Archive | August, 2012

Issue #41

Editor’s Note

So, things are just about back to normal here. I finished my vacation, am almost finished recovering from said vacation and school starts for the kids next week. That mostly means I’m back to a more regular routine. Enjoy the last few days of summer.

Articles

Code words: Why we don’t work out or handle our money

A bit about self talk, but you might be interested in the interview he did with BJ Fogg.

Back Office Secrets: Time-Saving Business Systems for Booking New Clients

More on the client intake process and how to get off on the right foot.

Customize Twitter Bootstrap To Not Look Bootstrap-y

Some sensible tips on how to make your Bootstrap app NOT look like all the other bootstrap apps. Turns out, it’s not that hard.

10 Grammar Mistakes that Can Keep Your Content from Spreading

If you make your content frustrating to read, people won’t read it.

How I Blog

John Jantsch reveals how he blogs. It’s mostly about the platform and plugins, but it does have a bit on how he comes up with topics.

10 Ways to Gamify Your Life Today

Finding ways to make doing the right thing more fun and easier to do.

Business Partnering Opportunities for Freelancers

For when you want to grow or simply don’t like going it alone.

Dropbox offers 2-step verification

You can enable it by going to http://www.dropbox.com/try_twofactor.

How do I raise prices?

Strategy and even a sample email to your existing customers.

50 Essential Resources for Online Freelancers & Entrepreneurs

Loads of resources, worth a skim for sure.

Resources

Never again be thwarted by restrictive “guest” wifi (e.g. on buses or airplanes)

Another version of the “set up a tiny ec2 instance to tunnel all your traffic through” article.

Private Eye – Network Monitor for Mac

If you’re interested in seeing how chatty your mac is being, this will help.

TextDown

A Markdown editor as a chrome extension. Bonus: it’s open source and available on github: https://github.com/joaocolombo/textdown

Freelance Freedom 273: Vicious Cycle

It’s a classic.

OverflowMonthly

A monthly compilation of best questions from the StackExchange sites. Free PDF. Not sure how they’re getting away with the paid Kindle edition.

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50 Essential Resources for Online Freelancers & Entrepreneurs

Loads of resources, worth a skim for sure.

Link

How do I raise prices?

Strategy and even a sample email to your existing customers.

Link

Dropbox offers 2-step verification

You can enable it by going to http://www.dropbox.com/try_twofactor.

Link

Business Partnering Opportunities for Freelancers

For when you want to grow or simply don’t like going it alone.

Link

10 Ways to Gamify Your Life Today

Finding ways to make doing the right thing more fun and easier to do.

Link

How I Blog

John Jantsch reveals how he blogs. It’s mostly about the platform and plugins, but it does have a bit on how he comes up with topics.

Link

10 Grammar Mistakes that Can Keep Your Content from Spreading

If you make your content frustrating to read, people won’t read it.

Link

Customize Twitter Bootstrap To Not Look Bootstrap-y

Some sensible tips on how to make your Bootstrap app NOT look like all the other bootstrap apps. Turns out, it’s not that hard.

Link

Back Office Secrets: Time-Saving Business Systems for Booking New Clients

More on the client intake process and how to get off on the right foot.