Issue #13

Editor’s Note

Wow, I’ts been a crazy week, I submitted my first iPhone app to the app store for approval. I’ll let you know when it comes out. It’s a math game for elementary school age children. I pushed hard this weekend and Monday and now I’m paying the price catching up on work.

I’ve been gently reminded by my co-hosts that I failed by not letting you know that I’m on the panel of a podcast for Ruby Freelancers. Our advice is certainly ruby colored, that’s our background, but you’re likely to find useful nuggets as our topics are more business than technology focused.

So, if @elight asks you, I did tell you, okay?

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10 Ways to Ensure No-One Will Read Your Content

If you can be bothered to reverse engineer these tips you’ll find some decent tips for your blogging. This is more revisiting the basics than moving from 500k to 550k subscribers, but sometimes it’s nice to review the basics.


This resonates with me. I haven’t read the book that he recommends, but certainly makes sense to focus on smaller, one on one (or small to one) events and interactions.

A Step-by-Step Guide to Winning (Almost) Every Single Negotiation

Another gem by Neil Patel. Get comfortable, it’s going to take you some time to read it, but worth it. Don’t wait for things to happen to you, make them happen yourself. That’s one of my take aways.

iBooks Author 1.0.1 EULA: you own the content, we want 30% of .ibooks files

If you were less than thrilled with the original iBooks Author EULA then you’ll be happy to see that it’s just your money apple wants, or their 30% cut of it, and not your content.

How freelancers can compete with design marketplace sites

If you’re a designer you probably have an opinion on this. Some interesting thoughts on how to compete with and make money off such places (and they’re not what you think, probably). Interesting tidbit: “but if you consistently have trouble getting new clients because of pricing, take a step back and see where you can adjust.”

Reminds me of classic pricing advice (that I’ll paraphrase): All other things being equal, if you never get turned down, you’re charging too little. If you never get hired, you’re charging too much.

Grow Your Community by Asking Questions

Want your community to engage? Ask questions. Or be a controversial a-hole. But Melanie is just talking about asking questions here and she provides some light guidance on successful asking.

How Designers Can Help Developers

If you’re a designer and only take one thing away: sensibly group and name your layers, please!

Five Tips for Running a Successful Home Office

If you’re new to the home office thing, here are some tips. Doors are important, though mine seem to act like some sort of homing beacon for my youngest daughter, it drives her crazy when I shut the door. Also, don’t invite clients to your house, EVER.

Super Easy Timesavers for Super Busy Freelancers

Communicate on your schedule, if you can. I also like the exercise while you work tip, though instead of the bike desk I’m on the hunt for aDIY Tread-Puter.

Entrepreneurship And Business-Owning Isn’t For Everyone

Charlie makes an interesting point, that even though you thought starting your own business was going to open up the world to you, that might not be the case, and it’s okay. Don’t stubbornly continue on in your current path, whatever that is, if it’s making you miserable (or your family miserable).

Four Questions to Ask Before Setting a Price

Pricing is such a huge topic. This article came across my feeds this morning, and it had me digging through Four Rules for Pricing Productsand Five Signs It’s Time to Change Your Prices. Your price impacts the perception of your the value you provide and even the type of customers you attract.

Speaking of pricing, Nick details how you’ll do better if you limit the choices you present your clients. Of course this isn’t new, Barry Schwartz covers it in The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less.


Freelance Freedom #244: Bad Trip



If you’re an angle bracket nerd, like me, and use MacVim (or just vim), like me, then you might be interested in this theme by Noah Frederick. I won’t say he’s going after solarized, because I don’t know, but it looks like he’s but a lot more thought into it than I ever have for a theme.

How to Build a Fan-Worthy Facebook Page

What it says. I’ll take this opportunity to remind you that there’s a fan page for FreelancingWeekly. I’m still trying to figure out how to make it useful, so your likes and interaction would be highly valued. Hint, hint.

30 Free UI Kits Featuring Detailed Web Elements

Pretty cool collection.

Ultimate CSS Gradient Generator

A powerful Photoshop-like CSS gradient editor from ColorZilla. (their words)



What to do when you get it really, really wrong

Interesting discussion popped up on /r/freelance about what to do when you’ve seriously underestimated the client’s budget and adjusted your project estimates accordingly.


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