Leadership

5 things snowboarding taught me about business.

Over the weekend, I went on one of coolest adventures of my life: a trip to Red River, New Mexico for three days of snowboarding. Being that I’m from Oklahoma, you can imagine how pumped I was about all of this. We have no real mountains to speak of, and even snow is scarce in…

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The role of the client vs. the role of the designer

Is the designer nothing more than a glorified employee? After all, they’re just there to do the job, collect the paycheck and move on to the next thing, right? Surely, a relationship that doesn’t last long shouldn’t have much value applied to it by either party. And you seriously wouldn’t believe how dirty it makes…

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The importance of professionalism as a freelancer

Let me share something that’s been on my heart the last couple of weeks. After I shared my series last month on my greatest failures of 2012, I knew it was time for (another) change. The mistakes you read about in those stories weren’t all that unique. I’ve been guilty of those mistakes many-a-time. This…

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The Theme for 2013: Fewer Compromises!

If you took the time to read the half-dozen posts about my greatest failures of 2012, you’ll probably understand why I’m pretty excited to start the new year. I know I’m not alone; for nearly everyone who celebrates the new year today, it marks a chance at a fresh start. People are starting new resolutions,…

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2012 Tales: Making my own noose.

This is the last post of my 2012 Tales series, and it’s a doozy. If you haven’t read any of the others, be sure to check out all posts on 2012 Tales. Now, without further ado, let’s wrap this thing up. Earlier this year I acquired a client from California through a friend of mine. They…

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2012 Tales: The Carrot

Sometimes, no matter how many times you go through something terrible, if you don’t recognize how you got there – and take the steps to consciously avoid it – you’ll go through it again and again. When I first began freelancing my web design skills, I took all the usual avenues: I hit up friends…

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2012 Tales: The client with too many irons in the fire.

I gained and lost one client this year who had a difficult time focusing on the task at hand. You could tell in conversations, on the phone and certainly in the way he conducted business. He started last summer with a local coffee and entertainment venue, that looked like it would do well. They were…

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2012 Tales: The internet is not magic.

There are certain folks for whom the internet holds a magical allure for them. Because they don’t understand anything about Photoshop, pixels or code, they may as well put me in the same league as Dr. Strange, because to them, what I do is magic. This is the story of one such client. Spoiler Alert: They didn’t…

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