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Issue #74

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If you use Google services, you could become an ad next month

Lots of unhappy people grumbling about how Google can use your likeness to endorse products in ads.

The Four Words That Make You Weak – Upgrade Your Language

Do, or do not. There is no try.

Why Hating Your Job is Not the Reason to Freelance

The grass isn’t always greener. Sometimes it’s blackened grass painted green.

100 day goals

Another take on time boxing for productivity, this one is 100 days.

The Most Important Metrics Immediately After Launch

Especially helpful if your client is launching a mobile app and they’re not sure they can even track metrics.

How to Avoid Problem Clients

How to choose the right ones.

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Shared Endorsements

Make sure you’re not used for Ad Endorsements unless you want to be.

grunt-pagespeed

Plugin to run Google PageSpeed Insights as part of a CI

The Pros And Cons Of Being A Freelancer

Long live infographics.

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The Pros And Cons Of Being A Freelancer

Long live infographics.



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How to Avoid Problem Clients

How to choose the right ones.



Issue #72

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How to run your business when you don’t know what you’re doing

Solid advice.

How to make $100k in OSS by working hard

So another option to the classic “product” vs. “service” duo.

10 mind-shifts you MUST have today to be a successful and happy freelancer

I probably can’t understate how much of this game is mental, but I tried.

9 habits that will make freelance life hard + 9 counter-habits that will grow your business

For #2, just don’t work with family or friends. There are a couple good points in here.

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Grid forms

Like paper, but online.

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Issue #57

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Is Your Home Office Leaving a Bad Impression?

Entertaining clients in your home office just sounds crazy to me.

How to Manage an Entire Agency and Still Get Work Done

So, assuming you have the work for an agency, here’s some tips on how to manage them without spending your whole day on it.

Why Real Businesses Don’t Charge $5/month

Because it limits your options for customer acquisition and maybe gets you customers you don’t want.

9.5 Realistic Ways to a Higher Freelance Rate

Say no. Lots.

Tips for work-life balance

Some thoughts from an academic.

A Freelancer’s Guide to Creating a Revenue Stream and Passive Income

“Usually these strategies are far from passive”.

Three Upgrades Your Small Business Needs — And Fast

A bit colorful but sometimes you need to hear it a different way to hear it at all.

10 Confidence-Building Exercises for New Freelancers

Because there are other skills we need to practice too.

Every aspect of your freelance business is about marketing. At least, it should be.

Marketing and promotion aren’t the same thing.

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Ask HN: Tools of the trade, 2013 edition

More SaaS services than you can shake a stick at. Or read through in less than 15 minutes.

What to Ask a Client Before You Start Their Project

Some onboarding questions with a slant towards web design projects.

8 Ways to Get More Leads for Your Business on LinkedIn

What it says.

Freelance Freedom 297: Hired Gun, Part 1

There’s a new sheriff in town.

Freelance Freedom 298: Hired Gun, Part 2

Part 2

Listening & Watching

How To Name Your Business: Should You Choose Your Name or Something Else?

Marie Forleo answers this question.

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10 Confidence-Building Exercises for New Freelancers

Because there are other skills we need to practice too.

Issue #56

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Putting Clients in their place

Anyone can contribute good ideas, so don’t be so quick to rule out that possibility.

Killing Contracts: An Interview With Andy Clarke

Andy’s the guy behind “Contract Killer” which is now in version 3.

How To Guarantee Your Income With Agile Billing

Agile here really just refers to billing for “sprints”. 1 week, 2 week or month long iterations with a fixed scope.

Tools of the Trade: What Tools I Use for iOS Consulting

I must be doing something wrong, LinkedIn and I just don’t get along.

How to Know if You’re Entering a Viable Niche

Competition isn’t a bad thing.

How to Find Enough Work to Keep an Entire Agency Busy

Seems like maintaining a balance of utilization and keeping to deadlines would be an interesting exercise.

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8 reasons you should throw away your cash-back credit card if you love to travel

If you want to do something with your credit card, here’s an idea.

30 Pounds in 30 Days

If your clients talk about mobile this might help bring a bit of reality to the budget required for native mobile apps (iOS specifically in this case).

Understand the Favicon

More than you ever wanted to know.

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Issue #55

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11 Obvious A/B Tests You Should Try

Exactly what it says.

Seven A/B testing mistakes you need to stop making in 2013

Some things to think about when you’re trying out the aforementioned obvious tests.

3 Step Action Plan To Get The Best Work Environment

Do yourself a favor and skip the video, unless you want a laugh. Just check out the links from the video.

19 Things We Can Learn From Numerous Heatmap Tests

A bunch of information gleaned from heatmap testing.

How to Evolve from Freelancer to Agency

If you’re looking to expand beyond a solo offering.

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Freelance Freedom 293: Casual Perspective

Trading one for the other.

rubytune — rails devops/sysadmin cheat sheet

Handy cheatsheet if you’re responsible for linux servers.

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Issue #54

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9 Steps to Starting Your Freelance Web Design Business

A broad overview of what it takes to start up a business.

Here’s what I learned hanging out with Jason Fried

Lesson’s learned about selling.

5 Design Tips Every Developer Should Know

And now you know.

How To Become a Successful Freelance Web Developer (and Not Kill Your Career)

Another take on how to get started, slowly, with a “regular” job to get you started.

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Freelance Freedom 292: The Sickness

Timely, we just finished up rounds of a 24 hour stomach virus and the littlest got the flu.

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Issue #53

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5 Pricing Tips to Earn More on Client Projects

I’d argue that bonuses are better than discounts, if you can manage them.

The 5 Most Persuasive Words in the English Language

The mini-study on using free is pretty interesting.

4 Ways to Profit From LinkedIn

Some more strategies for LinkedIn.

Preparing for the New LinkedIn Design: How to Optimize Your Page and Profile

If you’re keeping up with LinkedIn, you probably already know most of this.

SEO: What Keywords Should a Freelancer Try to Rank for?

If you set up a website and wondered why your inbox isn’t flooded with requests to do business with you, not getting any traffic may be a small part of the problem.

Starting an Online Show: How to Quickly Grow Your Platform

Podcasting is great fun. I wish my schedule coincided more with The Ruby Freelancers, I miss being a regular. I might start up something on my own.

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A 50-Point Checklist For Creating The Ultimate Landing Page

If you’re into checklists…

Freelance Freedom 288: Iconic Holiday

Freelance Freedom 291: Resolutely Irresolute

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