In this Monday’s Link Roundup there’s lots of practical advice. In particular, I recommend Freelancing: a Complete Guide to Setting and Negotiating Rates. It’s useful no matter what kind of service you provide. For something to feast your eyes on, take a look at Best Bookstore In The World? It’s stunning!
- Google Death: A Tool to Take Care of Your Gmail When You’re Gone. “It’s always seemed to be the case that the difficulty of planning for one’s “digital afterlife” isn’t so much the logistics of it but the psychological effort it requires to deal with one’s own mortality in a utilitarian, businesslike way. Perhaps the greater service Google has provided here isn’t so much the functionality of the tool — that it will execute your plans without you once you’re gone — but that they’ve made making those plans simple, requiring few decisions on your part.”
- Discover Your Strengths and Supercharge Your Business. “What are strengths, anyway? Until recently, I never realized this was a trick question. I thought that your strengths were things you were good at, and your weaknesses were things you sucked at. But Marcus Buckingham, who’s made a career out of writing about strengths, put it this way:”
- In China, Fake Apple Products Are an Acceptable Offering for Your Ancestors. “During this year’s Qingming Festival, fake Apple products made out of paper and cardboard were one of the biggest hits. One man, who makes cardboard replicas of luxury products like cars and houses, added Apple goods to his repertoire this year and said they were a hot ticket item. For just $7, you can offer your ancestors a Mac, an iPhone and an iPad, but if you want an iPhone 5, you have to pay an extra 50 cents.”
- Freelancing: a Complete Guide to Setting and Negotiating Rates. “Setting and negotiating rates can seem like one of the most complicated and intimidating parts of freelancing but it really doesn’t have to be. Today I am going to give you an in-depth overview of how to set and negotiate rates with prospective and existing clients. Although I am a freelance writer, I believe that most of the following advice applies to any service-based business.”
- Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl: the digital edition. “A introductory film for the new digital edition of The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, a classic book that has played a key role in the world’s understanding of the Holocaust. The app takes the original text, published 65 years ago, and adds video interviews and other background material. The Diary of a Young Girl app, made by Beyond the Story, is available on iPad via Apple’s AppStore.”
- Best Bookstore In The World? “…Dutch bookstore Selexyz might just be the prettiest bookstore we’ve ever seen. Housed in a seven hundred-year-old former Dominican church, it’s a stunning house of worship now devoted to the cult of physical books. El Ateneo in Buenos Aires is pretty special, but right now we’re leaning towards Selexyz.”
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