This post is going to list 99 different speed tips for speeding up
your Mac. I have done a couple of these posts before, but those were
more discussions. This post is designed to tell you what to do in each
section. Each item is going to be quick, simple and easy to complete.
Over the past couple of weeks I have been collecting these and using
them. Although none of these tips will make your Mac hundreds of times
faster than it already is, if you have a slow Mac or are experiencing
slow downs a couple of these could help. There are lots of them here,
but there is always more. If you have any tips please post them below
in the comments.
1) Get Intel or G5 Binaries
A rather simple first tip. If you are running on either an Intel or
G5 check the download site of your applications to see if there is
specific binary for your computer. You may need to upgrade to get the
2) Slim Down Universal Binaries
In a similar note to the previous tip you can save a bit of RAM and
disk space by removing the binary in applications that you wont use. Xslimmer is the best application for this job.
3) Clear Caches
Your computer runs on Caches. If a cache becomes corrupt or full of
erroneous data removing it could actually speed up your computer. Find
your caches files under /Users/[name]/Library/Cache. Once as your
delete them a new one will be created.
4) Web History
A large web history will mean your web browser will have to load it
during start up. A big history can slow this down. Delete really old
entries to speed up browsing. Disable it all together for an even
5) Reduce Firefox Extensions
The more extensions you have the more RAM your computer uses. Delete and uninstall Firefox extensions you don’t use.
6) Optimize Firefox
You can speed up Firefox by changing a couple of settings in the
about:config page. Open it up and add the following values. Use the
search bar at the top to search for these values and change them
network.http.pipelining = True
network.http.proxy.pipelining = True
network.http.pipelining.maxrequests = 8
You can find more Firefox settings here.
7) Reduce Mailbox Sizes
A massive mailbox (1,000 + messages) will take longer to load, this
is because Mail has to read the large database and message files
associated with it. Split large mailboxes down into folders and smaller
8) Check Mail Less Frequently
If you set Mail to check every minute you put a lot of load on your
Internet connections as well as your computer. Increase the time it
takes to check for messages to give your Mac a break.
9) Delete Unused RSS Feeds
Since Mail (and other RSS readers) can show RSS feeds you may end up
collecting a lot of feeds. Delete any old and feeds you don’t
read to increase performance. You can find my RSS feed here.
10) Remove Previous Recipients
If you message a lot of people Mail adds all of these addresses to a
list. Removing any unused emails in Window > Previous Recipients can
speed up Mail.
11) Delete Duplicate Fonts
In font book delete any duplicate fonts in font book to reduce errors and enable your Mac to speed up when using fonts.
12) Delete Any Unused Fonts
If you have hundreds of fonts which you don’t use, asking for
them in applications will slow down your Mac. Deleting them will save
your computer time.
13) Validate Fonts
Validate your fonts to make sure they are correct. Like most items
in this list, speeding up your Mac means removing anything that is
corrupt. Font validation is under the File menu item in Fontbook.
14) Remove Old Events In iCal
Similar to the history tip in your web browser. Go through your old
events in iCal and delete them. It will save iCal time when it has to
15) Reduce iCal Subscriptions
This, again, is similar to the RSS feed tip. In iCal delete any
unused subscriptions that you don’t use. Although it may not take
up a lot of remove removing it will save just that little bit of RAM.
16) Rebuild A Mail Box
Along the lines of corruption once again if you have a Mail box that
is getting bloated and it is slowing down you may need to rebuild it.
Under the Mailbox menu item when you have selected your mailbox is the
Rebuild option. Use this to rebuild your mail database.
17) Remove Smart Playlists In iTunes
All of that scripting in the smart mailboxes can cause iTunes to
open and run slowly. Delete any unused smart mailboxes and give iTunes
18) Delete iTunes Songs
If you have millions of iTunes songs it has to put all that
information into its preference file. Remove any usused songs to reduce
the size of the files iTunes uses to load.
19) Remove iTunes Plugins
Going along the same vein as the Firefox plugin tip. Delete any
unused iTunes plugins. Delete them by removing the files from the
iTunes plugin folder.
20) Empty The Trash
Give your Mac fewer items to track by deleting the Trash. Trash
files are stored in numerous locations on your disk. Emptying the Trash
will save disk space and gain you a small amount of speed when opening
21) Remove Any Languages Your Don’t Use
Your Mac and the applications on it use a lot of different language files. Use a tool like monolingual to remove any language files you don’t use. Please note people have experienced problems with this tip.
22) Remove Startup Items
Remove the number of start up items for your account by removing
them. In the Accounts System Preferences Pane, under Login Items delete
any items you don’t use.
23) Log Straight In
Every time you Mac starts to bring you the login screen it takes up
time to load the accounts screen. If you only use one account set it to
log straight into that account under Login Options in the Accounts
24) Repair Disk Permissions
In Disk Utilities, repair the disk permissions for your Mac disk.
Enables improved performance. Not a big one mind, but does help if you
have a two year old Mac and have never run this command.
25) Verify Computer Disks
Again under Disk Utilities verify your connected disks. This is to
make sure your computer doesn’t bump into any damaged blocks.
26) Test Your RAM
You have been trying to save all RAM with these little tips but you
really need to make sure that your RAM is working. Use a tool like memtest to test to make sure it works.
27) Quit Unused Programs
Mac’s have the habit of keeping programs running when you hit
the close button on any window. Close any unused programs by Command +
Tabbing through your open applications and closing them. You can save a
lot of unused RAM this way.
28) Remove Unused System Preference Panes
All those extra system preference panes have to be loaded into your
computers RAM when it is opened. If you don’t use them delete
them. Right click on any unused Preference Pane and select Remove.
29) Switch Off Universal Access, Bluetooth, Speech Recognition, and Internet Sharing
All handy little tools that can improve features on your Mac but if
you are not using them they are taking up RAM which could be used by
other computers. Go into all of your preference panes and switch off
any features you don’t need.
30) Close Widgets
Widgets can be the biggest memory hogs of all. Close any widgets
your don’t use. You will be surprised in the amount of RAM you
can save. If you are interested you can find my widget here.
31) Disable Dashboard
If you don’t use Dashboard at all you can save your login by
disabling it. Although Dashboard doesn’t run until it is called
for you can save some time during login with this simple little snippet.
defaults write com.apple.dashboard mcx-disabled -boolean YES
Change the YES to NO to reverse the effect.
32) Clean Your Hard Drive
All of that clutter takes up space. As well as this it also takes up
time when searching through it using Spotlight. Go through you Mac and
delete anything you don’t use. Your Mac needs about 10% for use
in swap files and other system processes.
33) Clean Your Desktop
Having lots of shiny icons on your Desktop means you Mac has to
render and store lots of shiny icon images. This takes up RAM and disk
space. Remove any items off you dashboard you don’t use.
34) Turn Off Icon Previews
If you have a lot of items in a folder, Finder has to open up every
single file and render and icon preview. Turn this off by right
clicking in a folder, select Show View Options and then uncheck Shown
35) Switch Off Image Rotation Desktop
Having a desktop which changes every 5 minutes is neat but it takes
up CPU cycles that you don’t have to lose. Turn this option off
in the Desktop sections of the preferences.
36) Let Preview and Quicklook Open Files
If you need to look into files a lot use programs like Quicklook,
Preview and Textedit to open them. This will save a lot of time and
enable you to speed up how you work. You don’t need to open a big
bulk text editor to look at one line in a text document.
37) Remove Animations
Eye candy like this is all well and good but if you want your
computer to run quicker disable it in the Preferences, you computer
will start to run quicker.
38) Remove Menubar Items
These items can suck down memory and CPU cycles like they are going
out of fashion. Remove any ones you don’t want by Command +
dragging icons off the menu bar.
39) Skip Disk Image Verification
Most disk images work as planned. The Internet at the moment
doesn’t seem to drop many packets of data. You can turn off the
checking disk image message by typing the following line into Terminal.
com.apple.frameworks.diskimages skip-verify TRUE
Change True to False to re-enable disk image verification.
40) Update Printer Drivers
Old printer drivers can take up a lot of unwarranted CPU time and
RAM. Head over to your printers driver page or search Google to finder
the latest printer driver.
41) Keep Applications Up To Date
There couple of a massive memory bug in your favourite application
which can slow it down and make it unresponsive. Use Software Update or
AppFresh to keep up with the latest release.
42) Remove Unused Perhiperals
Firefire disk, USB devices etc can cause slow downs since your Mac
has to access these devices every so often. Remove anything you
don’t use by unplugging them.
43) Use Bokeh To Freeze Applications
Bokeh is my favourite application
if I want to squeeze slightly more juice out of a program. It will
freeze any background applications from running enabling you to get
more CPU cycles out of the ones you are using.
44) Speed Up Dialogue Boxes
A cool animation effect runs when you open and close dialogue boxes.
If you want to decrease the animation time of these run this Terminal
command so you can save a couple of milliseconds.
defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSWindowResizeTime 0.01
The default is 0.2 if you want to change it back.
45) Enable A Solid Background Wallpaper
Ones of those speed freaks if you disable a wallpaper picture and
just have a colour you can save your Mac from loading that image. You
will probably not notice the difference.
46) Remove Safari Favicons
Although I haven’t seen a big increase in speed with this tip
others have. Open up [name]/Library/Safari/Icons and drag this to the
47) iPhoto Thumbnail Size
Use a default thumbnail size for your iPhoto icons. Default sizes
are created when iPhoto imports and image. Using a none default size
means iPhoto has to resize the thumbnails.
48) Turn Off iPhoto Shadows
Turn off the shadows which iPhoto adds to every image. The extra processing time can be saved and used for something else.
49) Delete iPhotos Trash
Similar to your Macs normal Trash, delete the iPhoto one so it
doesn’t have to store the information and track it every time you
50) Store Aperture Photos In Their Original Location
When importing files into the Aperture library set them to be stored
in their original location and not in the Aperture Library file. The
Aperture Library file can quickly expand if you don’t keep a
tight hand on what you insert into it.
51) Turn Off iDisk Syncing
If you have an iDisk or what ever it is called you could speed up
your Mac by turning off your iDisk when you really don’t use it.
52) Learn Shortcuts
You can speed up how you work by learning computer shortcuts.
Shortcuts are a lot quicker than going through the menus. A good tool
53) Make Applescripts
On the same line of number 52 you can speed up what you do by making
Applescripts and workflows for common tasks. If you do the same task
every day, it may be quicker to run an Applescript.
54) Add Cron Tasks
If you do a lot of system tasks and you know a lot about cron and
Terminal you could added system tasks to your cron tab. This will
enable you to run system tools automatically with out the need for user
55) Use A Wired Mouse
A bluetooth mouse is cool, but using bluetooth means it can lag
behind. When you are low on battery it makes you work slower because
you have to move the mouse more.
56) Use A Wired Keyboard
If you are a speed typer you will want a wired keyboard. If a wireless keyboard lags it makes you slow down, losing you time.
57) Check Your Processor Performance Setting
Under System Preferences > Energy Saver > Options, there may
be an option to change how fast you processors run to save power. If
your computer is slowing right down this option could be the problem.
Turn it back up to get the most juice out of your Mac. Turning it up
will use more energy and reduce battery time on laptops.
58) Turn Off File Vault
Encrypting your user folder is a good idea if you have a laptop, but
most people don’t need it turned on. By having it on your
computer has to work harder to decrypt the information. Turn it off
under System Preferences > Security > File Vault.
59) Use LAN Instead Of Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi is great for places where cables wont reach, but it tends to
be a lot slower. Use LAN when you can. Installing a new LAN cable
instead of using Wi-Fi will enable you to have massive improvements
when using your home network.
60) Upgrade Your Network Architecture
If you are using an old 10Mbit LAN network it is really slow.
Upgrade your network components to run at 1Gbit which all new Mac
support. With a new faster network your will definitely see a big speed
61) Upgrade Your Internet
Although this wont be a viable option for most people. If you can
get the fastest internet option available. A lot of things use the
internet on your Mac, the faster your internet is the quicker these
jobs will complete.
62) Upgrade Your RAM
I’ve mentioned many times about saving RAM. One of the biggest speed improvements is to add more RAM. The more RAM you have the quicker your Mac will run.
63) Buy A Fast Hard Drive
A hard drive with a faster access time will enable your computer to
run quicker. This is because it will take less time for your computer
to find the applications it needs. This may only be an option for
people running on iMacs and Mac Pro’s.
64) Buy An SSD Hard Drive
The fastest hard drive you can buy at the moment is a solid state
hard drive. These have really fast access times. If you can splash the
cash you may want to think about buying one of these.
65) RAID Your Hard Drives
Another speed tip for people with a lot of hard drives. Set you
computer to be a strip RAID. Use the RAID Utility under Utilities in
the Applications folder.
66) Upgrade Your Video Card
Most slow downs are visual. If you have a fast video card your Mac
can render your screen quicker making your Mac appear to run quicker.
67) Switch Off Application Preferences
A lot of programs have preferences which make your programs look
good but increases the time it takes for programs to open and run. Go
through your commonly used programs in the preferences and turn off
anything your don’t use.
68) Stop Using Classic Apps
A very big speed tip can be found if you stop using old classic OS 9
apps and finder a new alternative. There are hundreds of Mac OS X apps
out there so there should be no reason for using them.
69) Find Shortcuts For Your Apps
If you do a certain method of opening a folder or file their may be
a quicker way. Use Google or a search program to try and find a quicker
way of doing something. You could save yourself a couple of seconds
speeding up how you work.
70) Overclock Your Computer
A very dangerous way of speeding up your computer. But if you do
want to get a little bit more juice out of your computer you may want
to overclock it. There are plenty of tutorials on the Internet. A quick
search will reveal them.
71) Keep Your Mac Cool
When you CPU cores heat up your Mac may automatically slow them down
to preserve the life of the CPU. If you keep you Mac cool with clear
vents you can keep it running at full speed.
After a while your computer may start to collect a lot of junk in
the RAM. The quickest method of getting rid of it is to reboot your
computer and start a fresh.
73) Clean Your Computer
A dirty computer will mean that your make Mac runs hotter. As a
result your computer will compensate by slowing down processes to
increase the life of it components. Clean out your Mac by taking it
apart and using an anti-static cloth. Consult Apples website for more
information. Image courtesy of tips4pc.
74) Turbo Charge Your Mouse
You can speed up how quicker your mouse tracks by using a terminal command line.
defaults write -g com.apple.mouse.scaling some_number
The highest value that a mouse can track at is 3, through a normal
way. You can try and increase this to 5 or 6 for a starting point. To
revert it back insert a number lower than 3 or use the Preference Pane.
75) Turbo Charge A Trackpad
You can use the same method to turbo charge a laptop trackpad. The
max speed for a trackpad is 1.5 through a Preference Pane so you may
want to change some_number to 2 or 3.
defaults write -g com.apple.trackpad.scaling some_number
76) Use A Seperate Drive For Large Files
The Mac file system HFS is a fickle system for fragmentation of
large files. Defragging is not recommend for your Mac system since it
breaks system file hot clustering, but it can speed up large files. So
for a quick file access put large video files on a separate disk to
speed up access time to these files.
77) Kill Background Processes
I have mentioned earlier that you should kill any programs you are
not actively using. Another speed tip to get the most out of your Mac
is to kill any background processes. Open up Activity Monitor and quit
any processes you don’t need. Be careful because some processes
you shouldn’t quit. Only end the ones you know.
78) Optimize GarageBand Response Times
In the GarageBand Preferences change the optimization time. A small buffer will enable you to listen to tracks sooner.
79) Lock GarageBand Tracks
Lock GarageBand tracks in the main window so you can’t change
their settings. This takes the load off your CPU and RAM and puts it on
the hard drive enabling your computer to do something else.
80) Hide The Track Mixer In Garage Band
Turn off the track mixer during playback. This frees up CPU when playing back tracks.
81) Combine Tracks In GarageBand
Combine finalized GarageBand tracks so your computer doesn’t have to keep track of these music tracks.
82) Clear PRAM (Intel Macs)
Although people haven’t found any speed increase, this little
trick will clear out any RAM gremlins allowing your computer to boot
quicker. Restart you Mac and hold Command + Option + P + R and let your
computer chime three to four times.
83) Set Big Packets On Your Network
The size of your data packets on your network will enable more data
to be sent at once. Open up Network in System Preferences. Hit the
Advance button and click on Ethernet. Set the MTU to Jumbo and the
Duplex to full duplex, flow control. This will enable bigger packets to
flow over your network. You will have to do this for all your computers
for best effect.
84) Use Quicksilver
is designed to enable you to work quicker on your computer. Install it
and do your every day actions quicker. Once as you learn how it works
and how to use it you will never be without it.
85) Let Unix Scripts Run
Your computer has a couple of built in Unix scripts for cleaning up
your Mac. Keep your Mac on during the night on a Saturdays and the
first day of the month so it can run its scripts.
86) Remove Services
If you have a lot of services in the services menu this take up RAM
and time to load. Remove the ones you don’t use with a tool like Service Scrubber.
87) Clean Your Dock
Many people have found that a full dock has caused there computer to
run slower. Clean it out by removing unused applications or stacks.
88) Block Ads With Firefox
Let web pages load quicker by blocking adverts. A lot of bandwidth,
CPU and RAM is wasted with this extra content that you may not use. Use
Adblock Plus for the best browsing experience.
89) Use Onyx To Run System Tasks
Use the computer program Onyx to run maintenance tasks to keep you Mac clean. One quick tip, only do tasks which you understand.
90) Use Tinker Tool
You can use Tinker Tool
to remove parts of your computer that you don’t use. This can
save you RAM since it doesn’t have to load and rendered by your
computer. By careful before you use this tool and understand what you
91) Use MainMenu To Access Maintenance Scripts
Use a tool like MainMenu to access maintenance scripts which you can use to clean out your Mac on a daily basis.
92) Use A Smaller Screen
Having a massive 30inch monitor is nice and cool, but you computers
graphics card has to render a lot of information. Use a smaller screen
to free up your graphics card for other tasks.
93) Use Speed Freak To Prioitize Apps
can take your Mac applications and prioritize the order they are run.
This enables you to give more CPU time to certain applications. The
default on your Mac is that every application has the same CPU time.
94) Remove Shadows
For Tiger only, ShadowKiller
can remove your shadows on your computer so you computer doesn’t
have to render them. Save CPU, GPU and RAM. May look a bit funny though
if you are used to shadows all this time.
95) Buy A Faster Mac
If you want a quicker Mac the best method is to buy as faster Mac.
With these tips you will never make a Mac Mini into a Mac Pro, the only
way of doing that is to buy a Mac Pro.
96) Learn To Touch Type
One of the biggest speed tips can be yourself. If you are a really
slow typer you can save a lot of time by learning to touch type. There
are hundreds of tutorials on the web about learning to touch type. Stop
looking at the keyboard and learn where the keys are. Even better would
be to learn Dvorak.
97) Reduce Finder Icon Size
In your Finder windows if you have massive icons, it means your
computer has to render a massive amount of information. Reduce the size
of the icons through the Show View Options.
98) Disable Spotlight For External Drives
Using Spotlight can be a major hog on resources. You can switch off
Spotlight for external drives by adding it to the list under the
Spotlight option in System Preferences.
Building a Sleep Discipline schedule can be easy and fun. It involves balancing many factors including the amount of extra time you would like to have, how many naps you can fit in per day, how strict you expect to be with the schedule, and how much sleep deprivation you’re willing to deal with in the beginning. Below you will find a chart of these factors and a step-by-step guide to developing a Sleep Discipline schedule that is right for you.
Review this chart to help you determine the best Sleep Discipline for you. Notice that the more naps you take during the day, the less sleep you will need at night. Conversely, the shorter your core sleep, the more strictly you will need to follow your schedule. The less Total Sleep you get, the more severe the sleep deprivation in the adjustment phase will be, however the more sever the sleep dep., the quicker your body will adjust to the Discipline.
# 20 min Naps Core Sleep (hrs) Total Sleep (hrs) Net Benefit (vs 8 hrs) Nap Sched. Flexibility Nickname 0 8 8 0 n/a Monophasic 1 6 6.3 1.7 +/-3 hr Siesta 2 4.5 5.2 2.8 +/-2 hr Everyman 3 3 4 4 +/-1 hr Everyman 4 or 5 1.5 2.8 5.2 +/-30 min Everyman 6 0 2 6 +/-30 min Uberman
How to make a Sleep Discipline schedule:
- Find 30 minute time blocks where you can quietly slip away and take a 20 minute nap every day. Ideally space the naps 3-6 hrs apart.
- (What worked for me: My job allows for a flexible schedule so I can take naps at work whenever I’m not too busy to do so. I target – 11:30 a.m., 5:30 p.m., and 11:00 p.m.)
- Find a location you can go to lie down uninterrupted during that time. Sleeping pads/bags, pillows, and earplugs make this task much easier – you will become a nap expert in short order, so you can get creative.
- (What worked for me: I use a sleeping bag to take naps on our office lounge couch, or on a backpacking sleeping pad in our conference room. If I’m at home I’ll crash on my bed. Otherwise I nap wherever I happen to be (i.e. cars, airports/airplanes, floors, other peoples’ couches/beds, etc.)
- Using your step 1 results and the chart above, determine the number of naps you want in your schedule and find the appropriate core sleep length. Then pick a time slot for your core sleep and choose the best nap times that will space out your rest throughout the day.
- (What worked for me: I wanted to be in to work by 7:00 a.m. every day so I set my core to 3:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. My best times for naps are: 11:30 a.m., 5:30 p.m., and 11:00 p.m)
- Pick a series of days (at least three) to commit to the adjustment phase knowing there’s a possibility of sleep deprivation. Try to avoid long drives, important business meetings, performing surgery, or any extremely important events. If something comes up, at any time you can switch back to monophasic, get a good night’s sleep and be right back to normal.
- (Ideally (assuming a M-F work week) start the schedule on Thursday by lying down for the scheduled naps. Get your core sleep in Thursday night so that way even if you get 0 benefit from your naps, you will have still had some sleep the night before. Then you have Saturday and Sunday allocated for potentially the most tiring days of the adjustment period – if attempting the Uberman Schedule, expect this “most difficult” period to last a week. The tiredness and fatigue from sleep deprivation will hopefully be reduced to only early-morning / late-night tiredness by day 4, and will disappear after full adjustment (1 month or more).
- Recommendation: If possible, choose a starting date that will give you 4 weeks to stick closely to the schedule (no vacations, trips, or prolonged times where you will not be able to get your naps). This is not absolutely necessary – especially as many of us are too busy to ever have a lull in activity for that long – however the closer you stick to the schedule for this time period, the more adapted you will be and the more you will get out of your time. As long as you make your Sleep Discipline a priority, you will adjust right quick.
There are at least 30 ways to make enemies in the workplace:
- Always correct others when they are wrong.
- Avoid “win-win” outcomes and instead rub in an opponent’s loss.
- Surprise people with bad news.
- Let others rely upon your word, and then renege on your commitment.
- Use sarcasm.
- Spread rumors.
- Belittle people.
- Respond promptly whenever you are angry.
- Routinely question the motives of others.
- Be too busy for others.
- Don’t respect their time.
- Make loose allegations.
- Be uncaring.
- Ignore common courtesies.
- Don’t return letters, calls or email.
- Engage in personal attacks.
- Exhibit cruel and senseless prejudices.
- Openly enjoy the discomfort of others.
- Embarrass people.
- Don’t keep confidences.
- Claim undue credit.
- Be hypercritical.
- Be indiscreet.
- Be crude.
- Look down on people.
- Kiss up and kick down.
15 Tips for a Successful Entrepreneur
The best way to get motivated is to read success stories. The more you see people succeeding, the more you feel you have higher chances to succeed. Of course, if you read stories about people failing, that’s not going to motivate you! As an entrepreneur, you’ll pass through really hard times but if you are motivated enough they will not affect you at all.
Get inspired but do not copy
Don’t be ashamed to get inspired from others’ work, keep doing it every minute but do not copy anything, keep your stuff original. Inspiration is a very good way to make you sense better, learn from others’ experience and you will have a clearer vision of what’s already there and where you need to add your innovative substance.
Invest your own money
There are two very important reasons for you to invest your own cash in your business. At the very early phase, no one may be fascinated by your thoughts unless you have crazy links with investors. You need to deposit a good budget to facilitate your growth; otherwise the big brothers will suck you up. The other very vital reason to invest your money is to make you more devoted. When you put some liquid in your business, that’s going to help you not give up easily. I’d say US$3000 is a good amount to begin with for entrepreneurs on the web, but don’t take my words on that, businesses vary a lot from one to another.
Don’t be greedy
Grant ownership when required. If you feel that someone can be an added value to your company, you ought to give away a portion of what you possess because 100% of nothing is nothing and 1% of a decamillion dollars company is something. So if you believe that by giving away ownership to some experts, they will give the company a superior assessment, just do it!
Find a partner
Two thinking together is equivalent to a hundred times one thinking alone. This has been proven with time! Most millionaires and top founders of companies started their project with a team of 2 or 3. Finding a partner is not easy. Do you think you need someone who thinks just like you? how would that help you add value to the company? You need someone different, clever who argues with you about ideas, they might be seeing things that you are not enlightened to and vice versa.
If you are serious about your business you should think at the forefront about things. You should visualize your company successful and agonize about the scalability for example. Some companies, who implemented brilliant ideas, have failed because their architecture was not scalable enough to lever the amount of clients and ended up small businesses forever. It’s always a good time to reorganize your business and make it bullet proof from an early stage.
Failure is not an option
“Man does not attain all his heart’s desires for the winds do not blow as the vessels wish”. As an entrepreneur, do not anticipate things to occur as you always expect. At some point, your implementation will fail! That should not be the end of your business but just a selection that you need to reconsider. People dissipate so much time on a milestone that fails, most of them give up! but only wise entrepreneurs continue embracing the fact that this failure is not going to take place another time.
Create something you need
A business is more likely to become successful when there is a need for the services it provides. Why would you create something you don’t really need or find useful? Some people want to create just anything to make money. If you are in that category, I advise you to practice a hobby or do anything you love and with time you will experience a need for several services that are not yet implemented and that would be a great inspiration to work on. Bottom line, don’t waste your time trying to find the idea that will make of you a millionaire, the idea will come to you with time. I would love to talk more about this subject so I will write later on a detailed post on how to come up with a great idea to implement if you have the will.
As I said previously, failure is not an option. That doesn’t mean that you’re not going to fail! What i meant was that you should not allow a failure to stop you. I’m personally a very fortunate person as I learned to enjoy failure. Every time I failed, I tried to uncover the cause of it and get around it. You want to become an experienced person in your field? The more you fail, the more experienced you become. Benefit from failures!
Learn from others’ mistakes
Everyone commits mistakes! All mistakes are avoidable. It’s very imperative to watch other people’s mistakes; do not mock them, but learn from them and try to avoid it. A competitor can fail at some time because there is a mistake in their business plan, they couldn’t prevent it because it wasn’t tested. It’s your opportunity to use their experiment not to commit their mistake.
Listen to others’ advices
Entrepreneurs tend to think they are smarter than other people. They are definitely smart but not the smartest. What makes of you a smarter person is your experience. There are people more experienced than you are, listen to their advices. Same thing with young people; they think they know everything but after a while they discover that their parents were right. It’s not a coincidence, the parents had more years to acquire experience in life. Never overvalue your level and listen to what more experienced people say.
Do not hack your work, redo it
While working on your task, you will realize some architectural errors. What most people do is tweaking or tuning! That would lead to another major problem. Never say: “I wish I’ve done it the other way”, just do it all over again the other way. That will save you so much time later on. Many people do not consider modularity when they initiate their projects, but when they reach a certain milestone, they wish they’ve done it modular. Would you start again or keep hacking it? I’d say rebuild it the right way. I’ve personally thrown away thousands of lines of code every few months because I was always learning how to do things better and faster.
Give it the time it needs
If you expect to start generating revenue in few days, go find a real job! Entrepreneurs who own today big companies have had a very long vision. They didn’t expect to start generating income the next day. They knew that it might take them months or years. Ok! This is not motivating I know. You want to make money very early but, unfortunately, you are not an employee to get paid weekly or monthly. If you are not willing to sacrifice and give it some time, I advise you to get employed. By the way, do not expect to build a competitor project to Google in few weeks.
Don’t give up
Entrepreneurs can give up very easily for many obvious reasons:
– They are not supervised
– They are not making income
– They are doing tough work
– They lack management
– Mistakes are most likely to occur
Commitment is a must. To be committed you must:
– Enjoy what you are doing. Millionaires say they have never worked a day in their lives; they were enjoying what they were doing.
– Consume your own money. As I said earlier, when you spend your money on your project, you will think twice before giving up because you will loose.
– Do anything to stay motivated.
Commit to perfection
You are a tiny fish in a huge ocean full of sharks. If your project is not bullet proof, the big companies will easily crash you! You are the only employee in your company. If you believe you cannot handle all the tasks by yourself (management, design, development, architecture, business…), consider finding a partner that can relieve you with that. A company cannot survive if one of its departments is malfunctioning.
101 Design resource sites
We love prowling the web for the latest trends and design inspiration. Here we have composed a list of common resources we use. The primary focus of this list is inspiration, it can come from a photograph, font, or a website. The secondary focus is improving your design skills, which can be done by keeping up to date with tutorials and reading other graphic design blogs. We hope you enjoy our personal list of great sites, and we will be adding to this list in the coming weeks and months as there are a lot of great new sites coming online every other day now.
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Free Font Downloads
Free Fonts and Other Resources: Web Page Publicity
Huge Collection of Free Fonts: Da Font
Nice Selection of Free Fonts: Urban Fonts
Fonts and Other Freebies: Simply The Best Fonts
1001 Free Fonts for Download: 1001 Free Fonts
Over 9000 Free Fonts: Creamundo
A Small List of Free Fonts: Best Free Fonts
Paid Font Sites
Stock Photos and Vectors
The Best Stock Photo and Vector Website: iStockphoto
Quality Photos for Purchase: Shutterstock
Stock Photos and Other Pay Downloads: Veer
Quality, Affordable Vectors for Purchase: Vector Stock
Stock Photos With a Great Selection: Jupiter Images
Stock Photos and Photography Network: Stock Vault
Quality Stock Photos: Corbis
Free Photos and Vectors
Submit Vectors or Download Others for Free: Open Source Vector Art
Tons of Great Free Vectors and Photos: Deviant Art
59 Pages of Free Vector Art: Free Vectors
Large Gallery of Free Vectors: Vecteezy
Quality Vector Downloads: Vector 4 Free
Neat Collection of Free Photos From Around the World: Free Stock Photos
Great Collection of Free Vectors and Resources: You The Designer
Great Free Stock Photos: Free Foto
A List of Free Downloads: Bittbox
700 Free Stock Photos: Free Picture Click
A Few High Quality WordPress Themes: Evan Eckard
Over 2000 Free Web Templates: OSWD
A Small Selection of Nice Templates: Open Source Templates
A Large List of Free Templates: Free CSS Templates
Nice WordPress Templates for Download: Free CSS Templates
A Combination of Free and Pay Templates: Free Templates Online
Affordable, Quality Templates: Templamatic
Free Blog Templates: Blogging Themes
The Best Sites on the Web: CSS Remix
A Frequently Updated Gallery of Sites: CSS Mania
An Organized List of Nice Sites: Most Inspired
CSS Gallery of Quality Sites: CSS Design Yorkshire
A Selection of Only Nature Based Sites: CSS Nature
A Selective List of Well Designed Sites: Web Creme
High Quality CSS Showcase: CSS Tux
Nice CSS Websites: The Designed Tree
A CSS Collection Organized by Category: CSS Elite
A Great Site About Everything Type: I Love Typography
An Incredible Illustrator: Burst of Beaden
A Great Designer and Illustrator: Fully Illustrated
Customizable List of Design Resources: Cork Dump
The Society of Graphic Designers of Canada: GDC
Freelance Advice Blog and Resources: Freelance Switch
Amazing Collection of Logos: Logopond
Stunning Desktop Wallpapers: Desktopography
A Graphic Design Magazine: Computer Arts
The Best Photoshop Tutorials: PSD Tuts
A Talented Photoshop Designer: Abduzeedo
Photoshop Tutorials and Web Design Resources: Web Design Library
Tutorials for Photoshop, Illustrator and More: Tutorial Vault
A Few Neat Illustrator and Photoshop Tutorials: Design Spice
Great Photoshop Tutorials and Downloads: PS Wish
Tutorials for Every Computer Program: Tutorialing
Free Photoshop Downloads
A Couple Free Patterns for Download: Design Spice
Free Photoshop Brushes: Design Fruit
Free Photoshop Actions: Visual Blast
Tons of Free Photoshop Brushes: Brusheezy
A Few Nice Free Photoshop Brushes: Obsidian Dawn
Great Grunge Brushes and Others: Photoshop Brushes
Free Background Patterns for Photoshop: Free BG
Over 150 Free Background Patterns: Squidfingers
A Frequently Updated Design Blog: Veerle’s Blog
A Design Magazine and Blog: Smashing Magazine
A European Design Blog: Design In Europe
A Unique Nerdy Blog: Design You Trust
The Personal Blog of a Graphic Designer: Larissa Meek
A German Design Blog: David Hellmann
The Blog of a Canadian Geek/Model: Mostly Lisa
A Graphic Design Blog: Bittbox
A Blog About Freelance Graphic Design Advice: Freelance Switch
A Design Blog Full of Resources: You The Designer
A Popular Design Blog: Fazai 38
A Flash Site of User Generated Colour Palettes: Adobe Kuler
Using Colours From Photos: Colr
Colours, Palettes and Patterns: COLOURlovers
A Colour Palette Generated From Your Images: Color Palette Generator
See The Results of Your Palette on a Website: Color Spire
Create and Email Colour Palettes: Color Blender
Tips and Tricks
Designer Geek Merch
Great Nerdy Clothing and Accessories: Veer
Nice T-Shirt Collection: Design Loot
Graphic Design T-Shirts and Accessories: Cafepress
Geek Merchandise For Everyone: Think Geek
Graphic Design T-Shirts: Zazzle
Unique T-Shirt Designs You Can’t Find Anywhere Else: Allmightys
Newly added resources (Thanks everyone for the link suggestions)
A fantastic resource for finding information on corporate brand identity: Brands of the World