Aug 22 2014

Your high IQ will kill your startup

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By Jamie Begin This article was originally published on March 4, 2010 at Max Klein’s blog. It has since fallen off the Internet and into the great 404 void. I am republishing it here because it is one of the very few blog posts that I’ve read in my lifetime that have stuck with me. […] …

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Aug 3 2014

3 (Non-Obvious) Small Business Start-Up Tips

Jamie Begin

By Jamie Begin You’re the best salesman your company will ever have. I too frequently hear introverted technical people say “But I’m horrible at sales.” This is largely a misunderstanding about what “sales” actually is. If you’re selling the correct way, it’s just a conversation to discover if and how …

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Jul 1 2014

Your high IQ will kill your startup

Jamie Begin

This article was originally published on March 4, 2010 at Max Klein’s blog. It has since fallen off the Internet and into the great 404 void. I am republishing it here because it is one of the very few blog posts that I’ve read in my lifetime that have stuck with me. If the original […] …

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Jul 25 2013

How Much to Charge as a Freelancer: Why Almost Everyone Gets it Wrong

Jamie Begin

By Jamie Begin “How much should I charge as a freelance designer/developer/programmer?” This is one of the most commonly asked questions by freelancers (both newbies and veterans alike.) Well-meaning responses posted on message boards often include a link to one of several online calculators. The inputs include questions like “how …

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Feb 24 2013

The most successful change I’ve ever made to my company website.

Jamie Begin

My blog here is the stock WordPress theme because it suits my purpose. It’s not pretty, but it doesn’t have to be. However, I have put quite a bit more thought into my company website because appearances do matter there. The single most successful change I’ve ever made to the site was investing in professional […] …

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Feb 7 2013

Something Every Freelancer Needs to Learn (as Soon as Possible).

Jamie Begin

There’s a great scene in Netflix’s new “House of Cards” series that illustrates an important lesson for freelancers. Kevin Spacey’s character, a US congressman named Frank Underwood, is meeting with a Warren Buffet-like billionaire. Frank is asking this business tycoon for a large favor and, after a bit of back-and-for …

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Dec 27 2012

How To Become a Successful Freelance Web Developer (and Not Kill Your Career)

Jamie Begin

By Jamie Begin Almost all freelance web developers are doing it wrong. And it’s a miserable existence to endure. If you awake one day and say “I’d like to be a freelance web developer. Now how do I get clients?” you’re already setting yourself up for failure. Yet nearly everyone who chooses this career path […] …

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Mar 22 2010

Is your computer guy making $13/hr?

Jamie Begin

In terms of professionalism, network support companies run the gamut. Most any person with moderate computer experience can hang out their own shingle and claim to be a professional–and many do. While you’ll find a lot of “professionals” who charge as little as $35/hr, most full-time, experienced service companies in the Mic …

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Mar 5 2010

Your high IQ will kill your startup

Jamie Begin

I don't normally like to write "drive-by postings" that merely link to someone else's blog with minor commentary. However, I believe that "Your high IQ will kill your startup" is one of the most insightful blog postings that I've ever read. It's an excellent reminder tha …

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