Monthly Archives: August 2007

Office Space: In your home or not?

I was talking to someone this afternoon who was telling me how much he enjoys working in the basement of his house:  “No commute, easy to work whenever the spirit moves me, low overhead, zero dress code.” Of the solo professionals I know, I’d say it’s about a 50/50 split between those who work at home and those who have an outside office. Me, I’ve always had a separate office.  Not far from my house (about 2 miles), but somewhere […] Click to read more…

 

Night of the Living Newsletter

I’m sorry; I just don’t like scary movies. I’m intrigued by them, but I’m scared by them, so I generally just stay away. The other night, however, I was surfing through the channels before going to bed, and I walked into the middle of “The Sixth Sense,” the 1999 movie starring Haley Joel Osment as a boy with a unique, but dare I say, unfortunate ability to see dead people, still up and walking around. Scary stuff. But I kept […] Click to read more…

 

Branding, On the Cheap

I’ve never had custom envelopes.  I’ve got company letterhead, and of course I’ve got business cards, but given how few snail-mail letters I send, it just didn’t seem worth it to pay for custom envelopes. As a result, I confess to always having had a bit of envelope envy.  And each time I’d receive a beautifully designed, logo-laden parcel from one of my colleagues, I’d wince just a bit to think of the plain, white containers I use. Those days […] Click to read more…

 

Don’t Overlook the Freedom

It’s 11:30am, and I just arrived at my office (we had a problem with the computer at home and I wanted to get that fixed before I came in). Driving to my office just now, I noticed how much freedom I now have in my life.  No set hours, no set meetings and no reward for "face time" (or penalty for a lack of it).  All my clients care about is what I do for them, and I have complete […] Click to read more…

 

Say "No" to Meetings

I unavoidably ended up in a three hour meeting at a client’s office last Friday. Unavoidable, because although I try to steer clear of anything that takes three hours and doesn’t involve sunshine and/or beer, sometimes you just have to be there. There were four people from the client side, four from the creative agency, and me (the E-Newsletter guy).  The head of marketing is an old friend, so after the meeting we went back to his office to catch […] Click to read more…