Workplace Gender Equity and Covid

I’ve been a work-from-home type for years, but as a man it’s been hard to share the experiences of being on an important client call while changing a diaper or cleaning up my son’s lunch with my male friends (or society in general). I’m definitely not patting myself on the back here (at all… I……

Top Posts of the Teens

I started writing email newsletters in 2002 and blogging in 2003 for a couple of marketing outlets. I was mowing the lawn on October 13, 2006, and had the bright idea to start a marketing blog called CostPerNews. It took off rather quickly and before I knew it, I was getting citations on Techmeme and……

Apps for Remote (or Non-Remote) Teams

I love these sort of lists and directories. I have my favorites in each category that we use for Harrelson Agency, of course. I’ll try to make a list when I get a chance. A repository of handpicked tools for remote teams – https://remote.tools

Being a Productive Dad That Works From Home

I intentionally work from home most days. I’ve had an office on Main Street in a big high-rise, I’ve tried co-working spaces, and I’ve had my own building… but working from home is the greatest. HOWEVER, it’s not without its ongoing challenges that you must tackle and figure out if you’re going to run a……

Harrelson Agency is Now a Cloudflare Certified Partner

I’ve spoken at numerous events and conferences on the topic of web hosting and security and I’ve been quoted in the New York Times about that same topic over the years. Website security is something near and dear to my heart and I made sure to bake that into the very essence of every website……

Stripe now offers subscription billing

Good move here, particularly for small businesses… That’ll allow them to handle subscription recurring revenue, as well as invoicing, within the Stripe platform and get everything all in the same place. The goal was to replace a previously hand-built setup, whether using analog methods for invoicing or painstakingly putting together a set of subscription tools,……

Do We Really Want Our Government Run Like a Business? | Sojourners

In the Easter sermon at my own church, the priest commented that Jesus was killed by the 1 percent, in the form of an empire that exploited its citizenry for the sake of profit and growth. While this sentiment might not be surprising where I live in liberal Northern California, it’s also present throughout the……

Good advice

I recommend this whole post for people starting out in a creative venture or pursuing a lifelong passion as a vocation or for profit: Be humble, but always try to exceed expectations. When you accept an invitation to do a talk, or do a work for a commission, do something that’s a stretch, and then……

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Googling Inside Your Church

Fascinating piece on Google Maps history and possible directions… So Google likely knows what’s inside all of the buildings it has extracted. And as Google gets closer and closer to capturing every building in the world, it’s likely that Google will start highlighting / lighting up buildings related to queries and search results. This will be really cool……

Meetings aren’t the answer.

Something we should all remember regardless of our line of work… Meetings aren’t the answer. Creating the right environment is. via March to NL Central crown just might be Joe Maddon’s best work as Cubs manager

How should we regulate Facebook and Google’s advertising platforms?

So how does Facebook’s ad system work? Well, just like Google, it’s accessed through a self-service platform that lets you target your audiences using Facebook data. And because Facebook knows an awful lot about its users, you can target those users with astounding precision. You want women, 30–34, with two kids who live in the……

Working Through Fears

Whether you’re starting your own business or non-profit or trying to make an existing one feasible as a “job,” the fear that you encounter at 4am as you do the week’s invoicing and receipts in your head can be staggering. I know, I’ve definitely been there in the low tides of “working for yourself.” Our mind……

Changing Conceptions of Work

NPR reported today: “Full-time employees have become the last resort. Companies will do anything to hire part-time, short-term, or contract positions.” In addition: “More and more people who are full-time employees need second jobs or side gigs in order to make ends meet.” Our world is not the same as it has been. The changing……

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What Time Should We Post to Our Facebook Page?

I get this question quite often, especially from churches and non-profits: “What time of the day should we post to our Facebook page to make the most impact?” It’s a tough question to answer given the number of variables and because every church/group has a different set of Facebook followers and likes. You’ll find a……

Social Media Legal Mistakes that Small Businesses and Non-Profits Make

Don’t use Google Images as a database for your social media posts, even if you’re a small business, non-profit or (worse) church. Just this past month I ran into this situation and it ended up costing the non-profit money they didn’t have to cover the expense. Make sure the person or agency in charge of……

The Way to Successful Teams

I’ve been a part of successful teams and unsuccessful teams… I think these traits are spot on given my experiences (especially psychological safety): 1. Dependability. 2. Structure and clarity. 3. Meaning. 4. Impact. 5. Psychological Safety. via Google Spent 2 Years Studying 180 Teams. The Most Successful Ones Shared These 5 Traits | Inc.com