Un-happy birthday, cubicle: A symbol of worker angst turns 50

Un-happy birthday, cubicle: A symbol of worker angst turns 50

The cubicle turns 50 this year, and all across the country, people are half-heartedly celebrating the occasion and open office workers are scoffing at the folly of our corporate ancestors.

But this symbol of worker isolation and automatization is just that -- a symbol and a symptom of a way of...

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3 ways to strengthen your connections

3 ways to strengthen your connections

Sometimes successful collaboration needs a little inspiration. It can come in the form of a new process or strategy...or as an inspiring non-profit professional named Ryan Schwartz.

As a community leader and established freelancer, Ryan actively searches for creative methods to foster collaboration within his business. As more teams...

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4 Villains of the freelance life

4 Villains of the freelance life

I think all of us have a hero and a villain in us.

-Anson Mount

In a dark, secret lair, there’s a group of villains who use subterfuge and guile to try to ruin great freelance careers across the country. They’re bad, they’re crooked, they’re -- dun...

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11 eco-friendly things to do for Earth Day (and every day!)

11 eco-friendly things to do for Earth Day (and every day!)

Greetings, Earthlings! A happy Earth Day to you all!

This year marks the 44th annual Earth Day celebration, which is held every year on April 22nd and every day in my heart. Making changes towards sustainability can feel daunting at times, however, small drops really do make a mighty ocean...

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Cool “green” apps that help you shop ethically

Cool “green” apps that help you shop ethically

Choosing to purchase products that are ethically-sourced, healthy and environmentally friendly can prove to be a challenge at times. Many large companies are purposefully non-transparent when it comes to their supply chain and what goes into their products. Being more mindful about  how we choose to spend our money and...

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How to write a killer product description

How to write a killer product description

Do you have an online store? Are you thinking about opening one? Whether you have a large online store or a small Etsy shop, the way you list your products can have a dramatic effect on your sales.

Here are some basic tips for writing a great product description:

Emphasize...

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4 benefits of freelance dry spells

4 benefits of freelance dry spells

Freelancers like being busy, because being busy pays the bills. However, sometimes the nature of freelancing means that you could be super-mega-crazy-busy for a few months, and then suddenly find yourself with no work (unless you count binge watching Netflix as work).

In Sara Horowitz’s book The Freelancers Bible...

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How to find gigs on Twitter

How to find gigs on Twitter

So you’ve appealed to your network and made a habit of checking job boards each morning, but still...no gigs.

Sound familiar? It might be time to try something a little different.

Twitter is an invaluable tool for communicating with companies and individuals you don’t already know and...

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Why freelancing is like jazz

Why freelancing is like jazz

Ask 50 people what jazz is, and you’ll get 50 different answers. But I think most people would agree with Wynton Marsalis’ definition that jazz is music that swings, or perhaps Louis Armstrong’s definition: “If you have to ask what jazz is, you'll never know.”

I’ve...

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Self-publishing tips for freelancers

Self-publishing tips for freelancers

by Cat Agonis, author of Chicken on the Hudson

It’s no wonder self-publishing is appealing to the boss-free, independent workforce: you have total control over how your book is marketed and designed, you don’t have to share profits with an agent, and you have creative liberty on the...

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