Issue #25

Editor’s Note

I’ve made some changes to Freelancing Weekly. Some of them are behind the scenes and only the types of things developer nerds care about. If you really must know, I moved off of NestaCMS and back on to WordPress with a tumblog style theme.

It should make it easier to implement a few other ideas I’ve had with content on Freelancing Weekly.

This is Issue 25. That’s 1/4 of a way to 100, and that seems like a good enough milestone to ask you how you think I’m doing. To that end, if you would please take this 4 question survey I’d really appreciate it. None of the questions are required, I’m shooting for painless.

Articles

Community: The Inbound Resource You Forgot About

All the other stuff you’re doing, or should be doing, to help with inbound marketing.

366 or How I Tricked Myself into Being Awesome

Chris talked about a simple idea that made a huge difference in the last year of his life.

How to Use Google+ Hangouts for Your Business

Video conferencing on the web. With the ability to setup multiple cameras for different angles, so could be used as a teaching platform.

Why is Estimating so Hard?

because it is. Also because we have to translate what seems easy for a human to a procedure a computer can follow.

Why Clients Don’t Buy What They Say They Want.

Because they don’t know what they need. Or near enough, there are lots of reasons, but build products to solve problems and keep talking to customers (potential or otherwise) so you can keep your product inline with their needs.

Have you been stiffed by a client?

Nearly $8 million worth of unpaid invoices to freelancers? Looks like the Freelancers Union is trying to help petition lawmakers (maybe just US?) to help make defaulting punishable.

Dissatisfied Client: Now What?

Communication is everything.

GasMask

An OSX hosts manager than can be used to create a distraction free environment, here’s an example the cuts out gmail, facebook, twitter and others. https://gist.github.com/1759383/

6 secrets for building a super team

If you’re trying to build a team, here’s some advice.

Want a 150% Boost in Traffic? Then Use This Idiot-Proof Guide to Google Authorship Markup

If you’re curious about Google’s Authorship framework you should check this out.

10 Small Habits of Less Stressed People

Ask, don’t guess. What a novel idea.

The $40 Standup Desk

Interesting wall mounted version.

iPad 3 Retina Display Lock Screen

If you’re iPad bound and traveling this is a neat hack to keep your contact info handy, assuming the person finding your ipad actually wantsto give it back to you.

Everything I Wish Someone Had Told Me (about freelancing)

Apparently it was a long list. :)

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