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State of a Developer's Worklife

As a developer, I’m always looking for ways to improve my processes for coding and running the business. I’m also a bit obsessed with organizing things – be they physical or digital. Things are constantly changing around here – although it seems that some of the apps, processes and equipment I use never do change, which I take to be...

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An Optimized Development Workflow

I’ve been working on the Macbook Air for about a week now and I must say, besides a few speed issues (which I’m pretty sure is due to a faulty Time Capsule), I’m really loving the swap. I’ve got an external monitor set up as the main monitor and I use the 13″ Air monitor as my secondary. I’m constantly...

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Designing a Dream Home Office

One of the best investments I’ve made into my business wasn’t a fancy gadget or a shiny new toy. It was my office. It’s interesting to see how many freelancers just work wherever they can, be it the local Starbucks, a spare bedroom or even the kitchen table. From my experience though, it’s extremely important to have a nice dedicated space, preferably filled...

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10 Home Office Time Savers

Working from home is one of my favorite things about being a freelancer. However, it can end up being a distraction if you’re not careful. There have been plenty of times that the whole day has gone by before I even got started working–simply because I decided to play around the house or on the internet. While it’s okay to do...

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Six Things to Do Instead of Working Today

Some days are just not good days for working. You’ve got a million things distracting you from your work: the dogs are whining, the kids are crying, you’ve got too much on your mind, or you’re so eager for a package coming in the mail (that’s me) that you simply can’t drag yourself to your desk. Fortunately for us, we’re...

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How to Get Ahead When There’s No Work

Every freelancer, no matter how awesome they are, goes through slow periods. They often only last a week or two–but when you’re used to getting a lot of checks in the mail, that week can go on for forever. Even though you should be used to it by now, it’s still stressful, but there’s hope yet! If you’re like me,...

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Working on Your Business, Not Just in It

When you’re a freelancer, you often find yourself doing several jobs. You may design, develop, write, manage, bill, consult and answer the phone. Unfortunately, while we’re busy taking care of all these roles in the day-to-day management of our business, we forget to step back and take a look at the long term. Working on the business may not seem important...

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Creative Break: Progress On The New Office

I have no real blog post for you guys today because I stayed up late working on the new office. While it’s not even close to being done, it’s good enough to move into. I finally get a nice bright sunny room with a beautiful view!! What I’m Waiting On: New chairs Custom floating shelves in the the open walk...

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Ten Essential Items Every Freelance Office Needs to Get Started

Becoming a freelancer is one of the easiest business to start, because–unlike starting a bakery, gym or other kind of business–it doesn’t require much capital to begin. Most people already have what they need to begin, but there are still some essential items you’ll need to become a freelancer that you may (or may not) have. Some of these are...

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8 Things Every Geek's Office Must Have

I’m currently renovating an upstairs bedroom to become my new office. My current office (minus my new puters) is a sad, dark and scary place. The new room has the best light in the whole house and is quite charming. I’m going for a calm, cottage, Pottery Barn look, but I’m also wanting to include several nerd items, since I...

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