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Does "being a professional" mean you need to wear a suit & tie?
Does it mean you're not allowed to swear on social media?
Or could it mean something else?

Here are my thoughts on this subject. Feel free to chime in :)

#business #smallbiz #smallbiztips #smallbusiness  
Popular marketing advice for small business owners is to be authentic and transparent online. But some of us who may be careful about what we put out in public are asking ourselves the question: is too much authenticity unprofessional? That's a valid question. After all, we grew up in a society that generally shuns authenticity like the plague, and showing our true self to the world feels extremely risky.
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I haven't written about #productivity ‬ in a long time, and I know a lot of people love this topic ;)

Here are 5 ways you can create ideal conditions for focus and flow and do more of the work that matters.

#productivitytips #timemanagement  
If you were to examine how you spend your time, you'd realize that a lot of it is wasted on activities that don't really bring you joy and fulfillment, but you're doing them over and over again because they became a habit. I'll show you how I make sure that when I sit down to do something for my work or personal projects, I stay focused. Learn the 5 ways you can create the ideal conditions for focus and creative flow.
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+Arif Billah There's a link in the article to the book page: http://neladunato.com/free-ebook-be-a-creative-powerhouse/
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How do you explain what you want to your designer if you're not a visual person?
Actually, that's not a problem at all.
Why not, you ask?
I answer this question in this post.

#design  
Often when I'm talking with new clients about their goals for the branding or website design project, they half-apologetically say something along the lines of 'I'm not sure what I want in terms of design'. What they really wonder is, how do I convey my ideas to a designer if I'm not a visual type? I'm telling you that you don't need to worry about that.
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I went a bit ranty-pants in this new blog post, where I write about one of my favorite pet peeves: people calling themselves "right brained" or "left brained".

Besides it being scientifically inaccurate, I also believe it's quite damaging.

Agree? Disagree? Share your thoughts.
I'm getting a fed up with the right/left brain myth that became so ingrained in our culture. Rarely anyone outside of the scientific world is even questioning it, and it's even more pronounced in our creative circles where people wear the right-brained label like a badge of honor. I'm sure many people won't agree with what I have to say on this topic, and even my best friends and most loyal readers might find this idea in opposition to their view...
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* * * EU VAT 2015 * * *
Ili ja ne pratim prave izvore informacija, ili se o ovome jako malo u Hrvatskoj priča. Zar zaista ovdje nema interesa za prodaju elektroničkih proizvoda?

U svakom slučaju, SVI koji imaju ambiciju ikad ubuduće prodavati svoju glazbu, aplikacije, plug-inove, stock grafike, e-knjige, video ili audio tečajeve, pretplatu na bilo što digitalno, hosting itd... Bilo bi dobro da se informirate.

Neki korisni članci na hrvatskom koji objašnjavaju što se mijenja od 1.1.2015.:
http://www.poslovni.hr/svijet-i-regija/eu-oduzima-googleu-appleu-ms-u-i-amazonu-izbor-gdje-ce-placati-pdv-267352
https://support.google.com/googleplay/android-developer/answer/138000?hl=hr
http://www.europrojekti.eu/jednostavnija-pravila-ali-i-vece-cijene-za-kupnju-online/

Koji je problem s ovim tekstovima?
To što su napisani isključivo ili iz perspektive (1) kupca online usluga ili (2) osobe koja prodaje putem Google ili Amazon platforme.
Nema jedne bitne skupine, a to su autori sadržaja koji prodaju putem vlastitih web stranica.

U nedavnom istraživanju koje je poduzela EU VAT Action inicijativa (euvataction.org) tek 40% ispitanika koristi velike platforme za prodaju svojih proizvoda, a ostali ih prodaju izravno putem vlastitih web stranica.

Evo informacije na stranicama Porezne Uprave za prodavače:
http://www.porezna-uprava.hr/PdviEu/Stranice/TelekomunikacijskeRadijskeUslugeTelevizijskoEmitiranje.aspx
(Ali to nije dovoljno vruća vijest za novine i portale)

Ako vam je ovo prvi put da čujete za to, ili ste nešto čuli ali niste baš proučavali, vjerojatno vam nije jasno u čemu je problem, zašto se deseci tisuća malih poduzetnika iz UK i drugih europskih država toliko bune?
Pa poreze treba plaćati, i dobro je da naša država dobije novac od onoga što mi, građani Hrvatske kupujemo, zar ne?

Problem je što se od malih poduzetnika (1 zaposleni) očekuje ista količina administracije kao i od tvrtki reda veličine Amazon i Google.
Iako je zakon zamišljen, parafraziram jednog MEP-a, "s namjerom da stvori jednake šanse malim i velikim tvrtkama, pošto si male tvrtke ne mogu priuštiti da se presele u zonu s manjim porezima", dogodilo se upravo suprotno. Mnogi mali poduzetnici bit će primorani zatvoriti svoje kućne radinosti ili male izdavačke kuće jer jednostavno nemaju novca, vremena i znanja da naprave sve što je potrebno da bi poslovali legalno.

Navjeće problemske točke su:

- Od prodavača se očekuje da prikupe 2 usklađena podatka koji potvrđuju prebivalište kupca - što je teško ako npr. koristite PayPal jer on daje maksimalno 1 podatak (adresu dostave).

- Ako te informacije ne štimaju, morate osobno kontaktirati kupca i provjeriti gdje živi (dodatna tlaka i za vas i za kupca, koji vam zapravo i ne mora odgovoriti).

- Te informacije morate čuvati 10 GODINA na svom računalu za slučaj da porezna iz bilo koje članice EU želi provjeriti da ih niste slučajno zakinuli.
(Želite li vi kao kupac da vaši osobni podaci budu spremljeni na stotinama nezaštićenih računala diljem svijeta 10 godina? Jer ovo se ne tiče samo EU već svih koji posluju s EU)

- Neki od nas žive u državama gdje postoji prag PDV-a, i nismo u sustavu PDV-a dok god ga ne prijeđemo. UK ima vrlo visok prag PDV-a (oko 80 tisuća funti) što objašnjava i zašto su se svi tamo digli na noge.
Što se tiče digitalnih proizvoda, prag je 0, što znači da ulazite u sustav PDV-a sa prvom prodajom u bilo koju državu članicu EU, makar ona iznosila 1 euro.

- Prodavač ima izbor ili registrirati se za PDV u svaku državu članicu EU zasebno i obračunavati PDV na kraju svakog kvartala, ili se u svojoj državi (ako mu ona to omogućava) registrirati za MOSS koji obavlja tu peripetiju za vas (opet na kraju svakog kvartala).
Registrirati se morate prije prve transakcije. Idealno, prije 1.1.2015.

- Za mnoge prodavače "cost of compliance" (administrativni troškovi, plaćanje programskog rješenja itd.) prelaze profit koji imaju prodajući u zemljama EU, znači ovaj ih zakon gura u minus.

- Zbog svega ovoga, sve više tvrtki (koje si to mogu priuštiti jer prodaju pretežno u US ili UK) odlučile su riješiti problem na najjednostavniji mogući način - neće prodavati kupcima iz EU!
To je već napravio čak i Google sa svojom uslugom Google Helpouts.

Ako želite saznati više detalja, preporučam EU VAT Action stranicu i FAQ: http://euvataction.org/key-facts/

A možete se učlaniti i u Facebook grupu Digital VAT 2015 (https://www.facebook.com/groups/DigitalVAT2015/) i vidjeti što se tamo piše.

Također bi bilo lijepo da ako ste mali poduzetnik koji se bavi digitalnim uslugama i proizvodima, ili ste simpatizer istih (ako ste kupac, trebali biste biti) potpišite peticiju: https://www.change.org/p/pierre-moscovici-a-unilateral-suspension-of-the-introduction-of-the-new-eu-vat-laws-for-micro-businesses-and-sole-traders

Eto toliko zasad od mene, ako imate pitanja ili nešto za dodati, komentirajte.
Ako znate da u svom krugu poznanika imate ljude kojih se ovo tiče (bilo kao autore i poduzetnike ili kao kupce), molim vas da podijelite s njima ovaj post ili barem neke najbitnije informacije.

Premalo je dostupnih informacija o ovoj temi na hrvatskom webu, to trebamo promijeniti!

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PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION to call for THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION to unilaterally suspend the introduction of the new EU VAT laws for micro businesses and sole-traders, which if allowed to come into force will unfairly disadvantage the EU’s smallest businesses. The new EU VAT regulations coming into force on 1 Jan 2015 change the way in which VAT (consumer tax) is charged on digital services - instead of the tax rate being applied according to wher...
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A topic that's a bit difficult to write about, but I think it needs to be said.
Writing about topics like these always invokes a lot of fear and self-worth issues in me, so I've refrained from publishing this post for a good long while. What if giving up on old dreams translates as being flaky, lazy and not able to finish anything? But usually when I get cold feet about publishing something, it turns out there is a bunch of people who feel exactly the same and are so glad to see someone else writing about it, because they to...
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Have a "too many ideas" problem? It's both a blessing and a curse.

In this post I share how I manage my ideas so I don't forget them, and my brain gets to rest a bit :)

#TipsForCreatives #IdeaManagement #organizationtips  
Some people say ideas are worthless without execution. Others say ideas are the currency of the future. You, however, seem to have a problem cashing in on this currency because you have more ideas than you know what to do with — it's both a blessing and a curse.<br />While I don't have a magic pill that will stop this craziness (and honestly, we wouldn't want to stop it), having a system to manage our wealth of ideas helps a lot.<br /> Here are m...
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+rantalica glad to help! :) if you have any additional questions, just ask ;)
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I took some photos of my last painting process, so I'm sharing it here in case you're curious about seeing how my watercolor illustrations come to be!

#Art #illustration #Watercolor #WatercolorPainting  
I realized I haven't shared any of my creative processes in a while, so I decided to share some work-in-progress photos of my latest watercolor painting, Sing Me Of Better Times. This is not intended as a how-to by any means and I'm not describing every step in detail, but I hope it will still provide some value to you.
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We all have our reasons... this is mine.

Fair warning, there's over 3500 words in this baby.
I want to talk about an issue that I feel is greatly affecting our ability to be successful in our art and business. It's about our willingness to stand firmly in our uniqueness, and put our individuality in the spotlight in everything we do.
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Oh yeah, parents' advice is totally uncool when you're 13 :)
Awesome!
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If you'd like to see the the tools I use for my everyday sketching adventures, check out this photo-rich post :)

#sketchbook #artist  
Let's welcome the new outdoor sketching season with a little art supplies geekout! I'm always voyeuristically scavenging blogs and Pinterest to see what sketching tools other artists are using. I've only mentioned my sketching kit once before on this blog, so I decided to create a post about this topic alone.
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Dear friends,
I think this is a fitting piece to close the year :)

In any case, it's the last work I will publish in 2014, since I'm taking a 10 day break from social networks to rest, replenish and get in touch with my inspiration

I wish you all the best in the upcoming year - peace, love, wealth, health and success, and whatever else you choose to have for yourself.

Enjoy your holidays, and see you soon!

Love,
Nela

#art #illustration #fantasyart #surrealart  
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Final week of #MonthOfFairies ! Check out my fairies and read what I learned during this project in this post :)

#FantasyArt #Art #fairy  
For the entire month of November I've been drawing a fairy a day and posting it on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #MonthOfFairies. Today I'm sharing my works from the last week, along with some things I've learned by working on this project.
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Artist, designer and illustrator
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I'm a multi-passionate mixed-media artist, freelance illustrator and designer from Croatia.

I help purpose-driven business owners and independent creatives by creating unique and beautiful logo designs & branding packages, web design, graphic design and illustration that speaks directly to their perfect clients and fans.

I've been working professionally as a designer for over 9 years, and my illustrations have been published and awarded internationally.

I love sharing knowledge, tips, insights and inspiration on my blog.

I also teach creative workshops, organize events and festivals, and write tutorials and eBooks.

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  • Nela Dunato Art & Design
    Artist, 2006 - present
    I'm a freelance illustrator and designer working with clients worldwide. My work includes logo design and branding, web design, graphic design for print and illustration. My portfolio is at http://neladunato.com
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    Web and graphic designer, 2011 - 2013
  • Adria24
    Web and graphic designer, 2009 - 2011