No More Filing Cabinet: 25 Online Filing Systems for Web Workers

Monday, December 10, 2007 at 2:42am by Site Administrator

Whether you work from home or have a separate office space for meeting up with clients, your work area is probably cluttered with loose documents, disorganized filing cabinets and messy paperwork. Web workers are on the computer most of the day anyway, so why not transfer all of your files onto a Web-based system? Read below for 25 online filing systems that will make your life much easier.

  1. Files Anywhere: This popular filing tool provides features like easy-to-use upload and delivery functions, secure encryption services, file sharing options and much more.
  2. Xdrive: Xdrive offers up to 5GB of free online storage to its users. Back up important files, and access all of your uploads from any computer, no matter where you are.
  3. FileCroc: Once you’ve organized your files online for yourself, you can use FileCroc to share documents, images, videos, software programs and other files with your business associates.
  4. Your File Link: Store large documents and images at Your File Link, a system which provides "both fast uploading and downloading times" and a secure connection.
  5. Box: This filing favorite offers free online file storage, Internet file sharing and more. Box gives users the option of setting up an individual, business or enterprise account, depending on your company needs.
  6. FileSend: Web workers will love the fast, hassle-free delivery system from FileSend. FileSend hosts your files and lets you select the e-mail addresses you want your documents to be sent to.
  7. Hotlink Files: Hotlink Files is "your hard disk on the net." Users can store and share files, including photos and videos which can be backed up for maximum protection.
  8. Savefile: If you need to share and collaborate on many different projects at once, use Savefile to upload your files. All files will be given links that others can use to download the documents.
  9. Upload Jar: Your files will never be deleted on Upload Jar, a free file hosting service that maximizes online storage space.
  10. FileXoom: This service is "the largest host that allows direct linking." A free account will grant users up to 2GB of of free file uploads, including mp3s, documents and photos.
  11. .ionEngine: Advanced Web workers should try out .ionEngine to organize their huge lists of downloads and files.
  12. Haizon File Renamer: This "industrial-level file sorter, file organizer [and] file renamer" automatically renames your files based on their content, and then organizes them into different folders.
  13. Atlast! File Notes Organizer 3.5: This shareware download organizes and catalogs all of your files, including photos, videos and audio files.
  14. FileWind: FileWind features unlimited storage and downloads, and claims to have a fast connection and around the clock system support.
  15. FileMatrix: The FileMatrix doesn’t just organize your files online. It’s also a file manager, allowing you to rewrite and redesign image filers and effects, backup files, automate file copy, and more.
  16. HTTP Commander 6.0: This Microsoft-compatibile filing system features file management capabilities like moving, copying, deleting and renaming, as well as search options and a Files and Folders MetaData tool, which allows Web workers to customize their files’ advanced properties.
  17. WebFileExplorer: The WebFileExplorer can be used remotely, so that you can access your files even when you’re away from the office.
  18. File Folder Organizer 3 3.14: Windows users can organize files online with this software solution.
  19. Web-a-File: This remote access file storage center and manager backs up your files in a "reliable data center" and is so flexible that "you can use any Internet device, host, provider, browser and location around the world to access your files."
  20. Furl: If you stumble across a Web page with an inspirational design or idea, save a copy to Furl, "your personal Web file." This system also lets you share your saved files and search for sites that others may have found interesting.
  21. Click2File: Whether you’re a contractor or someone’s supervisor, you could probably use some straightening out all your tax-related documents. Use Click2File to organize your documents online and pay them electronically when the time comes.
  22. Basecamp: Basecamp is generally used for its excellent project management and collaboration capabilities, but its file sharing and storage features are also useful. Keep track of important documents, pay sheets, and other office records in one stop with this online tool.
  23. MediaMax: Streamload’s MediaMax is "the best online storage on the Web." Users can take advantage of the 25GB of free storage, secure backup system, and file sharing options.
  24. Scribd: Scribd is an excellent tool for Web workers who want to store and publish and embed their files online. An unlimited number of files of any size are accepted.
  25. iDC File Manager: Features of the iDC file manager include compatibility with all browsers, a built-in search facility, no file size transfer limits, and a secure file sharing system.

Converting your papers and documents into online files is a way to securely and effectively protect your business and communicate with clients and vendors. Try out any of these 25 online filing systems in order to clean up your office and help your business grow.

The Time Wasting Toolbox: 80+ Ways to Have Fun Avoiding Work in the Office

Tuesday, December 4, 2007 at 2:21am by Site Administrator

Let’s face it: do any of us really put in 8 solid hours of work each day? We didn’t think so. More often than not, we’re blankly staring at the computer screen, getting up for breaks, and shuffling around papers trying to look busy. But if your boss is starting to wonder why you take 12 trips to the bathroom before lunch, chances are you need some more tricks up your sleeve for procrastinating. This list of 80+ ways to actually have fun at the office will keep your mind off the clock.

Games

These online games will keep you occupied during the countdown until 5 p.m.

  1. Wicked Good Games: Find free online games that work with any browser on this website.
  2. Cyrkam Airtos Game: This game features bored office mates who try to toss crumpled up papers into the wastebasket.
  3. FetchFido’s Free Online Games: Play free games like Anti Pacman, Hoops Mania and Crazy Mammoth on this site.
  4. Paintball the Office: Relieve stress by shooting your paintball gun at irritating smiley faces that roll around an office setting.
  5. Miniclip Games: Miniclip has hundreds of games. Keep track of your favorites by maintaining a "My Games" list, or search categories like Motorsports, Retro, 3D, or 5 Minute "in a hurry" games.
  6. Office Hours Games: This British site caters to the procrastinating professional. Play card and casino games, sports games, puzzles and word games, or check out funny cartoons and slideshows.
  7. MiniGames.org: Playing these games requires an email account, but taking the time to create a free account is definitely worth it. Your boss won’t be able to pull you away from addictive games like Jewel Quest or Blast Billiards.
  8. Howler.com: Play free online Flash games on this website. Categories include adventure, arcade, sports and more.
  9. NBC Primetime Games: Play games centered around all your favorite NBC primetime shows like The Biggest Loser, Bionic Woman, Las Vegas, Late Night with Conan O’Brien and Law and Order.
  10. Whoop Ass: Office Edition: Ambush your co-workers as they head to the water cooler by opening up a can of whoop ass and taking them out.
  11. Online Casinos: Try your hand at poker and get gambling tips from the online casino.
  12. Office Space: The Game: "Yeahhh, I’m gonna need you to come in Saturday…" Escape Lumbergh and the rest of the office brown nosers by deftly maneuvering around each cubicle.

Quizzes and Trivia

Ever wanted to know which Simpsons character you are? Need to find out what your body’s ideal diet is? If you’ve got some time to kill at the office, take these ridiculous quizzes to make time go by a little faster.

  1. Brainfall: Brainfall has all kinds of quizzes in categories like TV shows, movies, and more. Find out which beer best fits your personality, or discover which famous artist you’re most like.
  2. Quibblo.com: Are you still in love with your ex? The Simpsons vs. Family Guy? Find out by taking the quizzes at quibblo.com.
  3. Go To Quiz: Take one of the popular quizzes like "What mental disorder do you have?" or make up your own quiz to post on your MySpace page or blog.
  4. Tickle Personality Tests: Tickle has hundreds of tests and quizzes in categories like career, relationship, mind and body, and lifestyle. Find out if your current job is worth fighting for, or if your dream job is just around the corner.
  5. World’s Smallest Political Quiz: If you’re tired of trying to figure out where you stand on the issues and can’t decide who to vote for, take this quick and easy political quiz which can help you "determine your political identity."
  6. Quick Trivia: Test your knowledge of pop culture, science, history and more with the trivia questions on this website.
  7. FunTrivia.com: Play games and answer trivia quizzes on the "world’s largest largest trivia and quiz site."
  8. TV Trivia: Guess the TV theme song or answer questions about your favorite characters from Roseanne, Little House on the Prairie, ALF, or the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
  9. Big Bucks Trivia: Take the online trivia quizzes on this site, and you could win big cash prizes.
  10. Online Jeopardy: Play the online Jeopardy game, and brag to your co-workers about how much virtual money you win.
  11. The Green Office: Let the Office Footprint Calculator tell you how green (or not) your office culture is by considering location, transportation, machinery and more.
  12. QuizPox: These "fun and entertaining personality tests" run from the ridiculous — "What is your prison name?" — to the completely absurd — "What panties fit your personality?"

Surveys

Earn a little extra cash without giving up anymore of your precious time. Take these paid surveys from your office computer, and watch your bank account bulge.

  1. Survey Club: Register for a free account, and then select the surveys that are most interesting to you. Take one whenever you have a free minute or two at the office.
  2. YellowSurveys.com: This site claims that survey takers can make from $10 – $150 per hour by "taking fun, exciting paid surveys."
  3. Free Paid Surveys: This online survey guide connects you to paid survey sites and gives tips on improving your survey-taking skills.
  4. Maximum Paid Surveys: This site allows you to take paid online surveys, try out new products, and participate in focus groups.

Online Shopping

Get all of your shopping done while you’re still at the office. These sites are great for finding new presents for yourself or gifts for others. If your supervisors catch you slacking off, just tell them you’re shopping for boss appreciation gifts!

  1. Amazon.com: Amazon.com is the premier online shopping network. Find great deals on books and music, toys, clothes, auto parts, and even grocery items.
  2. eBay: Logging on to your eBay account from work means that you can keep track of your bids all day long. Search for rare collectibles and sold out concert tickets, or get discounts on DVDs and new electronics.
  3. Love 2 Buy: This site is "an online shopping mall" where you can search for clothes, household items, electronics and gifts. Never pay more than $8.95 for shipping and handling, no matter how much you order.
  4. Bluefly: Buying Prada and Gucci bags from the store might be more exciting, but shopping online at Bluefly will get you the sweet deals. Search the new arrivals section for the latest in men’s and women’s fashions, or go straight to the clearance bin for the best discounts.
  5. AOL Shopping: If you’re not sure what to shop for but know you’d rather be shopping than working, check out AOL’s shopping pages to find featured items in computers and electronics, clothing, DVDs and more.
  6. Overstock.com: Find everything from kitchenware to auto auctions at Overstock.com. Use the gift finder if you need help shopping for birthdays or holidays, or check out the clearance pages for special discounts.
  7. Coupon Chief: Find free coupons to popular stores like BestBuy, the Gap and Target.
  8. Planet Online: Planet Online boasts "3 click shopping" for buyers who need to do their shopping on the sly. Search the many different categories for the perfect item, compare prices, and then buy it at the online checkout before your boss can see what you’re doing.

Websites

Check out this list of websites that are all designed for procrastinators like you.

  1. Super Viva: SuperViva Life Lists is the best way to waste your time at work (according to Marie Claire, Jan 2007) – a fun way to dream about everything you want to do in life and plan it on a life list.
  2. IShouldBeWorking.com: This slackers’ paradise is full of games, office humor, entertainment and sports news, and tons of other links that will keep you away from work.
  3. The Office: NBC’s popular TV show, The Office, also has a great website for jaded professionals. Play games, watch webisodes and submit funny photos from your office.
  4. Bored.com: Bored.com is a procrastinator’s Mecca. Access games, surveys, videos, cartoons and other silly stuff that will cheer you up.
  5. PointlessSites.com: This website is all "about time wasting." Download ringtones, play around with the surrealist compliment generator, play games, and figure out your birthdate in Pi.
  6. Superbad.com: This bizarre website is the ultimate mindless time waster. Clicking different parts of the screen will take you to more outrageous pages, leaving you to wonder, "Does it ever end?"
  7. The Onion: Indulge your sarcastic side with "America’s Finest News Source," The Onion. This popular spoof of The New York Times publishes hilarious stories, opinion pieces and personal ads.
  8. Modern Humorist: Witty articles like "Mp3s=Communism" and "MonkeyHotOrNot" will boost your mood at the office. If you’re feeling extra bold, send "grating e-cards that convey what you’re too cowardly to say" in person.
  9. 80s Nostalgia: If you lived through the 80s without too much scarring, you’ve got a lot to be proud of. Check out this website for classic 80 TV, memories and even a dictionary.
  10. Lyrics Download: Find out what that song on the office-approved radio station is really talking about. Find over 625,000 lyrics on this site.
  11. People.com: Discover what celebrities are doing and wearing with the news, gossip and photos on People.com.
  12. National Lampoon: This site is full of hilarious time wasters. Read outrageous college stories, watch Toga TV, play National Lampoon games, listen to National Lampoon radio, and much more.
  13. Lunchtimers: This site is so addictive you won’t be able to wait until your lunch break to play the multi-user games.
  14. Sudoku: Sudoku lovers will get lost in this site of games, challenges, forums and more.
  15. Google Fight: Make up an online fight pitting Facebook against Google, the holidays against school, or any other combination you think up.
  16. Websites to Waste Time To: Click on the links on this monster list of even more websites that are great time wasters.

More Internet Time Wasters

This miscellaneous group of time wasters will make you look busy while you have fun procrastinating.

  1. Clockwatching Heaven: Find out what time it is in top cities around the world. This website suggests throwing a silent party when "your fellow workers reach 5 PM in Paris or Sydney."
  2. All recipes: Start planning what you’re going to make for dinner while you’re still at the office. By the time you get home, you’ll probably be too tired and hungry to think about anything other than frozen pizza, so this fun diversion is also a practical one!
  3. YouTube: Even if you have to turn the sound down on the more outrageous videos, you and your co-workers will get a good laugh out of the crazy videos sent in from all over the world.
  4. Send ecards to your friends: Picking out a silly e-card from sites like 1001 Postcards will keep your mind off of your dull day.
  5. Keep up with a social network: It’s possible to spend hours clicking through profiles on social networking sites like Facebook or LinkedIn. Update your profile, search for new friends, or have fun scoping out random members in other countries.
  6. Astrology.com: Just because you’re having a bad day today doesn’t mean the rest of the week is going to be terrible…or does it? Take a peek into the future by reading your horoscopes on Astrology.com.
  7. Read or maintain a blog: Blogging is a great way to waste time at the office. Let your readers know what’s going on in your day, or subscribe to RSS feeds from your favorite bloggers on the Web. Just don’t get too specific on your site, though, or your boss might not be unhappy with your posts.
  8. Organize a personal photo album: Sites like Shutterfly let users set up and custom design their own photo albums online to be shared with family and friends. Get your mind off work and focus on the good times you’ve had.
  9. Read a magazine: Don’t you wish you could kick your feet up and flip through a magazine while you’re at work? Unless you’re catching up on industry news, flipping through tabloids probably isn’t allowed. Many magazines, however, publish features and extras online so that you can take a break whenever you want.
  10. Book a flight: Plan a vacation somewhere far, far away from your office even while you’re chained to your desk. Use an online travel service to book a flight or cruise, letting you take that vacation you so desperately need.
  11. Online Magnet Poetry: Choose from poetry kits like Shakespeare, pickup lines, college, or artist to create magnetic poetry that no one but you has to see.
  12. Human for Sale: If someone were to put you up for sale, how much people anyone pay? Calculate your worth by evaluating your sense of humor, athletic ability, income level and more.
  13. The Dialectizer: Type in a phrase in The Dialectizer’s text box, and see how it would be translated into jive, cockney, redneck and other funny dialects.
  14. Watch TV: No, we don’t mean set up an entire entertainment system in your office. But when your boss is out of the office, check out these online TV channels, and watch the day fly by.

Fun Around the Office

Grab your co-workers and indulge in a little fun that’s not listed in your job description.

  1. Play on the playground: These toys from Office Playground, Inc. offer up tons of silly fun that’s still office appropriate — sort of. Toss around a Nerf football or use the slingshot flying chicken to play tricks on the office gossip.
  2. Put up posters: These irreverent posters are just the thing you need on your walls to spice up office life. Tongue-in-cheek messages like "Using the toilet facilities more than twice a day is forbidden. Further use has to be previously approved by the management" will have your office mates rolling with laughter.
  3. Feng Shui your office: If your boss asks you why you’re moving around your office furniture, don’t tell him or her it’s because you’re trying to waste time. It’s just feng shui.
  4. Take a cigarette break: Even if you don’t smoke, take a short break whenever you can to go outside and "smoke." You can meet up with friends in other offices, take a walk around the block, or just enjoy the peace and quiet.
  5. Plan a party: Whether it’s an office party, a weekend blowout or just drinks after work, subtlety plan a party with your office friends to get your mind off work.

Other

If you’ve played all the games, taken all the surveys and quizzes, and visited all the time waster websites, but you still have a few minutes left until you can pack up and go home, try out these methods for making time go faster.

  1. Cute Overload: This weirdly popular site features photos and videos of adorable animals, like "disapproving rabbits," otters, puppies and kittens.
  2. Jackson Pollock Art: Move your mouse around the blank page to create your version of a Jackson Pollock masterpiece.
  3. Perez Hilton: Find out what this catty celebrity gossip maven has to say about the stars today.
  4. Makeover-o-Matic: Give yourself a virtual makeover at work! Experiment with different hair cuts and colors, beauty tricks, and accessories.
  5. The Official Time Waster’s Guide: This site links readers to blogs, movie reviews, video games, web comics and more. Discuss each post with other time wasters on the site’s hosted forums.
  6. Google yourself: Want to see how your ranked against all the other Joe Schmoes? If you’re not the number one entry under your name, try adding in keywords to increase your chances of getting to the top.
  7. Online Dating: Create an online dating profile and flirt with potential mates from the safety of your office chair.
  8. Instant message your friends: Find out what your friends are doing at their jobs by connecting online with instant message services like AIM. Plan a movie night, complain about work (just don’t let your boss see!) or count down the minutes until 5p.m. together.
  9. Mental floss: This site is "where knowledge junkies get their fix." Catch up on news, trivia, history and general fun facts at Mental Floss.
  10. Funny Business blog: The Funny Business blog features "everything about business except the bottom line." Read office-related stories and articles about employee benefits, office ethics, business trips and more.
  11. Salary Calculator: Is your salary comparable to the market value? Find out what you could be making with the salary calculators on Salary.com.
  12. The Job Bored: Check out this website devoted to office politics, news and "getting through the day." View pictures of the saddest cubicle in the world, watch funny YouTube videos, and get advice on tricky office politics.

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.

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.

What Do You Really Want To Do In Life?

Tuesday, November 20, 2007 at 8:00am by Site Administrator

Yaro Starak of Entrepreneur’s Journey, whom I often quote/ refer to here, asks what would you do if money did not matter? Have you thought about that, especially in terms of business/ career? Yaro also asks what you’d do if money was all you cared about, and goes on to say that blogging is then a poor choice.

My experience is that a large percentage of people would indicate wanting to do something other than what they’re currently doing. As Yaro points out, some people would say they’d take lots of holidays. Others actually say “nothing.” These are often the people that either haven’t thought about it or are afraid to pursue their dreams.

A lot of people talk about procrastination and GTD (Get Things Done), but I always find I have problems with GTS (Getting Things Started). Something I learned very early in my writing career is that writing about something not only helps you to learn about it but often motivates you to learn even more, sparks a career passion.

That said, if you are in an inbetween stage where you are thinking about a career change and know what you’d like to, blogging can still help you. It might or might not earn you enough to bootstrap your startup business, but it will help you towards becoming an authority in your chosen niche. That in turn might lead to the opportunities you need to launch your startup. With or without revenue, blogging can bootstrap your career.

Entrepreneur and Productivity Roundup – Mon Nov 19, 2007

Monday, November 19, 2007 at 8:00pm by Site Administrator

Social Networking for Entrepreneurs
If you have a website where you publish regular fresh content (articles, videos, etc.), such as a blog for your business, social networking is a must. However, with hundreds of social networking/ social media sites out there, you have to pick the right ones for your niche. To that end, check out BootstrapMe’s social networking toolbox and Tropical SEO’s list of niche social sites that send traffic.

Never Too Old For Business Success?
Freya Bletsoe (Sykes?) at Small Business Branding asks what’s the right age to start a business. She offers some of the benefits and advantages of both young and old age groups.

But if you’re one of those over-30 entrepreneurs that always feels that time is ticking away for your business success, seeing “Top 20 Under 30 Entrepreneur” type lists probably don’t help. Don’t fret. Successful entrepreneurs are typically older – in their 50s and 60s. But even that might put some of you in a fret, worrying that you don’t have time to “make it”, depending on how old you are.

Well then check out this gallery of 8 entrepreneurs over 80, involved in several different markets. If this doesn’t ease your stress over an imaginary ticking “success” clock, probably nothing will.

Downloadable Shopping Maps
With Google’s current bids for wireless spectrum and indications that mobile marketing will be heating up in the next few years, consumers will have a lot of useful mobile applications to look forwards to. But until they’re commonplace, you have things like downloadable shopping maps [via Business Opportunities]. Currently they’re only for Sydney, Australia, but what do you want a bet more cities will follow suit?

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