Tips for Digital Entrepreneurs: Better Blogging

Friday, November 30, 2007 at 6:30pm by Site Administrator

Other Reasons for Editorial Calendars
I’ve previously written in a number of blogs about how an editorial calendar can help you stay on track when building a blog full of great content, whether for your business or otherwise. Usually, I’ve looked at the use of an editorial calendar from a mostly self-centric view, about how it helps writers, editors and even ad sales reps. But Maki of DoshDosh has an excellent (as always) article about increasing your readership with an editorial calendar. In the article, he points out that having somewhat predictable content can create anticipation in your readers and thus get them to subscribe. Maki also lays out a long list of the kind of content you can produce.

Being a Better Blogger
Of course, just having an editorial calendar or a general plan isn’t sufficient. Being a good blogger involves many factors. To wit, Nathania Johnson at Copyblogger offers a look at improvisational acting techniques that make you a better blogger.

Establishing Your Authority, Spread Your Ideas
While you build your skills as a better blogger, you also establish your authority with your excellent content. Chris Garrett offers some tips for how to spread your great ideas and knowledge through blogging.

Sayonnara and So Long
By the way, this will be my last post at Bootstrapper. It’s been simultaneously fun and challenging by degrees. However, my career destiny appears to lie in another type of writing and creating, and I need to move along the closest path for once, after seventeen years of putting off the filmmaking goal. But all those big resource lists written by the Bootstrapper other writers will continue to appear here, as far as I know.

Tips for Digital Entrepreneurs: Link Building and Deep-Linking

Friday, November 30, 2007 at 4:30pm by Site Administrator

If your business relies on an online presence, you’ve probably already considered having a blog for your business website – possibly to boostrap your business with ad revenue. (Though the success of that really depends on your market as well as what you’re “selling”.)

As you probably already know, blogging isn’t about merely writing an article here and there at random. At least, not if you want some success out of the effort. I’ve already written about this a fair bit and don’t want to rehash it. I do want to point out that I believe critical thinking is important for entrepreneurs, especially for any work in the digital domain.

Particularly important to building the value of your website articles is the practice of deep linking, a subject I’ve written about extensively, as part of “link building”, at a number of places, especially Search Engine Journal.

Link building is important because it’s the act of any effort taken to get other “good” websites to link back to your site, especially particular articles. The link building effort also contributes to improving your site’s authority and “relevance” in the search engines for your chosen niche topic.

In a nutshell, the key purpose of good link building in any given article is to offer relevance to the reader. Link to relevant and worthwhile articles – both elsewhere and your own site – and in ways that are preferably seamless.

Whether or not a particular search engine will assign a measure of relevance to your article depends on their own algorithms, but you should still try to cater to the reader first. So when you write and when you link out to other sites and deep link to your own articles, put yourself in the place of the reader. Does the link you’ve used seem relevant to the context of the sentence, the paragraph, the article? Answer that question satisfactorily and you’ll likely be a better link builder.

Is Critical Thinking Important for Entrepreneurs?

Friday, November 30, 2007 at 4:00pm by Site Administrator

As a long-time proponent of criticial thinking, I’ve always felt it’s an important skill to us as humans. But is it important to the success of a business, or can you overthink think things? And is critical thinking even taught in school anywhere? I don’t mean touched upon, I mean really taught.

Having long ago decided not to do an MBA [NY Times; possible registration required], I couldn’t tell you if critical thinking is taught as any part of such a degree program. I suspect it’s not, though that doesn’t mean those graduating with MBAs dont learn critical thinking skills during school. Most critical thinkers I’ve crossed paths with learned by themselves, though there are a few teachers out there trying to change things for the better.

On the other hand, you can over-think things sometimes. If you over-analyze, you get to the point where you start doubting your abilities to launch a successful business. You get stuck in a cycle where you come up with great ideas but endlessley analyze all the things that can go wrong. This cripples you and prevents you from Getting Things Started,which has to come before you can be productive.

In my experience, critical thinking is good for coming up with a better way to do something old, not necessarily to come up with new products. But if you embark on a course to be a critical thinker, don’t confuse this with pure analysis in a business sense.

50 Useful Blogs for Work-at-Home Dads

Friday, November 30, 2007 at 2:19am by Site Administrator

Work-at-home moms get a lot of credit for balancing their careers, family and chores all at the same time. But what about work-at-home dads? Dads who choose to stay at home with the kids face the same responsibilities that moms do, but their challenges are often overlooked. Not anymore. Here, we honor 50 useful blogs that focus on work-at-home dads and their unique lifestyle.

Most Popular

Check out these immensely popular blogs written by work-at-home dads.

  1. Work-at-home Dad: Ty Tribble is an entrepreneur, husband and father who works from home. He writes about everything from sports to business to the home office, giving support to other WAHDs online.
  2. DevDad.com: At DevDad.com, readers will find posts about a young “stay-at-home Dad, geek style”. Find articles that combine parenting issues and technology for a clever approach to the sweet life.
  3. Stay-at-home, work-at-home Dad: This stay-at-home dad is also his son’s homeschool teacher. Read about his adventures with homework, playtime and more.
  4. Rebel Dad: Learn more about the “stay-at-home dad revolution” by checking out Rebel Dad. Get tips on starting your own dads’ group, read articles about taking your kids to the doctor and more.
  5. At Home Daddy: This SAHD talks about raising the kids, doing what “the boss lady” says, and many more adventures.
  6. work-at-home Dad: This Irish dad is married with four children. Read posts about blogging, fatherhood, technology, chores and homework. This dad does it all!
  7. House Dad Chronicles: This father shares delicious recipes that are always a hit at his house.
  8. KC Home Dad: This Kansas City stay-at-home dad reveals secrets for finding balance and contentment with a life lived at home.
  9. Christian work-at-home Dads: This popular blog discusses family, community, business, health and technology, all from a religious perspective. CWAHD also publishes job listings and allows readers the chance to submit their own articles.
  10. Joeprah: Anecdotes of a stay-at-home Dad: Joeprah’s blog serves as a place where stay-at-home dads can connect. Use the forum to tell your happiest and most miserable child rearing stories, or check out Joeprah’s own stories and advice about doing the chores, ignoring conventional child rearing rules, and just about everything else.
  11. Long Island Dad: This blog is about how one SAHD is “navigating the waters of parenting and life” on Long Island. Recent titles include “Study Shows…Men Need Naps!” and “Parents are More Than Blood Relatives.”
  12. A Man Among Mommies: Techie dad Todd is a WAHD who consistently finds himself the only man among mommies, whether he’s taking the kids to swimming lessons, the library, or picking them up from school.
  13. A Family Runs Through It: Lighthearted posts on A Family Runs Through It also offer up advice and reviews about homeschooling, parenting and books.
  14. SillyDad.com!: This dad doesn’t let staying home with his kids all day keep him from pursuing a successful writing and website career.
  15. Dads Stay Home: Join in the discussions on this site’s forums to connect with a larger community of SAHDs. Recent posts include “Do You Cook Thanksgiving Dinner?”

Support and Advice

Stay-at-home dads need a lot of support when it comes to managing a work-life balance, looking after the kids, and keeping up with household chores. Turn to these bloggers for the support and advice that will get you through the week.

  1. Where Boys Fear to Tread: Find out how this father of two copes with seemingly simple tasks like grocery shopping, play dates and more.
  2. Seattle Stay-at-Home Dads: If you live in the Seattle, WA, area, consider joining up with this network of SAHDs for support, social events and advice.
  3. Julie Ann Bonner: This work-at-home mom dispenses valuable advice for moms and dads who work from home, blogging, parenting and more.
  4. The stay-at-home Dad Site: This blog provides excellent resources for dads who need tips on cooking, cleaning and keeping their kids occupied all day long.
  5. eMoms at Home: eMoms at home supports a “Dad Balance” portal that provides “tips, advice and discussions for working Dads trying to find a healthy balance between their career and their family.” Readers will also find resources for running an Internet business or freelancing career.
  6. Adventures of a Stay-at-Home Dad: This father quit his 9-to-5 job to stay-at-home and raise the kids. Read about his efforts to provide for his family financially by starting his own business.
  7. Syracuse.com: At-Home Dads: This blog, supported by the Syracuse.com website, is full of news, statistics and stories about the SAHD lifestyle.
  8. The Lazy HouseHusband: Check out what really goes on in a day of the life of an online entrepreneur and his three children.
  9. African American Dad: This blog offers valuable, warm-hearted support for African American dads and their families. Read posts about books, movies, race, the media and even motherhood.
  10. Daddyshack: This blog gives at-home dads a chance to talk about more than just their kids. Find posts about cars, celebrities and sports.
  11. Chief Home Officer: Visit this blog for tips on how to turn your home business into a successful career. Readers will also find lots of terrific resources for setting up a home office, taking care of their families and more.
  12. Just a Dad: This father of four discusses what it’s like to raise his children while managing a successful website and blogging career.
  13. D.A.D. Blog This: D.A.D. stands for “Do as Directed,” a command this young working father is used to saying and obeying.
  14. EntrepreneurDad’s work-at-home Blog: Find advice about parenting, starting your own company, and marketing, networking and more on the site’s forums.
  15. DadBloggers: This online community of blogging dads lets dads from all over submit posts about parenting, work, family life and more.

Parenting Issues

For more advice on how to raise the kids, take a look at these blogs that tackle parenting issues.

  1. Modern Day Dad: SAHDs are faced with all kinds of stereotypes from old-fashioned skeptics. Check out this blog to find out how a modern day dad deals with the criticism and keeps the focus on family.
  2. Occupation: Dad: This former teacher is now a father and husband. Read about issues like adoption, sickness and even the tooth fairy.
  3. The (Only) Man of the House: This dedicated dad stay home with the kids during the day and goes to work at his TV station job at night. Find out how he manages his hectic schedule.
  4. Daddy Detective and Queen Bug: If any of you dads have trouble understanding your daughters, check out this blog that attempts to “decipher” the random clues of parenting.
  5. Disney Family: Discover the “answers to everyday family life, including entertainment, parenting, coupons” and more. The site is full of kids’ movie reviews, recipes, and parenting advice, but don’t neglect to check out RandCooper’s family blog for hilarious stories about his struggle to manage a writing career and a family.
  6. Another At-Home Dad: This former college professor is now a stay-at-home dad. Read well-written posts about getting crafty with the kids, sending the little ones off the school and more.
  7. Parent Hacks: This popular blog is full of “real-world parenting tips from real parents.” When you’re having trouble with your kids, chances are, this blog can give you the advice you’re looking for.
  8. I’m Not a Slacker: Whoever thinks full-time parenting is an easy job, they haven’t checked out this blog, written by “a guy who didn’t outsource parenting.”
  9. DadCenter: DadCenter features parenting posts “with a Dad-centric bias.” Catch up on “Daddy News,” sports, health issues, tech tips, financial issues and other WAHD stories.
  10. The Daily Daddy Blog: This blog is sponsored by the site Dadviser, which encourages men to “be a better dad.” Take the personal development challenges, read posts about relationships and parenting, and get tips on maintaining a healthy work-life balance.
  11. Family Man Blog: The Family Man Online is a great resource for finding articles about parenting, catching up on all the news related to kids, education, health and families, and discussing important (and hilarious) issues on the discussion forums.
  12. Stay-at-home Parents: This blog from Suite101 focuses on moms and dads whose concerns include “calculating the cost of working, transitioning from work to home, living on one income and exploring work-at-home opportunities.”

Other

These helpful resources share money making opportunities for the work-at-home crowd, parenting tips for raising children and entrepreneur-related articles for managing the home office.

  1. BossFreeDad.com: This website provides stay-at-home dads with opportunities to make extra money for their families.
  2. Web Worker Daily: Online entrepreneurs, designers, developers and bloggers will benefit from the tips and articles posted on this site.
  3. Work It: a blog for Working Moms: Get inside your wife’s head for a few minutes each day by checking out the posts on this great blog. You’ll get a little more insight on what it’s like to spend time away from the kids, come home to a dirty (or clean!) house, and more.
  4. Career and Kids: While this blog often focuses on professionals who work at an office outside the home, stay-at-home dads will love the articles about preparing kids for life after school, time management, nurturing your career as well as your family, and setting goals for yourself.
  5. work-at-home Business Opportunities: Get ideas for making extra money through a home-based business. Readers will find articles on entrepreneurship, economics, and Internet marketing.
  6. Work From Home Blog: This blog is “all about working from home.” Recent titles include “Turning a Hobby Into an Income” and “How to Avoid Work-From-Home Scams.”
  7. Home Office Envy: If you’re considering becoming a work-at-home dad, read this blog that outlines the pros of setting up a home office.
  8. Daddy Forever: Laugh along with this dad as he shares tales from his lively household. Recent posts include “Seven Things I Learned from My Daughter” and “Grandma is Scary.”

Who says work-at-home dads aren’t as fun or cool as work-at-home moms? Share your stories and adventures with the bloggers on this list, who understand what it’s like to manage a home, a family and a career day after day.


The Mindmapping Toolbox: 100+ Tools, Resources, and Tutorials

Thursday, November 29, 2007 at 1:56am by Site Administrator

Sometimes the difference between a successful project and one that spirals out of control is getting all your thoughts and ideas laid out before you even get started. One of the best ways to do this is with mind maps, which act as a visual representation of all that stuff you’ve got floating around in your head. This kind of radiant thinking can be a great way to start out working on anything, from redecorating your house to landing a huge project, and there are loads of resources out there to make mind mapping even easier. Here’s a list of 100 tools, resources, blogs, articles and everything else you might need to get started making a road map of your mind.

Free Visualization Tools

Here’s a collection of tools that can help you get your thoughts in order without costing you a thing.

  1. Bubbl.us: This easy to use online application allows users to collaborate online, embed and share mindmaps and make colorful printouts to pass around the office.
  2. Cayra.net: This PC desktop app lets users visually represent any of their ideas, concepts and projects, making brainstorming fast and easy.
  3. MindPlan.com: Add to the usefulness of your LotusNotes with this mind mapping program. You can also use it for project management doubling its usability.
  4. Mindomo.com: Map your mind with this web-based tool which allows you to create, share and edit your mind maps without installing any software.
  5. Cmap Tools: This tool from IHMC, a university affiliated research institute, gives users the ability to create, share and critique mind maps.
  6. Compendium Institute: The Compendium Institute is a free and open forum for users to gain access to the Compendium methodology and tools which are designed to share ideas and help users make things together. Check out their free program for organizing projects and digital information.
  7. RecallPlus: Give your learning potential a boost with this powerful online mapping tool. You can even install it on a flash drive, making it easy to take anywhere with you.
  8. Debate Mapper: Have an argument you need to win? Get your thoughts in order with this free debate mapping utility.
  9. Gliffy: Use Gliffy to draw and share colorful and image-laden diagrams and mind maps right online.
  10. WiseMapping: This web-based mind mapping program allows users to share their mind maps with anyone over the Internet by importing, exporting and embedding them in a webpage.
  11. Mind42: This free browser-based program allows users to create mind maps, make notes on individual nodes, add images, links and more.
  12. Mapul: Spice up your mind maps with over 6,000 free images in Mapul. This web app comes in two levels of service, and requires Silverlight and Java, both of which you can download for free.
  13. Bookvar: Make mind mapping easy and fun with Bookvar. Users can create full-color maps and add images and even chat with collaborators.
  14. FreeMind: This popular Java-based mind mapping software makes it simple to create mindmaps that can be "folded" and integrated with web links.
  15. Deep Mehta: DeepMehta is a "knowledge management" program to help users collaborate and network data. The program is open source and totally free to use.
  16. WikkaWiki: Use wikis to map your thoughts with this program. It’s lightweight and PHP based to help you quickly and easily map anything you need.
  17. MindMeister: Collaborate on mind maps with coworkers online using MindMeister. The basic level is free, but you can upgrade for a nominal fee to mapping utilities designed for groups and creatives.
  18. Labyrinth: This lightweight mapping tool appears simple, but contains powerful tools, allowing users to create useful mind maps within their own browsers.
  19. View Your Mind: This tool is great for creating and editing maps that truly visually represent your thoughts and ideas.
  20. MindRaider: MindRaider is a Semantic Web outliner, meaning it makes it easy to create maps and outlines of information found on the web, your hard drive, social relationships and more.

Pay and Subscription Visualization Tools

If you need more powerful tools or abilities that free programs just don’t offer, try out these tools instead.

  1. Aibase: Aibase is a comprehensive knowledge builder, brainstorming and learning assistance program. As a bonus you’ll also get tools to create vector drawings, tables and images as well.
  2. MindMapper: This Windows program can help you integrate with Microsoft Office to create a wide variety of styles and looks for you mind maps.
  3. MindVisualizer: Get started thinking visually with this simple mapping tool. You can draw images, create GTD lists, customize the look and even get spell checking.
  4. MindJet: Whether your mind mapping for education, business, or just yourself, this tool can give your maps a little zing. Partnered with Microsoft, this tool can also be integrated right into your existing desktop.
  5. MindGenius: Keep track of what you want to get accomplished using MindGenius. You’ll find versions of the program catered specifically to businesses and business owners.
  6. iMindMap: This well known cross-platform program from mind mapping guru Tony Buzan attempts to use the brain itself to make mind maps by embracing a non-linear thought process.
  7. MindCad: Don’t make mind mapping harder than it has to be. Work with your natural thought processes using MindCad for the Mac. Features include linking to web pages and documents, annotations, and more.
  8. i2Brain: Visual people will benefit from using i2Brain. This program allows users to create "dimensional" mind maps to distinguish status and importance.
  9. HeadCase Mind Mapping: Stimulate your brain with this mapping program that relies heavily on images to help you map what you’re thinking.
  10. Spark-Space: This versatile program comes in both business and education versions as well as several different languages.
  11. TheBrain: Businesses can use software from TheBrain to provide better customer care, manage projects, collaborate on mind maps, and even help with IT management.
  12. Gyronix: This program works with MindJet to give it even more functionality, especially for group use.
  13. TopicScape 3D: Create mind maps in 3D with this program that can help you better understand and organize your information.
  14. Inspiration: Designed primarily for students, this mapping program can also be useful for business owners wanting to create visual representations of data.
  15. Nova Mind: Who says a mind map should only be functional? Use Nova Mind to create maps that are not only useful, but aesthetically pleasing as well.

Tutorials and How-Tos

Mind mapping isn’t complicated, but it can be a little intimidating if you’re new at it. Check out these guides to get some of the basics.

  1. 10 Tips for Highly Effective Mindmapping Sessions: Want to make the most of the time you spend mindmapping? Then check out this article to find suggestions for staying focused and what to include.
  2. Using Mind Maps for Creativity, Note-Taking and Productivity: Mind maps are useful for a lot of different things, and this article gives some guidance and suggestions on the best ways to use them.
  3. How-to Mind Map: Beginners to mind mapping will find this basic how-to helpful in getting started.
  4. Blackbelt Mind Map Training: Get professional training and become a mind map master with this company’s site.
  5. MindMap Training: Here you’ll find professional training solutions to help you learn to manage your information through mind maps.
  6. How to Make a Mind Map: Find detailed instructions as well as an example on this site that can help you get a head start on creating masterful mind maps.
  7. Note Taking: A Beginner’s Guide to Mind Mapping Meetings: Have you ever gone to a meeting, taken notes, and then later discovered you don’t quite understand how one point leads to another? Try using a mind map at your next meeting instead, and this guide can get you started.
  8. What is Mind Mapping? (and How to Get Started Immediately): This site provides a basic tutorial about mind mapping as well as several colorful examples.
  9. How to Use MindMapping in Setting Goals and Managing Time: GTD gurus will appreciate this article on how you can use mindmapping to improve your productivity.
  10. Mind Mapping: An Easy Beginning Tutorial: Don’t know a thing about mind mapping? This simple step-by-step will help you get started drawing your way to clearer thoughts and ideas.
  11. How To Use Mind Maps To Teach Difficult Grammar Points: Read this article to find out how you can use mind maps to teach and represent just about anything. Grammar may not directly apply to your business, but it can help you think of new an inventive ways to use mind maps.

Resources

Get loads of information on mind mapping with these useful resources.

  1. MindMapping.org: Find all the information you ever needed to know about mind mapping at this website and learn all about the software that is out there to help you make the best mind maps.
  2. MindMappingStrategies: Learn all about various ways you can use mind maps, like strategic planning, project management, event planning and more with this site.
  3. iMindMap: Here you’ll not only find the previously mentioned software for mind mapping, but news, tutorials, videos and educational tools about mind maps as well.
  4. About Mind Mapping: Here you’ll find an introduction to mind mapping as well as links to resources and software on the subject.
  5. Innovation Tools: Innovation Tools has put together a resource center for mind mapping with links to information, articles and training.
  6. Mindtools: This article from Mindtools goes through the basics of mapping, as well as an offering of tips on how to improve your mind maps.
  7. JCU Study Skills: Even if you’re no longer a student, you will find this guide from JCU helpful. Learn about mind mapping, how to read maps, and how to map writing and speeches.
  8. Illumine Training: Illumine Training is a company that helps businesses train employees on how to mind map. Their site is full of free resources, however, that anyone can take advantage of.
  9. List of Mind Mapping Software: This list on Wikipedia offers a guide to all of the mind mapping software out there.
  10. The Graphic Organizer: This website is dedicated to resources that help users to organize and use information visually.
  11. Mind Map Template: If you’re the hands on type, print out this template and start building your mind map around it.
  12. Mind Mapping Examples: There are tons of ways to make a mind map, but if you’re looking for guidance, check out this site loaded with examples.
  13. Mind Mapping on Wikipedia: Get the basics straight about mind mapping with this informative Wikipedia article.
  14. MindMap Search: If you need more information or resources on mind mapping, check out this site. It brings together the best websites and articles about mind mapping on the Web.

Articles

Keep up with the goings on in the mind mapping world wby using these educational articles.

  1. Mind Mapping for Project Management: This article from Innovation Tools can give you some insight into how you can better use mind mapping to manage your next big project.
  2. Mind Mapping at 43 Folders: This post and its accompanying comments can give you some great ideas on where to begin with mind mapping.
  3. Mind Mapping on the iPhone: You knew the iPhone was cool, but it just got cooler. Learn to take your mind mapping capabilities with you everywhere you go.
  4. Helping Children Learn with Mind Mapping: Mind maps aren’t just great for helping children learn; they can also be used to teach employees, clients or even yourself. Check out this article to get some tips.
  5. Three web-based mind mapping tools reviewed: Not sure what program to go with when it comes to mind mapping software? This article examines three of the most popular and gives useful advice.
  6. Comparison of mind mapping applications: Here you’ll find more reviews of top mind mapping software applications.
  7. Mind Mapping in 8 Easy Steps: This quick-start guide to mind mapping from Innovation Networks will have you creating great mind maps in no time.
  8. Guerilla Marketing with Mind Maps: Didn’t think mind maps had anything to do with marketing? They can help greatly, and this article will show you how you can use them in your next campaign.
  9. Mind Mapping for Web Instruction and Learning: The internet is an incredibly useful tool for learning just about anything. Check out this article to see how you can use mind maps to increase this learning potential whether for employees or customers.

Videos

These videos can help you learn about the brain, mind mapping, or even how it can help your business.

  1. Vilayanur Ramachandran: A journey to the center of your mind: Behavioral neurologist Vilayanur Ramachandran talks about how the mind, phonemes and visual data all work together, just like in mind maps.
  2. Tony Buzan on Mind Mapping: One of the most well-known advocates of mind mapping, Tony Buzan, discusses how to tap into your internal mental power in this video.
  3. How to Draw a Mind Map: Get a visual lesson on drawing mind maps with this short but informative video.
  4. Mind Mapping for Your Business: While not the most exciting, this video will give you some helpful information on how you can and should use mind mapping in your day to day business operations.
  5. Mind Mapping by Stephen Pierce: Stephen Pierce is a business optimization specialist, and in this video he discusses how mind mapping can be used to your business’ advantage.
  6. Thirty Day Challenge: Mind Mapping: This video is about how you can, in 30 days, use mind mapping to improve your business or personal productivity. The author of the video shows his personal maps.

Blogs

Get some advice and information from other mind mappers out there with these blogs.

  1. Effective Ways to Mindmap Blog: Get some simple tips on improving your mind mapping with this blog.
  2. Activity Owner: This blog was created to share information and experiences with using Gyronix, GTD, MindManager, and Mindjet.
  3. Eric Blue’s Blog: Blogger Eric Blue shares his thoughts and opinions on productivity, mind mapping, creativity, visualizations and more.
  4. MindMapping Blog: Like the name suggests, this blog is full of posts about mind mapping, primarily focusing on software and web applications.
  5. Erik Mack Online: Eric Mack’s blog contains all kinds of posts on productivity, planning, getting things done, and of course, mind mapping.
  6. Idea Mapping: Jamie Nast, author of Idea Mapping, shares her thoughts on mind mapping in this blog.
  7. Beyond Mind Mapping: Want to learn how to get the most out of your mind mapping software? Then check out this blog focusing on Mind Manager and Gyronix.
  8. Mind Mapping Software Blog: This blog is dedicated to providing businesspeople with all the information and resources they need to find the best mind mapping software for their business.
  9. The Mindjet Blog: Keep up with the latest in mind mapping and software updates with this blog from the makers of MindJet.
  10. The Underlying Blog: Kyle McFarlin, a visual strategy expert, uses his blog to write about mind mapping and whatever else comes to mind.
  11. MindMapping 2.0: This blog discusses how and where mind mapping and web 2.0 meet, as the blogger works on his own mind mapping software.
  12. Peace of Mind: Blogger Steve Rothwell gives his two cents on everything mind mapping, including applications and examples.
  13. My Mind Guide: Here, you’ll find tons of useful links and informative articles on how you can find and use the best mind mapping technology out there.
  14. For People Who Love Ideas: This blog focuses on topics that concern ideas and how to organize and make the most of them.
  15. Innovation Weblog: This blog from Innovation Tools has articles on the newest innovations in brainstorming and productivity software.

Books and eBooks

Check these books out at your local library or give them a read online to learn about some great techniques to improve your mind mapping experience.

  1. The Mind Map Book: How to Use Radiant Thinking to Maximize Your Brain’s Unlimited Potential: This book by well-known mind mappers Tony and Barry Buzan is the mind mapper’s ultimate guide to learning how to make the most out of a simple map.
  2. Mapping Inner Space: Learning and Teaching Visual Mapping: Written by Nancy Marqulies and Nusa Maal, this book addresses a number of issues on how you can teach and learn how to take notes visually.
  3. Use Both Sides of Your Brain: New Mind-Mapping Techniques, Third Edition: Tony Buzan uses more recent information about the brain to create step-by-step guides that show you how to take advantage of how your mind works to get more done.
  4. Idea Mapping: How to Access Your Hidden Brain Power, Learn Faster, Remember More, and Achieve Success in Business: This book by Jamie Nast is designed to show business owners and entrepreneurs how to use mind mapping to be more successful in business and in life.
  5. Mind Mapping: How to Liberate Your Natural Genius: Written by Michael Gelb, this book discusses how you can make mind maps that are uniquely yours and help you to be more productive.
  6. Power Tips for Mind Mapping Software: This ebook promises to give you the information to allow you to make the most of mind mapping software. It includes chapters on strategies, interviews, case histories and even a section about asking the experts.
  7. How to Select the Right Mind Mapping Software: No doubt about it, with the proliferation of software out there, choosing just one can be a challenging task. Get some advice on choosing the right software the first time around with this ebook.
  8. Mind Mapping Power Pack: This ebook claims to help you to create better and more powerful mind maps.
  9. Mapping the Mind: This Google book discusses the idea of the mind as "domain specific" challenging the old view that the brain processes all tasks in the same manner. Learn a little bit about how the mind is organized and you can better see how mind mapping can be a highly effective way of tapping into it.
  10. Rapid Problem Solving with Post-It Notes: This book by David Straker shows how you can organize your thoughts into mind maps using only Post-It notes.

Tips for Digital Entrepreneurs: Can Watching TV Increase Productivity?

Wednesday, November 28, 2007 at 6:00pm by Site Administrator

Most of us digital entrepreneurs working at home just can’t get enough productivity tips. One tip I found: Yaro Starak at Entrepreneur’s Journey says don’t watch TV if you want to be a more productive entrepreneur. But Ryan Imel over at Copyblogger found three great writing techniques while watching television.

Fact (at least from my viewpoint): If you are trying to do serious research to write articles for your website/ blog, watching TV at the same time is a really bad idea. I tested this theory from Jan 2005 onwards. (Unfortunately, working from home puts you in the middle of such temptations.)

On the flipside, if your job is blogging about topics being shown on TV, then watching all day will explode your productivity – if you know how to harness this and write while you watch. As well, if you want to learn storytelling techiques, even for blogging or business copywriting, television can also teach you something – provided you’re not watching crap.

On the flipside, if you need to watch something now but also have websites to browse, Chris Garrett has a review of the Read it Later Firefox browser extension. You could surf through sites and save pages for reading later, while simultaneously watching TV on your computer.

You’ll have to decide for yourself whether your type of work can be aided by TV watching or not. For my freelance work it’s a productivity hamper. For my partnered online projects, it’s a near necessity. It’s a dilemma for me.

If you do decide TV-watching will help, here’s my recommended set up:

  1. Have one computer to work on and preferably another with a flat screen to watch on.
  2. Get an external TV capture “card” from your favorite computer accessories or office supply store.
  3. Hook up your TV coaxial cable to the TV box, and the box to your computer (usually with an USB port and cable).
  4. Configure, and you’re ready to go.

If you can’t justify having two computers, run the TV application window in reduced mode instead of full-screen, and type while you watch. Whatever you do, don’t do this with a regular TV set. You want both work screen area and TV screen area to be within your direct and/or peripheral vision – else it really will be a distraction.

Stretch Your Goals: 10 Yoga Moves for Productivity

Tuesday, November 27, 2007 at 3:55am by Site Administrator

Yoga has been around for thousands of years and has enjoyed growing mainstream acceptance in Western society in the past few years, even working its way into the corporate environment. Businesses are increasingly adding free or low cost yoga classes as a productivity booster and perk for employees. While it might seem strange, studies done by the National Institutes of Health have found that yoga and meditation enhance the qualities that are most desired in employees, like an increase in brain waves, enhanced intuition, and better concentration, in addition to the alleviation of common aches and pains. With results like that, it’s hard to find a reason not to add a little yoga into your workday. Here are 10 basic moves to get you started.

  1. Mountain Pose: This pose seems simple, but if done properly it should engage your whole body. Start by standing with feet together, hands at your sides, eyes facing forward. Press your heels into the floor and spread your toes while tilting your pelvis slightly forward. Then, raise your chest up and out, but no so much that you look as though you’re standing at attention for a drill sergeant. Lengthen your neck by stretching the base of your skull towards the ceiling while stretching the pinkies on your hand downward. Push your feet into the floor and raise your legs off of the floor. Hold this posture while you inhale and let go on the exhale. On your next breath, raise your arms over your head and hold for the next several breaths. Repeat this several times. This move should help alleviate some distracting lower back pain by making you more aware of your posture, as well as improving balance and self-awareness.
  2. Boat: Give your abdominal muscles a good stretch with this pose. Start this pose by lying on your stomach with your legs together and arms at your sides. Take a breath and exhale while you press your hipbones and pelvis into the floor, lifting your arms and legs several inches off of the floor. Draw your spine toward the floor and imagine your chest pressing outward. Tuck in your chin slightly and extend your torso and legs away from each other. Hold this pose for a few seconds, then relax. Repeat at your discretion.
  3. Table Balance: Work on your balance and concentration with this pose. Start on all fours with your hands directly beneath your shoulders and your knees under your hips. Look downward and make sure to keep your navel drawn into your spine. Straighten and lift your left leg so that it’s in line with your hips. Get your balance and extend your left arm out so that it’s even with your shoulders. Hold this for 3-10 breaths, then slowly lower your arm and leg. Repeat on the opposite side.
  4. Downward Facing Dog: This posture is great for strengthening wrists, which is helpful for avoiding injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome that can make working painful or even impossible. It can also help reduce lower back pain. You begin this posture by getting on your hands and knees, making sure that your legs are hip width apart and arms are shoulder width apart. Inhale and curl your toes under as you would if you were standing on your toes. Exhale and straighten your legs while pushing up with your arms, lengthening your spine while keeping your feet flat on the floor. If it hurts too much to do this, it’s acceptable to bend your knees a little or allow your heels to lift off the floor. Relax back onto your hands and knees after a few breaths and repeat.
  5. Tree Pose: Get a leg up, literally, on improving your balance and mental concentration with the tree pose. Begin by standing straight and tall with your feet together. Pick up your right foot and balance on your left, placing your right foot on the inside of your left thigh. Once you have your balance, raise your arms above your head so that your palms meet, keeping your shoulders down. Hold this for as long as it’s comfortable, or about 30 seconds. Relax, then repeat on the other side.
  6. Wide Legged Forward Bend: Sitting all day without a break can be hard on the body and can lower energy levels. Help counteract the effects of your desk chair with this pose. Start with your legs twice shoulder width apart with feet forward. Place your hands on your hips and slowly bend at the waist while maintaining a straight back. Place the palms of your hands, or forearms if you’re flexible, on the floor and hold the pose. Slowly unfold out of your pose and return to your original stance.
  7. Bridge Pose: Increase your overall flexibility, strengthen your lower back, and open up your chest with this move. It can also help alleviate those pesky energy sucking tension headaches by helping you relax. You begin this move by lying on the floor with your knees bent and your hands at your side. Your feet should be 6 inches apart and pulled in close to your backside. Begin by slowly raising and lowering your tailbone, then slowly take it up one vertebrae at a time until your entire spine is arched upward. Make sure to push firmly into the floor with your feet as you hold this position and breathe deeply. Hold for a few breaths, release, and repeat.
  8. Warrior Pose: The warrior pose sounds tough, perhaps because it is intended to be a confidence builder. It also can help improve your balance and concentration, making it easier to keep your mind on your work. This pose starts in the mountain pose with your feet together and your hands at your side. Then, step your feet 4-5 feet apart. Begin by turning your right foot 45 degrees to the left and turning your left foot 90 degrees to the left so that it’s pointing straight out to the side. Slowly bend your left knee until your thigh is parallel to the floor while raising your arms over your head. Slowly lower your arms until your left arm is pointing straight ahead and your right arm is pointing straight back. Hold this position while concentrating on a point ahead of you for 5-6 breaths, relax, then reverse the pose.
  9. The Triangle: Improve your balance and concentration by trying out the triangle pose. Begin by spreading your feet 3-4 feet apart and keeping them parallel. Turn your left foot 90 degrees to the left and your right foot 45 degrees inward. Next, take a deep breath while raising your arms straight out from your sides. Then exhale and turn your head to the left so that you’re looking down your arm to your fingers. Reach as far out to the left as you can and once you’ve reached your limit, rotate your arms down so that your left arm rests on your calf and your right arm is pointed straight up. Hold this for a few breaths, straighten up and lower your arms to the side, bringing your feet together. Repeat on the other side.
  10. The Corpse: This pose requires of you just what it sounds like: playing dead. This level of relaxation will helps to refresh your body helping you relieve on the job stress and anxiety. Make sure not to fall asleep while doing this one! Begin by lying on your back with your arms at your side and palms facing upward. Then close your eyes and take several slow, deep breaths, allowing your body to completely relax. If you’re having trouble, start with a specific body part and imagine your muscles and skin in that part relaxing. Do this bit by bit until your whole body is relaxed.

You can start practicing these positions before you leave for work in the morning, or try out these simple moves you can do right from your desk during a break. And remember, just like with any kind of exercise, if you have health problems, recent surgeries, or any injuries consult with your physician before attempting any of these moves.

Entrepreneurial Tips: Separating Wants From Needs – or – How to Learn Hard Business Lessons

Monday, November 26, 2007 at 3:15pm by Site Administrator

Between 1993 and 2002, I’ve started and run at least five businesses of my own, sometimes by accident or even by request: monthly print magazine, band management, band bookings, concert promoter, and mobile recording studio owner, in that order. That doesn’t include my web consulting nor what I’m doing now, as an online publisher since 2005, which has been more fruitful than all the other businesses combined.

None of the early businesses succeeded financially, but for all primarily different reasons. Though there was one factor that helped sink them all: not being able to separate wants from needs. This violates a major principle of bootstrapping cashflow: getting overwhelmingly into debt when there’s little or no revenue. Keep this in mind as you read this brief history of my business startups.

1. The Magazine
The magazine was a critical success, though it was hard to sell advertising while simultaneously trying to do a Master’s degree. When my degree supervisor came to me and said I had to choose to focus on the degree (research was already completed) or the part-time, poorly paid job he’d given me, I choose to take a full-time job as a technical writer – a job I landed in part because of my magazine publishing efforts. But having to work long hours over the next two years led to my magazine folding – since I still couldn’t find committed ad sales reps who also wouldn’t lie about what they’d been up to. Also because I wanted to compete with a magazine I used to work for that published biweekly. A big mistake.

2. Band Management and Concert Booking
After the magazine folded, I somehow ended up managing the bands of some of my writing staff – by request. That turned into booking shows at local nightclubs, including up and coming Canadian acts. Before I knew it, I was fully or partly involved in managing something like 40 bands, plus jointly helping another manager with another 20 bands.

All of that resulted in additional money down the drain, primarily because the town I booked most of the shows in was in a recession. Clubgoers would rather fork over $5-10 to hear a DJ play recorded music than $3 to see an act they never heard of. That’s a very important economic detail that I wasn’t aware of as affecting the entertainment industry. But I’d want to seem like a big shot and had bought six months worth of advertising in the local college newspaper, as well as booking increasingly more expensive acts. A big mistake.

3. Web Consulting
Both the band management and the local concert booking efforts went down the drain, not to mention making my co-workers jealous, despite my financial losses. This contributed partly to losing my job – but not before I’d become a webmaster and not only gone back to my computer programming routes but seeded my love for working online.

I took a couple of salaried jobs in Toronto and area after that, but eventually struck out on my own as a consultant again – this time for web development. I got in in 1989, before the 2001 bubble burst, and did relatively well, ending up in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2000. Except I didn’t study the North American Free Trade Act properly before proceeding.

4. First Attempt at Moviemaking
I was doing so well in Atlanta and loving the work at the Weather Channel, that I wanted explore my old desire of making movies. I found a young aspiring actor who resembled James Dean. I had a screenplay from a friend back in Canada, and I purchased a low-end Sony camcorder to add to my collection of four still cameras. I also purchased cheap video editing software for my then high-end laptops, eight TV sets, VCRs, and other equipment.

This moviemaking venture was nipped in the bud when I returned to Canada in early September 2000 to visit my mother and was refused entry back into the U.S. Not only did I lose an incredible contract working with great people and a fascinating opportunity (heavy weather phenomena), all of my belongings were left behind in Atlanta. My landlord and his wife – who was once one of my workmates – never returned my phone calls or email.

So that was the end of not only $30,000 worth of equipment but the loss of about 100 music compositions on my laptops. Once again, my wants overtook my needs. I didn’t need ALL of that equipment (however, I’d already had some of it when I went to Atlanta). This business was over really before it started.

5. Music Composing and the Mobile Studio
By this point you’re probably wondering how many times one entrepreneur can make the same mistake. Wait, there’s more.

I licked my financial wounds back in Canada and managed to land some interesting web consulting contracts, but nothing as exciting as the work I did for the Weather Channel, nor as lucrative. (Canadian companies never want to pay me as well as I can get in the U.S.)

Still, my long-term interest in music, as well as my original desire to be involved in movies led to my laying down five figures – mostly on credit – to buying a couple of racks of home studio recording gear, nine guitars and basses, and five synthesizers – including reputedly the only copy in Canada of an Alesis synth that was digital replica of old analog style synths. Cost: about $5000.

Result: almost none of my musician friends and acquaintances thought much of the idea of my going to their homes/ practice lofts and recording a few of their songs for free. They wondered what my motivation was.

6. Digital Entrepreneur
After 9/11 and the burst of the online bubble, I lost my “sure” contract and subsequently had trouble getting computer consulting work, even with my skills and having authored a book. Once again, my business wants seemed to overrule my business needs and cost me dearly. I had to sell off my recording equipment at maybe thirty cents on the dollar (not including the cost of the various loans).

Jaded about consulting, I eventually found my way into digital entrepreneuring and online publishing. While I’m not making anywhere close to what I did as a web consultant in Atlanta, I’m enjoying this “startup”, have some freedom of projects, and opportunities that if successful will earn me beyond what I’ve made in the past.

What am I doing differently? Two things. Firstly, I’m doing mostly partnered projects – beyond my freelancing. Secondly and most importantly, I’m not allowing my business “wants” overtake my business needs. In other words, I’m bootstrapping my cash flow the right way.

15 Websites and Blogs For a Well-Rounded Entrepreneurial Education

Sunday, November 25, 2007 at 11:00pm by Site Administrator

Here at Bootstrapper, we’ve previously published some pretty large lists of resources of interest to entrepreneurs and bootstrappers. But if you’re time-crunched, you probably can’t read 100 entrepreneurship sites with any regularity. With that in mind, and in no particular order, here’s our shortlist of sites that we recommend you try to read regularly. Taken as a whole, we feel that you’ll get a considerably broad view of business, entrepreneurshp, and career success.

Seth Godin1. Seth Godin. Seth Godin is a respected marketing guru who writes in a very accessible style – both on his blog and in his many ebooks and print books. While he’s not strictly writing for boostrapping entrepreneurs, what he can teach you will be valuable, especially to digital entrepreneurs.



Guy Kawasaki2. How to Change the World. Guy Kawasaki interviews a lot of successful business people as well as imparts his own knowledge. His content is also very evergreen, so if you don’t have time to read his articles one week, you can always catch up later.




Entrepreneur’s Journey3. Entrepreneur’s Journey. Yaro Starak’s Entrepreneur’s Journey has long been an incredible resource for entrepreneurs working either offline or online. And Yaro has managed to prove that a blogger can produce a comfortable income with by working only a few hours a day. As well, he’s leveraged his successes into a number of other businesses, on and offline, including two subscription content sites.



Copyblogger4. Copyblogger. While you don’t need formal copywriting training, persuasive communication skills go a long way towards business success, especially if you’re a digital entrepreneur. Brian Clark’s Copyblogger shows the way, offering solid communications knowledge by example.



Instigator Blog5. Instigator Blog. If I were forced to pick one business-related blog to read regularly, it would be Ben Yoskovitz’s Instigator Blog hands down. He might resort to lists – which some people don’t like – but his lists are meaty, full of details that impart his considerable business knowledge.




Startup Spark6. Startup Spark. Startup Spark was started by Ben Yoskovitz of Instigator Blog (above), but he’s passed the reins to focus on his second web startup company. It’s been in good hands with various bloggers – currently Shannon Cherry. It’s also the home of the popular blog carnival, Carnival of Entrepreneurs.



Bootstrap Me7. Bootstrap Me. Shawn Hessinger’s Bootstrap Me regularly offers insight into bootstrapping, as well as online entrepreneuring and reviews of the business segment of the blogosphere.





College Startup8. College Startup. You’re never too young to start a business, and during college is an ideal time, what with access to many young, open minds to whom you can pitch your ideas and products. College Startup is aimed at the budding College Entrepreneur.




Business Pundit9. Business Pundit. By all accounts, Business Pundit‘s Rob has a degree in business and really gets indepth about business principles, with a mix of case studies, interviews, marketing tips and much more.





Blogtrepreneur10. Blogtrepreneur. As indicated in the College Startup writeup above, you’re never too young to be interested in business. Adnan of Blogtrepreneur admits he’s still in high school, yet has built a successful blog that focuses on blog/ Internet entrepreneuring. In fact, the blog, which was an experiment in bootstrapping, is up for sale and likely to get a lot of interest.



AOL Small Business11. AOL Small Business. The AOL Small Business website is, as the name suggests, focused on small business, but it has a wealth of articles about successful entrepreneurs of all ages, as well as case studies of startup principles.




BNET12. BNET. The BNET site offers a wealth of business-related articles, including a library, that relate management, strategy, startup and general business principles. True, some of these articles are aimed at medium to larger businesses, but an entrepreneur who blinds themselves to future possibilities is doomed to be stuck in “small” business mode.



Lifehacker13. Lifehacker. The Lifehacker blog, while about productivity, tends towards tips and tricks about using software for work tasks, whether you work offline or online. It’s a must-read for picking up both software and general productivity tips.




Lifehack.org14. Lifehack.org. Lifehack.org is the perfect complement to to Lifehacker. While there is some overlap in the two blogs, Lifehack.org tends towards general life and work productivity tips, not necessarily just about software.




Zen Habits15. Zen Habits. Leo Babauta, a guest on many blogs including the aforementioned Lifehack.org, has achieved an incredible success with his Zen Habits blog. Don’t let the name bother you – it’s not a religious blog. Rather, it’s a blog about simple productivity tips and achieving the appropriate habits necessary for general career success.



True, they’re not all strictly “bootstrapping” sites, but should give you a well-rounded view of business, entrepreneuring, work and life productivity necessary to succeed as a bootstrapper.

[Disclosure: I do have some sort of connection to a few of these sites and bloggers, either in terms of being a friend, colleague or contributor, though that's actually a result of my respect for the bloggers, not the other way around.]

Better than Monster: 50 Free Places You Can Post A Job Online and Get Top Talent

Wednesday, November 21, 2007 at 8:39pm by Site Administrator

Finding the right candiate for your job can be an uphill battle. With unqualified applicants, resume spam, and the housands of other jobs out there, it’s a miracle just to get a handful of winners to interview. You can usually increase your pool of potential candidates by posting your job on an online site like Monster or CareerBuilder, both of which are visited by thousands of employment seekers each day. But when posting on sites like these, you’re likely to run into high fees as well as unspecialized candidates. Instead of wasting time and money on those sites, check out these 50 sites that offer free, and often specialized, job postings for employers.

General

These sites have postings for nearly any job you can imagine.

  1. JobAdsUSA: Get unlimited free job postings from JobAdsUSA with great features like resume alerts to let you know when you might have found the perfect match among hundreds of thousands of resumes.
  2. JobFoxter: This free job database is one of the largest out there, so get your job listed and start finding applicants from anywhere in the world.
  3. Free Agents Jobs: Get unlimited free posting on Free Agents Jobs as well as the ability to add your company logo and even keep tabs on interest in your postings.
  4. Hire Fire: Don’t let the name fool you, this isn’t a site at all about firing. Employers can post jobs and get alerts when resumes matching certain criteria are posted.
  5. Good Recruit: Make finding new employees easy with this site. You’ll get access to all resume and contact information for all potential candidates as well as the usual job posting abilities.
  6. Job.Ad.Venture: Post your job listing on Job.Ad.Venture for free and get access to resumes from specialty sites focusing on programming, database professionals, healthcare, marketing, sales and more.
  7. Job Spider: Post jobs for hundreds of types of positions on Job Spider. You can also browse a wide selection of resumes to see if there’s someone out there looking for a job like the one you’re offering.
  8. Learn4Good: Search for employees worldwide with this job posting site and post up to 20 jobs a month absolutely free.
  9. LuckyDogJobs: LuckyDogJobs is a free job posting site for everything from accounting to engineering, helping you find the people you need to keep your business up and running.
  10. CareerOneStop: Gain access to resumes from job banks all over the country and post your own jobs on this Department of Labor website.
  11. Jobvertise: Make the most of the largest free job and resume site by putting your job on Jobvertise. Employers can post jobs for free and gain access to almost half a million resumes of job seekers.
  12. StaffingLinks: This free service can help you find the staff you need. Add your company’s website to the database and get started searching for your next employee.
  13. PersonnelDesk: Set up an account on this site for free job posting and resume searching as well as links to numerous other job posting sites.
  14. Job Island: Your business can use this site to post jobs, search resumes, and even set up a job RSS feed.
  15. Jobs, Work, Careers.com: Your business can take advantage of not only job postings but an applicant tracking system, recruiting desktop and a corporate career site all free of charge.
  16. CentralHR: Get access to job seekers wanting everything from creative positions to medical work on CentralHR. Create a profile and start posting jobs immediately, no strings attached.
  17. Jobs 4 Jobs.com: Get your jobs posted on this and other major sites with no startup fees. You’ll also gain access to thousands of resumes.
  18. JobsCity: JobsCity is a great network for posting jobs and finding employees. Simply submit your email and you’ll be able to set up a free account for posting jobs and browsing through resumes from all over the world.
  19. TeleportJobs: Save your business money on posting jobs with free listings from TeleportJobs. You’ll have access to resumes from employees in every type of work from consulting to Web design.
  20. Employment Inc: Use this site’s free job posting service to have thousands of potential employees reading your posting without spending a dime.
  21. JobKabob: This sleek site makes it easy to post jobs and look through resumes all without taking out your credit card or leaving the office.
  22. GadBall: Gain access to thousands of resumes and over 30,000 visitors every month with the free job posting and resume search services from GadBall.
  23. Juju: If you want to post multiple jobs at once, then JuJu is probably your best bet. This job search engine specializes in bulk postings, making it faster than ever to get them up on the Internet for searching.
  24. WorkGiant: While not entirely free, WorkGiant doesn’t require that employers pay any fee unless a qualified candidate is found, so there’s no risk if it doesn’t pan out out, and you’ll get access to a great service.
  25. HelpWanted.com: Get your own URL for job postings on HelpWanted.com to direct potential employees right to your company.
  26. CareerPark: CareerPark offers employers free job postings and resume searches among some of the big names in business like BlueCross, Random House, and Sylvania.
  27. JobsGala: Sign up with JobsGala to get free 30-day job postings and resumes sent right to your account.

Tech Job Sites

If you’re in need of some tech-savvy help, give these sites a look.

  1. Telecommuting Techies: Get a remotely located developer, programmer or consultant with this free posting forum so you can get the know-how you need without the extra overhead.
  2. devBistro: Find developers galore on this job posting site. The site boasts over 280,000 visitors each month, giving you a great chance of finding the talent you need to get the job done.
  3. HWG-Jobs: If you’re looking for someone to maintain, design, develop or program a website for you, then HWG-Jobs can be a great place to start looking. Simply send an email to the site moderators and it will be posted to the site free of charge.
  4. AgaveBlue: Get all the IT help you need with free postings on this site. You’ll get access to resumes from freelancers and those looking for full time work.

Freelance and Work at Home

Expand your workforce without expanding your office by using these sites specializing in freelance and work at home jobs.

  1. Telecommute Jobs.com: Need some extra help but don’t have room around the office for another employee? Find a telecommuter to add to your staff with free job postings on Telecommute Jobs.com.
  2. GoFreelance: Need a freelancer for a specific project? Check out this freelance job posting site and list your job to get quotes from qualified applicants.
  3. Freelance JobsPost: Finding a freelancer has never been easier with this site. Simply post what kind of work you need done and the details of your project, and you’ll get responses and competitive bids from freelancers.
  4. Work at Home Jobs: Outsource your office work to an at-home employee with this site. It offers free postings for jobs as well as articles and links to help you learn more about telecommuting.
  5. JobVita: Join this site to get up to 10 free job postings per month as well as access to unlimited resume searches. It’s designed especially for small businesses and work at home opportunities, so if that’s what you’re looking for, it can be a great free resource to take advantage of.
  6. SimpleLance: Add your job to the postings on this freelancing forum and find the professionals you need for web development, programming, marketing and graphic design.

Classifieds

Take the traditional route into the 21st century with these online classified sites.

  1. Today’s Classifieds: Employers can get free job postings on Today’s Classifieds, which specializes in telecommuting and programming jobs, but will accept other types of job postings as well.
  2. Craigslist: Millions of users nation and world wide check this site daily, so get your job out there by posting it on Craigslist. Best of all, in most areas it won’t cost you a thing.
  3. Freeified: This easy-to-use classifieds site makes it simple to post job openings for your company no matter what state you live in.
  4. WebCosmo: Take advantage of the free classified ads offered by this site to post the open positions at your business.
  5. PostMeUp: Post a free job ad in almost any American city using this new classifieds service.
  6. USAGetJobs.com: Post jobs in a wide variety of fields with this simple classifieds site.

Specialty Sites

These sites cater to specific fields or job pools to help you find the employees you’re looking for.

  1. BestJobsUSA: Those looking for some new HR recruits will find free postings for human resources jobs on this site. It also contains information for finding recruiting associations, trade shows, HR sites and numerous other resources.
  2. The Job Box: If you’re searching for some help with entry-level positions for fresh college grads then Job Box can be a great place to put a free job listing. You’ll be among big name employers like FedEx, Home Depot and Farmers Insurance.
  3. USAJobs Inc: This non-profit organization helps match employers with the right employees. Submit your job to gain access to their database of professionals, graduate students, and ex-military looking for employment.
  4. GetJobs.com: Do you want to find student employees for internships or hourly work? Then GetJobs.com can help you, with free posting and resume searches through college and graduate applicants.
  5. HirePatriots: Want to support your veterans? Try posting a job on this site to attract applicants with military expertise.
  6. CEOTrak: Looking for some upper management or even an executive to add to your team? Try posting your opening on this site to dig up the best execs out there.
  7. A Career in Sales.com: Find a new top salesperson with this site dedicated exclusively to matching up those in sales with available jobs. They have features that allow you to include graphics and even screen potential employees.
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