $42,356)Customer Service Manager, 9.6 percent YoY Growth (Median base pay $56,140)Warehouse Associate, 9.4 percent YoY Growth (Median base pay $52,131)Recruiter, 8.9 percent YoY Growth (Median base pay $53,796)Graphic Designer, 7.2 percent YoY Growth (Median base pay $50,062)Teacher, 7.0 percent YoY Growth (Median base pay $53,154)Cashier, 6.6 percent YoY Growth (Median base pay $30,410)Combine those higher salaries with Chicago’s relatively affordable cost of living compared to other major metro areas, and professionals in the Windy City are living large. And with over 156,000 jobs available (up 17.7 percent since last year), you could be too. So if you’re willing to embrace the Midwest winter for a higher paycheck (and some fabulous shopping, dining and culture to boot), check out available jobs in Chicago here.Want more? Check out the Glassdoor Local Pay Reports can be found here! 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Available Jobs in Chicago, IL Customer Sales Representative American Transport Group Chicago, IL 4.1★ 3.4★ 23 hours ago 23h Healthcare Planner / Programmer Eckroth Planning Group Inc. Chicago, IL Registered Nurse Medical Surgical Full Time $10k Sign On & $3k Relocation available (Must Relocate to Palm Coast) AdventHealth Palm Coast Chicago, IL 3.5★ Physical Therapist – Outpatient / AthletiCo Chicago, IL CDL-A Flatbed Truck Driver Maverick USA Chicago, IL 2.9★ LCPC – Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center Chicago, IL 23 hours ago 23h 3.7★ 23 hours ago 23h Hair Stylist – Licensed – CHICAGO, IL-1657 W Divison St., 60622 Sport Clips Chicago, IL 23 hours ago 23h CDL A Regional Truck Driver USA Truck Chicago, IL 3.8★ 4.7★ 23 hours ago 23h 3.8★ 23 hours ago 23h 3.7★ Territory Account Executive (Outside Sales) Structured Communications Chicago, IL Medical Assistant Rush University Medical Center Chicago, IL 3.6★ 23 hours ago 23h See more jobs in Chicago, ILlast_img read more

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How to Get Ahead Without Becoming the Office Jerk

first_imgSometimes getting ahead at the office means that you have tunnel vision: You blow off work happy hours to stay late at the office. You don’t make small talk at meetings because you’re focused on your presentation. Maybe you undercut your coworkers so that you look better.No one wants to earn the title of office jerk, points out millennial career expert Jill Jacinto, but it happens to the best of us. And unfortunately, earning that title has the opposite effect of what we’re working toward when we turn down an office happy hour in favor of staying late: “That title will not earn you the respect you need to move up the ladder,” Jacinto says.There’s a balance between producing excellent work and cultivating collegiality that we must all strike, says Karen Elizaga, executive coach and author of Find Your Sweet Spot.“Think about the people you like around you,” she says. “You will stay late for them, help them out in a pinch, and support their promotions. And think of the flipside—the person who you despise because he or she does not seem like a team player. Think about whether you would bend over backwards to help him or her, or whether you would encourage bigger and better things for that person. Chances are very slim.”So here, our experts give nine tips that will keep you from becoming the office jerk while you work your way to the top.1. Smile like you mean it. According to Elizaga, a smile is disarming—and that makes it an easy and super-quick way to connect to coworkers. “Even if you are constantly working every minute of your day, rushing in and out of meetings, as you pass others in the hallway or at their desks, just make eye contact and smile,” Elizaga suggests. “You don’t even need to say a word—any perception of office jerk will be dispelled.”Here’s Why It’s Important to Get Along With Your Coworkers2. Don’t interrupt. Every office has the interrupter, the worker who “sits smugly around the boardroom and seems to jump in every other sentence,” Jacinto describes. But if you can bite your tongue and let others speak—even when you are biting at the bit with a brilliant idea—you’ll be seen as all the kinder. “Listen and let other people speak,” Jacinto advises.3. Make small talk. Small talk isn’t anyone idea of good conversation—but making it is essential to gaining your coworkers’ trust and appreciation. Bonus: Small talk doesn’t take a lot of time or brainpower. “There are moments that you aren’t working where you can capitalize on relationships: making coffee, looking in the refrigerator, going up and down in the elevator,” Elizaga says. “These are the times where you’re not otherwise focused on the content of your work, and where you can take a few seconds to make someone else feel seen and ultimately a connection.”4. Don’t steal others’ ideas. Much like the interrupter, an idea-stealer is always seen as the office jerk. So, “give credit where credit is due,” Jacinto encourages. “Moving up the [company] ladder happens when you can work on a team. You cannot do it alone.” If you don’t work as a team, Jacinto warns, “people will start to see you as an idea-stealer and shift away from you. This equates to less inspiration, brainstorm, and projects.”5. Say “please” and “thank you.” Manners matter in a professional environment, Elizaga says. “You don’t need to forget your manners or the importance of connection in order to get ahead at work,” she says. As you work, be sure to thank others for their contributions to the team, and ask for things in a kind, congenial way, Elizaga says. “These little things are so easy to execute, and the people on the receiving end really appreciate it,” she says.6. Don’t be the know-it-all. No one really knows it all, right? So to avoid being the office jerk, we also have to avoid being the know-it-all who won’t listen to others’ ideas, Jacinto says. “Learn from your colleagues, and treat them with respect,” she says. “The more open you are from learning from them, the more you’ll improve your relationships and skills.”5 Biggest Mistakes New Hires Make & How to Avoid Them7. Give people context. You’re focused on killing your presentation—and that’s A-OK. But rather than brush off your coworker who wants to chat for no reason at all, let her know why you’re buried in research materials. “You can let others know that you need this time to focus, and then once it’s over, thank them for their attention and support,” says Elizaga. “Their knowing that you are working hard, want to execute well, and have some slight nerves will make you seem human, and the more human you are, the more connected you are to others, and the harder it will be for someone to perceive you negatively.”8. Respect others’ work environments. If you’re always making (loud) personal calls from your desk, you’re probably seen as the office jerk, Jacinto says. “Guess what: no one cares about your hair appointment, prescription refill, or doggy daycare issue,” she warns. If you have to make personal calls on work time, “lower your voice and limit these calls,” says Jacinto. “Or better yet, take a walk when you have personal calls to make.”9. Take time for lunch and happy hour. You may have better things to do than grab a bite to eat with your coworkers—or kibitz with your boss over after-work cocktails. But every once in a while, Elizaga says, you should make time for an office lunch out or a work happy hour. “It’s hard to dislike someone if they let you know who they are and how they operate,” she explains. “Lunch and happy hours don’t need to be long drawn out events. You can say: ‘Hey, I have a big project that I need to finish, but I have about 20 minutes and would love to grab a sandwich, beer, or cocktail downstairs.’”last_img read more

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I Make $6,000 a Month Freelancing

first_imgWhen I say I’m a freelancer, people tend to think that I only work when I feel like it or that I dabble in projects here and there. That couldn’t be further from the truth.Freelance writing has given me the opportunity to earn a respectable income while staying at home with my preschool-aged daughter most of the time. It has allowed my husband to quit his job in order to pursue the career he always wanted. Most importantly, it has enabled me to create a career that fulfills all my needs.This year I’m on track to make about $6,000 a month freelancing. Here’s how I do it.Treat Writing Like the Business It IsIn order to make a full-time income as a freelancer while also caring for my child and household, I need to work smart. Over the years, I’ve realized that freelancing isn’t a side hobby or merely supplemental income. It is a business, and in order for it to function properly, I need to treat it as such.The first step to doing this was changing how I viewed myself. At first, when people would ask me what I did for a living, I would say that I was a writer, which would elicit all kinds of annoying responses like, “Oh, what’s your blog?” Now, I say I am a journalist or that I own my own business, which earns me more respect and more accurately represents what I actually do.With any business, record keeping is important. I tally my income and expenses in a Google spreadsheet. I track pitches sent and the results, and I recently started logging my hours using Toggl. All of this record keeping gives me information that I can use to evaluate what is working well for my business and what is not. Ultimately, that translates to more money, since I adjust my actions accordingly.I have a website and professional portfolio. In the beginning, updating these felt like a waste of time because I wasn’t sure anyone was paying attention. However, last summer I was assigned a story for a regional print magazine after the editor found my website. More recently, my Contently profile has been bringing in steady work. Although paying for and maintaining a website might feel silly at first, just one assignment can pay for the time invested.4 Tips for Building an Incredible Online PortfolioFinally, I regularly hire child care. Any work-from-home parent knows there is no way to do it all at once, and having regular blocks of time to work is essential.Build up Regular ClientsThe most exhausting part of freelancing is finding work. For a writer, that means pitching different publications to try to sell them your story ideas. Good pitches take time, and even successful writers enjoy acceptance rates of only about 50 percent.Considering that, it makes sense to try to get assignments without needing to pitch. This is where regular clients — or anchor clients — come in. They give you guaranteed work each month that you don’t need to fight for. This frees up time for pitching other publications and also relieves some of the emotional burden that comes with the unpredictability of freelancing.I currently have four anchor clients, who combine to make up about $4,500 of my income a month. That means three-quarters of my monthly income goal is taken care of before I start pitching. Of course, freelance is unpredictable, so I know that any of these clients can disappear at a moment’s notice. In fact, early on in my freelance career, a publication that made up 80 percent of my income folded overnight. That experience taught me to diversify, even with anchor clients.Many writers struggle to find anchor clients. I’ve found mine everywhere from Facebook groups to job posting boards and even Craigslist. If I see a regular gig posted, I almost always apply. Once I land a regular client, I try to make myself indispensable so that editors turn to me if they ever have extra work and so that they’ll keep me on during cutbacks.Know Your Worth and ObjectivesCreative gigs are notoriously underpaid, and plenty of clients will want to pay you in peanuts or “exposure.” That’s why it’s important to know your worth, what your goals are, and what you’rewilling to do to get there.Three years ago, when I first started freelancing, my goal was to cover rent each month, which cost $1,200. When a low-paying job came along, I could decide whether it would bring me closer to that goal, and I said yes to almost everything.As I became more established, I got pickier with my projects, no longer writing for content mills that paid $30 or $40 per story. Then, I lost my anchor client, which sent me reeling. I was lucky to find another regular gig quickly. The pay was low, but the client needed a story every day. I decided to accept the job at much less than my regular rate because it would move me significantly closer to my income goal. I stayed with that gig for more than a year, until it started taking away from higher-paying projects.5 Ways to Earn More Money FreelancingPlay to Your StrengthsToday I work about 30 hours a week. I know which projects I can complete quickly and easily, and I opt to fill my schedule mostly with those. I’ve also become better at considering the hourly breakdown of a project. Being paid $1,200 for a story is great, but if it will require hours of interviewing and editing, I would be better off spending my time on lower-paying stories that are less time intensive.Being a freelancer isn’t a get-rich-quick plan, and getting to the point of making $6,000 a month has taken a lot of hard work and mistakes. 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