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Webinar Opportunity for Blinksale Users!

Hey all! One thing we hear from you guys often is that you need help with your cash flow.

Our friends at ZenCash are putting on a webinar that you are going to love called “A 13th Month of Cash Flow.” It is free and it will take place at 1pm EST this Wednesday.

Check out the teaser and sign up for the webinar here.

Giving Yourself Some Inspiration

We may be in the energetic early stages of 2014, but it’s always a good time to think about giving yourself a professional boost. Maybe you’re firing on all cylinders but could use some ideas to keep your creative juices flowing. Or maybe you’ve started the year off so hard that you’re already hitting a wall.

Either way, I wanted to give you a few ideas to step up your game:

1. Grab coffee with a mentor. This can be someone you know, or maybe someone you have just admired online who is also local. If you don’t know them already, introduce yourself. Ask for an hour of their time. Talk to them how they got started, what they love about the work they do, and share tales from the trenches. And then make sure to keep in touch and meet up again.

2. Ask your Twitter followers for a podcast or blog that inspires them. There are a few companies and people who —no matter their profession —always seem to level up my productivity and desire to succeed.

3. Go play. It may seem counter-productive, but getting away from your work for as little as 30 minutes can give you the perspective and inspiration that you need. Even Einstein took violin breaks. Go for a hike, a bike ride, or whatever makes you happy and puts you in a relaxed mental state.

Try one of these ideas out soon, and let us know if they helped!

Introducing: Stripe Integration

We are incredibly excited to announce Stripe integration with Blinksale is LIVE. Accepting payments just got a whole lot easier.

Connecting is easy. If you have a Stripe account, all you have to do is sign into Blinksale, go to Payment Settings, and click the “Connect to Stripe” button under Credit Cards. Then, you will be redirected to Stripe, where you must either sign into their existing account, or sign up for a new one. After the process finishes on the Stripe end, you are redirected back to Blinksale, and are connected.

If you have any questions, we’re here and happy to help you.

More updates to come soon…

Meet Blinksale Superstar: Jacob Tell

 

So many creative visionaries…so little time. Blinksale users are often involved in some fantastic work, and in 2013, we are going to spend some time interviewing and sharing the stories of some of the ones that have been with us the longest—starting with Jacob Tell. Enjoy!

What do you do?

I am CEO and Creative Lead of Oniracom, a digital marketing agency based in Santa Barbara. We are lucky to work with some of the worlds finest music, entertainment and lifestyle artists and brands. We work to enhance each brand’s identity, web presence, and social media campaign with innovative strategies and leading edge technologies.

How long have you been running your business?

We founded Oniracom in the spring of 2001 before the social media era or days of mobile devices. We’ve evolved with the landscape while maintaining a high level of expertise.

What is the most important aspect of running your own business? 

Hands down, it’s ensuring people are happy—both our internal team and clients. We love putting amazing projects on the web and then reading about how it has helped our customers share their message or their art.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

I am a film nerd, a music junky, and food-a-holic (i prefer this term to foodie). Being in Santa Barbara is the perfect setting for my favorite outdoor activities such as mountain biking and tennis — and for my wife and I to feel like we’re always on vacation. And you will find me consuming baseball whenever possible (if not watching games, absorbing stats & history).

How long have you been using Blinksale?

We started using Blinksale in 2009 and it has been a big help in improving our ability to track receivables, run collections and get a snapshot of cash flow.

What is your favorite part of Blinksale?

Recurring invoices. This feature allows us to automate the billing tasks for our retainer clients and saves us time—and makes us look even more professional in front of our customers.

What advice would you give a freelance web developer wanting to grow into a larger studio?

You are a part of an eco-system. Make introductions, foster relationships, and build your business alongside your advisors, partners, vendors and clients. Freelancing offers an incredibly flexible lifestyle, but you are not an island. Be social (and not just online).

Blinksale Impacted by Amazon Web Services Outage

At approximately 10:38 a.m. PT today, Amazon Web Services (AWS) reported experiencing performance issues in a single availability zone in the US EAST-1 region. They later reported the problem expanding to other Eastern regions. As part of these issues, the Blinksale marketing site went down along with a number of other websites, although the application remained unaffected.

Our engineering team worked to fully restore the Blinksale home page which serves as an entry point for many users, and as of 1:46 p.m. PT, the site is back up and running. To be cautious, we are continuing to monitoring the situation.

We have no reason to believe any user data was impacted as part of the outage.

We will post updates here as soon as they are available.