Freelancing By the Numbers – Infographic (Guest Post)

In these days of high unemployment, words like “entrepreneur” and “freelancer” are on many people’s lips. The freelance life can sound like a dream come true: no boss, set your own hours and your own rates, work when you want and don’t bother when you’re not in the mood. Unfortunately, with that life comes some […]

Freedom and Security in Life & the Arts

Currently, one item near the top of my Bucket List, i.e., the list of things that I want to do before I die, is to take an RV trip coast-to-coast across the United States. If I were to take that dream even further, I’d even be documenting that trip for some kind of video or […]

How to Write When You’re Not The Expert

Software application developers release new programs in Beta all the time.  Technically speaking, Alpha and Beta Testing is a formal part of their development process, known as User Acceptance Testing (UAT). At the UAT part of the development process, developers know that not every desired feature of the final end product has been built in […]

What “Shark Tank” Taught Me About Ideas and Passion

If you are like me, and you don’t have a business of your own (yet), the thought of someday running your own business never completely leaves your mind.  Even if you are good at regularly pushing aside those distracting thoughts, you still find that they have a way of unexpectedly resurfacing from time to time. […]

The Speed of Creativity

As much as we may want it to be so, the reality is that creativity is not available on demand in the same way that the Nike “Just Do It” slogan simply states. Creativity is like a child whose behavior you can influence but you can’t control. How often is it that we come up […]

Do You Really Want To Outsource That?

“If you want something done, ask a busy person.”  While this is not an unfamiliar proverb, and it does have many truly valid applications, it is by no means the be-all and end-all of business advice out there. Different people have different talents. Some people love being so busy, sometimes even to a fault, that […]

Can You Fake Creativity?

To ask the question, ‘Can You Fake Creativity?’, presupposes that being able to fake creativity would be a desirable outcome to achieve.  This also assumes that someone’s desire to consider faking creativity comes from a belief that there exists no better or easier way to obtain it. The Role for Integrity As with the saying, […]

The Snuggie Is Dead: A Never-Ending Search for New Ideas

Without fail, as the end-of-year holidays approach, it is nothing new that in addition to the way-too-early holiday-related merchandise for sale in the stores and the all-too-early dedication to a holiday-music-only playlist some radio stations, along with that comes the latest list of hot new toys for the end-of-year. Those holiday fad toys are the […]

At Our Given Point In Time

The book, The Impact Equation, by Chris Brogan and Julien Smith, insightfully explains how to create and develop ideas that have impact, value, and spread while sustaining a degree of longevity.   Their prescription is captured in the form of an equation. For this equation to be solved, as with any equation, factors on both sides […]

12 Sure-Fire Ways to Appear More Spontaneous In Your Creative Idea Pitches

Whether it’s an idea for a new product, an invention, or a better way of doing something, your ability to come up with creative ideas means nothing if you are not able to express those ideas and effectively set them free for the world to utilize. Some ideas are ahead of their time.  Some ideas […]