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One of the best things about freelancing is the ability to work from anywhere in the world. Freelancers around the world can opt to work from their beds dressed in their pajamas or while sitting outside in a posh cafe. The control over where and when to work is very empowering for freelancers because it enables them to schedule life and work so that they are balanced.

Choosing to become a freelancer gives you better control over life-work balance. This is particularly advantageous for parents. During a typical day, the kids go to school while mom and dad are off to work. This is alright for many families. However, when a child falls sick, it becomes a problem. Who’s going to take care of him or her? Freelancers on the other hand, just need to reschedule work and commitments to take care of their child. Most of the time, there is no need to skip work.

For many, freelancing is just like working a 9-5 job. Many freelancers start the day just like normal people do, with a cup of coffee and breakfast. Afterwards, it’s time to power up the PC or laptop and start working. Freelancers take breaks too. Meetings with other team members are a bit different though, because freelancers usually “meet” each other via teleconference. Some companies use videochat, others use collaboration websites like Dropbox to communicate, monitor, and share progress.

Freelancers also need to socialize. Thanks to social media, freelancers can chat with friends and family without leaving their computers. Because of freelancing, they spend their lunch breaks this way, which is not really different from a typical 9-5 employee. After the break, it’s back to work to finish the work load for the day. At quitting time, regular employees share drinks at the local pub to let their hair down. Freelancers are not different, except they usually just head to the fridge for some refreshments. However, the option to socialize face to face is always there.

The only difference between regular employees and freelancers is when they start their day. Regular employees usually follow the 9-5 routine, but not freelancers. The latter can start their day whenever they want and take a break when they want to. Many freelancers work more than 8 hours a day doing multiple jobs and tackling different projects. This is because freelancers can choose who to work for and the number of hours they want to work on it. Freelancers have a deadline they stick to, but most of them have the power to choose when to start and stop working.

Becoming a freelancer is like being on an adventure, but it is certainly not for people who do not like taking risks or are not self-motivated. Freelancers love adventure because their job can take them anywhere. Having the ability to work as long as you have an internet connection and a laptop enables workers to see the world and experience other cultures. Freelancers meet different people from around the world. A freelance web designers can work in a desk in India for a big multi-national company in the United States.

Freelancers have to be self starters, because there is no boss looking over their shoulders to check on their progress. It might be tempting to take 2 hour lunch-breaks, but it could mean delays and staying on the project longer. This means that freelancers need to be organized and know how to stick to schedules.

Becoming a freelancer can be risky, but it is a good choice for people who want flexibility over their schedules. It is also a good starting block for mothers who want to be there for their families or those that are coming back to the workforce. It is also a good choice for people who want to save on gas money or hate fighting rush hour traffic and then getting stuck in it for hours.

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OpenStudio – Business Management All-In-One

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We all need a service that makes business easier, right? Managing your team, your finances, your documents, and your customers can be an arduous juggle. There are a few services out there that help businesses manage all of this. But have you heard of OpenStudio? No? Well, allow us to make a proper introduction. 

OpenStudio helps you centralize all the applications and services you may need in order to run a business. 

Some of the top features offered by OpenStudio are necessary in order to run a business but haven’t necessarily been rolled into one package. Things like IT Protocol/Document Management create a shared workspace to save your important documents for future consultation. 

Or perhaps you may find the Permissions and Authorization Management feature useful. You can decide which permissions and applications every member can access. 

OpenStudio offers the following services: 

  • Surveys
  • Content Management
  • Task Management
  • Ticketing
  • Alerts
  • Document Management
  • File Sharing

There are other similar services, but none of them are as neatly packaged and formatted as OpenStudio. Running a business doesn’t have to be complicated. All you need should be at your fingertips. A custom environment to manage your team, your finance, your documents, and your customers? Sign us up.

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Meet The World With Memrise

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All over the world, around 60-75% of people speak at least one language. People who speak more than one language report improved memory, problem-solving, critical-thinking skills, enhanced concentration, and more. So, if you speak more than one language, you essentially have an improved brain. If you want to join this crowd, Memrise may be the most effective option out there. 

One of the things that had kind of caught my attention was that psychology around how we learn languages.

Ben Whatley, Co-Founder and CPO of Memrise, learned French the way most of us learn a second language. We’re given the rules of the language, the grammar, how to speak properly. But there’s a flaw in that approach. 

I would go to France and I couldn’t speak a word. I wanted to understand why that was.

“That was a light bulb moment.”

The way we’re taught language is from the left brain perspective as opposed to the right. The left brain involves analytics, reading, and writing. The right brain involves creativity. If you need a metaphor to help you out, the left brain is the uptight, brilliant nerd and the right brain is the hippie-dippie artist.

Whenever you’re learning a language, you may often hear that the best way to learn is to immerse yourself in it. If you’re learning Spanish, spend a month in Mexico City. If you’re learning Japanese, take a trip to Tokyo. And so on. The grammatical approach to learning language has its value, but it’s the colloquial experience that truly helps imprint 

Whatley and fellow Oxford classmate, Ed Cooke, founded Memrise in 2010. Cooke, a Grand Master of Memory, had combined his skills with Whatley’s observations and ideas. They conceived of a new method of language learning. One more in line with immersion than grammar. 

We’ve been gradually and daringly evolving the product to bring more and more of the richness of real-world content into the course of our ongoing experience.” 

In 2016, we did a tour around Europe on a double-decker bus to collect a video dictionary of all the European languages. 

“Tens of thousands of short videos of native speakers [speaking] in context.

While other language learning apps like Duolingo or Babbel have computerized voices, Memrise has actual recorded voices.

That kind of got baked into our core algorithm – namely naturalistic accents, idioms, phrases as they’re spoken in the real world, not sort of in the kind of academic sense, but a kind of multi-dimensional learning.” – Cooke

Most everyone really wants when they’re learning a language is they’re learning it to connect with other people, to be able to read what other people mean and to be able to express themselves to other people.” – Whatley

Speaking Spanish to your teacher versus speaking to a coworker is notably different. Your teacher will have you say “poco” to mean “little” when your coworker will make fun of you for sounding too proper. Memrise would teach you that “poquito” is the casual way to say “little.” 

Memrise is disrupting the academic dominance of language learning by focusing more on practice than technique. How many native English speakers do you know that speak perfectly grammatical English? 

Let’s take “you all.” In the south, you’ll here “ya’ll.” But in Pittsburgh, you’ll hear “yinz.” Do you think ESL teachers are noting things like that? Probably not. Memrise, however, does focus on this more casual ways of speaking because they have a stronger understanding of how the human brain functions and how we communicate with one another. 

One interesting feature you’ll find with Memrise but not any other language learning app are Zoom conversations. These are free rooms where you can hop in and speak, say, Spanish with other people. Instead of traveling to Mexico City to immerse yourself in the Spanish language, you can log into Zoom and speak it with other speakers. 

It’s live person to person – it’s not a lesson. It is just about trying to use whatever language skills you’ve got in your in your bag. Just try and get it out there and use it, because that’s what happens when you are actually in a country.” – Whatley

The aspiration is to make it as fun as being in the country.” – Cooke

It’s never too late to learn a language. The pleasure of learning and speaking a new language is immeasurably rewarding. As Memrise says on their site, “learn and language and meet the word.”

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Archbee Is Here To Centralize Your Company Data

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If you could describe Archbee in two words they would be: “documentation specialist.”

Founded in 2018 with $1 million in funding. Archbee is a knowledge base platform for technical teams to create, structure, and share documentation internally and to customers. 

The software provides a set of customized tools for software developers. This enables everyone in the business to organize key information and intelligence in a single hub. That’s a benefit of colleagues and customers, both present and future. 

Meet Dragos

In an interview with Forbes, founder and CEO of Archbee, Dragos Bulugean stated: 

We are talking about the knowledge that makes your business what it is. Archbee is meant to be the one-stop-shop for the documentation needs of software companies.”

“Businesses are in a rush to create products, launch them faster, and be the first to market. An important part of creating a product is its catalog or index – in essence, the ‘how to’ guide.’”

“It is this often neglected task that Archbee is making it easier to create. It is not just a product manul but a central knowledge base and the true front of knowledge which is making an impact on commercial metrics – helping improve onboarding time for customers, reducing the number of support tickets and, importantly, making the products understood by users.”

“We’re focused on helping any company that builds software to create collaborative spaces which are accessible to all and easy to use.” 

This long-awaited platform offers editing, document collaboration, Slack integration, file storage, and other related services. These features, in turn, enable engineers to disseminate real-time information about planning on their construction team. 

When you have a software as innovative as Archbee, it frees time up for developers and engineers. That way they’re able to spend more time in “deep-work” mode and solve more challenging problems that require full attention. 

In short, with Archbee, you can centralize all of your information in one place.

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