Not surprisingly, the prevalence of social media in the courtroom has risen as more people have adopted it. Everything you post – whether you expect it to be private or public – can come back to haunt you if you take someone to court or are taken to court. People have lost jobs, been refused custody, and been denied disability claims on the basis of social media profiles. [Read more…]
What’s better than learning from people who’ve already been successful in business and not people who haven’t? It’s always a little difficult taking financial advisors seriously because they pass along retirement investing advice and yet they’ve never been retired or tried living off their own investments. It’s all theoretical. However, with successful entrepreneurs who are willing to share their experiences with other people so they can better themselves, there’s a genuineness that one can put faith in. [Read more…]
Bloggers, like “traditional” journalists, are protected from legal action by a variety of laws. However, they also have unique responsibilities under the law, and not all bloggers are aware of those responsibilities. What does the law require of you, and how can you avoid a lawsuit?
The laws discussed below only apply to bloggers living in the United States. If you’re not a resident of the United States, your own laws may be very different. For example, while the United States permits Holocaust denial and other forms of repugnant speech, the German government is not as lenient.
According to Sherwin Arzani, a civil attorney in Los Angeles, CA, “This doesn’t give you a right to speak without consequence, however. It’s important to remember that this amendment is all about the relationship between citizens and the government: it doesn’t protect you from other citizens.”
The Internet has become a vehicle for justice and change. With thousands of people blogging about the problems they encounter with society, it is inevitable that some of these people will find themselves in trouble (even killed) for their writings. Some bloggers pay the ultimate price for their content. In fact, many more than you probably think. [Read more…]
It doesn’t really matter why you chose the non-traditional way of making money by freelancing. If you’re still doing it, you’ve definitely found out it’s a tough business. And one of the reasons is that employers often expect to find cheap services from people in need of money and with a lot of time on their hands – which is almost never the case.
Here are some of the reasons why you should never accept less than what your work is worth from an employer and never compromise. [Read more…]
It has been a longstanding debate: to use an Oxford comma or not. Personally, I don’t, but that’s the reporter in me. Many grammar experts would disagree and say the Oxford comma should always be used in formal writing.
Asking if you should create a blog for your business is a little like asking Walt Disney, if he were alive today, if any money can be made by drawing a cartoon mouse.
There’s a reason why blogs went from 0 to 150 million in 20 years.
In fact, here are at least five solid reasons: [Read more…]
Working from home. It’s the dream, right? Never again will you have to wake up and drag yourself to the office. Since you’re around the house all the time, your family obligations will be a cinch to take care of. When you work remotely as a freelancer, it’s much easier to manage your work/life balance, right?
The unfortunate reality is that working from home is hard work, indeed. Sure, you don’t have to wake up and drag yourself to the office—but that convenience comes with a price. In our quest to be successful, sometimes we create the inverse scenario: the office never leaves us. As it turns out, your work/life balance may actually be more difficult to manage when your workplace and home are one and the same. It’s hard to keep up with things when you work all hours of the day and night, only sometimes finding time to eat and sleep. [Read more…]
“There is no such thing as bad publicity,” as the saying goes.
However, there is such a thing as a PR nightmare.
This bad dream is the type that, even after years have passed, remains in your memory like carpet stain. Try as you might scrub it out from your mind, it will always be there as a reminder of this one terrible thing that happened a long time ago.
In this post, we shall return to PR mishaps that have left an indelible mark in PR history.
Keeping up with the theme of the site, we will feature PR nightmares that took place in this strange social networking site called Twitter.
And so it is. Summer in the city.
People are trying to convince you that it’s really hot outside, and you can kind of deduce that while admiring bald, sweaty heads and legs in shorts as people stroll on the street right next to your glass-walled office. Half of your team are on holiday, conquering Facebook with pictures of beaches and sunsets by the sea, while the other half are in the process of packing and expanding their collection of bikinis and swimsuits.
To cut a long story short, it’s not that easy to focus on work during these summer days. That’s why we’re bringing you seven supreme ways of boosting your productivity when the heat is on. Not tested on animals, only on office humans. [Read more…]