Tag Archives: work

Top 10: Seattle Places to “Work from Home”

23 Jan

Seattle Coffee Shop ChocolatiYou probably know that Seattle is a coffee town. But you might not know that hordes of nomadic workers use its cozy, caffeinated haunts as offices.

Whether you’re a fellow Seattle freelancer (like me), a local looking for a good place to read the day away, or just someone daydreaming about Seattle coffee culture, this Top 10 list is for you.

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Get Things Done

5 Sep
Photo adapted from "Spring" by Katie Brady, Flickr Creative Commons

Photo adapted from “Spring” by Katie Brady, Flickr CC

What is it about the change of the calendar to fall that makes us itch to get things done? Maybe it goes back to our gather-and-hibernate instinct…

Regardless, I happened upon this TED Talk video yesterday, and it’s an excellent follow up to my post about stress-free productivity last week.

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Motivational Posters

2 Sep

In honor of Labor Day, I have some motivational posters for you.

Enjoy your holiday … hopefully labor-free!

By Dr. John Bullas, Flickr CC

By Dr. John Bullas, Flickr CC

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Work Better

29 Aug

CrashTestDummyAs we approach Labor Day, I’d like to make this public service announcement:

You don’t have to work harder to work better.

If I read that before I started my freelance business, I would’ve thought, “Yeah, right.”

But five years of being my own boss has taught me many surprising things about true productivity, all of which have nothing to do with stress and cashing in valuable personal time for more work time.

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It All Adds Up to Home

29 Jul

SandingSix years ago, we were sanding floors. It was a morning like this, warm with a cool breeze and a clinging dew. Outside, you could feel the quiet beat of a neighborhood, a tune laden with memories of childhood.

We made god-only-knows-how-many trips to Home Depot to get supplies for sanding and the unexpected little projects we uncovered along the way. We wore our layers of sawdust and sweat like a badge of honor. I wouldn’t want to do it again, mind you, but it was oddly satisfying. Continue reading

So You Think You Can Freelance? Part I: Mindset

11 Feb
Photo courtesy of slworking2, Flickr Creative Commons

Photo courtesy of slworking2, Flickr Creative Commons

Have elaborate fantasies of spending your days in pajamas, checking Facebook, sipping lattes in coffee shops … and maybe jumping into the occasional Slayer match on your lunch break?

Sure. It’s a little of that sometimes.

But I can tell you from five years of experience, you better be able to hang with the following tough guys, or as the saying goes: Don’t quit your day job.

So you think you can freelance? Meet your new work force.

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