Issue #19

Editor’s Note

I got one of the coolest mails from the post office, of all places. It looks like they’re trying to serve small businesses much better than before with some new services to their PO Box offering. I know, it doesn’t sound like it could be cool, but it is. Check it out:

  • Street Addressing – You can use the address of the Post Office (officially now?) instead of just the PO Box addressing.
  • Real Mail Notification – Get an email or text each day you receive mail at your PO Box (Monday through Saturday)
  • Signature on File – to receive signature-required mail and packages

The Post Office is now competing with some of the other brick and mortar alternatives. I’m thrilled. I wish I had a link to send you to, but the best I have is

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Why Your Freelancing Business Must Have a Brand

Laura shares some tips on how to discover your brand, and some links if you need more information. I need to work on this.

Pricing: Why You’re Doing It Wrong

A pretty in depth article on pricing your services, how people trick themselves with math and even touches on subcontractors and utilization.

20 Pricing Principles for Freelancers

A quick round up of tips on pricing principles, like this one: 3. Update your price regularly.

Website Must-Haves

In case you don’t know.

Make this very important change to your design contract today!

Not everyone wants their details all over the web, so ask them before hand.

5 Surprising Things I Do All The Time As A Freelancer

So, freelancing isn’t about rockstar lifestyles?

Make Your Blog a Call to Action?!

I don’t want to say it’s easier for some bloggers to do this, but it’s not easy for me. I stopped blogging a while ago and stuck with mostly linkblog type posts. Theadvice is always the same: write for your customers, not your peers. Damn that’s hard to do. If you’ve figured out how to write for your customers already, this might help you make your content actionable.

5 Things I Learned from Working for Other People

Communication matters.

5 Traits of Successful Freelancers

Be meticulous about tracking your time. I really need to get better at some of the data I track, including time, especially time I spend on projects and products for myself.

10 Tips for Keeeping a Freelancer Covered

Some common sense tips to do your job well without selling your soul

5 Phrases That Can Boost Employee Morale

The trick is saying these without condescension.

So You Think You Can Freelance?

Some best practices from some of the top providers on this service. It’s a decent list.


Progress Trackers in Web Design: Examples and Best Practices

I had a project and I thought one of these would be great for it. Actually it was Elegant Web Elements but I had no idea what they were called. Progress trackers, it appears. Thanks to @mrichman for helping me sort that out.

Designing Landing Pages That Work

Some good tips on creating Landing Pages.


Because you’re capable of being amazing.

The Pitfalls of Freelancing [INFOGRAPHIC]

No, not a rockstar.

Tomorrow Theme

Good looking theme as I was digging around for a new one.


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