Freshly Picked: Link Roundup, April 2017

April 28, 2017

The signs of Spring are all around us—the birds are chirping, the cherry blossoms are blooming and the April showers are… showering.

As the weather gets warmer, it’s easy to fall victim to distraction—but FreshBooks is here to help keep you on track and save you time by doing the legwork for you. We’ve rounded up our favorite links from around the web, covering everything from how to make your content more discoverable online to the importance of sleep for your overall productivity and happiness.

Below you’ll find some April favorites focused on productivity, leadership, marketing and creativity.

Productivity & Leadership

Contently: Infographic: How Brands Can Build the Perfect Freelance Team
Today, just about every brand wants to create content. A great publication can impact everything from sales to recruiting to corporate communications. But building that publication comes with two huge challenges: time and money. (read more)

Bench: Work Less, Grow More: How to Automate Your Small Business in 2017
This year, don’t focus as much on resolutions (if you haven’t given up on them already). Focus on counter-resolutions—the things you won’t tolerate anymore. Stop doing all the boring things, automate them, and get back to business. (read more)

This year, don’t focus as much on resolutions (if you haven’t given up on them already). Focus on counter-resolutions.

The Next Web: 14 Things You Better Love Before Becoming an Entrepreneur
If you’re thinking about starting your own company from scratch, here are the things you better love – or at least learn to tolerate on a daily basis. (read more)

AVC: Starting Is Easy, Finishing Is Hard
Startups are not for the faint of heart, both on the founder and investor side. It takes great tenacity to see things through. And I think that may be truer today than ever. (read more)

Marketing Tips

Phrasee: 10 Times Marketing Language Got It Just Right
From snappy slogans to smart marketing emails; clever ad campaigns to concise copy, the language used in your marketing materials can make or break any campaign. (read more)

Edgar: Easy, Gorgeous Graphics for Your Business with Free Online Tools
Viral social media posts today are hyper-visual, and your business posts must follow suit. As attention spans shrink, it’s even more important to showcase your brand’s fabulosity with stunning, beautiful imagery. (read more)

The Simple Dollar: The Ultimate Freelancer’s Guide: Everything You Need to Know About Getting Jobs, Getting Paid, and Getting Ahead
Freelancers, listen up. How many of you know how to legally establish a business, set a fair rate for yourself, get your taxes right, and invest smartly in a retirement plan? (read more)

Feedspot: Top 75 Content Marketing Blogs & Websites For Content Marketers
The Best Content Marketing blogs from thousands of top Content Marketing blogs in our index using search and social metrics. Data will be refreshed once a week. (read more)

Digital Current: Smashing Semantic SEO in 2017 & Beyond: The Ultimate Guide
Semantics are now at the core of every search query answered on Google. As important as semantics are to Google, semantic SEO should hold equal value in your digital strategy for 2017 and the future. (read more)

Optimist:7 Fundamental Content Marketing Frameworks to Drive Traffic, Improve SEO, and Build Community
In order for your content to matter, it needs to be created with the intention that’s linked to something bigger than just spilling words on the page. It’s got to be driven by strategy and fit within a framework for how you can use content to create real value for a business. (read more)

LogoJoy: Swag You Didn’t Know You Could Put Your Logo On
You don’t need to be told that you can put your logo on t-shirts or mugs, but it never hurts to be reminded to think outside of the box. Don’t limit yourself to business cards, window decals, or the banner on your website: theres a whole world out there full of swag to put your logo on.
(read more)

Creativity

Skillshare: Logo Design with Draplin: Secrets of Shape, Type and Color
In this 70-minute class, you’ll go behind-the-scenes as Aaron shares his logo design process with a very personal project: the family crest. (read more / watch)

Shopify: The Hidden Cost of Being a Night Owl (and How to Sleep Better)
Sleep is seen as the ironic-but-inevitable price we pay to chase our dreams—the first thing we sacrifice for our ambitions. But the cost might be steeper than it seems. (read more)

New York Times: Turning Negative Thinkers into Positive Ones
The research that Dr. Fredrickson and others have done demonstrates that the extent to which we can generate positive emotions from even everyday activities can determine who flourishes and who doesn’t. (read more)

By / About FreshBooks

Eluta: FreshBooks Recognized As One of Canada’s Top Small & Medium Employers (2017)
Here are some of the reasons why FreshBooks was selected as one of Canada’s Top Small & Medium Employers (2017). (read more)

TechCrunch: Canada Is North America’s Up-and-Coming Startup Center
Sure, Canada may tower over the United States in physical size, but many countries of similar stature — G7 nations, for example — dismiss the Great White North as nothing more than America’s top hat. This is a mistake. (read more)

Canadian Business: FreshBooks CEO Mike McDerment on Never Getting Complacent About Success
McDerment sat down with Canadian Business to talk about why he decided to fix something that wasn’t broken, how that decision “elevated” employees and what he thinks creates cultures in which innovation is a perpetual process—not a destination. (read more)

FreshBooks CEO Mike McDerment talks to Canadian Business about why he decided to fix something that wasn’t broken.

Clockwork Recruiting: Invoicing Tips for Executive Recruiting Firms
So, you’ve secured a couple of clients for your early-stage executive recruiting company. Now what? Besides all of the work that you’ll be doing for these clients making placements, you may still have a few (or a few dozen) back office details that need to be worked out. (read more)

 Product Radio: Cleverly Managing Feature Requests, Mobile UX Awards, and Which Side Projects are Possible with a Daughter – with Alan Nowogrodski
Alan Nowogrodski is the founder of the Mobile UX Awards, former startup founder, and a Senior PM at Freshbooks. This episode is packed full of examples, actionable advice and a challenge for you for the next week. (read more / listen)

Design Shack: How Do We Design Hard Stuff for the Big Problems People Hate Most?
Design exists to solve problems. As you’ve likely heard before, design isn’t an act of creative self-expression but rather a process of problem solving. So why aren’t we hearing about amazing design breakthroughs that address the world’s biggest problems? (read more)

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