Is Your Hourly Rate More Than Free?

Wouldn’t life be grand if we didn’t have to pay bills, buy food for our tables (or buy tables, for that matter), or shell out cashmoney for shelter to keep our heads from being rained or snowed upon when the weather’s being less than kind?

Heck, it would be nice if we could live in houses made of LEGO and dine on sushi every single night, too. And while we’re dreaming of what life in some crazy fantasy world might be like, let’s bring in robot butlers, hyperspace drives, time travel, computers in our brains, and fierce leprechaun unicorn jockeys racing for peanuts (since money wouldn’t be even the least bit important in such an amazing scenario). Heck, right now I’d settle for not getting a headache in my right eye when people leave irrelevant YouTube comments while I’m really trying to focus on the topic at hand. (It’s date night and my belly’s rumbling for grub, so — while I love the heck out of you guys — never cross me on a Friday, random Internet denizens!)

Sadly, time really is money, and we need to be experts in utilizing our resources in order to prosper. Or, in the parlance of a trio of Boys most Beastie, we need skills to pay the bills. You should always strive to identify your own unique set of skills that you can offer to the world, and seek to improve upon them. Most important: never sell yourself short. In my case, for instance, I found out early on that I was good at helping people with their computer problems. Now that I talk to a pretty good population of people on a daily basis about computer problems (and lots of geeky stuff on the side) for free, it’s impossible for me to solve all of them. There’s just not enough time in the day. If you ask me a question and I don’t answer, it’s not because I’m a big meanie — I’m not even a little meanie! I’m just trying to balance my work time with my play time and pursue happiness in ways that I feel are reasonable, given that time, money, and skills are all finite resources.

I simply can’t do it alone, but thanks to the outpouring of support I’ve gotten from the growing Gnomies community, I don’t have to! If you want to help me help you, check out how you, too, can become a registered Gnomie.

It’s a wonderful Friday here in the Gnomieverse, and here are some of the things on and in our live YouTube stream that we talked about today. We also had a few moments on the line with former California governor and time-traveling barbarian robot Arnold Schwarzenegger… or did we? You’ll just have to watch this spiffy video to find out for yourself. (Also, you will find out for yourself how red my face can get when I can’t stop laughing.)

Happy Friday!

Seven Things to Know Before Becoming a Freelancer

Sure, the appeal of trading out your cramped office cubicle for a workspace that’s a five-second commute from your bed, making your own hours, and living the off-the-cuff lifestyle of a freelancer, there are probably a few things that you should know before you give your more structured job the heave-ho. Here are seven things to know before becoming a freelancer.

How to Save Money on Computer Repair

Spending too much money on computer repair is no way to turn the frown from your troubles upside-down. The solution to your problem can very well be right in front of you, and taking a moment to seek out simple answer to that problem can save you hundreds. Here’s how to save money on computer repair.

What’s the Best Day and Time to Blog?

Being able to regularly blog is its own kind of challenge, but if you’re able to overcome this hurdle, you’ll want to maximize the time you spend pecking away at your keyboard and get the most eyeballs peeping at your hard work. So the next big question is when you should get that blog post published and ready for fame. Here, we try and address when it’s the best day and time to blog.

The Pareto Principle: the 80/20 Rule and How It Works

The Pareto Principle is sort of guiding the Pirillo Principle lately — but what the heck is it? To give it another name, you may have heard of the 80/20 Rule. But what the heck is this elusive principle (or rule) and how does it work?

Is Your Hourly Rate More Than Free?

Back Link of the Day

Wowie, zowie! If you were ever in need of an explanation of what this whole SOPA and PIPA uproar was all about, Mike Seth lays it all out in his post “SOPA and PIPA Explained.” He referenced one of our LockerGnome articles in composing it, and we heartily thank him! If you’d like to be mentioned as a Back Link of the Day, link to one of our posts on from your site and — this is the important part — tell us about it!

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