Using your email as Your Project Manager

If you do most of your work online, then you probably check out your email at least once a day. And chances are, you use e-mail. This service is great because instead of managing a long list of your individual messages, it bunches mails with the same subject line into “conversations.” The upside of this …

The Power Nap: Staying Productive Despite Losing Sleep

It’s inevitable that you won’t get enough winks. Especially after a night out or burning the midnight oil to finish all those looming deadlines. Sleep is so crucial to our health that we’re compelled to spend almost a third of our lives doing it. Yet our commitments as contract workers are much more important, because …

Never Try to Get It Right the First Time

The need to get everything right the first time is understandable. After all, you’re being paid to produce quality output (at least, I hope you are). And how dare someone imply that you make mistakes! But perfection can prove paralyzing, causing delays that will affect ability to produce on time. Whatever you do, you should …

Be Aware When the Price is Right

Setting the right price for your services is crucial, because even if the difference may be small, you’re trying to maximize every second of your work. And underbidding your services over time can add up to a significant amount. If you overbid though, the client may get cold feet. It’s thus crucial to find out …

A Great Way to Divide Your Work

I’ve already talked about the perils of being the Jack of All Trades. Concentrating on a few skills means giving them better opportunities improve, since you don’t have to divide your time among so many different things. So how do you maximize the concentration on your strengths, or to use business–speak, core competencies? The 70/20/10 …