From Full-Time to Freelance

Isn’t it time to make our work, work for us?

In 2011, I made the unorthodox decision to transition from a steady, salary job with benefits to a self-employed social media consultant. On-demand work is quickly becoming mainstream, and sites like WorkMarket are making it easier for contractors and companies to meet, fill job listings and coordinate payment.

Head to Mashable - Business to learn more about my move from full-time to freelance, the three steps I took to get there and how my salary tripled in the first year. 

Talking AR, VR with Samsung

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Samsung. The opinions and text are all my own.

Last month, I traveled with Samsung to San Diego for the Enterprise Wearable Technology Summit, where I had the opportunity to chat with a dozen technology experts to discuss the impact of virtual reality, augmented reality and wearables in business.

The future of VR is bright, from improving public safety to training employees and everything in between. Check out my full interview with Librestream Technologies' Jereme Pitts and Samsung's Gabriel Murphy. 

And with VR comes great possibilities. Bharat Saini, founder and chief technologist of Hipaax, shared with me some of the advantages of wearables in the workplace. (Fun fact: Samsung recently announced its partnership with Hipaax to advance the incorporation of smartwatches in the workplace.)

I also spoke with Samsung's Wonjin Kim about what makes smartwatches help businesses run efficiently. Still don't believe the benefits of wearables? Just watch.

Got Game? Retailers Play It Big with Gamification

“If you do great things around the brand, the halo effect is that you sell more stuff.”

This month, I wrote my first article for Intel's IQ Magazine about gamification in business - aka the art of using elements of gaming to draw interest and drive consumer engagement.

Read my latest on the art - and ROI - of retail gamification here.

And head to Forbes to read my open letter to people who don't use social media, if you haven't already.