Communications, marketing and public relations professionals in the tech industry now have a new online community, “ProsInComms,” to find jobs, access discounts on communications and business software and services, and get small business advice from legal, finance, HR, marketing, and freelancing pros. Agencies and martech companies are encouraged to join ProsInComms to post jobs, find experienced freelance talent, access premium content, and network with colleagues.
ProsInComms was created for freelancers and communications pros at agencies and tech companies. To ensure the satisfaction of all members, freelancers are vetted for experience and hiring companies are vetted for quality job opportunities. While ProsInComms connects freelancers and hiring companies through its job postings, it does not manage client relationships, administer payments to freelancers, or charge commissions martech news.
“We’re in the midst of a radical shift in how, when and where work gets done. Many in the tech industry have moved toward a more flexible hiring model of experienced contractors who can deliver results immediately,” said Ron Favali, principal, The Message Garage. “ProsInComms recognizes this shift and provides freelancers and hiring companies with everything they need to generate results even faster.”
Membership Levels, Pricing and Discounts
ProsInComms offers Individual and Custom memberships.
Individual memberships are available at an annual subscription rate of $250 and include:
- Discounts on popular communications software and services including: Business Wire, Critical Mention, Cision, Dropbox Business, Incorporate.com, G Suite, Office 365, podcasting and video production services, and more.
- Exclusive content focused on starting and growing a freelance communications business in the tech industry including insight on billing rates, finding clients, ensuring payment, employment law, accounting and finance, human resources, and more.
- Job postings for experienced communications pros with expertise in the tech industry.
Teams of four or more can take advantage of a Custom Membership. It offers all of the benefits of an individual membership, along with custom orders and pricing for software and services. Freelancer teams and organizations should contact ProsInComms directly for a Custom Membership.
Expert Advisors Span Accounting, HR, Legal, and Tech Communications
The ProsInComms team includes experts in accounting and finance, employment law, human resources, communications, and marketing.
ProsInComms is the second start-up founded by Kathy Keating, a 25-year communications pro specialized in the tech industry. In 2008, she started FastStartPR, a freelance communications consulting business providing strategic counsel to tech start-ups and agencies. FastStartPR has been profitable since day one with more than a decade of consecutive, year-over-year triple digit growth through word-of-mouth references, high client retention and organic business development. Prior to FastStartPR, Keating was a senior professional at IBM responsible for global communications, influencer relations, content, M&A communications, and agency management. She has also held senior communications roles at Weber Shandwick Worldwide and Concord Communications.
Taxes, accounting and booking advice is provided by Lisa Wright. Wright earned a Master of Science in Taxation from Suffolk University along with a Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting. She is an Enrolled Agent, a tax expert licensed by the IRS. Wright graduated from East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management and a Bachelor of Arts in German.
Legal advice is provided by Amy Anger, an attorney and national speaker about the remote work revolution, gig economy, the independent worker, multigenerational workforces, and the future of work. Amy has a passion for coaching and helping people and companies adapt to more fluid and mobile lives. She has spoken for brands including Remote-How, Kelly Services, Leap HR, ProcureCon and on the EverythingHR and YB2C Entrepreneurs podcasts. Amy earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.
Jill Santopietro Panall brings more than 20 years of HR experience to ProsInComms. She spent 17 years in HR at Fortune 500 corporations before switching her HR consulting focus to small businesses, non-profits and start-ups five years ago. Jill is a nationally certified Senior Professional of Human Resources (SPHR), a Senior Credentialed Professional (SHRM-SCP), the top designation offered by the Society of HR Management, and a Jeopardy! television show champion.
Marketing communications and PR pro Amy Prendergast is responsible for ProsInComms media relations, blog, social media, and membership management. Prendergast has more than 15 years of experience in high tech and health tech having worked with industry leaders including Datorama, Monster, Authoria, Hallmark Health System, and Lifeline Systems.
“The gig economy has created tremendous opportunities, yet communications pros that specialize in tech are challenged by a lack of complete and transparent information about freelancing,” said Kathy Keating, founder, ProsInComms. “With ProsInComms, they now have everything they need to start and grow a successful small business.”