If you work with media, you are probably already familiar with iStockPhoto.com – if you aren’t familiar with them, I’m happy to introduce you!
e-Learning instructional designers and developers, graphic artists, Web developers, technical writers, video production specialists, voice-over actors, eBook authors and publishers, copywriters, advertising gurus…the list could go on for several more lines. I know that there are several terrific sites on the WWW for finding and downloading stock photos, illustrations, audio, and video files.
For years, I’ve stuck with iStockPhoto.com because, well…they just make it easy for me to find, save to Lightbox, purchase, and download stock files. Awhile ago, they began sending emails to members highlighting free, high-quality stock files.
LinkedIn.com has a wonderful feature where clients and colleagues can write Recommendations. These Recommendations display on my LinkedIn profile. Over time, however, the site seems to “bury” the thoughtful comments people have written, making it difficult to find them.
Moving out of state and away from my colleagues has been one of the hardest things I have done, especially as our move (by choice) was from a huge metropolitan area to a small, rural mountain city. The Orange County chapter of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) is one of the best, most friendly and active chapters in my experience. I miss my ASTD OC colleagues immensely. I try to stay in touch via email, and last week, I attended a free webinar through the University of California at Irvine’s Extension program. The invitation came from my colleague Janet DiVincenzo, the Assistant Director of Online Learning at UCI’s Distance Learning Center.
In this economy in the USA, more and more people are starting their own independent consulting businesses. Freelancers and freelancing are growing in numbers each year. So, it’s no surprise that an “old” SlideShare.net presentation of mine is still popular. It receives a lot of Views and is “Favorited” often by other SlideShare users.
While I’m working on some upcoming blog posts, I thought I’d take time today to share my presentation on this page with you. The information is still true and current. The economy produces challenges for small businesses. But, hang in there. You can do it. Believe in yourself. Work hard. Good luck!