Network, shmetwork. Everyone touts networking as the end-all and be-all of finding clients and work- but you can end up wasting a lot of valuable time networking while not making any progress whatsoever. Here’s why I think networking is just plain stupid- and what to do instead.

Resume scams are thriving thanks to a shaky economy that makes job-seekers unsure of themselves and their abilities. When you’re looking for work, take the time to do your research and ask the right questions.

In the past, it was considered good enough if you had a well-organized resume or portfolio to showcase your work. Nowadays, with clients increasingly doing research online, it’s imperative that you maintain an online presence. Having a website not only gives you an online presence and helps you highlight your skills, it also hints at your other skills (e.g., web design) and talents (e.g., ebook).