Christmas is a time of giving. I generally focus more on giving gifts to others than I am about crafting my own “wish list.” Just ask any of my family members. It’s next to impossible to shop for me.
But Christmas is also a time of where there are plenty of deals happening, whether they are sales in retail stores or coupons for products online. It’s the perfect time to purchase some of those extra apps or ebooks that you have been putting off buying and would be a bit awkward to put on a wish list, e.g. a $4.00 app that is on sale for $1.00 – do you really need someone to purchase you a dollar app?
I have been monitoring my feeds for some good deals, and here there are:
Frictionless Freelancing – Aaron Mahnke
Promo Code: Christmas20
Frictionless Freelancing is a book by Aaron Mahnke geared towards people wanting to break through with their freelancing career. Aaron is a freelance graphic designer by trade, but also hosts the excellent Home Work podcast. The book is full of practical advice for anyone who ends up having to do client work of any kind. It deals with productivity friction, client friction, financial friction and personal friction.
The manifesto is available for free on the website, the eBook bundle with some extra resources used for planning/tracking is priced at $19. Using the code listed above the price drops to $15. The book is also available as a paperback for $25.00 on Amazon
Paperless – David Sparks
Paperless was recently named to the Best of 2012 by the iBookstore. As you can guess by its name, Paperless is all about transforming your workflow from dealing with paper to handling as much as possible through your digital devices. It outliness processes to help you capture, organize, and use your files. He also shows you his workflow and the applications he uses through video and screencasts. It is Mac-centric (along with iPad and iPhone) but a lot of his tips can easily be migrated to other operating systems.
In conjunction with it being named to the Best of 2012 list, David has dropped the price down from $10 to $7 through to December 31st. It is available as a PDF on his website or through the iBook Store. It is not available at Amazon, but his other books, Mac at Work and iPad at Work are.
Marked – Brett Terpstra
Marked is an app for Mac that is incredibly useful for writers of all breeds, and most likely coders. It is a live preview window for Markdown text syntax with a lot more punch behind it. Link verifying, multi-file documents being viewed as one, Scrivener support and more. It works with any text editor (working beautifully with my preferred app, Byword and looks incredible.
It is available on the Mac App Store for the discounted price of $0.99 through to the end of December (normally $4.00). Here’s a video (in German) will show you how it will look with your favourite editor, but check out the website for more information:[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ed-1BNo-zAs&version=3&hl=en_US]
Tonx is a coffee roaster that ships out the beans to you every other week. It goes beyond just sending you the same kind of bean each shipment though. It basically curates a selection of the best beans of the world and sends them to you. The beans they send are always freshly roasted shortly after they have been harvested during their peak cycles. The beans aren’t sitting on a store shelf for a month waiting for you to purchase them.
Additionally, you may or may not receive the same roast twice in a given period, which can be torture if you find a roast you love. I think of it more as expanding your taste buds in a safe manner, because you are almost guaranteed to love the roasts. It isn’t the same kind of crapshoot that you find when visiting a grocery store and choosing from the 30 different blends.
The best part about Tonx is that they are available in Canada, as well as the US. People in the US can request a free trial. You can also gift subscriptions to people and share your love for coffee with others.
Right now, you can also ask for a booster pack of coffee for $7 to share with your friends – maybe. My roasts have been so good I only let my parents smell the beans, not taste a cup of coffee. I am that greedy.
Sketchnote Handbook- Mike Rohde
Sketchnote Handbook teaches you how to capture the ideas in your head and transfer them onto the page. It helps you organize your thoughts or the thoughts of others (e.g. while listening to a lecture) in a way that will help you remember the key points. There isn’t a special deal on the book right now, but it is that time of year where people start planning their goals for the following year. One of mine has been wanting to pick up drawing again, so the Sketchnote Handbook seems like a good starting point for me.
Mike Rohde is the designer behind the sketches in Rework (by 37 Signals) and The $100 Startup (by Chris Guillebeau). You can purchase the book at Amazon or the other dealers listed on the site. Take a look at the video below to get a better idea of the book or visit his site.[vimeo 48892571 w=500 h=281]
Others to Consider
It’s useful to look through your junk mail folders to discover if renewal deals have gone missed. Most services are offering 20–50% off right now, which can cut down on your business costs tremendously. Here is a quick hit list of services to take advantage of and some other recommendations as a treat for yourself :
- Hostgator – webhosting, 20% off.
- Outright – business accounting, 50% off, December 23rd only.
- Freshbooks – online invoicing and time tracking.
- NSFW Corp – excellent daily dispatches about world events. $3 per month.
- The Magazine – bi-weekly magazine published to the iPad. $2 a month. Awesome featured writers.
- And love the coffee that much. ↩