If you’re like thousands of other designers, programmers and other creative professionals out there, at one point in time you’ve considered starting your own business. Unlike most, you’ve gone against common sense and decided to open shop for yourself. And not just freelance full-time, mind you, but file for the company name, get some stationery, and wade through the legal mumbo-jumbo.
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Today I thought I’d share something a little different, and hopefully useful for all you fellow dreamers- a list of some of the websites I’ve found that exude creative coolness or spark inspiration in some way. Some are well known and fun, others may be helpful or quietly inspiring. I hope these suggestions spark your creativity as they do mine!
The economic crisis and ever-rising tuition rates have brought new meaning to the phrase, “broke college kids.” Many students seem at a loss as to what they can do to merely scrape by. Because every penny counts, new ways to earn extra cash are always in demand. While such old standbys as delivering pizza or working at the school library remain options, more creative solutions are out there. Here are some ideas how to raise funds for college expenses or any other pursuit: Photograph by: Tom Stoddart/Getty Images
Research has shown that the fastest way to find a new job is to target companies where your friends work. Great. How do you do that? HOW TO: Get a Job at a LinkedIn Connection’s Company
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May 24, 2011: May 24, 2011: [Follow Me on Twitter] “ Don’t you know that you are a shooting star,And all the world will love you just as long,As long as you are.” – Paul Rodgers, Shooting Star With the IPO market now blown wide-open, and the media completely infatuated with frothy trades in the bubbly late stage private market, it is common to see articles that reference both “valuation” and “revenue” and suggest that there is a correlation between the two.
Depending on the flavor of your business, your logo may appear big and flashy, bold and colorful or just plain simple and clever. In this roundup, I’ve turned the spotlight towards the more simple and clever logo styles that leave a strong impression. As simplistic as they may appear, there is genius behind these 60 highly clever minimal logo designs.
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OK, so you can't stand to miss Bravo'sThe Real Housewives of Atlanta or those great documentaries on The History Channel (we admire your eclectic tastes), but are those steep cable bills making you want to pull out your hair along with the cable wires? Take a deep breath. The era of digitized content is ushering in a new wave of cost-saving viewing: From streaming-video websites to digital media providers, these alternatives to cable TV might prompt you to chuck the cable box for good. The High Cost of Cable For the price that many Americans pay for cable TV, they can enjoy a mini vacation.
Stanford's Autonomous Car Learns to Slide Park When we last visited Stanford to take a look at the Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Lab (VAIL) work on robotic vehicles, we had the chance to sit in the Junior 3 autonomous car while it slowly backed itself into a parking space. Count us out for a repeat performance with the original Junior autonomous car, which recently learned how to slide park--a process that involves putting itself into reverse, accelerating to 25 mph, quickly braking while simultaneously turning the wheel, and making a 180-degree slide into the parking spot. It's like an extreme form of parallel parking. Popular Science explains: Junior usually uses a model of the car's dynamics to control steering, gas, and braking.
The Secret Coke Recipe on "This American Life?" My Dad Found That Maybe you heard the story that went viral today about how the original recipe for Coke may have been revealed after being closely guarded by the company for 125 years. ABC, CBS, NPR, Time, USAToday, Al Jazeera English--everybody’s on the case. Maybe you’ve seen the photo of the hand-written recipe in question (above). My dad, Charles Salter, took that photograph 32 years ago as a columnist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The column was called the "Georgia Rambler."
Don’t let weak economy keep your business down Many industries are resilient to the ebb and flow of the economy, but the majority of small businesses can be defined in some way as cyclical, or reliant on the general economy. When it takes a dive, a lot of smaller companies tend to go with it. A poor economy also tends to scare, and in most cases deter, potential business owners.
10 Wacky Economic Indicators (That May Be True) Published by The Economist, this indicator measures purchasing power parity (PPP) between economies and is a guide as to whether currencies are at their “correct” level. PPP says where exchanges rates should move in the long run . It looks at the price of a Big Mac burger, which is available in 100 different countries. In the July 2011 index, a Big Mac in the U.S. cost $4.07, whereas in China it cost $2.27. This suggests the Chinese Yuan is 44 percent undervalued versus the U.S. dollar; otherwise the price of the Big Mac would be the same.
If you need help turning your brilliant idea for a product or service into a functioning business--and get that help for a pittance--look to the Internet. With more than two billion people online, a lot of talent is out there, and many smart and artistic people are willing to help you make your vision into a reality, often at a surprisingly low cost. But how do you effectively communicate your needs to the hive mind and realize your dream? That's where crowdsourcing websites come in. Most of these virtual marketplaces are purpose-built for funding ideas or creating graphic designs. How to Start Your Business on the Cheap--With Help From the Crowd
To stick with the “10″ theme for VR’s 10th Birthday this month, here are 10 things you can test in your email to make it better than ever. From Name: The most effective From Name is what your recipients recognize you by or expect to hear from. Not sure what that is? TEST IT!