Freshly Picked: Weekly Link Roundup Jul 8, 2016

We round up the best links we’ve clicked on this week.

Newsy and Resourceful

Contently: The State of Freelancing in 2016
“76 percent of freelancers do it by choice. Despite the inherent complexities of freelancing—wage instability, lack of benefits, tax complications, and so on—creatives largely go freelance because they want to, not because they need to.” (read)

Meighan O’Toole: How to Handle Social Media During a Tragic Event

“Sadly, tragedies happen a lot. From natural disasters to terrible human perpetrated events to deaths of beloved celebrities to senseless, unexplainable acts. As a business online, you should have a plan in place for when these moments happen. Regardless of if it’s just little old you or a team of many, there should be an understanding and a plan (however basic or extensive) for how your business will act online while news of a tragedy is breaking and continues to unfold.” (read)

AdWeek: Snapchat Introduces Memories for Saving Snaps and Stories
“Users can use their Memories to create new Snaps and Stories to share. For instance, Snapchat said users can celebrate birthdays by re-sharing old Snaps from previous birthdays.” (read)

FreeCodeCamp on Medium: From design to development, 10 tools I can’t live without
“Tools don’t make a craftsman. But they can certainly help.” (read)


The Atlantic: Would a Work-Free World Be So Bad?
“In the absence of work, a society designed with other ends in mind could yield strikingly different circumstances for the future of labor and leisure. Today, the virtue of work may be a bit overblown.” (read)

Buffer on Medium: People Don’t Buy Products, They Buy Better Versions of Themselves
“A feature is what your product does; a benefit is what the customer can do with your product.” (read)

Capability Jane: 7 Steps to Attracting and Recruiting Women in Technology
“Understanding your employment value proposition can make a big difference in attracting and recruiting talented women within technology.” (read)

Quicksprout / Neil Patel: 13 Daily Activities That Will Double the Size of Your Personal Brand in 6 Months or Less
“don’t be afraid to be polarizing. The more you stay true to your beliefs and opinions, the more respect you will get, and the more press you will receive.” (read)

By / About FreshBooks

Techinsurance: Offer These 4 Payment Plans & Watch On-Time Payments Skyrocket
“How do you get clients to pay promptly so you can spend more time shopping for that perfect artisanal coffee blend and less time chasing them for money? According to the experts we talked to, you should accept online payments, offer discounts for speedy bill settlers, get paid upfront, and charge late fees.” (read)

Toronto Star: Sleep to success: should we embrace the nap?

“Getting 40 winks can also be advantageous in the workplace, even if it is taboo to snooze in most offices. Toronto’s Mike McDerment, co-founder and CEO of accounting start-up FreshBooks, gave his employees a whole room for napping at their Junction offices. Employees can curl up on a bed inside a nap room and hang up a “NAP IN PROGRESS” sign for an uninterrupted snooze.” (read)

A Little Levity 🙂

Showerthoughts on Reddit. Some highlights:

  • “Darth Vader could fall asleep in Imperial meetings and nobody would notice.”
  • “The Hangover is basically a drunk human version of Finding Nemo.”
  • “There are surprisingly no accidental fires in Game of Thrones despite everything being lit by candles.”

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Content Director, FreshBooks Jane Flanagan is the Content Director at FreshBooks. Follow her on Twitter @seenandsaid.