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The Slash Workers

the slash workers<p>The future of independent work will be led by an emerging class of intrepid professionals who have rewritten the definition of …

How to earn your first $100,000 as a freelancer, from someone who's done it

Even if that seems far off, it's easier than you think to build a sustainable freelance business from home.<p>Whether you're part-time hustling while you're still at another job or making a go of this full time, hitting the $100,000 mark is, mentally, where most freelancers begin to think, "I can make …

Small Business

The difference between freelancing and entrepreneurship — and why the latter is better

He was explaining the core differences between entrepreneurship and freelancing. I was getting heated just listening to him.<p>Here's how Seth explains it:<p><i>Freelancers get paid for their work. If you're a freelance copywriter, you get paid when you work. Entrepreneurs use other people's money to build</i> …

Entrepreneurship

Why So Many Americans Prefer the Freelance Lifestyle

If you run a company with full-time employees, you will need to address the desire your team has for freedom and flexibility.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>More than 55 million Americans are freelancers -- a full 35 percent of our workforce, according to the 2016 …

Know what your creative work is worth

<b>How Manjula Martin started an important conversation about income transparency for a growing independent workforce</b>Photograph by Ted Weinsten<b>Manjula</b> …

Writing

A Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A Powerful Brand Identity

A brand identity is more than a logo. It’s more than brand style guide. It’s an essential way to differentiate yourself from your competition. A …

Go On A Delightful Adventure With This Beautiful Folktale Game

If you’re looking for something fun and beautiful to play, <i>Burly Men at Sea</i> (<i>BMAS</i>) is the game for you. The project was developed by United …

WIRED's Required Science Reading From 2016

If your resolution for the coming year is to spend less time on your commute scrolling through Twitter or playing "Puzzler on the Roof," there's no …

You don’t have Impostor Syndrome

And neither do I anymore<p>A couple days ago, this tweet was brought to my attention, and I noticed an unfortunate resemblance to a diagram I made for …

Overcoming Impostor Syndrome

Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Coding<p>From the outside, it would appear I was on the textbook path of programming. Started making websites …

“My Designer Wont Give Me My Files!”

“My Designer Wont Give Me My Files!”<p>Often, in design, there are requests by the client to release the layered, master files. Many clients feel a bit …

Are Branding Agencies Still Relevant?

The old way of designing brands is in desperate need of a rethink, writes Edenspiekermann’s Paul Woods.<p>A couple years ago, I was interviewing for a job as digital design director at a (well-known) branding agency. After the usual pleasantries, we landed on the details of what the role would entail. …

70 best free fonts for designers

Free fonts: quick links<p>In this freshly updated free fonts for designers post, we bring you the world's best free fonts. We've filtered out the …

Typography

Meditation Makes Us More Aware Of Our Unconscious, Study Suggests

There’s just so much we aren’t aware of.<p>Imagine being in a dark room holding a flashlight. You can only see where you're pointing the light, and only what the light reaches. This room is your mind, and what the flashlight reveals is your limited awareness of it.<p>But a new study suggests that people …

Consciousness

How to take back your productivity with No Meeting Wednesday

Meetings are a part of nearly everyone’s work life: some of us have more than others, but we all have days when we feel it’s nearly impossible to get …

Time Management

Just pick something! (avoiding decision fatigue at work)

Many of us think of time as our most scarce resource, but it’s really energy — particularly when it comes to decision making. Our brains get tired …

Management

How to write the perfect task to move work forward

<i>This is a guest post by Hamza Khan</i>Imagine this all-too-familiar scenario: you open up your task list expecting to see a handful of bite-sized, …

Marketing

Think inside the box for more effective brainstorms

Think back to the last brainstorm meeting you attended. Perhaps you scheduled it to tap into the collective creativity of your team—with high hopes …

Creativity

Working from home? Here’s how to stay on task

I’ve been working remotely as a freelancer or contractor for two years now. I also have ADHD, and I am a terrible procrastinator. As a result, I’ve …

Productivity

How Much Should You Charge For Design Work?

A guide to assigning the right value to what you do.<p>You can learn a lot about the business end of design and illustration by trial and error and reading articles and books, but one thing that is seemingly impossible to get a grasp on is pricing. Whether you are a student, a young designer, or a …

Graphic Design

Polly Nor’s Illustrations Capture The Real 21st Century Women

“I want to tap into the parts of us that we try to hide from the internet”<p>The first time I was exposed to one of Polly Nor’s drawings was on Twitter. Her “Cba 2 Pretend No More” illustration was turned into a meme, but I felt a stronger bond to the image itself. For months, I tried to track down …

How Napping Changes Your Brain That Makes You More Creative

Do you find that by the afternoon you are getting weary and losing focus? You may even find yourself starting to nod off. Chances are you need a good …

Sleep

Steps to Turn Off the Nagging Self-Doubt in Your Head

Most of us lose time to negative thoughts; reframe your thinking and feel more positive<p>Think of the last time you told yourself something critical or negative. Then think of the last compliment you gave yourself.<p>Which is easier to remember?<p>Many of us—whether due to genetics, brain chemistry, our …

Self-confidence

How This Designer Took More Than 20 Years to Create the Perfect To-Do List

The designer of the popular Bullet Journal, Ryder Carroll, explains how he spent 20 years developing the perfect to-do list.<p>When Brooklyn-based designer Ryder Carroll was a kid struggling to control his attention deficit disorder, he was taught that the best way to remember something was simple: …

One of the easiest tricks to beat laziness doesn’t require any expensive tools, classes, or apps

Here's how one Redditor, backformore, described it: "I set an alarm for 10 minutes and then see how much I can get done in that time. Usually, it gets me motivated to keep going after the timer goes off, but if it doesn't at least I did something."<p>Other people said they set the alarm for five …

Do You Take Yourself Seriously?

When is the last time you had an opinion but didn’t share it with anyone because you didn’t think anyone would care? When is the last time you got …

Tutankhamun’s blade ‘made from meteorite,’ study reveals

Ever since it was discovered wrapped in the folds of Tutankhamun's mummy in 1925, an ancient Egyptian dagger has puzzled historians.<p>How did the boy pharaoh's craftsmen make an iron blade of such quality that it survived more than 3,000 years inside a sarcophagus without turning to rust?<p>Scientists …

Egypt

What If Hipsters Designed Well-Known Brand Logos?

<b>Designer</b> Caisa Nilaseca gives a new, hipster spin to well-known brands such as Facebook, Apple and Snapchat.<p><b>They are</b> simple, minimalist, …

What Kind of Introvert Are You?

Are you an introvert? It depends on which book you read.<p>Here's a sampling of the various conceptualizations of introversion in pop culture …