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The Working Day

Co-working: The Middle Ground Workspace

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Most freelancers I know work from home. It’s often seen as one of the perks of freelancing: it means having a five second commute to work and being able to work in one’s pyjamas.

However, there are plenty of downsides. It can be hard to focus, especially with the lure of the television or the video game console. Plus, it can be lonely, given the limited social interaction.

There are, of course, means of changing the scenery and gaining a little more interaction. Some freelancers will work out of a Wi-Fi equipped coffee shop while others will rent office space elsewhere in search of a better place to focus.

But there are still disadvantages. Coffee shops aren’t very private and they aren’t a real workspace while renting an office can be fairly cost prohibitive if the businesses isn’t bringing in a lot of money.

So, enter co-working, a middle ground between the two.

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The Time vs. Task Dilemma: Why You Could Be Working Too Much

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workingOne of the reasons many of us choose to start a freelance business is the option of largely escaping time-based payment. If a task only takes an hour, it takes an hour. People like us get paid the same whether we fill a day with it or not.

While freelancers who’ve made efforts to escape time-based pay get some pretty neat perks, there’s a trade-off: a heightened risk of over-work.

Unless they’re being given more work than they can feasibly do in the time, 20, or 40, or 70-hour per week workers don’t necessarily need to be more productive. For project-paid freelancers, the speed with which we can fly through tasks will dictate how financially successful we are.

And there’s the rub. There’s nobody telling us to go home at the end of the day, there’s no point beyond which our work is unpaid simply because it’s late in the evening, no time when the office lights start to go out, no pre-paid hours. We complete a task, we get paid, and we can complete most tasks at any time of the day or night, on any day of the week. It’s no surprise that many freelancers are overworked. The lure of “one more project, one more invoice” can be hard to resist.

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Statistics: Part 2, How To Properly Use Statistic Charts In Life And Business

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statisticsWelcome to the second and penultimate post in our series on statistics. I know it’s not the most glamorous of subjects and you’re certainly not going to get any hot dates talking about it. But as we said in part one, stats are the backbone of everything you do.

We’re going to keep it pretty basic here to cover something so dreadfully obvious it tends to languish below our radar: reading stat graphs.

Stat Charts and trends

Stat charts come in a few different forms: pie charts, bar graphs, etc. I think the best by far for our purposes is the ordinary line graph, ala Google Analytics.

We all know this type of graph. It’s the best style because it shows the high points, low points and the all-important trends. There are really only three basic trends we need to know:

  1. Inclining
  2. Declining
  3. Flat

All trends are one or the other of these.

An inclining stat graph, like the others, looks exactly like it sounds. It means customer traffic is increasing, income is going up, your RSS readership is growing, etc. We haven’t named what such a graph is measuring but we know things are looking good. The steeper the incline, the faster the increase.

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