Get a Sneak Peak

The Ultimate Side Hustle Book will be in bookstores this Tuesday, Dec. 4. While you’re waiting (or if you’re still thinking about whether to get the book), I hope you enjoy this preview:

If you like what you’ve read so far, you can order online from Amazon or Barnes & Noble, or visit your local bookstore beginning on Tuesday this week. I look forward to hearing what you think!

Pride in the Side Hustle

As I mentioned in my previous post, one reason I wrote The Ultimate Side Hustle Book is that I was curious about how the modern side hustle is different from the second jobs of my parents’ generation.  And one thing is clear: the side hustle has come out of the shadows.

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The Modern Side Hustle

When I was 17, my father hired me to help him with his side hustle. He was writing software for a tech startup; he paid me to write the user manual. Continue reading

What I Learned From Patrick McGovern

Shortly after I began working at IDG, I received a memo from the Founder and Chairman, Patrick McGovern, complimenting a news story I had written the previous week. The piece was mundane. I was surprised anyone, much less the billionaire head of a global company, would think anything about it at all.

Which was, I later realized, the whole point. McGovern, who died March 19, was a visionary entrepreneur. But part of his genius lay in the commitment he inspired by his personal attention to employees. Continue reading

Telecommuting Isn’t the Villain, at Yahoo or Anywhere

If you’ve read past posts, you know that for two years during the late 1990s, I telecommuted to a job in Northern Virginia from my house in the Boston area. The notion that anyone could, or should, work regularly from home wasn’t completely new, but the internet was making it feasible for more people. My managers let me do it because I had decided to move, didn’t want to quit, and they didn’t want me to quit either. Continue reading

Why I Bought Another Laptop

One word: spreadsheets.

Late in 2011, as I was assessing the IT needs for my new business, I theorized that it might be possible to move to a tablet as my main computer when my aging laptop died (Read “I Need a Mobile Application Strategy“). Then I signed on two clients to produce survey research reports. Each of the nine reports involved datasets containing dozens of tables. Continue reading

What Do CIOs Need to Know About Big Data?

Recently I’ve been looking into how big data is influencing the relationship between IT and other business functions. There’s a consensus that end users, as business domain experts, are going to have increasing influence over investments in data and the technology to analyze it. You can already see this happening: I wrote last month about how Atrius Health transformed its analytics organization. Continue reading