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Bubbles From The Wire Proves the Importance of Authentic Work

It’s not unusual for actors to practice acceptance speeches for awards they haven’t won yet, dreaming of the peer acceptance and industry-wide respect that inevitably comes with an Emmy, BAFTA or Oscar award. Andre Royo, well-known for his portrayal of drug addict Bubbles on The Wire, is one such actor. He felt that Baltimore was...


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Vulnerable marketing works, but not always

Lately there’s been a big push for vulnerability in marketing. Transparency within companies, honesty when dealing with customers, owning up when mistakes are made—all of these strategies are based around the same aim: to show that you’re vulnerable. Vulnerability gives a more human touch to marketing or other communication. As we move into an ag...


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What a coworking space is really like: the good and bad

The coworking trend has seen a huge boost in recent years, as more and more workers move away from the traditional office. Freelancers, who once worked from home or a private studio are seeking out the camaraderie and social benefits that come from sharing a coworking space with others each day. As the internet continues...


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3 Simple Psychological Tricks to Improve Team Performance

It doesn’t matter how skilled your team is, there are always one or two people who might not be performing as well as you hoped. It’s easy to put the blame on the person’s laziness, attitude, or lack of team spirit, but the truth is often not that simple. The working environment, the group dynamics,...


We have no idea what we are doing (and I’m okay with that)

Running a business is hard. Most days I feel like I flicked on the “insane chaos” switch without knowing it was there, and ever since it has been locked firmly in position. Why didn’t you people tell me how chaotic running a business is? The thing is, pretty much everyone feels that way. Even successfu...


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You will make a better product if you ignore user feedback (sometimes)

In a recent office discussion about users and what they want, I was surprised by this comment from our work experience student: “There’s nothing worse than having to wait.” It seems an obvious sentiment now, but my initial reaction was shock. Are users really this impatient? I wondered. Image credit Later that same day I...


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40 free business templates for web developers and designers

Writing business documents isn’t the most fun job for a web developer or designer, but since it has to be done we wanted to make it a little easier on you. Grab one of these free document templates below to give yourself a head-start. Image credit Invoices The Spreadsheet Guys (Excel) Invoiceberry (Word, Excel, Open...


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There’s more than one way to be a successful startup

‘Success’ is a tricky concept to define, and most companies have their own idea of what it means. Regardless of what you call success, you’re going to be up against competitors and your customers will have alternatives to choose from, so it won’t be easy to get there. Image credit When you’re staring the icy...


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Practice better listening in client meetings with these 6 tips

When you’re taking lots of client meetings, it can be difficult to stay focused and listen well. If you’re having trouble, try keeping these six tips in mind next time. Image credit 1. Take notes Don’t rely on your memory—human memories are notoriously unreliable for storing and recalling information when we need them to. Tak...


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6 ways any web developer can benefit from starting a meetup

Starting your own meetup is a big responsibility but it can benefit you and your business. Here are just six of the things you can get out of creating an industry meetup.   Image credit 1. Networking Building your network is important whether you’re a freelancer, a startup founder or you’re running a consultancy business....