Freelancer Tip #1: Even those with years of freelancing behind them can get in a deadline bind, and the more clients you juggle, the harder it gets. Missed deadlines are a fact of life: it is timely communication that can make missed deadlines okay (or at least not so bad).
Everyone knows that project slips are sometimes unavoidable and so the agencies plan for this, but major schedule delays cause a ripple effect of problems for the freelancers and other resources on your project.
We are a melting pot of lots of things including faiths and we are all free to express that. Just go into it knowing that not everybody in your audience will agree with your sentiment, and some folks will feel uncomfortable about it.
Quick Steps are yet another handy tool in Outlook to help you keep your mass of messages organized. Combined with PSTs, tagged searching, and the other Outlook features I’ve written about here, Quick Steps helps Outlook be a great hub for your email communications.
Repurposing existing design work for another deliverable is a great way not only to make better use of your design budget, it helps you achieve a consistent look and feel across projects. But this means having to do some up-front planning and having to keep your projects organized. Keep your files clean as you work, or plan on time after the deliverable is sent off to clean up the files.
What are the common-sense rules to naming files? Does it really matter? Even though your computer allows you great flexibility in naming files, think ahead to how the file will be used. Take pity on the user that will have to type that name into a web browser, and be mindful of how the name will look once the escape codes are entered in place of spaces.
Want your clients to be happy with your PowerPoint templates? Give your client flexibility by inserting graphics as individual elements: Don’t merge all your graphics into a single graphic. Also, be sure not to call it a “template” until it really is a template.
Sellers and bloggers need your feedback and comments, so take the time to give feedback when you can. For sellers on sites such as Amazon, feedback that “everything was as expected” is better than no feedback at all. Be sure to place blame (and credit) where it belongs, and try to stay constructive and fair.
I purchased a new ZAGGKeys PROplus keyboard, but then immediately saw an article that showed an overwhelming preference among users for the Logitech Ultrathin. Since my ZAGG was still just a day old, I ordered the Logitech to do a little in-house comparison test.
In a recent discussion with a friend who was ready to replace her computer, she asked my advice about whether she should switch from Windows to Mac. Following are the main points I think anyone should take into account when considering this switch.
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Giveaways typically have multiple purposes. They are a way to attract people to your booth, they provide a way for you to collect leads which hopefully turn into sales, and they are a way for you to promote your brand to prospective customers. However, these purposes can sometimes be at cross-purposes. Exhibiting at a tradeshow is expensive. Get the most from your tradeshow budget by not just driving “traffic” to you booth, but by driving “prospective customers” there.
No matter how great you are at planning, we all get hit with rush projects sometimes. Having a great working relationship with an agency is your first step toward being able to pull of small miracles when you need to do a rush project. Be aware of the risks, look at where you can simplify what you need, and be sure to let your agency know you appreciate their work.
In everything in life, you get what you pay for, and online printing services are no exception. Customer service became the final deal-breaker that caused me to choose just one of these services for all of my future online printing needs.
An accurate estimate requires takes time, which costs an agency money to develop and pulls resources from other projects. Give them time to get you the right estimate, and respect their time, and you’ll have gone a long way toward developing a good relationship with them.
Reduce the risk of heartache from a corrupted Outlook file by dividing your stored emails into multiple PSTs. You’ll be better organized, your Outlook will perform a bit better, and you’ll be more likely to be able to retrieve at least some of your data in the event of an Outlook crash.
There are many tools available to help you quickly get a site online. If you want to do the work yourself, then regardless of the tool you choose you will need to invest some time to learn it–so make that investment of your time in a tool that seems to have the most to offer.
I wanted a good way to track projects that was also easy for my team to share and my client to see. MS Project was overkill, and I didn’t want to keep emailing spreadsheets around. I looked at 5 tools, and am very happy with the one I ended up using.
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