9 Tips to Help Freelancers Prepare for a Vacation

by Steven Snell

August 19, 2009 in Business/Freelance

While being a freelance designer (or any other type of freelancer) brings plenty of advantages in terms of flexibility and independence, it also comes with its share of negatives. One of the biggest is that it’s difficult for freelancers to set aside time to actually take a vacation and get away from the work for a while. Because there are no paid vacation days like there are for employees, freelancers usually wind up taking very little time off.

If this is something that you struggle with, there are some things you can do that will help you to prepare for the time off and to minimize it’s impact on your business. In fact, getting the time away should actually help your business since we all need some time off to relax and get re-charged.

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10 Excellent Options for Managing To-Do Lists Online

by Steven Snell

August 17, 2009 in Resources

Most designers have a lot of different things going on all at once. There are multiple projects that need attention, deadlines that must be met, and there are always personal tasks that have to be done as well. Fortunately, there are a number of resources to help you with managing these tasks. In this post we’ll feature 10 of the best options, and 14 alternatives are also listed at the end.

Remember the Milk

Remember the Milk is a free to-do list manager that offers a number of features, including use of a map to locate your tasks, sharing your tasks with others, and the ability to search your tasks. It’s also available for the iPhone.

Remember the Milk

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25 Amazing Flash Portfolio Sites

by Steven Snell

August 16, 2009 in Inspiration

In the past we have featured a number of well-designed portfolio sites (see 101 Awesome Portfolio Sites, 50 Excellent Designer Portfolio Sites, 30 More Portfolio Sites for Your Design Inspiration), and today I would like to focus specifically on Flash portfolios. The sites showcased here will demonstrate a lot of creativity that may provide you with some inspiration for your own work.

For more inspiration from well-designed portfolios, see Folio Focus.

Werkstette

Werkstette

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17 Outstanding Sources of Advertising Inspiration

by Steven Snell

August 12, 2009 in Inspiration

Advertisements can also be an excellent source of design inspiration in part because of the creativity that many ads exhibit. If you would like to find more inspiration from advertisements, the sites featured in this post will provide you with a great start.

Ads of the World

Ads of the World is a showcase of advertisements. There is a lot of great work to be seen on the site, and it also includes a blog and forum.

Ads of the World

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