Harry Maguire will be “happy not to have signed for Manchester United”, says Robert Huth, with the Leicester City defender having avoided the “turmoil” enveloping Old Trafford.The England international found his stock rising on the back of a productive summer which saw him star for the Three Lions at World Cup 2018.Jose Mourinho was among those to have noted his talent, having competed against him in Premier League action during the 2017-18 campaign, and quickly made him a top target. 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! United were, however, to be left frustrated in their efforts to acquire a new centre-half before the transfer deadline passed, with Maguire one of several options to slip through their grasp.The 25-year-old has since penned a five-year contract extension with Leicester, while watching on from afar as struggles in Manchester have left Mourinho under pressure.Former Foxes defender Huth told Sky Sports of Maguire’s lucky escape: “Looking back, he’ll be happy not to have signed for Man United with all the turmoil that’s gone on.”I think he’s got another year or two at Leicester, another 100 games for them, and he can really establish himself as one of the top guys in the league. Then the sky’s the limit for him if he wants to go to Man United, Man City, Chelsea.”Huth found out the hard way last season just how good Maguire has become.Maguire played every minute of Leicester’s Premier League campaign, while former title winner Huth failed to make an appearance before being released at the end of his contract.The ex-Chelsea and Stoke star added: “That’s sport. I’ve done it when I’ve moved around to different clubs. It is what it is.”We always get on. We have the same goal, to try to get as many points for the team as we can.”Maguire’s brilliant. He really stepped in from day one. Straight away, you felt he was one of the Leicester players. He’s performed brilliantly from the start to now.”It’s almost gone the reverse [with centre-backs], you need to be a good ball player before you can defend, but Harry’s got both sides of that game. He can step in or pass and break a line, but ultimately, when the ball goes into his box, he’s the guy to clear it and do the defensive part of it.”While Maguire continues to impress at the King Power Stadium, 34-year-old Huth is yet to find a new club and remains a free agent.
Franck Ribery’s first goal of the season was a deserved reward for his unselfish play this season according to Niko Kovac, who singled the Frenchman out for praise after his performance in Bayern Munich’s 5-1 win over Benfica.Ribery scored Bayern’s fifth goal in a resounding victory that confirmed the Bavarians’ place in the last 16 of the Champions League, while Benfica’s hopes of progressing from Group E were ended.On a night when Arjen Robben and Robert Lewandowski scored two goals each, Bayern head coach Kovac praised the contribution of 35-year-old winger Ribery in particular. 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! “He was finally able to reward himself,” Kovac told reporters.”Franck works very hard on the pitch and brings his team-mates into the game.”Today he scored, and he earned that.”Good performance from the team. Let‘s keep these vibes up #together #miasanmia #fr7 @FCBayern pic.twitter.com/HSza3sg1yz — Franck Ribéry (@FranckRibery) November 27, 2018 The German champions went into the game reeling from a 3-3 draw with Fortuna Dusseldorf that left them fifth in the Bundesliga, nine points behind league leaders Borussia Dortmund.But Robben scored twice inside 30 minutes and there were no signs of nerves from the home side as they brushed their opponents aside.Kovac summed up the performance, saying: “Everything was on song.”We defended well and took our chances at the other end.”We finally managed to maintain a high performance level throughout the full 90 minutes.”It may sound strange, but when we play in the Champions League or in the big league games, you can see that my team is capable, but when we come up against the slightly smaller teams, we sometimes don’t play to our full strengths.”We need to play to our best for 90 minutes, as we did today.”Benfica head coach Rui Vitoria, whose side will drop into the Europa League following their final Group E match against AEK Athens, admitted his defence came up short against Bayern.”We weren’t good,” he said, “We didn’t implement our strategy well.”A lot of that is due to Bayern, who were superior. They are one of the biggest teams in Europe.”We needed to be more organised in defence and quicker in our attacks, but we didn’t manage that.”
An arrest warrant has been issued for Sheffield Wednesday forward Fernando Forestieri after he failed to attend court.The 28-year-old was due to appear at Mansfield Magistrates Court on Friday.Forestieri was charged with using threatening words and behaviour, and racially aggravated harassment on 24 July. 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 offences allegedly occurred after Sheffield Wednesday’s pre-season match against League Two side Mansfield Town at the Stags’ One Call Stadium.However, after Forestieri failed to attend a warrant without bail was issued.Forestieri began his youth career in 2003 with Argentine side Newell’s Old Boys. Despite being born in Argentina, Forestieri is eligible for Italy thanks to his parents and represented the Azzurri from Under-17 through to Under-21 level.The striker moved to Italy in 2006, signing a three-year deal with Serie A side Genoa. He then joined Udinese in 2009 before immediately going out on loan to La Liga side Malaga.Forestieri also had temporary spells at Bari and Empoli before moving to Watford on loan in the summer of 2012. He would go on to sign a permanent five-and-a-half year deal at Vicarage Road six months later.He was part of the Hornets side that finished second in the Championship in 2015 to earn promotion to the Premier League. However, we wouldn’t represent the club in the top flight, leaving for Sheffield Wednesday that summer on a four-year deal.He was top scorer in his first season at Hillsborough, scoring 15 goals as the Yorkshire club reached the play-off final before losing 1-0 to Hull at Wembley.After impressing in south Yorkshire, Forestieri signed a new contract in January 2017 keeping him at Hillsborough until the summer of 2020.Forestieri has scored three goals in 13 appearances in what has been a difficult season for the club so far.The Owls sacked manager Jos Luhukay last week after just under a year in charge at Hillsborough with the club 18th in the Championship table, six points above the relegation zone.Caretaker boss Lee Bullen has won both his matches in charge 1-0 to lift the club up to 16th.Next up for Wednesday is a trip to the Hawthorns to take on third-placed West Brom on Saturday.
Football Club Barcelona chief on Tuesday guaranteed that Argentine maestro Lionel Messi will have the world’s best financial offer to stay with them. (Latest Football stories)During a press conference to review the past year, Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu said the club will make a huge effort to renew Messi’s contract as they want the Argentine star to end his playing career at Barcelona, reports Efe.The Catalan club chief reiterated that the 29-year-old is without doubt the best ever soccer player in the history of the game.Bartomeu confirmed that there will be negotiations with the forward to renew his contract, pointing out that he is happy at the club.Messi’s contract expires on June 30, 2018.
An Aamir Khan film is not just a film, it is an event for all Indians with their family, friends, neighbours and their neighbour’s friend to come together.Dangal, roughly made on a budget of Rs 70 crore released in theatres on December 23 in the Christmas weekend – a time particularly fruitful for all Aamir Khan ventures – has already grossed Rs 107 crore in three days!The film has earned appreciation from audiences and critics alike with many calling Dangal as Aamir’s best film till date.ALSO READ: DANGAL MOVIE REVIEWALSO READ: Dangal crosses Rs 100 crore in just three days OPINION: Dangal is not a typical masala film but it still works. Here’s whyALSO WATCH: What works in Dangal and what doesn’t Truly, Dangal’s stupendous success at the box office have made pundits wonder: How is it that the film is making so much money when demonetisation has sent the country on a cash crunch?Unlike multiplexes, single-screen theatres, especially in Tier-B and Tier-C cities, mostly run on cash where the audience member pays for his/her tickets by hand at the counter as opposed to booking a ticket online. Even then, Dangal has shown humongous growth at the box office (Rs 42.35 alone on Sunday). How?Here we look into the reasons why Aamir Khan’s Dangal has been able to make such a big dent at the box office despite demonetisation woes…1. Based on a true underdog storyDangal is based on the true story of Haryanvi wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat’s lifelong struggle to turn his daughters Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari into world-class wrestlers. The story encapsulates one man’s determination against social stigma in a Haryanvi village where people would not consider women as capable of doing anything other than getting married to cook, clean and produce babies. Mahavir Phogat showed what women are capable of doing when given the right training and infrastructure and who better than Aamir Khan to showcase such a magical story on the big screen?advertisement2. It’s an Aamir Khan productAamir Khan’s last big film was PK which released in 2014. It was an all-time blockbuster becoming the highest-grossing Indian film of all time. Earlier to that, Aamir’s big film was Dhoom 3 which released in 2012. Aamir has made a habit of producing the best films of the year and he does it once every two years. As such, people were waiting with bated breath for Dangal and now that it has arrived and now that it has earned so many plaudits, it is expected that Dangal is going to break all box-office records.3. An out and out crowd-pleaserA story of social empowerment. Check. A story of feminism winning the world. Check. A story of class struggle. Check. A story where India shows the world where it is capable of. Check. Great music. Check. Great acting from Aamir and co. Check. Well-choreographed fight scenes. Check. Check. Check. Nitesh Tiwari’s Dangal has pretty much everything going for it. The film has a strong, tight screenplay filled with the kind of humour and nuance Rajkumar Hirani films are known for. If Dangal can’t become a hit, what can?4. The Dangal girlsDangal is held together by the central performances of four girls. Zaira Wasim and Fatima Sana Shaikh as the young and old Geeta Phogat respectively. And Suhani Bhatnagar and Sanya Malhotra as the young and old Babita Kumari respectively. The young Phogat girls give world-class performances. They show their initial irritation and disgust with father Mahavir, the tough coach, with amazing expressiveness, followed by determination and swag in their faces when they slowly march on their way to become top wrestlers. Meanwhile, Fatima as the older, more complicated Geeta gives a multi-layered performance while Sanya Malhotra is equally good as Babita. Dangal would be nothing without these girls.5. Plain old word of mouthNo marketing gimmick. No item songs. No dancing around tress. No six-pack abs. In fact, Aamir as the older Mahavir Singh Phogat sports a giant paunch in Dangal. There is nothing in Dangal that is traditionally crowd-pulling. Aamir, the male star of the film, is not seen bashing up a hundred villains. Neither are Dangal’s heroines wearing micro-minis and getting wet in the rain. Still, Dangal is working because India’s people have genuinely accepted the film and are spreading their good word about it to others over work, while chatting in their neighbourhood or simply over social media. The power of the people can never fail.
Responding to questions on the ongoing Punjabi versusResponding to questions on the ongoing Punjabi versus outsider debate taking centre stage ahead of the February 4 Assembly polls in the neighbouring Punjab, Khattar said he was in favour of the chief minister being from the state.”CM may be of any party, but he should be of that state, I agree with this. If he is from Haryana or any other state (the next Punjab CM) that thing has no meaning. Here in Haryana, will we like that a person from other state becomes the CM here? Will we want that, we will never want that…,” he said.To another question about the officers who were found to be negligent in their duty during the Jat stir in February last year, Khattar said the suspension of those officials who were issued show cause notices may be revoked if their replies were found to be satisfactory.He, however, clarified that revoking their suspension will not mean that cases, if any, registered against them, will also be taken back.Replying to other queries, Khattar said the state government was working on a project of State Resident Data Base and removing flaws in the system to resolve land disputes.He said the project had been hanging fire for many years and he wanted to complete it at the earliest so as to have detailed information about all residents as it would help in providing them various services like admission to schools, immunisation and death certificates at their doorsteps.advertisementKhattar said there were a large number of cases of land disputes.He said the system had many flaws. So, a software was being developed to effectively deal with the issue, he said.On his biggest achievement as chief minister, he said it was the restoration of peoples faith in the government.To another question, Khattar, a first-time MLA from Karnal, said as a child he had the intuition that he would do something unusual in life but not that he would get the opportunity to serve a state as its chief minister.He also recalled how he joined the RSS, became its parcharak and was devoted to social service before taking a plunge into politics.He said the state government was preparing a scheme to provide affordable meals to workers and the poor living in bastis and added that a proposal was being considered to increase the amount of accident insurance for state roadways bus passengers.He also said the government has set a target to develop two lakh affordable houses under the Deen Dayal Jan Awas Yojana by 2019. The Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana of the central government aims to provide housing for all by 2022.Khattar said the state government was considering giving employment opportunities to outstanding sportspersons in the state in not only the police department but other departments as well. He said a committee has already been constituted to streamline the process and its first meeting has already been held.”Its not possible to appoint every such sportsperson as Deputy Superintendent of Police. However, priority will be given to seek their services for promotion of sports,” he added. PTI SUN AAR
India played only up to 75 per cent of their potential and still have scope for improvement despite a series-clinching 15-run win in the second One-Day International (ODI) match against England here on Thursday, skipper Virat Kohli said. (Vintage Yuvraj Singh is back with a bang)India rode on centuries from Yuvraj Singh and Mahendra Singh Dhoni to edge out England by 15 runs in a high-scoring thriller at the Barabati Stadium to clinch the three-match series, having won the first match at Pune. (Nice to see Dhoni play freely: Yuvraj)Yuvraj (150) and Dhoni (134) displayed superb form with the bat to help India recover from a poor start and post and massive total of 381/6. (Dhoni joins Sachin Tendulkar in elite list)In reply, England came up with a brave challenge spearhead by a century from Eoin Morgan to post 366/8 in their 50 overs.”I think we are playing up to only 75 percent of out potential,” Kohi said after the win. (Tendulkar on Yuvraj-Dhoni fireworks: Amazing partnership between superstar and rockstar)Kohli said he wasn’t sure how many runs India could post after being sent into bat and being reduced to 25/3. But he was glad Yuvraj and Dhoni added 256 runs for the fourth wicketin 38.2 overs to bring the Indian innings back on track after England pacer Chris Woakes had reduced the hosts to 25/3 by the fifth over.”We were wondering if we had a good start where we were going to end up. 25/3, scoring at four runs an over and ending up with 381 was incredible.advertisement”I though 340 was par, 380 was far fetched though they got close going hard at the start and at the end. Bowling second was pretty difficult and I was wondering how it would have been had we chased this one,” he added.He also credited the team’s premier spinners for their valuable contribution in the win.Star off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3/65 in his 10 overs. Pacer Jasprit Bumrah returned 2/81 while Ravindra Jadeja and Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked up a wicket each.”The next game will be key for us with the Champions Trophy coming up. Both the spinners coming off a strong Test series has been a strong point for us. The way they struck in the middle overs and pulled things back for us for useful,” the skipper said.Morgan expressed disappointment at failing to win after reaching so close to the target.We weren’t at our best today. Disappointed to get very close and not manage to get over the line. We weren’t at our best today with the ball and to bowl to Dhoni and Yuvraj with the bats these days and the five men inside the circle is never easy,” he said.The final match of the three-match series is in Kolkata on January 22.
Pune, Jan 24 (PTI) Shetkari Sanghatana, a farmers organisation in Maharashtra, today demanded lifting of the ban on bullock cart racing in the state and threatened to launch a state-wide agitation over the issue.A Shiv Sena MP from Pune district had also demanded a rollback of the ban on bullock cart races recently.”Today, we held a meeting of farmers, owners of bullock carts, representatives of political parties at Miraj in Sangali district. During the meeting, it was decided that if the ban on bullock cart racing is not lifted and the sport is not allowed to be resumed in the state, we will launch a state-wide agitation,” Raghunath Patil, president of Shetkari Sanghatana, said.He said that on January 30, the Shetkari Sanghatana will hold a stir in Pune to press for the demand.”In various parts of the state, bullock cart racing is popular. There was a great demand for bulls of a particular breed in rural parts and farmers used to get good returns for such animals, which were trained and reared with utmost care,” Patil said.”However, since there is ban on bullock cart racing in the state, farmers are feeling the pinch as such competitions in the rural parts of the state cannot take place,” he said adding that farmers are already facing hardships due to beef ban.”A good trained and young bull used to fetch almost Rs One lakh, however, now farmers are not getting Rs 15,000 for same animal,” he added.He added that a lie is being spread that the animal is subjected to cruelty. “But the fact is that utmost care is taken about the animal in its rearing,” he said.advertisementMeanwhile, Shiv Sena MP from Shirur constituency in Pune district, Shivajirao Adhalrao Patil, who had demanded lifting of a ban on bullock cart sport, today said that soon his partys delegation would meet CM to press for the demand.He had earlier said that taking a cue from Tamil Nadu CM, the Maharashtra government and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis should approach the Prime Minister and seek a central ordinance to lift the ban on bullock cart racing in the state. PTI SPK NP JMF
South Africa have called on the uncapped pair of Heinrich Klaasen and Theunis de Bruyn for the three-match Test series in New Zealand next month, while there is also a return for fast bowler Morne Morkel.Wicketkeeper-batsman Klaasen will act as cover for Quinton de Kock, while De Bruyn is retained from the squad that beat Sri Lanka by an innings an 118 runs in their last Test in Johannesburg in January. (Also read: New Zealand snap South Africa’s 12-ODI winning streak)Right-hander Klaasen finished the domestic four-day competition with 635 runs at an average of 48.84, including a best of 195.Fast bowler Duanne Olivier, the leading wicket-taker in domestic cricket this season, made his debut in that game, posting match figures of 5/57, and has been retained.There is also a recall for fit-again Chris Morris, whose last test was against England in January 2016, while Morkel has also spent the last 13 months on the sidelines with back problems.”Heinrich Klaasen was one of the top performers throughout the (domestic) season and he is rewarded for his form,” Cricket South Africa selection convener Linda Zondi said in a statement on Friday.”Morne Morkel has worked hard on his fitness over the past few months, and we believe he is now 100 percent fit and fully able to compete for his place in the team.”The other seamers in the squad are Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada and Wayne Parnell, with Keshav Maharaj the only recognised spinner.The side will be captained by Faf du Plessis, with leading batsmen AB de Villiers announcing earlier in the year that he would not be available for this tour.advertisementThe first Test starts in Dunedin on March 8. South Africa have won their last three Test series, away in Australia and home to New Zealand and Sri Lanka.South Africa squad: Faf du Plessis (captain), Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Stephen Cook, Theunis de Bruyn, Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, Dean Elgar, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris, Duanne Olivier, Wayne Parnell, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada
Son Heung-min grabbed a hat-trick as he seamlessly filled the void left by Harry Kane’s injury-enforced early departure, powering Tottenham into the FA Cup semifinals with a 6-0 rout of third-tier Millwall on Sunday. (Latest Football stories)The South Korean made it six goals in four FA Cup games this season and he even set up fellow forward Vincent Janssen to end a seven-month wait for a goal from open play since joining Tottenham.Christian Eriksen, who replaced Kane after 10 minutes, provided the cross for Son’s third after scoring the opener and also set up Dele Alli’s second-half strike.But the joy at sealing Tottenham’s trip to the semifinals for the first time in five years was tempered by Kane’s ankle injury. Tottenham’s top scorer missed 10 games after twisting the same right ankle in September and manager Mauricio Pochettino fears the worst again after he left in a protective boot.”We cannot cry, we have to try to be positive,” Pochettino said. “We have enough players to replace him.”Son can never be sure of a starting spot but he has netted 13 goals this season.”Son can play like a striker,” Pochettino said. “If you remember one of our best performances was a game against Manchester City here and he was the striker here when Harry was injured (and set up Alli’s goal).”We have different possibilities and different formations. Of course I am sad about Harry’s injury but now I try to find solutions and try to find which is the best player to replace him.”advertisementSon’s first goal came after initially struggling to control a pass but he recovered, cutting inside defender Jake Cooper and curling a shot into the far corner five minutes before halftime. Son doubled his tally nine minutes into the second half, getting ahead of Cooper again to latch onto Kieran Trippier’s high pass from the halfway line and volleying into the net. The third in stoppage time was helped into the net by goalkeeper Tom King who let Son’s strike slip through his legs as he fumbled the save.Son was also the target of abuse from some Millwall fans when he touched the ball in the first half at White Hart Lane, with chants of “DVD” and “selling three for a fiver” aimed at him. Millwall manager Neil Harris was asked in the post-match news conference about such chants being racially offensive Asian stereotypes.”I’m sure it will be investigated and left to the authorities,” Harris said. “We want people dealt with harshly. … It’s wrong in football and wrong in society.”Herman Ouseley, the Millwall-supporting chairman of anti-racism group Kick It Out, was unaware of the offensive interpretation of the “DVD”-related chants.”If complaints are made they will have to be looked at to see if they have any validity to see if it stirs up racial hatred,” Ouseley told The Associated Press.There was a heavy police presence outside the ground, with some confrontations between rival fans before and after the game. Inside, though, there was no disorder at what could be the last FA Cup game at White Hart Lane.The semifinal will see the 1991 FA Cup winners visit their second home at Wembley. Tottenham’s Champions League and Europa League games were played at English soccer’s national stadium this season and it is set to play every fixture there next season as White Hart Lane is demolished to make way for a new stadium.Tottenham join north London rival Arsenal and Manchester City in a strong semifinal lineup that will be completed after Chelsea hosts Manchester United on Monday.
Mumbai, Mar 26 (PTI) Shuttlers Purva Barve and Varun Kapur handed India double delight by winning their respective age group sections in the Li Ning-Israel Open 2017.The tournament was held at the Sports Hall, Rishon LeZion in Israel.Both Pune-based Nikhil Kanetkar Badminton Academy (NKBA) cadets made short work of their rivals and won one-sided final encounters, a media release issued here said today.Ranked No. 70 in the world, Purva, the fourth-seed in the Under-19 Womens Singles, proved to be a runaway winner against the world No. 61 and third-seeded Lela Minadze (Russia) and signed off registering a 21-6, 21-4 scoreline in 18 minutes.For the 16-year-old Pune-born lass, the title was her first junior title in an international competition, it added.”Winning my first international title is like a dream come true,” said Purva.Meanwhile, in the Under-15 Boys Singles, top-seeded Varun emerged undefeated in the league cum knockout format in the Youth segment.In the final, Varun steamrolled Englands Toby Dillingham 21-10, 21-2 to bag his second International title in as many participated. Earlier, in December 2016 Varun had bagged the Under-15 crown at the Cyprus International Open, it added. PTI NRB NSK BAS
New Delhi, Apr 10 (PTI) BMW Motorrad, the two-wheeler arm of luxury German carmaker, has officially started operations in India.Earlier, the entity was operating in India with importers who had sales outlets in Mumbai and New Delhi.”We see a tremendous potential in this country and we are pleased to introduce BMW Motorrad as a part of the Indian subsidiary of BMW Group,” BMW Motorrad Head of Region Asia, China, Pacific, South Africa Dimitris Raptis said in a statement.Currently, BMW Motorrad is in the process of setting-up the team and dealer network in India with Shivapada Ray having been appointed already as head of the organisation.In the initial phase, it will set up dealerships in Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Mumbai and Pune.”BMW Motorrad is an inherent and highly emotional part of the BMW brand. Our products stand for passion, innovation and safety on two wheels. We want our existing and prospective customers to forge new paths and make BMW Motorrad a part of their aspirational lifestyle and pursue joy through riding,” BMW Group India President Vikram Pawah said.BMW Motorrad sells a range of premium bikes across categories including sports, tour, roadster, heritage and adventure.It will sell models like BMW S 1000 RR, BMW R 1200 RS, BMW R 1200 RT, BMW K 1600 GTL, BMW R 1200 R, BMW S 1000 R, BMW R NineT, BMW R NineT Scrambler, BMW R 1200 G S Adventure, BMW R 1200 GS and BMW S 1000 XR.All the models will be available as Completely Built-up Units (CBU). PTI MSS SBTadvertisement
Are you getting paid as much as other freelancers? Are you the only one who has trouble finding clients? Does your city have a lot of freelancers, or are you the only one?Sometimes, as independents, it’s hard to get a sense of how other freelancers are faring. That’s why we love this great infographic from Anna at GraphicDesignDegreeHub, which gives us the answers to these and other important questions. We are happy to see that 90% of freelancers are happy working solo, but know that in the future, we’ll have to work together to figure out new systems that mitigate risk from all of the “cons” of the freelance life, like access to affordable benefits, the feast or famine cycle, and work/life balance.Source: The Pros and Cons of Being a Freelancer
Gone are the days of having to dig through a dusty encyclopedia to find the information you seek.Personally, I’m delighted to live in a time where all of the world’s information can be accessed from a magical, pocket-sized device.But with so much information available to us, how do we identify the most important blogs for a freelance lifestyle?At Freelancers Union, we do our best to keep tabs on those blogs providing the most practical advice for freelancers, as well as those that feature the brilliant innovations being made by those pioneers laying the groundwork for the new economy.What kind of a union would we be if we didn’t share these blogs with you, the freelance workforce?Whether they’re hosting job boards, providing tips for making your website more user-friendly, or simply keeping you up to date on the shape of the new economy, we believe that all of these blogs are important resources for the growing freelance workforce.Here are the 25 best blogs for freelancers.Do you have a favorite that you think we’ve left out? Let us know in the comments section!Freelancers Taking Care of Their OwnWork Made for HireThis blog features creative business advice from an incredibly creative person. You name it, Katie Lane has probably done it. Luckily, she’s nice enough to share her wisdom with the world.**The Renegade Writer **There are no rules, you need to do what works for you. That’s the concept behind Diana Burrell and Linda Formichelli’s blog on developing a meaningful freelance life. This blog features posts meant to inspire freelancers to establish their own rules for success.**oDesk Blog **A collaborative online workplace that provides freelancers with the tools necessary for success. It’s freelancers looking out for freelancers.**The Freelance Strategist **Ready to quit your job and join the freelance workforce? This blog will help you develop a strategy for finding the right job, making it work, and getting paid.**Write to Done **There’s nothing wrong with keeping your writing skills sharp and keeping up with this blog will help you do just that. Their blog specifically focuses on freelancing, the art of writing, blogging, copywriting, and a number of other topics.**Freelance Switch **One of the more popular resources for all things freelance. Freelance news and advice, a job board and more.Job StockPractical tips for all freelancers, from the experienced to the uninitiated. Includes a job board and freelancer search as well.A Successful Freelancer is a Healthy FreelancerLifehackerNews on recent technology and profiles on innovative thinkers and advice for your daily life.**Zen Habits **Freelancer or not, we all need to allow ourselves time to breathe. Give yourself a minute and meditate on one of Leo Babauta’s regular postings on the many ways to keep your cool during those more chaotic moments.**Dumb Little Man – Tips for Life **Given the abundance of great advice included on this blog, this guy clearly doesn’t give himself enough credit. Advice on stress reduction and staying physically and financially healthy.The Latest in Technology**Mashable **Blog featuring the latest on business, tech, and social media news. They’re making it easier for you to keep your thumb on the pulse of the latest technological advances.**Venture Beat **New technology is a major component of the new economy, so Venture Beat is here to keep us informed on the latest developments.Web Designer DepotTheir website is beautiful and they want yours to look just as good. Features a number of free web designer kits, as well as articles on social media, html, branding, contests, and more.Pro BloggerBlogging can be exhausting and tedious, but sometimes it’s critical for freelance success. Incredibly useful blog content on the art of blogging, as well as an active job board. Give them a shot!New Mutualism and the Changing Economy99u99u is a blog that features great ideas from creative people with specific focus on trending topics, collaboration, skill development, decision making, and more. No matter how ambitious your idea, the bloggers at 99u will help you get started.Fast CompanyInspiring the rest of us by putting the primary innovators of our day at center stage. Features articles on design, life, and technology.ShareableThey want to create a more equitable world through sharing, and we think that sounds like a great idea. Blog posts focus on the inspiring developments being made in the new economy.**Under 30 CEO **The future of business should allow for everyone to lead successful, fulfilling lives, right? These guys think so too. Their blog focuses on entrepreneurship, personal finance, travel, career advice, and living a healthy lifestyle.**Good **What better way to build a community of “people who give a damn” than by creating an online platform for everyone to share information? Features a number of interesting blog posts on technology, books, lifestyle, and design. Also features recommendations for organizations and innovative thinkers to follow.**The Marketing Mix **Freelance warrior Ilise Benun has been working for decades to bring the new workforce together. Her blog provides advice for freelancers and small business owners on how to create successful enterprises, as well as event announcements.OuiShareThe sharing economy, collaborative consumption, new mutualism, whatever you call it the folks at Ouishare are working to bring about a more collaborative future. Blog features contributions from the leading voices in the new economy.DeskmagA new economy requires workplaces that foster innovation. Deskmag focuses on the ways in which our workplaces are contributing to the new economy.Gar AlperovitzA writer, political economist, activist and historian that loves the idea of community-oriented change just as much as we do.Inc.Business advice for the prime movers and shakers of the new economy. Features blog posts on small business owners, startups, and personal finance strategies.Work AwesomeThey think that work should be, well, awesome. They might be on to something. This blog offers advice for ways to improve your work life.
Happy Friday, freelancers! If you’re heading out to the bar tonight, today’s freelance pet Phoebe wants to join you.Name: Phoebe MooneyOwner: Kate Mooney | Writer | katemooney.contently.comFavorite Activity: Running, swimming, jumping, sticking her snout in the snow, cuddling, chewing on tiny shiny things, sneakin’ chicken bones off the street, riding in the car, going to the dog bar, hanging with the girls, hanging with the boys, etc.Item they have destroyed: Too many to list, but it was pretty epic when she was little she gnawed the broom handle down to a splint and scattered the bristles all over the apartment.Ways they brighten your work/life: Always by my side. #1 writing wingman. Great at parties, great to drink with (Lucky Dog Bar is a fave), great riding shotgun on a road trip, great to snuggle with, great to watch a movie with, great to go running with.If they could speak, they would say: “Hmmm…OK.” Have a pet that helps you get through your freelance life? Share your pet story today by emailing a photo and filling out the form above to email@example.com, and we’ll feature your freelance pal on this blog and in a photo gallery! Just as we are united through our common love of independence, may this allow our freelance partners-in-crime to be united in a bond of common, loveable insanity.Previous features: Ramsay, Pedro, Triscuit, Pekoe, Fritz, Rita Lee, Mochi
Chances are, you know someone who spends far too much money on coffee. Yes, bespoke cafe shops with cute baristas are great, but if you’ve got a freelancer friend who’s a coffee snob — and slowly going broke — why not gift them a Chemex or a ceramic pourover cone? These make a nicer cup than your average drip machine, and look clean and stylish when not in use.7. Sexy glass thermosOr if you know someone who’s more of the tea-drinking type, a nice insulated glass thermos is a thoughtful gift. This one comes with a strainer so you can brew loose-leaf tea right in the container.8. Herbal hot packFreelancing is stressful! Hunching over a computer all day leads to achy shoulders; bad chairs lead to lower back pain. And staring at a screen all day doesn’t help your eyes either! Gift a freelance an herbal hot pack like one of these, and they’ll be pain-free — and grateful!9. Massage gift certificate (cat optional)Or, if you really want to get luxurious with your gifts (or if you’re looking for a splurge to treat yourself), try a massage certificate for a local spa. A massage isn’t just a cure for physical aches and pains — it’s also an opportunity to relax and go brainless for a bit, a gift to any overworked freelancer.10. USB powered heated fingerless glovesOne of our freelance graphic designers suggested this gift when I asked around the office for ideas. Heated fingerless gloves? Apparently very useful! They soothe wrists plagued by too much typing, and are a godsend for those with cold workspaces.Got any other great gift ideas for freelancers — ones you’d love to give, or ones you’d be happy to receive? Let us know!Larissa Pham is an artist and writer based in Brooklyn, New York. She wouldn’t mind even a little bit if you decided to get her one of these gifts. Tis the season for gift-giving and joy!Do you have a freelancer in your life you want to show some love? Looking for a treat to give to yourself or someone you care about?Check out our freelancers’ holiday gift guide — great gifts to give to your cubicle-free friends, or splurge on for yourself!1. Magazine subscriptionMagazine subscriptions are a great gift because they keep coming year-round! They’re a nice way of showing a freelancer friend that you care about their interests and want to support them and inspire them. Why not try gifting a subscription to a mag like Communication Arts, Wallpaper, Wired, Fast Company, Businessweek, or National Geographic?2. A nice set of pensEveryone appreciates a nice set of pens. My personal favorite is the Sakura Pigma Micron pen, which lasts forever and comes in a bunch of different varieties of colors and nib types. If you know someone’s favorite pen, stocking up for them is a thoughtful gift.3. Portable USB chargerFreelancers are on-the-go, mobile people. A portable USB charger like this MagicStick from PowerRocks is a useful, smart little gift that won’t break the bank.4. TerrariumSpruce up your favorite freelancer’s home office with a handmade terrarium like one of these from West Elm. They’re a small, thoughtful gift that instantly makes a desk more ~fancy~ and fun.5. Sick headphonesOr support a small business and grab one of these Grado headphones, handmade in Brooklyn. Apparently the open back design of these make them a little too noisy for the office, but hey… one of the best parts about being a freelancer is never having to deal with noise complaints.Join the nation’s largest group representing the new workforce (it’s free!)Become a member6. Chemex / Ceramic pourover cone
Almost every freelancer starts out side-gigging. Only the bravest, most well-prepared, or foolhardiest begin by freelancing full-time.Side-gigging is a fantastic way to enter the field of freelancing, or even to supplement freelance income during lean times. It builds your portfolio, enables you to experience part of the freelance lifestyle, helps you develop new skills and pursue interests, and builds a financial/professional security net in this uncertain economy.On the other hand, all of those benefits seem pretty abstract when you’re exhausted, overworked, and falling asleep at inopportune moments.So how do you side-gig effectively – without losing your mind?1. Set realistic limitsDon’t promise complete, I’m-wide-open-Boss availability to your freelance gig OR your main job – that just sets you up for conflict. That doesn’t mean that you have to inform your primary work that you’re exploring freelancing, or vice-versa. It just means that you need to set reasonable boundaries. Make sure that you’re realistically estimating the time it will take you to complete projects (handy dandy how-to here). That’s good not only for your freelance pricing, but also for your sanity.Establish IN WRITING exactly what will be expected of you. Try to get schedules and deadlines as far in advance as possible. You, will need to be especially wary of scope creep since you’re already signing up to work a bit harder than the average bear.Once you have a reasonably accurate estimate of how much time it’s going to take, sit down with your calendar. Sketch out how you’ll organize your days in order to be productive – this doesn’t have to be obsessive; you’re just deconstructing a Big Scary Project into digestible chunks.Here’s the key to side-gigging sanely: set limits. Make time for things like eating, and sleeping, and seeing other humans, and staring into space blankly. Make time for doing nothing.You are not a Work Robot, though side-gigging may temporarily tempt you to become one. Make time for the side-gig, yes, but also make time for leisure and rest and sloth, or you will burn out.2. Make it worth your while – either in experience, or $Do not side-gig unless the job in question is good for your career, your wallet, or your soul – try to fulfill two of those criteria.Supplementing your primary work with work that doesn’t make you happy, teach you valuable new things, or pay you adequately is a recipe for dissatisfaction. Remember, you’ll be sacrificing some of your leisure time for this, so make it worth your while. If you’re side-gigging temporarily as a way of “dipping your toe” into freelancing, that’s great and laudable. But don’t settle for a side-gig that doesn’t fulfill you, put a notch in your professional belt, or help pay the bills.Join the nation’s largest group representing the new workforce (it’s free!)Become a member3. Expect a certain amount of lost timeYou’ll work some nights and weekends. You’ll miss out on some leisure time.Occasionally, you will have to be lame and stay home while your friends go vodka-bowling or tequila-dancing. Whenever I’ve been working on a side-gig that I enjoyed, I didn’t resent this– my sense of accomplishment made me happier overall! But go into side-gigging with your eyes open; for a while, you may get pretty busy.QUICK BONUS TIP: the easiest way to create extra time and mitigate some of this loss of leisure? Stop watching TV and its higher-tech cousin, Netflix. You’ll miss out on season cliffhangers, but you’ll be surprised how much more productive you are.4. Build a support systemAgain, you don’t have to tell your primary work that you’re freelancing,but do tell friends and family. Telling loved ones about your plans may get you work via word of mouth, it inspires them to pursue their own interests, and most importantly, it gives you encouragement and a sense of community.5. Make a date to reevaluatePull out your ol’ calendar again. Make a date FOR yourself, WITH yourself in 3 months – this is your “staff meeting.”In 3 months, sit down and think about where you are, and where you’d like to be. Some questions to ask include:Are you happy with your current side-gig?Would you like to continue – or would you like to try something new?Would you like to make your side-gig your permanent job, or shift more energy towards that passion – and how can you use your current experience to do that?Giving yourself a concrete deadline for reevaluation allows you to relax during especially stressful side-gig periods by giving you a sense that you can always re-orient or change plans. It also gives you a chance to strategize when you want to improve your side-gigs, or make a side-gig your main gig.I am by no means a perfect side-gigger; over the years, I frequently procrastinated, over-committed and over-scheduled myself, got overtired, wasted time on the aforementioned Netflix, and made many missteps. But by plugging away, I was able to turn my side projects into (dual!) main-gig careers that fulfill me and keep me financially stable – and that’s been worth many minor sacrifices. If I can do it, so can you; go and find the side-gig that nourishes you, and don’t worry about the nay-sayers. I promise, you can side-gig… and still stay sane!Freelancers, do you find balancing your side-gig and other jobs difficult?
November is upon us. The wind blows a little colder, the leaves drift down from the trees, and the days get shorter. It can only mean one thing…You heard the man – it’s time to get covered! Healthcare enrollment is officially underway, and if you’re feeling concerned about your coverage, we at Freelancers Union are here to help.How long can I stay on my family’s health plan?The Affordable Care Act requires insurers to offer dependent coverage on a family plan until a person turns 26.What happens when I turn 26?Besides being one year closer to the big 3-0, when you turn 26, you’re dropped from your parent’s healthcare plan. But don’t worry – you have your very own special enrollment period.Happy Birthday!Essentially, you receive a 60-day grace period in which to enroll in a new plan. To avoid gaps in coverage, however, you can enroll before you lose insurance on your birthdate.I’m worried about affordability.Check out our catastrophic plans. These are the most affordable plan options for you 26 to 30 year-olds.I’m married, can I still be on my parent’s plan?Yes, you can – although it can affect cost assistance amounts on the Marketplace and for Medicaid eligibility. This also applies if you have a child.Are dental and vision insurance required for young adults?No – dental and vision are only required for children under 19, but we recommend you get covered.What if I need a little bit more time?Not quite ready to get off your parent’s health plan? That’s okay. In NY, there are riders available for purchase that extend dependent coverage from age 26 to age 29. Phew!I’m wondering how to get my kid covered.We can help there, too: there are options for child-only plans. You can enroll today in a children’s healthcare plan through Freelancers Union.Understanding the ins-and-outs of healthcare plans can seem overwhelming at times, but we got you covered!If you have any questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 800-856-9981.We’re here to help with as much guidance as you need.