Debriefing My Experience as a Seller on Fiverr

There are a number of websites out there that bring freelancers and clients together: oDesk, Elance, Freelancer, Guru, TaskRabbit, Thumbtack...and Fiverr. I've tried many of them, but I had been putting off trying Fiverr because of its business model. I finally did,...

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Faster On-boarding with Bidsketch

If you're the type of small business that submits proposals, contracts, and agreements to clients, then you may have found that the process of getting your document approved, signed, and returned to you can be time-consuming at best and project-killing at worst. I...

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5 Uses for a Personal Domain

We've already covered why and how to pick a personal domain. Now that you have one, what can you do with it? Here are five ideas. 1. Fun with email addresses The great thing about a personal domain is that it's yours for as long as you're willing to pay the measly...

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How to Pick a Personal Domain

Have you ever Googled yourself? If you haven't, log out of Google, give it a try, and see what comes up. Hopefully, if you come up at all, the results are somewhat favorable: your Facebook profile, your Google+ profile, your company website where you're listed on the...

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In Defense of QR Codes

In the following clip, Scott Stratten rants wonderfully about QR codes and how they are woefully misused. What I like about this clip (aside from it being pretty funny) is that Stratten very wisely draws a line between bad technology and using technology badly. Too...

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The Cloud and its Cloudy Definition

First of all, if it seems to you that "cloud" is an ambiguous, effervescent term whose definition has seemed to get - dare I say - cloudy with its increased use, then you would be correct. "Cloud" is an IT buzzword that essentially means whatever it is that the...

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We’re Moving!

As of May 27, 2014, Rainworks will be headquartered in Seattle, Washington. While I'll be taking some time off to actually execute the move (we're driving cross-country!), I will not be canceling any contracts. Hosting services will be unaffected. Please contact us...

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Fixing Bugs vs. Solving Problems

It's important to know how to measure success when building a new website. For example, it's not enough to know what features you want, but you also need to set some expectations for what those features will actually do for your customers and visitors. Business Web...

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Safety Online: How to Protect Yourself

A client recently sent me an email asking about online privacy and security, so I've put together a list of my security recommendations. I want to point out that this is not an all-or-nothing thing. Don't feel overwhelmed by this list and decide to make no changes:...

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