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While scouring the internet – we tend to come across free things. Why not share this for the blog readers – so they can get the same opportunities that we do (or have).

Contest: Design a new Business Dude / Biz Dude look – FREE $25 Amazon gift card for winner & free advertising

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My first post was in May 2013 and was titled “the dangling carrot.” The post was created on a Google (Blogspot a.k.a. Blogger) Blog in December of 2009 before I had studied the available options for blogging. That was some time ago… Wow. Well with my recent decision to change my career path, personal life choices, short term and long term ambitions I really want to redefine the look of the site.

Personally, I enjoy the logo that I have but with any rebranding a facelift is due. So that is where I reach out to you. I am looking for a new logo, WordPress template or a combination of changes. In exchange for the work, I will reward the best one (as determined by me or a kid or two) with a $25.00 Amazon gift card. If you are a professional I will also post your information in several spots as an advertisement for an indefinite amount of time. There may be a few more things in it for you, but this is what my broke… I mean not-for-profit can offer.

Rules, Criteria & Thoughts

  • general audience-appropriate
    • while adults are the most likely audience I cannot have censorship concerns
  • the work must be your own and by submitting you certify that it is a “you” design
  • you can maintain the copyright of the image(s) but will provide permission for me to use the image for marketing and branding of the website(s) and merchandise 
  • really need a single logo that could also be added to a banner for the WordPress banner
  • the model going forward will be business-focused in the form of – career, working adults and life impact(s)
  • the contest will go on until a winner is selected
  • a single user can have multiple entries but the copyright information (rights sharing) will only pertain to the winner and the used image
    • if you submit an item and it is not selected as the “winner”  – I will not use the image without expressed written consent
  • if you have read this far you are a rare case and good job (only one is one thousand read the fine print according to Forbes)
  • to enter go to the jotform below and fill out the form submitting a URL or image via the form

To enter and submit your work for consideration for the Amazon gift card logo and artwork contest please visit the JotForm submission form that I tossed together.


Please feel free to shoot me any questions.



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Freebie Friday: Microsoft Office Quick Reference Guide

microsoft-office-reference-guideThere are a lot of things out there which are made to sell a product, or service, but many of us overlook because of that. It does not mean that it is not a good product – if we do not purchase more of what the advertisement is selling. I came across a Microsoft reference card set for the Office Suite. I like to think of myself as a competent “Office” user, but was taken back a couple of steps this week. At work, and home, I use Office 2013. Due to a discount from work – I have always used the same setup at both places which allows for a lot of perks (same formatting abilities, knowledge of the program, etc.). This week I upgraded to a Surface Pro, which I might as well exclaim how much I LOVE it. I do… I absolutely do not know why I am laggard and go last of the adoption curves. With the new device I was also upgraded to Microsoft Office 2016. While the program is very similar – there are subtle differences that I was not prepared for thus, slowing down my efficiency as I searched for how to do… this or that. While I was doing some research I came across this freebie which is available to you through TradePub. The short PDF is a quick reference guide to the major office applications. I have downloaded a copy and placed it on here for you to take. It is free. If you like it – I strongly encourage you to go here and sign up for future notifications from this great company.

Microsoft Office Reference

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Free Material: Unleashing the Ideavirus Seth Godin

I have enjoyed reading Seth Godin for some time. He has a very inquisitive personality – and often creates ideas which will make you ponder the seth godin - unleasing the ideavirusconcept for long amounts of time. Below, is a file which I have uploaded to the site for your review. The material was shared with permission. I
have not read the entire thing but am intrigued thus far. Please share comments about the material, so others can get an insight (if you beat me to the finish of the book). If you get a chance to read Seth’s blog, you should.

Quoted from the introduction of the book:

“Marketing by interrupting people isn’t cost-effective anymore. You can’t afford to seek out people and send them unwanted marketing messages, in large groups, and hope that some will send you money.Instead, the future belongs to marketers who establish a foundation and process where interested people can market to each other. Ignite consumer networks and then get out of the way and let them talk.” (Godin)

You can download the material from by clicking here: Unleashing the Ideavirus

Referenced Material

Godin, SethUnleashing the Ideavirus ; Stop Marketing at People! Turn Your Ideas into Epidemics by Helping Your Customers Do the Marketing for You. New York: Hyperion, 2001. Web.

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Alternative to Photo Shop – free photo editing software

Adobe Photoshop is the, or one of the, best photo editing programs out there. It is really a household name now. However, most people cannot afford the stiff price tag that comes with it. So, since many businesses and home professionals cannot afford to purchase Adobe (myself included), I thought I would take a moment to share a program that I used for some time that is pretty reliable. Many businesses need some sort of import/export editing program but do not need all of the extras which come standard from Adobe.

Gimp is a free application which has many of the same tools that Adobe does. Remember, it is free, so as with any low budget software a skilled professional could pick it apart.  I have found that for basic blog editing and photo manipulation Gimp serves just as well as Photo Shop. You can download the free photo editing software on the publisher’s website.

Features and Capabilities*

This is only a very quickly thrown together list of GIMP features. You can also have a look at the illustrated features overview.

  • Painting

o   Full suite of painting tools including Brush, Pencil, Airbrush, Clone, etc.

o   Sub-pixel sampling for all paint tools for high quality anti-aliasing

o   Extremely powerful gradient editor and blend tool

o   Supports custom brushes and patterns

  • System

o   Tile based memory management so image size is limited only by available disk space

o   Virtually unlimited number of images open at one time

  • Advanced Manipulation

o   Full alpha channel support

o   Layers and channels

o   Multiple Undo/Redo (limited only by disk space)

o   Editable text layers

o   Transformation tools including rotate, scale, shear and flip

o   Selection tools including rectangle, rounded rectangle, ellipse, free, fuzzy

o   Foreground extraction tool

o   Advanced path tool doing bezier and polygonal selections.

o   Transformable paths, transformable selections.

o   Quickmask to paint a selection.

  • Extensible

o   A Procedural Database for calling internal GIMP functions from external programs as in Script-fu

o   Advanced scripting capabilities (Scheme, Python, Perl)

o   Plug-ins which allow for the easy addition of new file formats and new effect filters

o   Over 100 plug-ins already available

  • Animation

o   Load and save animations in a convenient frame-as-layer format

o   MNG support

o   Frame Navigator (in GAP, the GIMP Animation Package)

o   Onion Skin (in GAP, the GIMP Animation Package)

o   Bluebox (in GAP, the GIMP Animation Package)

  • File Handling

o   File formats supported include bmp, gif, jpeg, mng, pcx, pdf, png, ps, psd, svg, tiff, tga, xpm, and many others

o   Load, display, convert, save to many file formats

o   SVG path import/export

  • Much, much more!

*features and capabilities texts copied directly from

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Freebies – Free Subscription to Forbes, Golf Week, Wall Street Journal *tested*

Tested and working by me prior to alerting you guys. Most are a one-year subscription – the WSJ is 26 weeks (6 months). This is one of the dozen companies that I get magazines from.

Click the image to go to the offering RewardsGold website.


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Free Online Business College Course

EdX offers interactive online classes and MOOCs from the world’s best universities. “EdX offers interactive online classes and MOOCs from the world’s best universities. Online courses from MITx, HarvardX, BerkeleyX, UTx and many other universities. Topics include biology, business, chemistry, computer science, economics, finance, electronics, engineering, food and nutrition, history, humanities, law, literature, math, medicine, music, philosophy, physics, science, statistics and more. EdX is a non-profit online initiative created by founding partners Harvard and MIT.

Our goals

  • Expand access to education for everyone
  • Enhance teaching and learning on campus and online
  • Advance teaching and learning through research
  • Our principles

Not for profit

  • Open source platform
  • Collaborative
  • Financially sustainable
  • EdX is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts and is governed by MIT and Harvard.”



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