Today is Saturday the sky is heavy and overcast, a gloomy start to the weekend, but I'm working, I have a drawing to finish, print to PDF and send out, and I need to prepare to see a new client, I have got the address, telephone number, post code, and a map of the site, my iPhone is free of photos to plenty of space, I'm ready to go.
I get work from all sorts of places, some from existing clients, some from people I have worked with, some from a friend of a friend, I used to advertise in a local trade magazine, but it got to expensive and I stopped, I get nothing from yell, or any of the other trade directories, paper or electronic, they phone and keep telling me it's the best way, but I nod and politely tell them no.
For me contacts are the best source of new jobs, talking, emailing,chatting in the pub, keeping up with old friends, and my mobile is the key, my iPhone is the best bit of kit I have, that and my Mac, it's my life line. Next comes Skype, this simple little program, keeps my costs down, every new client I have I try to get them onto it, it saves so much time, and cost, I can switch screens and instantly show them areas of interest, getting immediate delicious, that might have taken days sending emails. Plus calls to nine Skype contacts are the cheapest I can get, even if I call Newzeland.
I say Skype is my next best friend, but google hangouts is becoming more than a threat to Skype, the way it's inter grading itself into gmail, my diary and the basic framework of my day to day life, I am a big user of Google+ where I first saw it, but it's gone way past that, to being an entity of it's own, and one that is becoming very powerful.
I'm currently reading Tubes, Behind the scenes at the Internet, by Andrew Blum, really fascinating, we all take the Internet for granted, it's there, but Andrew is taking me on a path to show the real Internet, the way it works, I'm right at the start, but even now it is a fascinating read.
So there it is, Saturday, lots to do, but as always a blog to write, oh have you been onto Jon Pickups Archoncad site, he posted a blog on what program's he thought might be useful on a friends new iPad, I have added to that list, with the apps I use on almost a daily basis. Please drop in and add your list.
There is no CPD today other than keeping up my client getting techniques, it a weekend, relax enjoy, take it easy, chill,,,,, if you can.