7 High-Paying Remote Jobs You Should Know About

The 9-5 grind has become an exhaustive source of stress for people all around the world. Spending 40 hours chipping away at a job that doesn’t necessarily bring you joy is a tough middle ground to live in. Instead of submitting to the grind of the traditional work-life, people are opting for career paths that allow them to build their own type of success while following their work-life balance dreams.

In fact, according to a report by Global WorkPlace Analytics, “regular work-at-home, among the non-self-employed population, has grown by 159% since 2005, more than 11x faster than the rest of the workforce and nearly 50x faster than the self-employed population.”

1. Virtual Assistant

The beauty of the virtual assistant career path is that there are so many different industries in which your services are needed. Responsibilities typically range from office admin work, social media management, email organization, proofreading, and client contact.

Virtual assisting is becoming increasingly popular among remote workers as it’s fairly simple to complete all tasks from the comfort of your couch or inside of your favorite cafe. The average virtual assistant makes between $35- $50 per hour.

2. Blogger

Have a way with words? The blogging sphere is wide open and waiting for ambitious and eloquent writers to engage audiences among the many burgeoning industries out there. Whether it’s sharing your passion for fashion or divulging into your opinions on the current political landscape, you have the power to make an impressive annual salary on your words alone. There is, however, plenty of hard work involved in building up your blogger status, but if you play your cards right, you could rake in a substantial amount of money in no time. 

3. Accountant

In this day and age, you don’t need to be a certified public accountant (CPA) to land a well-paying remote career in accounting—you will, however, you need a robust bookkeeping background and high-performance software for tax preparers to get your career started.

Accountants are essential for clients and companies who need some extra help handling tasks ranging from payroll duties to corporate tax preparation. Because these jobs require some high-level skills and a decent amount of experience, the average salary ranges between $45,000 and $80,000.

4. Airbnb Host

Airbnb has become the number one alternative to hotel stays, and business is booming for Airbnb hosts. Depending on your real estate’s location, you could potentially make over $75,000 a year by simply renting your space out. While Airbnb earnings tend to range drastically more than 50% of all Airbnb hosts make more than $500 per month. All you need to do is be a kind host and make sure your space is sparkling for the next visitor. 

5. Freelance Writer

If you’re looking for a remote job that has a splash of creative spice to it, freelance writing may be your destined career path. The market for writers has always been huge, it’s merely a matter of finding your niche that makes a world of difference to your pockets and to your interests. While the average freelance writer makes between $50,000 and $60,000, specific niches, specifically those in technical industries, are more likely to earn higher wages. 

6. ESL Tutor

Online tutoring has transformed the education field, making learning a more accessible experience around the world. English as a Second Language tutoring has blossomed into one of the most opportune remote work options for people who have a hankering for teaching, traveling, or a bit of both! Depending on your skill level and client base, you could earn anywhere between $25,000 and $40,000 annually. 

7. Social Media Consultant

Are you particularly skilled in the social media department? Whether you have a degree in marketing or just have an impressive background in understanding social media trends, pursuing a career in social media consulting may be the pathway to success for you.

Today’s businesses place high importance on their social media presence and their engagement levels with clients and potential leads. Having the right social media strategy in place could make a significant difference for a company or brand.

Are you a remote worker? What lucrative remote career paths do you wish you could pursue? Open up the discussion in the comments below.

10 Common CV Mistakes You Should Avoid

Written by Ben Fielding, Contributing Writer for InFluential Magazine

  1. Poor Spelling and Grammar

Poor spelling and grammar can make or break your chances of landing the job. This is probably the most common mistakes people make in their CV. Everyone makes mistakes right? Well, that might be okay if you didn’t list yourself as a perfectionist 2 minutes later.

A few examples you should avoid at all costs;

  • Their vs. They’re vs. There
  • Accept vs. Except
  • Calendar vs. Calendar
  • Than vs. Then
  • Affect vs. Effect

Before printing or sending your CV to any potential roles you’re applying to, ensure you proofread it. If you’re using spellcheck on your PC, ensure the language is set to the correct version (US English vs. UK English).

Potential Damage Rating: 5/5

  1. Lacking Details

Now I know we said there’s no set limit to the length of a CV, and that’s true there really isn’t. However, you should always ensure you’re including enough detail in your CV and cover letter. If you’re describing a past role and how you were able to achieve a goal, you should probably be writing more than two sentences. Recruiters will often scan your CV and then jump right to your previous role to see what you’ve been working on, so make sure you spend some time and effort when writing your CV – It could be the difference between being hired or not.

Potential Damage Rating: 5/5 

  1. Not Tailoring your Application

While having a general version of your CV is a great idea, as it allows you to jump in and make small changes when needed. Sending the same CV to multiple different job roles isn’t so great. This is because you should be personalising your CV to fit the vacancy and job role you’re applying for. Your proficiency with Microsoft Word isn’t very good when you’re applying to become a veterinarian.

Potential Damage Rating: 5/5

  1. Becoming a Cliché

Imagine you’re receiving a CV from someone applying for a role you need filling, what are some of the first things you think you might see on their CV? Do “Strong work ethic”, “able to work well as part of a team” or “can-do attitude” come to mind?

Your CV should focus on FACTS, like skills or achievements you have, while avoiding general cliches that everybody uses. “Works well in a team” is great, but it’s so cliche and tells your potential employer nothing about yourself. Instead of being generic and using cliches that everyone can use, focus on what it is you’ve actually done for your employer and how that’s been a benefit for your team/company. “Worked alongside colleagues to increase sales by 46% by implementing…”. This way, you’re telling them that you’ve worked as part of a team successfully in order to achieve a personal goal or target.

Potential Damage Rating: 4/5 

  1. Poor Formatting

A poorly formatted CV is a huge turn-off, the whole idea of a CV is to be concise. It’s claimed that recruiters spend an average of 5-7 seconds looking at your CV (theundercoverrecruiter.com), meaning yours needs to make an impression.

Keep the formatting of your CV simple and easy to read – if you’re using a CV template, try to choose one that, while looking great, is uncluttered. Avoid using complicated layouts, fonts and sizing – Unless of course designing things is part of your job, then you might have a little more freedom to spice things up and showcase that artistic ability.

Damage Rating: 3/5 

  1. Wild Claims

We’ve already touched on it once, but your CV should be focused on facts about you, your life and your achievements. While claiming your “the best salesperson in the World” is great, and you really could be, it’s a silly claim. You have no proof, and you’re likely never going to get any proof. Use facts and real examples of your success within a business and the results you achieved to prove your value to employers.

Potential Damage Rating: 3/5 

  1. You’re Not Writing a Novel

While the idea of a CV is to let your employer know all about you, your strengths, weaknesses and hobbies etc. You shouldn’t go overkill. You don’t need to write a 12 page CV, with a 4-page cover letter. You’re applying for a job not writing your autobiography.

While there’s no set limit on the length of a CV, one page is usually more than enough for a new graduate or someone with limited job history, with a two page CV being about average in length.

Potential Damage Rating: 2/5

  1. Ridiculous Email Address

We’ve all been young. We’ve all created a crazy email address or two. However, you’re not young now, you’re applying for a job at a real-world business in order to earn money and start your life. Email addresses like “ItzYaBoiDan@gmail.com” should never be put on your CV, if that’s really your only email address…. Make a new one for job hunting and more professional circumstances.

Potential Damage Rating: 2/5 

  1. Poor File Naming

This one is pretty harmless, but it’s more about presentation and appearing organised and collected. If you’re sending your CV to someone online, just rename the file to something simple like “Dylan Twisterfield CV” instead of “Dylan CV – Final Copy (READ)”. This just makes you look unorganised and rushed.

Potential Damage Rating: 1/5 

  1. Focusing on Duties Rather than Achievements

The idea of a CV is to show yourself off to your potential employer, not let them know the job description of your previous job role. While the things you did in your previous job role are important, you should be focusing on what you achieved during the role, instead of what you did.

Think about new procedures you helped to implement, sales increases drive by you, any measurable KPI’s you might have hit etc. Try to show off reasons and examples of why you should be hired and what you can bring to your new employer.

Potential Damage Rating: 1/5

This post was written by Ben Fielding on behalf of Amber Jack the global experts in future talent and volume recruitment outsourcing, technology and assessment.

How Remote Work is Revolutionizing The Way We Work

Written by Mat Calica, Content Manager at www.AllianceVirtualOffices.com

African-American Teen Male - At an Internship

The way we work is changing beyond recognition. If not yet obsolete, the 9-5 office routine is at the very least falling out of favour with the working population who see work as something they do not go to. As individuals, employees and consumers, we value flexibility more than ever before.

It’s not surprising either – many of us juggle work and family while trying to maintain some semblance of social life. Luckily for us, technology is enabling us to be more flexible in all aspects of our lives. 

Apps are the apex of convenience, saving us both time and money, and portable devices mean we can work on the move as a digital nomad or from the comfort of our homes. To meet this demand, companies are changing the way they operate by offering flexible work options. 

Adapting is critical if these companies are to attract and retain the employees they need in order to compete and grow. Today, the majority of the US workforce is made up of Millennials (people born between 1981 and 1996). 

In a Deloitte survey about Millennial attitudes towards work and the workplace, 75% of respondents say they would like more opportunities to work remotely, and just over half believe having the opportunity to work remotely would have a positive impact on productivity. 

Understanding remote work

Although remote working is a relatively new concept, it’s a simple one. To understand what it means, it’s helpful to consider the three main remote work contexts a person could find themselves in. (Remote working is also often referred to as telecommuting.)

Remote employee

This is someone who works for a company as a direct employee. But instead of commuting to the office each day, they might work remotely some, if not all of the time, usually at home. Increasingly, employers are providing their remote workers with access to a desk memberships in a coworking space close to where they live 

Freelancer

A freelancer is someone who is self-employed and often works on a project basis for companies, for multiple companies at a time or a bit of both. Some freelancers are required to work in their client’s office but many work remotely, again from home, cafes or coworking spaces. 

Remote business owner

Some people decide to run their own business remotely from a home office. Technology has made it much easier to run a business from home than it used to be and owners can operate solo or with a lean team, utilizing freelancers for projects to avoid hiring permanent staff. 

It can be a challenge to build brand credibility when working from home but that’s where a virtual officecomes in. A virtual office provides remote companies with a business address and telephone number, as well as access to bookable meeting rooms. 

Recent trends in remote work

70% of professionals work remotely at least once a week, according to a study by IWG, and it’s anticipated that by 2020, 50% of the workforce will be remote. Some countries such as the UK are proposing that employers should offer flexible options like remote working as a default – not something employees should have to request. 

The widespread adoption of flexible working is also down to larger corporations buying into the flexible work culture in a bid to attract and retain talent and cut office space costs. This coincides with the rising popularity of coworking spaces where employers can scale up or down at short notice.

There’s a lot of research out there that shows remote working makes us more productive too. In a 2018 report by OwlLabs, researchers found that those who work remotely at least once a month are 24% more likely to feel happy and productive in their roles than those who don’t. They also found that the #1 reason that people choose to work remotely is to increase their productivity and focus.

Why working from home is good for business

There are so many logical reasons as to why working from home is good for business, not least of all because it can benefit the bottom line. A study by Global Workplace Analytics finds that if those with compatible jobs and a desire to work from home did so just half the time a typical business would save $11,000 per person per year. 

Furthermore, telecommuters themselves could expect to save between $2,000 and $7,000 a year on commuting costs and the greenhouse gas reduction would be the equivalent of taking the entire New York State workforce permanently off the road!

For anyone starting a business, working from home is seriously worth considering. Not only is it easier to achieve a better work life balanced due to time saved on the commute and increased productivity, it keeps set up costs to a minimum too. 

Although flexible solutions are more widely available now, renting an office can be expensive and also unnecessary, especially in the early days. Again, a virtual office can still provide useful facilities like conference rooms for client meetings and training sessions when needed. 

As the gig economy grows and the need for flexible options becomes even more important, we can expect to see the number of employees offering remote options to rise. 

In the words of Microsoft’s Dave Coplin: “We are stuck in old ways of managing, communicating and collaborating. We measure success by process not by outcome. It is time to harness the power of collaboration and flexible working to rethink the way we work towards a better, more agile, more creative working environment.”

How Different Management Styles Can Impact Employee Retention

Written by Ben Fielding, Contributing Writer for InFluential Magazine

Ben Fielding

Ben Fielding

Every organization has a unique way of managing its operations and workforce, and how it’s done can potentially affect the morale of employees and their overall productivity. No organization can thrive without a team working towards a common goal. And once you build a team that is committed and fearless, it becomes all the more important to make them stay.

Here is an overview of how adopting supportive ‘Management Styles’ can impact retention positively—

Boosting Employee Morale

More often than not, when a leader in an organisation chooses to work being too authoritative, establishing a clear difference between a superior and the subordinate, they fail to touch a chord with their employees. This kind of autocratic approach is bound to affect employee retention. Such cases may also result in employee absenteeism, for mere lack of respectful treatment. The idea is to have a mentoring approach than an authoritative one. It has a 99% success rate—it encourages focusing on self-development and offers a sense of belonging. Any organisation that adopts ‘Mentorship’ helps itself with long term employee retention.

Employee Engagement for Productivity

A participative approach in an organisation wherein the leader makes sure to be a part of things, big and small, guarantees employee engagement. It helps to figure out the best way to accomplish the set targets and the company’s goals. A participative approach reduces errors, improves productivity and ensures excellent customer experience. Leaders with a participative approach have impeccable team building capabilities, promoting a culture of awareness and diversity. A diverse culture paves the path for the team to recognize the strength of their co-team members.

Building on Decision-making Capacity 

When a leader adopts an egalitarian style of management, they have created a window wherein the subordinates can freely express their ideas and have faith that their inputs will be highly respected. The idea behind this approach is not merely employee retention but to build a strong bond between the company and all its employees—feedback and suggestions are encouraged from every single individual, regardless of their position or level. It takes a considerable amount of time but it will lead to building a more independent team that can make its own decisions quickly without ensuing chaos.

Working on the Gold Standard

What would be the Gold Standard? It is when a leader in an organisation gives a clear direction and communicates with their team effectively about the strategic goals. When a leader enables their workforce to align with their individual goals to finally meet the goals of the company, it leads to growth and long term profitability. An effective leader does not only motivate their subordinates to eliminate any practice that will not satisfy the consumer but also help them realise their true potential. A company usually becomes dysfunctional in case a leader is unable to effectively communicate the goals or define a path for their team.

It’s a Wrap

Supportive management styles have a higher employee retention rate. When a leader treats their subordinates with respect and makes them feel like an equal, it has better chances of an employee’s individual growth. When a member of staff feels secure and considered for their inputs—it leads to meeting the company goals at large. It begins by boosting employee morale, team building approach, which in turn leads to productivity.

Supportive management styles also ensure the subordinates feel confident and make quick decisions. Last but not least, keep in mind the ‘gold standard’ of paving a clear path for your workforce and enable them to align with their individual goals.

Source at https://www.maximillion.co.uk/event-categories/team-building.

Branding Through Time

In a world of social media influencers and fake news, branding professionals need to carefully craft their company’s persona to build a loyal, trusting customer base. As the modern customer becomes more conscious of how their data is used and where the messages they absorb is coming from, branding is likely to change in the next few years. To predict where PR pros should steer the industry next, we can take inspiration from where branding has already come from.

The ancient Mesopotamians used brands to convey ownership, craftsmanship and quality during trade. This then evolved into symbols used to distinguish a company’s product in the market – early examples still around today include the Quaker Oats man and the lion of Lyle’s Golden Syrup. With the advent of social media such as Myspace and now Twitter, branding has become the complete presentation of a business to the world, from direct customer interaction to evidential employee satisfaction.

As of last year, digital ad spend surpassed TV ad spend for the first time, showing how truly digital has become the most vital landscape for marketing in modern society. However, simultaneous with this shift has been a growth in awareness from consumers on data privacy and internet transparency. 2018 saw the Cambridge Analytica scandal which exposed the misuse of up to 87 million users’ data and the introduction of GDPR brought data sharing to the forefront of everyone’s mind.
Calls for more transparency on social media have led to influencers being required to announce when they endorse a product as part of a paid partnership. This has shown that consumers are still happy to receive branded messages from their favourite online personalities as long as their intentions are clear. This will be vital for branding professionals to remember in the future as only brands with a record of trustworthiness will flourish in this more conscious digital landscape.

When it comes to forming future branding strategies, the main values consumers will best respond to haven’t changed much since ancient times: trust, quality and craftsmanship.

Check out our infographic for more inspiration from the history of branding.

Branding Through Time

This infographic was provided by The Rolling Bean, mobile coffee van hire across the UK.

Veteran Affairs

Service members make business ownership a post-military career

After they leave the military, veterans often look to start a second career. For many, owning a business is an attractive career path because they have honed many of the skills needed to be successful entrepreneurs, such as ambition and a drive to succeed, during their time in the military.

“There are many unique qualities veterans possess that simply aren’t found anywhere else and make them a great fit for business ownership,” said Tim Davis, president of The UPS Store, Inc., and former U.S. Marine Corps captain and Gulf War Veteran.

Skills that transfer

Veterans are uniquely suited for solving pressing challenges life can present, which is part of the reason they can make successful entrepreneurs and business owners. Franchising, in particular, can be a building block for veterans’ careers as they transition from military service.

“Franchising is an opportunity where veterans can empower and be empowered, adding value to the brands they represent,” Davis said. “I have seen firsthand how the drive and discipline gained in the military can be a great advantage for veterans looking to own their own businesses and open franchises.”

Leadership. Work ethic. Discipline. These qualities are exactly what help the more than 200 veteran The UPS Store franchisees succeed.

  • Working as a team: Veterans often know the success of an organization relies on every member working together to build a team, or a business, that’s greater than the sum of its parts. In the case of a franchise, the franchisee must embrace teamwork at multiple levels, not only among the employees of the local franchise location, but also with the franchise’s leadership team on a national and regional basis.
  • Executing a plan: A franchise business typically provides its owners with a proven business model and ongoing support. However, executing the plan is up to the franchisee. All of the pieces are provided, but putting them together and creating a working business plan requires a degree of entrepreneurship. It’s an approach that is similar to the training veterans experience in the military.
  • Acquiring new skills: Franchisees typically complete a comprehensive training program to develop the knowledge and day-to-day operational skills needed to own and operate their own businesses. The training focuses on everything from marketing and operations to human resources and staff management.
  • Thriving under pressure: Veterans know things don’t always go according to plan. The military provides service members the training and discipline needed to remain calm and thrive under the most pressure-filled situations. Particularly when it comes to navigating tricky situations like disgruntled customers or employees, a level-headed approach can earn more satisfying results.
  • Working hard to accomplish a goal: Business owners typically dream of self-made lives, but not all have the commitment and work ethic needed to accomplish their goals. Service members are trained to understand the requirements of a mission and work tirelessly until they achieve them.
  • Accepting responsibility: Operating a business is no small job and it requires a strong sense of responsibility akin to the role service members take in their chosen fields. Business owners assume a hefty burden to ensure the business and its employees grow and thrive.

Getting started

Franchising vs. Starting a Business Solo

As a participant in the Veterans Transition Franchise Initiative (VetFran), a strategic initiative of the International Franchise Association and the Franchise Education and Research Foundation, The UPS Store, Inc., allows veterans the opportunity to fulfill their desires for second careers.

The Mission: Veteran Entrepreneurship program offers significant financial incentives – valued at nearly $300,000 – for a select group of qualified U.S. military veterans to help open their own franchise locations. In addition, the first 10 eligible veterans to submit a complete buyer’s application packet and initial application fee by Nov. 11 will be awarded $29,950 in waived franchise fees.

For entrepreneurs exploring business ownership, there are a multitude of options to consider, but one of the first is to determine whether to invest in a franchise or start their own business. There are pros and cons to each path.

One of the biggest differences between investing in a franchise and starting a business from scratch is the initial startup process. When you start your own business, everything is on you. As a new business owner, you have to develop branding elements and positioning, your product and service offerings and logistics, such as a physical store layout.

With a franchise, those elements are captured as part of the franchising fee. If you’re attracted to the idea of a proven business model to help get your business positioned to grow quickly, having the support of a franchise brand can be helpful.

In the end, your decision depends on what business ownership style best fits your personality. Starting your own business can allow you the freedom to explore any venture you want, but it comes with the risks and responsibility of being completely on your own. Investing in a franchise provides the framework within an existing business model while still enabling you to be your own boss, expressing your creative side within the structure of a proven system.

To learn more about franchise opportunities and special incentives for veterans, visit theupsstorefranchise.com/veteran. (Family Feature)

SOURCE:
The UPS Store

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Reese Witherspoon and Dr. Brené Brown Speak Out on Women in the Workplace

7,500 Women Gather in Austin at Pivotal Time for Women In America

Reese Witherspoon speaks during the KEYNOTE LUNCHEON during the 2018 Texas Conference For Women at Austin Convention Center on November 9, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Marla Aufmuth/WireImage).

Reese Witherspoon speaks during the KEYNOTE LUNCHEON during the 2018 Texas Conference For Women at Austin Convention Center on November 9, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Marla Aufmuth/WireImage).

Just days after women played a key role in the 2018 midterm elections, 7,500 women gathered in Austin for the 19th annual nonpartisan Texas Conference for Women, headlined by Reese Witherspoon and Dr. Brené Brown.

With the growing focus on women in the workplace, as a result of the #MeToo movement, a 2018 study that revealed that progress has stalled for women across all levels of corporate America, and other developments, this conference has become a key forum for discussing and advancing women in the workplace.

Dr. Brene Brown speaks during the KEYNOTE LUNCHEON during the 2018 Texas Conference For Women at Austin Convention Center on November 9, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Marla Aufmuth/WireImage).

Dr. Brene Brown speaks during the KEYNOTE LUNCHEON during the 2018 Texas Conference For Women at Austin Convention Center on November 9, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Marla Aufmuth/WireImage).

Dr. Brené Brown, researcher and #1 New York Times bestselling author, discussed the critical role of courage in women’s personal and professional lives today. “Women have this idea that they are supposed to be a certain way in order to be successful, but true success comes from self-acceptance because that allows you to be vulnerable, authentic and imperfect, which takes great courage,” she said.  

This nonpartisan, nonprofit event is part of the largest network of women’s conferences in the country that attract an estimated 40,000 women a year in Texas, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and California. Themed “The Power of Us: Amplify Your Voice”, the conferences offer access to some of the most successful women in America and more than 100 experts who share practical skills and strategies related to business, philanthropy, health, finance, media and professional development.

Keynote speakers Marjorie Clifton, Nina Shaw, Renata Quintini, and Tyler Haney during the 2018 Texas Conference For Women at Austin Convention Center on November 9, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Marla Aufmuth/WireImage).

Keynote speakers Marjorie Clifton, Nina Shaw, Renata Quintini, and Tyler Haney during the 2018 Texas Conference For Women at Austin Convention Center on November 9, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Marla Aufmuth/WireImage).

Other keynote speakers included Shawn Achor, bestselling author and speaker on happiness and success, and Nina Shaw, entertainment lawyer and a founding organizer of Time’s Up.

“This event continues to be Texas’ pre-eminent event for women, and it is a privilege to see so many strong, motivated women supporting each other each year,” said Carla Pineyro Sublett, President of the Texas Conference for Women Board of Directors. “We are proud to support this dynamic community of women through this annual conference and all of our year-round resources.”

The Texas Conference for Women is generously sponsored by Liberty Mutual InsuranceRackspace; TargetCisco; DellRetailMeNotUnited AirlinesUSAAVisaAccentureApplied MaterialsArmAT&TCharles SchwabEquinorHarvard Business School Executive Education; IBMMary KayOraclePhillips 66QualcommHEBTexas Beverage AssociationDeloitteDickinson Wright PLLCExpress ScriptsExxonMobilHuston-Tillotson UniversityKate SpadeMerckPaula’s Choice SkincarePlanviewSilicon LabsTokyo Electron (TEL)UnitedHealthcare; and media sponsors Austin American-StatesmanKVUEOutdoor Advertising Association of Texas; and The Texas Tribune.

To learn more about the Texas Conference for Women, visit www.txconferenceforwomen.org.

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Folio: 100 Honorees To Be Feted at Celebration Luncheon on December 6 in New York City

Folio:, the publishing industry’s go-to source for news, business intelligence and peer-to-peer networking, is pleased to unveil its 2018 Folio: 100 Honorees. Each year, an elite group of media professionals are selected to represent the best and brightest minds in magazine and digital media today.

The 2018 class of honorees includes: Hearst Magazine’s Troy Young, National Geographic’s Susan Goldberg, Trusted Media Brand’s Kari Hodes, Adweek’s Jeffrey Litvack, Meredith’s Tom Harty, New York Times Magazine’s Gail Bilcher, and more.

View the 2018 Folio: 100 Honorees

“The Folio: 100 is a veritable who’s who in magazine media,” says Folio: Content Director, Caysey Welton. “These are the folks who are changing the face of our industry, across every sector and every discipline. Their leadership, creativity, vision and entrepreneurial spirit is truly inspiring.”

For more information, visit www.FolioMag.com.

Honorees will be recognized at a Celebration Luncheon on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at the Yale Club in New York City from 12:00 – 2:30pm. To register for the luncheon, click here.

For questions about attending the Folio: 100 Celebration Luncheon, contact Folio: Marketing Manager Jessica Dombrowski at jdombrowski(at)accessintel(dot)com. To become an event sponsor, or secure a congratulatory ad in the program guide, contact Folio: Senior Account Executive Tania Babiuk at tbabiuk(at)accessintel(dot)com.

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Congratulations to our very our Founder & Chief Business Officer, William Jackson, for being recognized as a 2018 Folio:  100 Honoree!

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This Key Threat to Fortune 500 Companies Often Goes Unaddressed

Written by Kim Del Fierro, VP of Marketing for Area 1 Security, Contributing Writer for InFluential Magazine 

Kim Del Fierro, VP of Marketing for Area 1 Security.

Kim Del Fierro, VP of Marketing for Area 1 Security.

Fortune 500 companies have an impressive aura around them and well-earned reputations. Their leaders have achieved what many smaller companies’ executives aspire to accomplish. However, they also encounter more difficult challenges than one might expect. Despite the major resources that Fortune 500 companies possess, or rather, precisely because of them, Fortune 500 companies still face plenty of security risks. The target on a Fortune 500 company is much bigger than that of a small business because there’s inherently more value in compromising them.

Unfortunately, these companies also experience breaches coming from a widespread threat that no one seems to know how to address. It’s the cause of 95 percent of big attacks on Fortune 500 companies; namely, theft of employee credentials, usually via phish. How do cybercriminals exploit the threat to these companies?

It Starts with Stealing Credentials

Even though Fortune 500 companies go to great lengths to prevent breaches and data theft by hackers, it’s still happening. That’s because despite these companies’ heavy investments in cybersecurity, humans will always be the weakest link in almost any security system.

For example, if a phishing email finds its way into an employee’s inbox, there aren’t many ways to prevent that employee from opening it, and then clicking on a suspicious link or otherwise letting hackers compromise their credentials. Once that happens, hackers can move on to inflict further damage with malware, gaining access to essential servers.

Executing the Attack

Once they breach a company’s defenses, hackers can carry out their attacks in various ways. There are plenty of targets they can infest with malware and make inoperable. Criminals can steal or wipe valuable data, destroy the backup systems, and wreak havoc on disaster recovery systems. It’s a costly battle for Fortune 500 companies, and extremely difficult to recover from.

Preventing the Phishing Threat

Once the cybercriminals invade your infrastructure, it’s hard to rout them out before damage is done. That’s why preventing that first successful phishing attack is critical.

Relying on training your employees to recognize and report phishing attacks does not always yield the desired results. Even alert and motivated employees don’t have the knowledge and skills of a security manager.

Fortunately, once you stop the 95 percent of threats that arrive by phishing, the remaining five percent of attacks are easily preventable by regular patching and updating your security systems.

Area 1 Security offers phishing protection that you can add to the cyber security solutions you already have. We proactively cover your greatest vulnerabilities and prevent the majority of dangerous attacks, while your existing cybersecurity tackles everything else.

Detecting a phishing attack proactively, before it even becomes a threat, is the only way to stop phish from continuously landing in your employees’ inboxes. With Area 1 Horizon, you can stop phishing once and for all.