Issue #18

Editor’s Note

I caught some gentle reminders that taxes aren’t due for everyone until April 15th. That’s true if you’re filing as an individual. If you have a corp your taxes are due today. Thank you accountant.

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Articles

5 Things to Email Your Subscribers About Today

If you have a list, and need something to send to them, here’s some simple helper ideas.

The 5-Step Approach to Gathering and Using Client Testimonials

I’m not sure if I’ve linked this before or not, but if I did I didn’t notice the example customer survey that was linked to in the article.

4 Tips for Creating Your LinkedIn Company Page

I’ve heard people actually get solid leads from LinkedIn, I’m not one of those people. Maybe this would help?

Partner up

Everyone is telling you to get in a mastermind, have a personal Jedi council, etc. Are you doing any of it yet?

The Cabinet of Invisible Counselors

Oh, cabinet of invisible counselors too.

How to Assemble Your Support Team

Or, a support team.

14 Ways to Contribute to Open Source without Being a Programming Genius or a Rock Star

I know a couple people that have made quite a career out of Open Source specialization. One started as simply as this article mentions.

The Hierarchy of Getting The Important Stuff Done

John shares how he uses a planning heirarachy to make sure he’s doing the right things and always progressing towards his “Big Audacious Idea”

The Cycle of Getting the Important Stuff Done

John’s follow up to the hierarchy planning post with his take on the nuts and bolts of getting things done. He breaks his week up into 3 categories of days, trying to make sure he doesn’t spend all his time on busy work. Interesting idea.

How to Negotiate Your Rates With New Clients: 3 Things You Should Know

Not sure how I feel about the 3 tips here, but I thought the bit about trading referrals or testimonials for a reduced rate was an interesting idea.

Why You Should Invite Your Customers to a Campfire Storytelling Session

This is why podcasts, sales numbers and open kimono posts are so interesting, I think.

How to Efficiently Market Your Personal Freelance Brand

I really need to define my brand.

Using Your Freelance Earnings to Earn More

LaToya has some simple ideas on how to reinvest in your business.

Don’t Be Fooled By These 6 Client Lies

I can’t tell you how many times #1 comes up in life as a developer. I have this awesome idea, and once I get funded you’ll be paid/put on salary/whatever.

When The Project Is Over – Getting Rockin’ Referrals

How, when and why to ask for referrals.

Resources

Infographic: Google+ for Business

Just what it says.

visual.ly

Because you never know when you might want your own infographic.

Freelance Freedom #249: Gourmet Dinner

I wonder what sizes the shame comes in.

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