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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Should freelancers work with a staffing or temp agency?

Should freelancers work with a staffing or temp agency?

As an independent worker, you understand how great it is to be your own boss, stay flexible, and achieve a better work/life balance. But there are some not-so-easy things about freelancing: constantly marketing yourself, following up on late payments, no benefits, etc.

This is why many freelancers find a...

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The happiness paradox: wanting to be happy may make you unhappy, studies find

The happiness paradox: wanting to be happy may make you unhappy, studies find

“Those only are happy who have their minds fixed on some object other than their own happiness.” -John Stuart Mill, 1873

New research suggests that the pursuit of happiness may not have its intended effect: the desire to be happy actually makes you less happy.

As entrepreneurs, we deal with...

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How this nail artist turned a hobby into a thriving freelance business

How this nail artist turned a hobby into a thriving freelance business

Ashley CroweFor artist Ashley Crowe, canvases come in stylish sets of 10. Though she didn't initally think her talent for nail art would lead to a career, she followed her passion wholeheartedly and now has a thriving freelance business. 

Ashley is a designer manicurist based in Chicago, as well as...

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