Category Archives: General

Feeling Unfocused? Here’s How You Can Cure Your Shiny Object Syndrome & Figure Out the ONE THING That Matters

Shiny Object Syndrome is a buzzkill. One day you’ve got a great new app idea that’s going to change your industry forever. (“Payphone Finder! It’ll change the world!”) The next? You’re thinking you should start an agency and do one-on-one client work. And then a week later you’re watching a documentary about Amazon resellers, and […]

Move Aside, Terry Gilliam: coLab Launches New Animator Program

“As the horrendous Black Beast lunged forward, escape for Arthur and his knights seemed hopeless – when suddenly, the Animator suffered a fatal heart attack. The cartoon peril was no more.” Monty Python and the Holy Grail If there’s one thing we can learn from Terry Gilliam, it’s that being an Animator is dangerous work. […]

Your Princess is in Another Castle: What Classic Video Games Can Teach Us About Business

Business is a lot like a video game: There’s always a new quest line you could be starting, you’re constantly looking for new allies and equipment, and the map only ever shows you places you’ve already been. But just like a video game, running a business can be easy if you have the right skills, […]

No More File Folders: Our Top Picks for the Best Project Management Suites for Freelancers, Startups, and Distributed Teams

  When you’re working in a knowledge economy, keeping your work organized is what allows you to hit deadlines, impress clients, and stay sane while you’re at it. And the better your project management system, the better you’ll be able to organize your time to not only hit all of your goals, but also live […]

Self-Care Isn’t Selfish: How to Take Care of Yourself So You Can Take Care of Business

Self-care gets knocked around a lot. People think it’s over-indulgent. That it’s a waste of time. That it’s an unnecessary expense. But self-care – at least in the true sense of the term – isn’t about frivolity. It’s about meeting your basic human needs so that you can stay happy and healthy. And when you’re […]

Spring Cleaning Your Brain: 3 Mindset Shifts That Will Grow Your Business

Spring is a time for growth in a variety of different ways. And in today’s knowledge economy, much of your business’ growth is dependent on your ability to maintain a growth mindset. Mindset is something that almost every entrepreneur recognizes as of vital importance, but few entrepreneurs make time for mindset work. This spring, give […]

Tax Time is Coming: Maximize Your Return with These Simple Strategies

  It’s the end of March, which means two things: Spring has finally arrived, and tax season is on its way. Nobody likes filing taxes. But when you’re a freelancer, solopreneur, or startup founder, tax time is torture. Digging out crumpled receipts from the glove box of your car, frantically adding up everything you spent […]

Bland to Brand: Closing the Deal – How to Move Potential Clients from “I Don’t Know” to “Heck Yes!”

  Whether you’re a freelancer or startup founder, sales are key to your business’ success. It doesn’t matter whether your product or service is the best on the planet if you can’t successfully convince people to do business with you. That’s why the #1 thing that determines whether freelancers & startup founders succeed or fail…is […]