How to Design Your Own Exit

Rather than simply bowing out of a job when something better comes along, it can be more rewarding and satisfying — and better for your reputation and future prospects — to design your own exit from the company.

How to Evaluate New Applications and Services

530438_measure_upIt’s a great time to be a web worker. Almost every day, a new site, service or product comes on the scene that promises to make our work more efficient (or more fun). Some areas, like project management or image editing, are crowded with options. And in order to gain a following, many services are being offered inexpensively or at no cost.
But as Paisano wrote recently, current conditions won’t last forever. Many sites will eventually become fee-based; others will shut down when their funding runs out, or when their owners decide to move in a different direction.
So when I evaluate a product that I’d like to incorporate into my company’s workflow — especially a product that will be visible to clients — I try to consider the product’s feature set, along with the issues raised in Judi’s 2007 WWD post. I also ask the following questions: Read More about How to Evaluate New Applications and Services

Apple Documentaries for the ‘Fanboy’ in All of Us

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Apple (s aapl) has been a “recent” devotion for me. Within the last six years have I come to appreciate the quality and design that goes into the products I use daily. So why not better understand the culture and devotion behind the company? If you love your Apple product enough to sit through a documentary or two, here are a few to get you started.

MacHeads

MacHeads is a deep dive into the culture and aura surrounding Apple. Meet dedicated people, probably not too far from ourselves, as they reveal their inner devotion to everything Apple. You’ll meet some interesting, and possibly random people through this journey, but it will give you a better understanding of why so many love their Apple products. Enjoy interviews from Guy Kawasaki, and other Apple cultists. Currently the video is available for sale or rental through iTunes and Amazon.
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5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Starting Another Freelance Endeavor

Apart from being a blogger, I also dabble in comics and illustration.  My friends from college where I was majoring in Fine Arts want to band together and start an illustration studio early next year.  This leads me to wonder whether I’m ready to start another freelance endeavor.
I’m not the only freelancer who faces this kind of situation.  Freelancers are used to wearing different hats and providing a variety of services.  Odds are, you needed to do a bit of SEO on your own site.  Or you had to design your own site early in your career when you were low on capital.  The diverse tasks we need to accomplish often lead us to learning new skills which may be applied professionally.
But if you’ve designed a website that converts well, or started an SEO campaign that makes your site the first in a long line of search engine results, does that mean you should be a professional web designer or an SEO consultant?  To answer this big question, you need to ask yourself five simpler questions first.
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YouTube Holds Auditions for Red Carpet Reporter

People.com has just launched a channel on YouTube along with a Revlon-sponsored competition to co-host red carpet footage from the Emmy Awards this year. YouTube is heralding the deal as its first-ever co-branded competition, which is significant, because usually people come to YouTube to reach a big audience, not the other way around. People.com had 9.2 million unique visitors in May while YouTube had 66 million, according to comScore.

If you want to chat up celebs on the red carpet this fall, you’d better do your best to keep your cool while you interview friends and family for a 2-4 minute audition clip to be submitted on YouTube by July 21. Finalists will undergo the democratic gauntlet on YouTube and People.com. The prize is a trip to LA, plus hair, makeup, and access.

Recent Office 2007 docs: the gadget

Recent_docs_widgetNeed a Vista gadget that shows your recent Office docs? Have no fear: the gadget is here! Eric Charran picked up on it (I found his post via The Hive) and it works very well provided you’re using Office 2007. If so, you don’t need to rely on Start, Recent Items, which doesn’t just limit itself to docs in the first place. A useful gadget to save some mouse clicks or pen taps if you’re a heavy-duty Office 2007 user.