Charging an electric car away from home can be an exercise in uncertainty — hunting for that one lonely station at the back of a rest-area parking lot and hoping it's working.In Europe, some of the biggest automakers are out to remove such anxieties from the battery-only driving experience and encourage electric-vehicle sales by building a highway network of fast charging stations. The idea is to let drivers plug in, charge in minutes instead of hours, and speed off on their way — from Norway to southern Italy and Portugal to Poland.Much is at stake for the automakers, which include Volkswagen, BMW, Daimler and Ford. Their joint venture, Munich-based Ionity, is pushing to roll out its network in time to service the next generation of battery-only cars coming on the market starting next year. They're aiming to win back some of the market share for electric luxury car sales lost to Tesla, which has its own, proprietary fast-charging network.Despite a slower-than-expected … [Read more...] about Race is on to set up Europe’s electric car charging network
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There’s much more in terms of employment opportunities - depending of course on your level of education, qualifications and French-language abilities. If you already live in France or are looking to move to the country, here are some ideas to get you started. Working for a start-up The start-up scene in France is hot right now. So hot, in fact, that some people are referring to it as the "Startup nation". Indeed, Forbes has started releasing a French version of its business magazine in efforts to chart the progress of France on the startup scene. "Many people say France is becoming the 'startup nation' and the discourse is changing. We have a president who is promoting entrepreneurship and free enterprise," Dominique Busso, the media entrepreneur behind the venture, told AFP in October. And don't forget that Paris has recently flung open the doors to the mega startup hub "Station F" (pictured below), a converted railway station that aims to house 1,000 startups. … [Read more...] about The jobs you can do in France (if you don’t want to teach English)
As of 2005, some 62 percent of attorneys in private practice work as solo or small-firm practitioners, according to the most recent data available from the American Bar Association. Those numbers likely have swelled and will continue to do so as law firms reorganize and re-evaluate their professional staffing needs.What was once a calculated career decision has become a matter of survival for many. But whether a lawyer can cut it as a solo is not necessarily a sure thing, experts say. Not all lawyers have what it takes.There is no magic formula for building a successful solo practice. It takes planning, persistence, long hours, sweat equity and personal sacrifice.So whether you’re in for the long haul or just staving off the bill collectors, here are some useful tips from experts and newly minted solos to help ease the transition.Cultivate Your Inner Willy LomanLike it or not, having a viable solo practice requires sales skills as much as legal skills.It may seem like … [Read more...] about So You Want to Go Solo? You Sure?
The best law firm websites are complete destinations, not pit stops. Many law firms focus more on the design aspect of their websites, rather than looking at the big picture. Google gets several billion searches a day, and it’s hardly because of the design of their website. Users know they can get something from it. In order to have a well-rounded law firm marketing strategy, it is important to look beyond the surface of your website, and into the psychology of why people buy, as well as the ways they are interacting with your website based on data. These 3 game changing tips will help you make your law firm website the best it can be.1. Thought leadership at the center of your legal marketing strategyIt is said that people hire attorneys as much as they hire law firms, and that they deeply value thought leadership. I interviewed Prof. David Wilkins of Harvard Law School and he had this to say about leading with content and ideas. “So I think that thought … [Read more...] about 3 Tips to Improve Law Firm Websites
Just the other day my Marketing Director brought in a new Yellow Pages book that he received in the mail. Of course, we went straight to the Lawyer section to look at the ads put up by some of the local lawyers. We like to critique these ads and use them as examples for what not to do. Here are some of the things that we constantly see lawyers doing wrong in their advertisements:No differentiation. All of the ads we saw looked almost identical. We saw lots of gavels, scales of justice, offers for a “Free Consultation”, and bulleted lists of practice areas. If you don’t appear to be different, or stand out in any way, why would a potential client hire you, or even call you for that matter? If you want to be successful, you can’t accept blending in with the rest of them.Ben’s Advice:You’re an individual, so act like it. Find what makes you stand out from the 100s of other attorneys in your area and use it to your advantage. If you’ve … [Read more...] about Lessons From The Yellow Pages: What NOT To Do In Your Ads