Learn to Say “No” to Your Clients

Author’s Note: This is a re-post of  a note that I wrote on Facebook on April 2012, shortly after I started working as a freelance web designer. If there’s one truth in economics that translates completely to life, it is the fact that something has value because it’s finite. Whether it’s air, fresh water, or… Read more Learn to Say “No” to Your Clients

Why Apple Ads Look So Damn Good / A Lesson in Minimalism

I love Apple. I love the design of Apple’s retail stores, I love how they revolutionized handheld music players, and I especially love how my iMac G5 loads as fast today as it did when I first bought it. Apple, as a company, has performed remarkably in many areas. The one area that is most… Read more Why Apple Ads Look So Damn Good / A Lesson in Minimalism

Where to Get Free Images for Your Website

One problem that I had when I first started doing web design was that I had no photos to use. This was a problem because photos are very important to a website. A well-designed website will look awful if it doesn’t have high-quality photos to supplement it. I looked at different websites and noticed that… Read more Where to Get Free Images for Your Website

2 Easy Ways to Track Your Personal Expenses

Author’s Note: This is an entry that I wrote in response to a question on Quora.com: How do I keep track of my personal expenses simply? 2 ways: make an expense log or use your credit card statement. You don’t need software or an online service to track expenses. Here are 2 very practical ways for… Read more 2 Easy Ways to Track Your Personal Expenses

Important Tax Forms for Self-Employed, Independent Contractors

There are several federal IRS tax forms that you’ll probably be handling as a self-employed person, a freelancer, an independent contractor, or whatever you want to call yourself.   1. W-9, “Request for Taxpayer Identification Number” When you perform work for someone as an independent contractor, the client is required to give you a W-9… Read more Important Tax Forms for Self-Employed, Independent Contractors

Copyright Law Made Easy

Do you understand copyright? Most people don’t. And in most cases, you don’t need to worry about most cases of copyright infringement like taking images off Google Image search. I mean, who’s going to go through the trouble of suing you? However, if you’re running a business, it’s absolutely critical that you follow the law,… Read more Copyright Law Made Easy

Ron Recommends: The Box Jelly for a Coworking Office

Review This is review for The Box Jelly that I wrote on Yelp. The Box Jelly is a coworking office. Think of it like a shared office that independent contractors and entrepreneurs work out of. I’ve been doing work here for 3 days only, but I have plenty of good things to say already: 1.… Read more Ron Recommends: The Box Jelly for a Coworking Office