6 Ways Leonardo da Vinci makes us feel good about freelancing

6 Ways Leonardo da Vinci makes us feel good about freelancing

Today in 1452, Leonardo da Vinci was born.

Though da Vinci specialized in painting, he was also a sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, geologist, cartographer, anatomist, botanist, and writer. So yeah, he liked to keep himself busy. As any freelancer knows, being a jack-of-all-trades is an important part of...

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Fun stuff to perk up your everyday adventures

Fun stuff to perk up your everyday adventures

Freelancing can take you everywhere, from the home office to the coffee shop, from a coworking space to an international conference of like-minded indies. You’re a no-limit, no cubicle freelancer and it’s time you start accessorizing like one. Perk up your everyday adventures with this list of fun...

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The best project management tools for freelancers

The best project management tools for freelancers

Tired of keeping track of everything in spreadsheets, post-it notes, or your inbox? Project management software can help you save time, collaborate effectively, and prevent important to-do’s from slipping through the cracks.

Here’s a run-down of some project management programs that we recommend. In addition to running on...

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Business school for freelancers: How to design your own education

Business school for freelancers: How to design your own education

Most freelancers are do-it-yourself types who learn by doing and haven’t had any formal business training. They may have college and advanced degrees in their chosen field, but when they take the leap into self-employment, they barely know an LLC from a C-corp.

First things first: No, you don...

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How I lived like a pioneer in the concrete jungle

How I lived like a pioneer in the concrete jungle

Secretly we all want to live in the middle of nowhere, grow our own food, and have a successful blog like this pioneer. Amirite? Just me? Well perhaps you have little interest in life on the open plains. Or perhaps like myself, you live nowhere near a plain, open or...

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12 Cool t-shirts designed by freelancers (support fellow indie artists!)

It's (finally) springtime, and that means t-shirt season!

Rather than heading off to the local mall, support your fellow independent artists by buying t-shirts from an online shop or in your local neighborhood. 

Where you can buy t-shirts designed by freelancers:

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Why freelancers should specialize (not generalize)

Why freelancers should specialize (not generalize)

What if I told you that you could charge more money as a freelancer, be more memorable to clients -- and save time?

You’d probably think I was selling you a fancy app. This is a lot simpler. It’s the ancient art of specializing. For example, you wouldn’t...

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Forget what the experts say...How do YOU stay productive?

Forget what the experts say...How do YOU stay productive?

I’m obsessed with productivity.

There. I said it.

I have a hard time relaxing. It takes a concerted effort for me to do anything that doesn’t have some palpable goal or reward at the end that is somehow linked to my career goals.

I also know this because...

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15 Ideas for your next freelance act of kindness

15 Ideas for your next freelance act of kindness

We talk a lot about how to build a more fulfilling freelance life. But it’s long been known that the best way to become happier is to give happiness to others.

So here’s your next great gig: Freelance Giver of Small Bits of Happiness!

Here are just a...

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Bartering for beef: 3 tips for swapping goods and services

Bartering for beef: 3 tips for swapping goods and services

Bartering for delicious grass-fed beef or homemade soap can be the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Just ask Dylan Benito.

The Portland native and charismatic freelancer has a penchant for swapping to support her eco-friendly lifestyle. Over the years she has discovered that community connections are powerful forms of social...

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