How to stay in the zone when you’re working from home

By guest contributor, Georgette Eva

When you’re your own boss, number one employee, and right-hand-person, it’s sometimes hard to stay motivated.

It happens. It’s hard to self-motivate constantly, and as freeing as freelancing can be, keeping yourself on task (along with all of the other things you’re doing to run your own business) can be difficult in itself.

Happily, freelancing today is made much easier with apps to keep you on task, strengthen your focus, and keep you accountable. Here are a few apps that will keep that laser-like focus— okay, productive, human focused— while working on your own.

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The starter kit every Freelancer should have

By guest expert, Zac Choi

Taking the leap and working for yourself can be a daunting experience.

Where do you begin? What tools do you need (or not need) to get things going?

While my expertise as a business consultant is revenue growth and workflow science (basically how to increase income and decrease cost), my passion is to build tools for and to share best practices with those who want to work for themselves.

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How to become a thought leader: insight from a tech evangelist

Tamara Dull is a geek and she owns it.

While she may be full-time Director of Emerging Technology at the SAS Institute, where she can geek out all day long, Tamara has also built an engaged following for the writing she does on the side.

How has she found a way to blend her passion with her profession, you ask? Read on to find out.

Don’t forget to check out her page and attend her upcoming event with a click on her Spotlight.

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A note from our founder

Amazing about.me community,

The last few weeks have unlocked a wide range of emotions for people all around the U.S., the world and for many of us at about.me. I’m sure this issue is personal for many people in the about.me community. I know for our about.me team, this is no exception.

We wholeheartedly support the importance of a sensible, well-vetted and understood immigration policy. We also believe in the equality of every individual, and deeply value every member of our about.me community worldwide. Respect and inclusion have always been foundational to about.me. As everyone who is a team member or has previously worked at about.me knows, we are a company built on diversity. Our team is diverse, not just in professional backgrounds, but demonstrably in gender, nationalities, religions and socio-economic upbringings. Our diversity is our strength. It has fostered an environment that embraces and believes in diversity of ideas and respects different opinions. It is core for us at about.me.

Taking ownership of treating people with care and love can be a profound act. In addition to a personal contribution to the ACLU, we’ve updated our social media icons, replacing it with a colorful heart. This change symbolizes our commitment to use our platform to deliver a message of inclusiveness and respect that empowers our community to authentically present themselves to people interested in learning more about them.

I hope you’ll embrace this design and the symbolism it represents. We are so incredibly thankful for and inspired by the breadth of members of our community – a heartfelt thank you.

Tony Conrad
Co-Founder & CEO, about.me

A Storyteller’s Tips For Embracing Change and Using Technology For Good

Stephanie Carls tells powerful stories.

Stephanie’s stories teach others how to use technology as a tool to lead easier and more productive lives. By day, Stephanie works as a Customer Success Manager at Rivet and by night Stephanie creates videos for her YouTube channel My Savvy Life.

Recognizing that technology can be overwhelming, Stephanie is all about providing simple, easy-to-follow tech tips. We sat down with Stephanie to chat all things digital, her love of social media and how she finds balance in her life. 

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Talented Storytellers and Content Creators

Terra, Paul, Jane and Lance create enriching content that entertains and challenges our notions of what it means to be human, today. From gaming and film to contemporary fiction and digital media, these community members’ work spans across a wide range of medium. Read on to learn more about each gifted writer.

Terra Clarke Olsen, whose photo heads off this post, is a writer, gamer and content creator. Terra writing has appeared in publications such as Seattle Weekly, Crosscut, and Time.com, and she’s the founder of the blog, Have You Nerd.

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5 (Unexpected) Elements of Great Design From One Talented Artist

Nate Bolt designs to awe.

His design work does not necessarily follow a set of principles. Instead, Nate follows the paths of great designers, using their work as inspiration. Nate believes that great design is a combination of “skill, talent, love, obsession, and luck.”

Read on to learn about the work and artists that inspire Nate, what his dream project would look like, and why he loves creating tools that support peoples’ workflows.

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