By now, you must have heard that Windows 10 is official and coming to PCs at the end of next month. It’s a huge undertaking for Microsoft, who not only need to shed off the stigma of Windows 8, but make it so people (read: businesses) will actually want to upgrade from Windows 7 (or XP). The technical preview has been out for a while and Microsoft is getting a ton of feedback from the current users (including me), but all of it amounts to nothing if you can’t use it for your freelancing purposes.
So…will Windows 10 be worth it?
A few weeks ago, my roommate and I finally finished off the third season of the Netflix original House of Cards, which returned at the end of February. Sadness, is of course all I can feel, with only the happiness that obviously there is a fourth season coming next year that may or may not answer the burning questions we now have. Read the rest of this entry
There are some days when I’m very glad I decided on pursuing writing and not, say music. This week is one of them. Read the rest of this entry
As a side to my earlier side, I’ve been having some awesome times with my new monitor. There’s something about a 24 inch in comparison to the 19 inch that I had and it’s awesome. From a freelancer and work point of the view, the ability to have two items side by side is great; I could do it with the other monitor, but it was much smaller and many times I ended up just not doing work that way. Bigger screen, better ability.
But I haven’t been using this monitor just for work. Oh no, no no. LOL Read the rest of this entry
Let me just say that I absolutely love Netflix. In fact, I’m watching a movie as I write this on Netflix; and regardless on how their mistake over the summer happened, in hindsight, even I realized that Netflix is probably the best of the online streaming and DVD services. So what happened during the summer that caused Netflix users to flip out? Well, there was a lot…
1. Changing Prices on a Client
The first misstep Netflix did was jump up the price for their service. Everyone who was signed up for both streaming and DVD service found themselves with a price hike of 60% and a split of the DVD and streaming services that was announced in the summer of 2011.
Raising the price on service isn’t new and really isn’t as bad as you would think; it probably wasn’t even the price hike that annoyed people. It was the way that Netflix handled the whole thing. In raising the prices for a client, freelancers should consider how to approach the client about the raise. Outlining the reasons for it and perhaps a gradual raise would be more effective than Netflix’s bomb drop.
2. The Client Ditches You
While the price hike was Netflix’s biggest mistakes, having Starz pull their exclusive content from Netflix was the second thing that nearly collapsed the company.
In terms of freelancing, when one of your big paying clients decides to drop you, that can be the worst thing possible. From experience, many of the Bright Hub writers were let go when the site decided to go the way of How Stuff Works; for me, Bright Hub was my huge money making client, because not only did I get paid twice a month, but I had revenue with the many times that people clicked and read my articles.
And we’re talking over a thousand articles here.
The best way to get over this is one, discover why you may have been dropped in the first place and two, make sure you have a second, third, fourth, etc of clients lined up so that you aren’t missing any bill payments.
- Netflix to raise subscription cost – will you stay our leave? (epicagear.com)