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I don’t know about you, but I often get to the end of the day and wonder where the 40 bucks I had in my wallet disappeared to. At LeWeb, I came across Toshl, an expense-tracking app that I might actually use because it’s so simple. Read more »

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I saw Mel Gibson on a talk show last night. The host asked him about his “Three E” approach to movie making. He responded that there are three things he tries to achieve with his movies: first entertain, then educate, and then, if possible, elevate. Read more »

Here I go again, writing about organization. This time, though, it’s not because I’ve found a great new app to help me. That’s my inbox, aka my “to-be-dealt-with” pile. And there are two more like it. If only there were an app that could help me! Read more »

One of the things I love about being a web worker is the variety of projects I get to work on. Things never get boring around here because of that. Every now and then, an opportunity arises that’s a little outside my usual scope, and sometimes […] Read more »

One of my “vacation” projects was to do some Twitter housecleaning. I needed to unfollow a lot of people who weren’t following me on one of my accounts. Twitter, as you know, provides no built-in options for filtering followers, mass unfollowing, or mass reciprocating (following people […] Read more »

If you don’t have a professional blog or web site, you may think that you don’t need to worry about content strategy. Think again. Celine gave some great advice in her article “How to Develop a Content Strategy for Your Professional Blog,” but these days our […] Read more »

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It’s that time of year again! Yes, the holidays are right around the corner. But I don’t care. I’m more excited about LeWeb ’09, which will take place in Paris on December 9th and 10th. And since the theme of LeWeb this year is “The Real-Time […] Read more »

Most of us don’t just work on the web, we kind of live on it too. And our virtual neighbors are people who speak our language. But you must not forget that people like us are still the minority, even in places that have universal Internet […] Read more »

As Charlie wrote about earlier today, transportation is a big source of greenhouse gas emissions. The fact that you and I don’t have to commute to work every day already helps in terms of limiting carbon emissions, and it’s something we can feel really good about! […] Read more »

I don’t know about you, but every time I go to a conference or trade show, after about an hour I’m getting a headache from overstimulation: Too much shiny stuff and bad lighting. Crowds. My face hurts from smiling at the poor booth people while they […] Read more »

Not long ago, I wrote about TDWcamp, a BarCamp-like event for web workers held in Paris a few months ago. It was useful, edifying and a ton of fun. Today, while browsing some showcase articles at Smashing Magazine, I discovered Freelance Camp, a network of freelancers […] Read more »

How do you sell yourself and your services online, when you work in two or more fields? Won’t a potential client’s first impression be that you lack focus, and perhaps don’t excel at any of the things you do? Freelancers don’t always have the luxury of […] Read more »

In a recent conversation with some Internet pros about different aspects of personal branding, one thing really struck me: we all fell into one of two opinion groups. One group thought personal branding is natural and necessary, while the other group felt that personal branding is […] Read more »

The only reason I don’t have a dog yet is the prospect of morning walks in Paris winters. But I’ve survived three of those now, and have decided I’m going to get the dog anyway. So I’ve been trolling local animal shelter sites regularly. I thought […] Read more »

Recently, I attended a Barcamp for web workers, where I popped in and out of two groups discussing Getting Things Done (GTD). There was a beginners’ group, and one they called “Kung Fu GTD,” for the hardcore efficiency crowd. Despite not being a GTD user myself, […] Read more »

In the web world, we tend to associate the word “agile” with software development, but in this ever-changing world, it’s not a bad idea to apply the basic principles of agility to our busy professional lives. Does this mean you have to be some kind of […] Read more »

On April 25th, the Paris-based organization Travailleurs du Web will be holding TDWCamp, a barcamp for web workers here in Paris. Why not organize one in your city? If you don’t know what a barcamp (or unconference) is, don’t feel bad. The name certainly doesn’t provide […] Read more »

Most coworking spaces have some kind of fee structure in place to meet the diverse needs of wandering workers (and to pay the rent). These fees can include hourly or daily rates, monthly rental of premium space, or one-time rental of space for meetings and events. […] Read more »

New Work City is more than just a Manhattan coworking center; it might even turn out to be a movement. One thing is for sure, the founders of NWC are not sitting idly by during this economic crisis. Founded in November 2008 by Tony Bacigalupo (co-author […] Read more »

I write a lot, and a lot of what I write is online. I publish photos, too. This stuff is my intellectual property, even though I’m OK with other people using it as long as they credit me. Depending on your field and your personal interests, […] Read more »

Last December, I wrote about Producteev, an app with a different twist on task management, in Social Task Management: The Next Generation. Since my last post, Producteev has added paid-for plans, added to its mobile options, improved its integrated team micro-blogging platform and its UI, and […] Read more »

No matter what your personality type, one thing is true for all of us: Every now and then we have to get out and get some human interaction — for our mental health as well as that of our careers. Holing up at home is not the best way to further your professional goals, get new clients, or find partners. And especially in our current economic climate, having a substantial professional network can mean more security for the web worker. Read more »

One of the things that can really help you when you’re starting out as a web worker is having a “safety network”  of mentors in your field. The ideal situation is to have access to a few people with freelance experience whom you know well enough […] Read more »

A while ago, I wrote about Planzone, a collaborative project management app, and how it allowed me to organize and manage all the pieces and players of two major projects I have going on. I have the free plan, which includes two projects. But I also […] Read more »

Colaab is a brand-spanking-new web app in the design and content review space. The app is not about project or task management. It’s for real-time or asynchronous collaborative work on files (documents, images, videos, and even websites). It’s ideal for remote collaboration if you work in […] Read more »

How do you deal with telling all your clients you’ll be on vacation, that you’re offering a new service or special rates, or any other important piece of news for that matter? What if you’d like to send out a regular e-newsletter? Without certain programming skills, […] Read more »

Producteev is the new kid on the block in the collaborative task management arena, but this app puts the emphasis on the social and makes multi-tasking, our 21st-century way of life, a lot easier. Just to be clear, this is not another Basecamp-type application. It is […] Read more »

Only in France would the theme of a tech conference be “love,” but we wouldn’t have it any other way, would we? It’s not surprising, really, considering that the conference founders are France’s highest-profile high-tech couple, Geraldine and Loïc Le Meur. LeWeb ’08, the largest Web […] Read more »

I did it once, three years ago, for 10 whole days! I was coming to Paris and knew it was going to be one of those out and about all day and half the night and with a side trip to another country kind of vacations. […] Read more »

I have gone back to the drawing board and started looking again for a good, old-fashioned address book/contact management app I can download and install on my hard drive. So far, no luck. Of the apps I’ve looked at, the UIs are horrific and they just aren’t slick enough. Read more about the search for the perfect contact manager that isn’t in the cloud. Read more »

The triplets are due any moment now, and that means so is your mother-in-law. Or your precious baby girl has just graduated from college and has no more of a clue than she did the day she started, so she wants to come home for “a […] Read more »

A few months ago, I was desperate to find a collaborative project app, so I explored a number of those that had been discussed here at WWD. I was either underwhelmed or daunted by the learning curve (too busy/too lazy). So what I ended up doing […] Read more »

When it comes to web working, Africa is one of the last frontiers. In most sub-Saharan African countries, people tend to use mobile phones more than the Internet for business-related activities and communications. Factors contributing to this are high illiteracy rates and linguistic diversity. Read more »

As I mentioned in my last post, I attended the first TechCrunch Meetup in Paris on Tuesday. I confess, I don’t enter the tech meatspace very often, generally preferring to observe from afar via the Web. But I couldn’t pass this up. I didn’t find the […] Read more »

I get to go to the first TechCrunch Meetup in Paris today! I’ll be wearing two hats there (hopefully neither of them a lampshade, but there will be an open bar, so we’ll see…). One is my entrepreneur hat; of course I’m hoping somebody who hasn’t […] Read more »

I’ve had an interesting summer, and not all of it was good interesting. But I learned some things. As this summer comes to a close, I am enlightened about one thing in particular: if you’re working with the French, don’t expect to accomplish much in the […] Read more »

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