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Contracts and Documents: Free Legal Resources for Freelancers

We all know that sometimes it’s tough when employers refuse to pay you, claim your work, and ask you to go far and beyond what your initial job entailed. So, what can we do to protect ourselves from scams, terrible employers and other annoyances while we are just trying to make a living?

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Top 5 Tips to Open a Killer Presentation

Imagine this – you are all set. The audience is settled and silent. You switch on the screen and stare at the projector for a split second. There, in that split second, you panic.

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How to Increase Conversion Rates with Tactical Typography

Most marketers know by now that increasing conversion rates is an entire branch of science itself.

Getting to the bottom of which presentation techniques and graphic design elements actually have a measurable influence on customer behavior has become something of a Holy Grail-type quest.

Thankfully, there are only so many variables to try. Here we’ll take a look at one of them – typography – and examine what you can do to take advantage of its flexibility.

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How to Make the Move into Freelancing

If you’ve been working for awhile and feel the need for a change, you should considering taking a shot at freelancing. Almost everyone that I know has thought, at one time or another, about working independently. Some have a passion that they want to develop while others dream of being able to use their work time creatively.

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Don‘t Work More, Just Do More!

Productivity is a frightening word for many people. If you asked somebody, what PRODUCTIVITY is associated with, you would probably get these false answers; longer work hours, banned coffee breaks, no social networking while working, etc. This false dichotomy is too rampant in our society.

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How to Add New Income Streams to Your Small Business

Small business owners are always searching for ways to add extra income to their businesses. After all, you’re already putting in the time, work, and money it takes to make your business float – it doesn’t take that much extra effort to add a new income stream to an existing business. There are many ways you can do this, but a few of the most common include publishing eBooks, offering video courses, or giving in-depth support options. These options can tie into just about every type of business. Here are some suggestions to get you thinking outside of the box.

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How to Rebrand Your Business

The world is constantly changing, and so is your business. No matter how great your values and ideals were twenty years ago, if they don’t need an upgrade, at the very least you should consider marketing them differently. Since nothing stays the same way for too long, it shouldn’t be a surprise that you need to rebrand your business at some point.

Rebranding isn’t something you do on a Saturday evening. It take time, patience, and brain power to implement. Like many procedures, this one requires some baby steps. Today we will take a look at how you can successfully rebrand your company. All you need is the motivation to do it and some extra time, costs come later but you’ll make them back in no time.

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Is Location-Independence for You?

Thanks to technology, you’re no longer tied to one place geographically. Ever since laptops and tablets were introduced and dial-up internet connections gave way to Wi-Fi, location independence has been possible for everyone with the desire to start their own business or work from home.

Of course, this sort of lifestyle isn’t for everyone, though most people only figure this out when they try it for themselves. This is a particularly troubling thought as you would need to quit your job to do so.

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25 Beautiful Vintage Style Business Card Designs

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Good design never goes out of fashion. In fact there’s something about using vintage and retro style design elements, they can (when used correctly) lift a design and somehow make it seem modern. Just like physical appearance, you never get a second chance to make a first impression with your business card.

Poorly designed business cards flood your local town, so why not stand out? Show your potential clients that you don’t cut corners with a beautiful business card. Today we collected some amazing vintage style business cards for your inspiration. Enjoy!

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Getting Your Design Priorities Right in 2014

Web design, for a long time now, has always been about the looks. It’s been about the colors, the typography, and the language used to build a website or the core platform the website is based on. With a judicious mix of concepts, wireframes, graphics, content, and overall planning, websites would come alive. They’d make it to the “designers” hall of fame or gain massive recognition among the design community, but are these websites worth the money being spent on them?

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A Brave New World: Online Marketing Post-Hummingbird

I know, Hummingbird went into effect months ago. However, many bloggers, businesses, and marketers continue to play by the rules of the wrong game today. With Hummingbird came some big changes for SEO and content marketing. Luckily, though, Google is moving in a direction that should benefit everyone: consumers and site owners alike.

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New Year’s Resolution: Learn How to Code

You know that feeling. You’ve been meaning to take action for a while. You’ve a great idea and an inkling to to make the next Snapchat. But how? It’s super hard to code right? Not completely true. What better a time to start learning than 2014!

Coding is a serious business and it’s not easy. There’s no doubt about that, I assure you. Programmers oftentimes encounter vicious bugs and errors which take hours, if not days to overcome. The first step in your journey is to learn patience. If you already have that, excellent!

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Why You Should Have More Side Projects

For those of us with creative minds, we need to stay on top of our game in our free time and down-periods. That means we always need to be on the lookout for new trends and get familiar with new platforms. While it might be a confusing theory that spending our leisure time creating more work for ourselves is actually a stress-relieving exercise, it truly is.

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5 Writing Tips: How to Organize your Research

These days, anyone can have a blog. Therefore, we often suffer at the hands of authors without proper writing education. The internet is a self-published writer’s playground.

As such, formal compositions are rarely seen in the blogosphere. People often share their thoughts and ideas in a jumbled fashion. Research has become less and less important to many.

However, there are still a few of us who value well-written, heavily-researched, quality pieces. While the research process does have its merits, it can be challenging. Here are five steps to help organize your research and make the overall writing process more effective.

1. Record Everything

One of the most important parts of organization is proper documentation. That’s why this is step one. You must do it correctly from the very beginning.

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How to Make the Move into Freelancing

If you’ve been working for awhile and feel the need for a change, you should considering taking a shot at freelancing. Almost everyone that I know has thought, at one time or another, about working independently. Some have a passion that they want to develop while others dream of being able to use their work time creatively.

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