Happy new week! Here are some links to get you through that first cup of coffee this morning:
UX Myths is a growing resource for data and articles about all sorts of common falsehoods. Definitely keep this one around for helping to defend design work.
How we Rethought Our Business Model in a Week explains how a small agency, Planetary, is exploring how to package their services up to be easier for both their team and their clients. This was especially inspirational for me, as I also offer packaged services instead of one standard consulting fee.
Editor’s note: I’m trying this thing where I write long-form personal articles to be published over the weekend. It’s important to me to know how to organize thoughts through written word and this project is me practicing out loud. It’s a big leap to share like this for me so I very much appreciate you reading!
You know those people who can talk to anyone and can consistently hook relevant people together? I know a few and am so grateful for their naturally chatty attitudes. Since starting to freelance my network has been at the top of my mind. I’ve found that the contacts I make through referrals are more strong and more likely to have a positive result than cold emails and replying to job boards. Having someone personally connect me to a potential job is the the quickest way to gain and actionable lead. So it’s been tough, these past few months, to realize that my network is smaller than I thought. Reflection has shown that I’m not good at gaining new contacts and following through on growing new relationships.