Or even less.

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Staring a business is easy nowadays, but people sometimes hesitate to set up their mind to give it a shot because they think they don’t have enough money.

One frequent asked question on Google about starting a business is “How do I start a business with $XXX.”

In my opinion, it’s not about numbers you have, rather, it’s about how you wisely take advantage of the resource you currently have.

Let’s say I have $10000. Keep in mind, this number is just a reference. …


You’ll shall not do that too. Period.

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Working as a video producer and photographer, aside from normal corporate projects, I also have lots of work requests from someone I know of and my friends.

They either asked me to do small projects for personal use or for their own small businesses. Usually they’ll say “I’ll pay you but this is the budget that I have, it’s just a small projects.”

8 out of 10 times I’ll work for them for cheap. The reason is very simple: They are my friends, I don’t want to let them down. And I can still make money.

It seems like a…


I spent a whole year to know these

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Now it’s the beginning of 2020. Everybody is going back to work after the holiday season. For many of us, it is still an excellent time to settle down and figure out the new year’s plan.

The goals are great. Goals keep people productive. but other than knowing what to do as a part of our new year’s plan, I believe we should know how to do so that we can still be on track and don’t get lost.

Looking back into 2019, I’ve got 6 reflections on my first year of freelancing and would like to share them with…


Take a break and learn from the best

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It’s officially the holiday season. As I mention in my last post, there are still a lot of things that you can do when you got no work to do.

One of them is to learn from the best in your field.

As a documentary filmmaker, it’s a great time for me to catch up with those best work in the past year and learn from them.

The latest Oscar Best Documentary nominee just came out recently, and I found out you can watch most of them online except for a couple.

Today is the first part — DOCUMENTARY SHORT…


Spend your free time to make a better you

Always be prepared for the unknown. Blue Rhino Film www.bluerhinofilm.com
Always be prepared for the unknown. Blue Rhino Film www.bluerhinofilm.com
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It’s already the holiday season of the year.

Being a freelancer, I am happy that I can take a break and stay with my family and friends, but on the other side, I don’t have enough work to do. SADLY.

That’s a harsh reality to be a freelancer. No work, no income.

I struggled for several days and suddenly realized that the only choice is to admit how freelancing works and prepare for the future.

It’s so wrong to be pessimistic and do nothing when you are free.

Here are five things that I believe every freelancer could do to…


But gear still matters.

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As a filmmaker and cinematographer, I still remember the days that I was drowning in the ocean of gear review videos. I have spent hundreds, if not thousands of hours watching people talking about their cameras and tried to figure out which one to buy.

I believe many new filmmakers do that, too. Just go through cinematography-related YouTube channel, you’ll see the most popular videos are those talking about gear.

Not like film ideas or distribution, gear is the easiest and most tangible thing to talk about. …


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Everyone feels like they get a thin gauze in front of their eyes as they go outdoors. They can see only the light gray haze that covers the whole city of Wuhan, China, and its 10 million citizens. It’s been almost a week since the weather observatory issued the yellow warning signal for smog.

The cars and buses are running on the road as always, but no one can see their tags until they are less than 100 feet away. …


The key is planning

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I write on Medium. My goal is to write as many quality articles as I can.

But I don’t have a whole lot of time to write like those famed full-time writers. I write in the early mornings. I write when I am waiting for boarding. It’s those split sections of time that shape my writing schedule.

The problem that I have faced is that I can’t write very much in a relatively short time. Sometimes when I am sitting in a cafe, waiting for my train coming, I could not even write a word in this 30-minute layover.

But…


Blame how they are designed.

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Phone addiction. Everyone knows that, but it seems that many people don’t want to pull them our from that for themselves although they know it’s not good for them.

If you somehow find out that you hate the addition that you have, please try not to blame yourself.

Because to some extent, that’s not your fault. Phones and apps are designed to be addictive, a former Google design expert claimed.

Especially for children, they like colorful stuff and moving objects by their nature, so that’s why many toys have vivid and bright colors on it. A phone can combine those…

Yuan Yue

Writing before dawn. Filmmaking during the day. A funny dad.

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