Category: Solo(preneur) in the City

Cities are home to many self-employed creatives, including web developers, graphic designers, social media experts, SEO strategists, and others. We work from home and enjoy the convenience and fun of living in or near an urban downtown. Read a little about my journey as a self-employed web developer.

My place in the world

My place in the world

I wonder often about my place in the world. I’ve shared the fact that I don’t feel like a consumer. I’m also a terribly generous and honest business owner, which, as you might imagine, doesn’t pay as well as being cutthroat. Being a generous and honest business owner means that I like to help people – …

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Our relationship with money

Our relationship with money

Just like technology, money is a tool. It is not something to be worshiped. It’s not something that should break up marriages and cause stress and sometimes suicide. Money is a means by which to achieve our goals and live a life of happiness. Happiness is the end goal, or should be. I attended a women’s …

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Why you should charge what you’re worth

Why you should charge what you’re worth

Charging what you’re worth doesn’t just achieve the obvious goal of helping you make a decent living. It also helps your peers in similar professions. I moved to a new town a few years ago and followed the link on a website to find out who built it. It was a great looking website, and …

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What’s going to happen to my generation?

What’s going to happen to my generation?

I was chatting with an older associate yesterday who spoke of his upcoming retirement adventures. He said he was excited at the opportunity, which was provided to him, in part, by his good fortune to have invested in Apple when it was a young company. This was the second person I had recently heard about …

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PR: Choose your headline

PR: Choose your headline

The image of your organization, while not always identical to the truth about your organization, is as important. When something negative happens in your small business or organization, you want to be able to put a rosy face on it before the press finds out and paints their own picture of the situation. You don’t …

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Creatives should never work for free

Creatives should never work for free

If you are a creative, you have been asked to work for free. People generally think creatives do a few minutes of work a day and then spend the rest of their leisurely work hours drinking coffee or napping. Apparently what we do is seen as ridiculously easy and quick. As with any career, you …

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Thank you, Mom and Dad

Thank you, Mom and Dad

When I was in grade school in my tiny two-room schoolhouse in rural Vermont, our school got a computer. One computer. And apparently I used said computer and became interested in computers because I asked my parents to buy me one of the first “personal” computers that was ever available to the public: Radio Shack’s …

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A Search for Dignity

A Search for Dignity

It is often difficult to live with dignity in a small town. And it is even harder to get people to understand that you are searching for dignity without coming right out and telling them (which erases all the dignity you seek).  A lack of diverse jobs leaves people feeling as though they are sentenced …

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Your online legacy

Your online legacy

So, you want to start a blog or build a personal or business website? Great! Everyone should learn how to build an online presence. But first you should learn some things about the world wide web. Logic would tell you that if you post something online that paints you in a bad light, you can …

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My new laptop: Acer Aspire S3

My new laptop: Acer Aspire S3

I just improved my productivity by about 200% by getting a new laptop and updated software!  And it was long overdue – my laptop was at least 6 years old.  Most people would’ve bought 2-3 new computers during that time.  But not me.  My Dell was so trusty that it just wouldn’t quit… and it …

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