• Productivity
    How to Do One Thing at a Time—and Stop MultitaskingHipster office preview
    Countless studies show that we are not good at multitasking. We get less done, and we do it less accurately and effectively. So in this tutorial we’ll look at a better way of working. I’ll first go through some of the research on multitasking and productivity, and then I’ll show you how to set up your day to get more done by cutting out the distractions and focusing on one thing at a time. Read More…
  • Productivity
    Your Productivity Style: Find It and Use It for Better WorkProductivity style
    Some people are goal-driven; others are people-focused. Some people hate details; while others thrive on them. Your "productivity style" is a result of your personality, your preferences, and your strengths and weaknesses. This tutorial will help you understand your productivity style, so that you can customize your environment, schedule, and goals effectively, and find systems and tools that match your style.Read More…
  • Freelance
    Freelancers, Are You Prepared for the Worst?Planning
    In this tutorial we’ll look at all the things a freelancer should have in place in order to be prepared for the worst, from life insurance to a plan for your digital assets. There’ll be ten items in all, and in each case I’ll give a brief explanation of what you need and how you can set it up. Read More…
  • Career Development
    Business Skills for Freelance DevelopersFreelance dev business
    Being a freelancer developer isn't just about writing code. In this article we look at six key business skills that all freelancers need. Some of these you may have used in a previous job, if you were an employee, while others you may have to learn from scratch.Read More…
  • Freelance
    How to Take Your Freelancing Career to the Next Level—and Get Paid MoreLevel up
    One of the tricky things about navigating a freelancer’s career is that the next level of your career isn’t as obvious or as pre-planned. While this gives you a lot of freedom, there are also too many options to way and a lot of decisions to make. How do you go about climbing the career ladder—getting promoted, having a raise, taking on more important roles—when you are the one who has to decide for yourself if you’re ready? Read More…
  • Freelance
    How to Stop Scope Creep From Eating Up Your ProfitsScope creep lost time
    Scope creep can limit your income, eat up your time, create conflict with your clients and cause great frustration for you, the creative. In this tutorial, I'll show you some practical ways to avoid scope creep as much as possible, and, when it occurs, how to handle it quickly and effectively.Read More…
  • Freelance
    How to Create a Profitable Brand for Your Freelancing Business Profitable branding
    Do potential clients see you as a trusted expert that's worth their top dollar and attention, or as a starving novice that'll work for scraps? If you're not sure (or if you just cringed knowing it's the second), let me tell you this: The only difference between "expert" and "starving" is a brand. And in this tutorial, you'll learn how to set up a killer freelancer brand based on the three components of profitable branding that will take your business to the next (payment) level. Read More…
  • Freelance
    A Freelancer's Guide to Dealing With IllnessSyringe
    No matter how well you take care of yourself, illness is inevitable. At some stage, you’ll have to take a day or two off to recover from a cold, and if you’re unlucky you might have to deal with a serious, long-term illness. Are you prepared? In this tutorial, you’ll learn a few simple strategies that will help you manage illness as a freelancer.Read More…
  • Customer Service
    How to Handle an Unhappy Photography ClientPreview
    If you’ve only just started out in business, complaints can be a real knock to your confidence, but if you learn how to deal with these situations effectively, you can really turn things around and it might even become a valuable learning experience.Read More…
  • Freelance
    A Freelancer’s Guide to Saving & InvestingSavings safe
    In this tutorial you’ll learn how to save and invest for the future. You’ll learn what to do first—save or pay down debt—and how to prioritize different saving goals after that. I’ll also talk about investing for the long term and building a balanced portfolio of investments.Read More…
  • Freelance
    Setting Up Contracts for Your Freelance WorkFreelance contract
    In this tutorial I’m going to take you through the process for creating a solid contract that will set expectations clearly and protect you if things go wrong. We’ll start by looking at what a contract does and why it’s important, and then I’ll take you through some key areas to focus on, and I’ll point you to some useful templates and resources around the web.Read More…
  • Career Development
    Keeping Ahead of the Game in Your Web CareerRunning ahead
    If you're anything like me, every time a new website builder or CMS is launched (at least a good one), a little part of you goes cold. Being able to design and create generic websites isn't enough for web professionals anymore. Learn what you can do to develop your career and stay competitive.Read More…