naked cap: More on the Myth of Outsourcing’s Efficiency.
Particularly good. Do take this one in.
WalletHub: 2015’s Best Cities to Start a Business.
SF New Mexican: Santa Fe’s Construction Sector - Bad Ugly.
Slack vs. HipChat.
LaCroixDesign: Streamlining Our Proposal Writing Process.
@SnoreWell: How to start a creative agency.
Guardian.UK: What a $15 minimum wage means for US small businesses.
Business owners, for the most part, will cry ‘foul’. Minimum wage has been so egregiously low, raising it to a proper level is painful and it takes time for businesses to find ways to adjust. As we saw with the living wage in Santa Fe, those with good business models survive. Those on a shoestring fail.
HistoryToday: Monetising the Past - Medieval Marginalia and Social Media.
“Perhaps the success of these accounts would be lessened if a tweet were busied with shelfmarks, dates and sources, but wouldn’t it be nice if these huge audiences had the choice between investigating them further or not, and if libraries and archives received due credit for making this wealth of material available.” I recognize a fellow Utopian. Alas, we’ll have to wait for more than just more capable software; we must await a sea-change in attitudes. Attribute, dammit.
99U: Why It’s Selfish to Avoid Giving Negative Feedback.
“Explaining to someone the modifiable, external factors that contributed to their poor performance (“this article fell short because it wasn’t based on enough research insights”) is more likely to result in them reacting in a constructive way to the criticism, as if their priorities are more about learning than showing how good they are.”
WaPo/On Leadership: Gretchen Rubin on successful people’s habits.
Absolutely. Not to say you can’t learn some new tricks from self-help books, but don’t mistake ‘research’ for procrastination.
A List Apart: Initiation to Code.
Synchronicity. I just mentioned the importance of mentoring yesterday. Speaking of which, I’d surely like to see an ALA Guild.
Aeon: Management theories from Roman slave-owners.
When ‘personal branding’ was done with a red-hot iron. I have to say, I was pretty ruthless* on new hires when I was working in management. Taking corporate productions on the road, you need an extraordinary dose of patience, a significant sense of responsibility, and a clear understanding of “failure is not an option.” It’s something that can only be accomplished through mentoring; it can’t be taught through books or interactives. I successfully moved about a half-dozen assistants through this process. Only two went on to freelance. The business requires a certain temperament — if you can’t get your work done in a cold dark ballroom with an Executive VP losing their sh-t in your left ear over a typo in their speech, you won’t make it. [*You all know me well enough to know how I mean “ruthless”. I’m harder on myself than my hires.]
What else need I say?
Curated: Grow your audience by collecting and sharing engaging content.
Be me for $25/month (500 subscribers), with auto-sponsorship opportunities. But you’d better be monetizing. Looks a whole hell of a lot nicer than Paper.li.
500px ISO: A Designer Shares 6 Tips for Getting More Out of Your Licensable Images.
Good advice. The images you post may not be great standalone photographs, but if text and graphics can be overlaid without losing the essence, they can be great for licensing. I have to physically restrain my right index finger from cropping ...
Guardian.UK: Capitalism was supposed to reduce red tape. Why is bureaucracy worse than ever?
“People must be encouraged to compete fiercely and amorally against each other, motivated solely by personal gain, yet also prevented from taking this to its logical conclusion and simply killing or stealing to get the other guy’s stuff. That necessitates big police and legal bureaucracies, just to begin with.” Man, and people say I’m a pessimist.
USB Typewriter: “A groundbreaking advancement in the field of obsolescence!”
Luminous Landscape: Peter Lik - Like Him Or Not.
“Like him or not, Peter has certainly made a business success out of selling postcard image landscapes. Crank up the contrast and bump the saturation up and make the image as colorful as possible.” Loosely and humorously filed under “Small Business”.
MetaTalk: Sixteen Years.
I can only imagine the stress, Matt. Best wishes on your new endeavours!
Video and photo shoot took me out of the office all day.
Nice when a client says, “You’re so much fun to work with!” I have to remind myself to slow down and enjoy the feeling.
Exception Not Found: Doing it Right vs Getting it Done.
ALA: The Specialist-Generalist Balance.
Great read. Highly recommended.
Co.Design: How One Woman Makes Almost $1 Million A Year On Etsy.
“Now, Shaffer has a team of 15 sewers — ‘all moms,’ Shaffer says — working full-time, as well as a professional photographer. [snip] Not all the items are entirely handmade by Shaffer’s team — many, like the knitted legwarmers, socks, and gloves, are sourced wholesale from India.” The honesty’s refreshing.
Matt Blodgett: The Open Plan Office and the Extrovert Ideal.
I have to laugh. The extrovert freelancers I used to hire, I’d isolate them just so they’d get SOME work done. Otherwise, they’d spend the entire day extroverting over everyone else, and destroying productivity.
Amazon WorkMail – Managed Email and Calendaring in the AWS Cloud.
UI looks clean. Integrates with Outlook - that’s going right up against Office 365. Hard to fight the penetration of MS Word, however.