Predictions for trends for the incoming 12 months always come out at year’s end, and print design speculations for what’s going to be in are no exception. With 2015 almost gone, it’s obvious that business took the cue from the experts because they still viewed print ads seriously as a potent marketing strategy. Here are last year’s print design trend forecasts along with some of the best and award-worthy print adverts and why they are so. View Infographic ›
Bed bugs are a nuisance. In fact, for all the discomfort and difficulty they cause, they’re a bit more like a plague. Unfortunately these dreadful creatures are on the rise in cities around the United States. From New York City to Anchorage, homeowners are increasingly calling on pest control to eliminate these bugs. This raises the question, why are bed bugs on the rise?
The Bed Bug Boom
Bed bugs have been around a long time; there is evidence of these pests over 3,000 years ago in Egypt. As for the United States, we had nearly eliminated bed bugs by the 1970s because of the use of DDT-based pesticides. Unfortunately, when we stopped using DDT, most pesticides were adjusted to specifically target cockroaches. Since cockroaches are a natural predator of bed bugs, the bed bug population flourished as the cockroaches disappeared. Read More ›
Even while American kids improve in other subjects, United States youth are only getting worse at handling money. According to the Jump$tart Coalition, an organization that aims to educate American youth on good financial habits, high school seniors regularly score lower than 48 percent on tests concerning personal finance, and college seniors rarely do much better with scores of around 65 percent. With such limited knowledge of finances, it should be no surprise that roughly one in four young adults is spending more than s/he makes despite having unpaid student loans, medical bills, and more. View Infographic ›
Australia is a huge country and there are so many benefits with hiring a campervan. They are economical, give you complete freedom, are convenient, and are a cost-effective way of seeing all the attractions and landmarks this large continent has to offer.
Just think – no expensive hotel rooms, no early checkouts, no bag packing and complete flexibility to travel whenever suits you. You aren't limited to one destination and if you add up the costs of renting a campervan, you end up saving money that can be spent elsewhere.
This handy infographic gives you an understanding of what a campervan is, the benefits, limitations and some realities you need to be prepared for on your trip:
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Date looking at truck accidents in the US each year.
People passionate about writing are fortunate these days as they have more freedom in choosing the type of work they want to pursue. The best part is they can do it in the comfort of their homes. That's the best perk of freelance writing.
In North America today, writers make up nearly half of freelancers. In the U.S., an estimated 53 million Americans are freelancing. Based on the 2012 Freelance Industry Report, 18 percent of freelancers claimed writing as their primary skill while 10 percent said they are skilled in copy-editing and another 10 percent listed copy-writing as their main skill. Other skills listed included translating, web development and marketing.
The number of freelancers is predicted to continue growing moving forward and more companies are expected to embrace this growth. Writers who wish to do freelance work can simply visit several sites including freelance jobs board that provide a list of online and other freelancing jobs. Elance is a popular platform that connects freelancers including writers and editors with contractors looking for staff to outsource certain tasks.
With the trend in content marketing going strong these days, the demand for freelance writers remains high. Reports have noted that companies of all sizes are now allocating a specific budget solely for content marketing and many use freelance writers to meet this demand. In addition, writers can actually more if they are resourceful enough. As of 2010, the median annual wage of writers was at $55,420 or an equivalent of $26.64 per hour based on data from the U.S. Department of Labor.
The outlook for freelance writers is bright. It is predicted to grow six percent until 2010. Among the writers that will be in demand moving forward are those specializing in SEO, social media and content marketing.
Apart from able to work from home, freelance writers can also easily find a job without having to prove their educational background. As long as they can show samples of their writing work, they can eventually get writing projects even from several contractors. Furthermore, as a freelancer, one can choose the niche he or she wants to focus on, set his own rates and create his own service offerings.
An added bonus is that you can actually become a sub-contractor. This means you can create your own team of writers and then accept assignments in bulk. Or you can also accept work from other freelance writers who may need help in writing the many assignments they have.
The infographic below provides more details on the trends in freelance writing.