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Even though the holiday season is upon us and the stockings are getting hung by the chimney with care, we still have to work to put food on the table and a roof over our heads. And it is with that we start this week’s speedlink.

There’s more to freelance writing than just the writing. Jennifer Dunn has a number of invoicing tips for freelancers, particularly when it comes to being paid on time. I’ve written before about why I bill monthly, but I think one of the most important tips that Jennifer offers is that you should include your late fees on every invoice. This way, your clients know that they’ll be charged if they don’t pay on time.

When it comes to professional blogging, there are few people more respected than Darren Rowse. He’s built up quite the blogging empire, so when he explains some of the things he’s learned about how to make money from blogging, we should all listen. Yes, it is possible, but it takes hard work and dedication. Also, we should realize that there are many ways to monetize and there is no such thing as a magic winning formula.

The way that a customer pays is changing and that’s why Serge is taking a closer look at Microsoft’s subscription model for Office. Instead of buying the software, a small business simply pays an annual subscription fee for each employee who needs to use the program. Xbox Music works in the same way, as do Netflix and premium accounts with services like Hootsuite. Serge disagrees, though, saying that Microsoft’s experiment is going to implode.

What if you want to make money on the go? Spencer Mitchell has compiled an interesting list of ways that you can make money make money on your tablet or smartphone. Yes, we spend a lot of money on our digital addictions, but those mobile devices can be a source of revenue too. Have you looked into online surveys? What about services like Gigwalk and Easyshift for some quick cash in a pinch?

And finally, we have Ed Lau and his review of the Starry Night restaurant in Richmond. This is a prime example of how not to run a business. Service was lacking, the servers couldn’t speak English (despite being an upper class English restaurant), and the food lacks personality. It still sounds better than what I endured at Victory Seafood Restaurant. That was horrible.