Comfortable Home Office Ergonomics on a Budget for Freelancers & Consultants

My neck, My back, When I stand up, they both crack. If you’re singing this little tune after a hard day’s freelancing, it might be time to examine your home office set-up. While the word “ergonomics” can sound like a nerdy hobby you don’t have time for, the importance of caring for your hard-working skeleton […]

How to Land Big Fish Clients with No Cold Calling

Is there anything worse than cold-calling? Not only is it stressful — *cough* I mean… character-building — it doesn’t work for the kinds of prestigious clients you really want. Neither does sending in your résumé, no matter how awesome your cover letter. True, having contacts deep inside the organizations is great — if you’ve already […]

3 Great Reads to Help You Price Betta, Hunt Down Clients, & Work Those Deadlines!

Happy Friday! We hand-picked these 3 action-packed essays full of great ideas for your consulting biz. Enjoy! Passing the Holy Milestone: How to Meet Deadlines Deadlines: they’re hard to love. “I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.” — Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy […]

Measuring Time & Poodles: What’s a New York minute?

Johnny Carson once joked that a New York minute is the length of time between when the traffic light turns green and the person behind you starts to honk. Carson’s definition takes a jab at the stereotype that New Yorkers are impatient and perpetually in a hurry. But what is the real definition of a […]

Expense tracking is here!

Our #1 requested feature is… expense tracking and line items for invoices! And believe us, we hear you. Today we launched the beta version of expense tracking! It goes great with a fine chianti, and also with the beta version of invoicing. Why beta? Because we’re hard at work to make it even better, and […]

Eat the Damn Cookie – Unthink Your Way to Productivity

A single cookie can make the difference between a great day of work, and a disastrous one. Imagine you’re sitting comfortably at a table. In front of you is a plate of cookies. Delicious, warm, gooey, wafting cookies. You know how in the cartoons, delicious smells morph into fingers that snare you by the nostrils? […]

Say hello to INVOICING!

We’re absolutely tickled to announce that Noko now offers you **invoicing**. Oooh. What can I do with it? You can now create invoices for any project. You can specify a flat rate total (per invoice) or a single hourly rate (per invoice). You can add any tax percentage you need, and specify any currency. You […]

Say helloooooo to the new timer!

Our number one request for Noko, ever since we started? A timer. You asked. We answered. And we took movies. Noko’s got a timer now. We’re still ironing out a few little JavaScript bugs, but it’s almost ready for prime time action. And, in the mean time, it’s available in your Noko account. You should […]

Ringing in the New Year as small biz honchos, indies, & moonlighters

Yay, it’s that time of year again! That time of year when the year’s almost run out, the time of year to look back on the past 12 months and beat ourselves up for not following through with the starry-eyed resolutions we made to lose weight, earn more money, and be less of a slacker, […]

Stats week 1: What a lovely long tail you have!

Before we launched, I made a prediction to the rest of the team—Thomas, Dieter and Joe—that the majority of our traffic, and thus our market, would be American. Well, I can admit when I’m wrong. Hooray for numbers! I like facts! Visitor Locations It’s true that American traffic has been the single largest unified segment […]