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The Lemonade Stand Dilemma

Spring has sprung and that means kids will open their lemonade stands soon. There is one in every neighborhood run by a group of friends or siblings. Kids just trying to earn a buck or two in this economy. As an adult, we don't take these small operations seriously....
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Better Client and Customer Relations

Globalization has morphed the landscape of client and customer relations in only a few short decades. You may work with a company that has an office just down the street from yours or completely online as they are located on the other side of the world. Understanding...

Website Security Cake

Website security is sometimes neglected, or treated as an afterthought. Focusing on securing only one layer of your website leaves you vulnerable. Let's prevent that, shall we? Websites are static vectors for targeted and blanket attacks. To put it bluntly, if you...

Lifestyle Over Salary

Freelancing is a lifestyle. It involves a lot of personal legwork that would otherwise be done by the company you're employed with. Going solo is a challenge as you have no choice but to do all the work in order to succeed. And depending on what your goal is,...

The Survey

I used to never fill out surveys or reviews. Back at the dawn of Amazon, Yelp, Angie's List, and other review specific sites, I didn't bother to give my feedback on products or services. Mainly because I didn't believe my opinion mattered. These huge companies have...

Design Vocabulary: Logo

There is nothing quite as daunting as not being able to understand something. In the world of design, there are so many jargon words and tools that are confusing to non-designers. I want to lift the curtain on that obscurity and help you understand some of the basics....

We’re Nine!

Happy New Year! And also, Happy Birthday to FireMane Studio! Yes, we're turning nine this January. It's grown from a simple side-job for a solo designer to the full blown company it is today. Nine years doesn't seem that long but as the person who has been running...

Rejection: Handling It Like a Pro

No one likes rejection. Whether it's a romantic relationship or a business transaction, it's a similar sting to the heart. As a business, there are right ways and wrong ways to handle how you react when a client either rejects you or replaces you altogether. I can't...

Vacation for Freelancers

Vacation abound! Well, for many people anyway. It's July 4th and is the last day for a long weekend for many people. Those of us that work for ourselves, this weekend might have been nothing more than a time to play catch up on projects. But where is the fun in that?...