How I watched my 2 year old learn about exclusion

Early in September on what turned out to be one of the last amazing weather weekends of the summer my family and I went camping. My 2 year old daughter got to use her Disney Princess sleeping bag and had half of a 6 man tent to herself. It was totally awesome. She got to […]

Working Freelance or in a Company?

Riding today I got to hear the [Ruby Freelancers podcast][rfp] talk about business. What stuck out to me was their stance on working for yourself (freelance) or taking a job with company. Each of the hosts talked about freedom being the biggest thing that keeps them working for themselves. Late last year and early this […]

When to Go Freelance, and Leave Your Job

Since I went left full time employment 3 years ago and started my own web consulting business (see not freelance) I’ve been asked many times how I determine the right time to leave the job and strike out on my own. For me I saved 3 months worth of money and then when I had […]

Staying in the Zone by Killing Distraction

The zone is that place where things flow. Birds fly music plays. It’s cheesy, cliche and sometimes hard to come by. Really the zone is where we need to be regularly to get things done. For many of us the zone only sometimes shows its head. We struggle to find it. Love it when it […]

Your Only Investment is Your Time

As any web designer could confirm there are a host of people with “good ideas,” no skills to implement them and no money to pay someone to do it for them. If this describes you read on, this post may tell you how to have a chance of getting someone to invest their time for […]

Your Clients Best Interest

When clients come to you to do a job they do it with the belief that you are the best person they can find for the job. Often if we are honest with ourselves we are not the best person for the whole job. With very few exceptions there is always someone better at user […]

Working with Integrity

At the end of the day I design and build website for the money. I have to eat, pay the mortgage, do fun stuff and money is what pays for that. I don’t think anyone would begrudge me this because we all realize that today money is what makes the world go around. At what […]

Scope Creep and the In House Designer

At one time or another each freelancer must deal with a client regarding the question of scope creep. As freelancer’s it can be easier to put your foot down, assuming you have a contract, and say no to added features at the same price. But what does an in house designer do? They don’t have […]

The News: IE 8 may not suck and the freelancer bootcamp

What I feel is the biggest news of the day is the fact that IE 8 now passes the Acid 2 test. So it may be that we won’t hate IE as much in the future. Admittedly we will still have to wait for IE 6 to die. Over at Freelancer Magazine there has been […]

The News: Firefox is alive, seo, and some marketing advice

Today is a great day for web designer’s. It seems that Firefox is finally over 20% of the market share in browsers. Firefox is awesome, and it is wonderful to see it reach this milestone. Hopefully this really pushes IE to be standards compliant instead of the PITA that all web designers are familiar with. […]

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