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Windows 10 Is Coming! Should You Get It?

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?

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What House of Cards Can Teach You in Life

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

TGIaW (Thank God I’m a Writer)!

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

Best Gifts for Freelancers – Fun Times

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

How NOT To Be…Netflix

 

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In our next story on how freelancers can learn from some of big mistakes that company’s have made, we turn our focus to Netflix, the online streaming video service.

 

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.

 

 

 

How NOT to be…Facebook, part II

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Mornin’ readers!

So, our last post here on FRR was about Facebook‘s continued foray into making their users not want to use them again. This was in response to the new change that Facebook made during the summer in which they changed their users’ email addresses with that of their very own Facebook email address, whether they wanted it or not.

Not that this was the first time that Facebook as annoyed users, whether it be constantly changing their privacy policies or changing them while erasing previously set up settings that a user had done or the bragging they did about their IPO that didn’t really do so well.

So in this second part, we’ll look at how we as freelancers can avoid doing some of these things that FB insists on doing to the rest of us.

3. Not Caring About Users

As a freelancer, it’s important that you take into account what your client wants. Now, sometimes the client may have some crazy ideas that they want to see done, which is when you should politely request that perhaps that idea is crazy. However, the important thing is always keep their ideas and requests in your head. Not caring about what your client – or users – want can cost you a rep.

4. Making It Impossible for the Client to Change Anything

Here is the big thing with Facebook – every change and implementation they make almost seems purely designed to see how many of their users will actually take the time to change it. Of course, many of the social network’s users actually don’t bother to change things like their privacy settings (which is bad, btw!), however for those who want to make sure that only their friends and families can find them, trying to change anything on Facebook is a hassle and confusing and utterly frustrating.

This might be an issue for those of you who freelance in web design or even programming; if you have designed something that will allow the client to change something – like a web site in which they can log in to access an account – don’t make it so complicated that they aren’t able to do so. In the case of programming, of course there will be sections in which the client shouldn’t have access to, but if it’s something as simple as trying to change their password or even changing the color scheme (if they are able), let it be easy enough for them to do it without them breaking anything.

Facebook isn’t the only big company that’s been making some big mistakes in the last few years. Next, we’ll take a look at how Netflix managed to dig themselves into a hole that nearly buried them, while Sony’s Playstation Network was determined to give out every one of their client’s credit card numbers.