It is written for more artist/designer types, but The Ten Commandments of Freelancing still are jermain to our industry.
My favorite, right now, is number 6: “Thou shalt have a personal life. Never feel guilty about making (and taking) time for yourself and loved ones–it’s important.”
Also worth a look are these other lists at the same site:
10 ways to handle Bad Clients
10 ways to land an Agent
10 ways to promote yourself
You really only have 2 options: discreet cleaner 6 (which only gets you WMV v7 support) or Flip4Mac WMV Export Component.
Either works fairly well. cleaner 6 will run about $600 (if you buy new) and, as stated, only gets you WMV version 7 support. Flip4Mac runs $99 for the basic and $179 for the pro version, which gives you 2-pass encoding and up to HD format support.
Every few months it seems, Discovery Communications appears to be doing things that only mean one thing…they’re going public. Annys Shinn had an article yesterday that explored the latest round of rumormill grist – Divining Signs of Change at Discovery. This time, however, things seem to be a little more tangible.
I saw a glimpse into this world at the end of 2000: they were massively scaling back on DCI provided training – a sure sign to potential shareholders that a company is not interested in giving away training to unloyal worker-drones that might jump ship and go use that training at a competing firm. This going public business sounds like being in a relationship with someone you & everyone else, knows is bad for you, but you do it anyway. More recently, another rumor I heard had a few top executives from Ruppert Murdoch’s News Corp. in the DCI HQ for some high-level talks about a sale. Boy, that would be a big mistake…
Something from yesterday’s article that stood out for me was this quote from John Malone about the recent restructuring efforts, [it will] “further consolidate the industry or take advantage of acquisition opportunities in the business that will extend their reach both domestically and internationally.” Today another Washington Post Business Section article (Media Firms Piece Together New Strategies) is all about how further consolidation is exactly what this industry doesn’t need. Bigger is only better in terms of your bank account.
Expert Advice Tip Sheet — 20 Ways To Say No, just a sample:
I AM IN THE MIDDLE OF SEVERAL PROJECTS
- let people know when you have accepted other responsibilities
- no need to make excuses if you don’t have any free time
- no one will fault you for