We’re sure we’re not the only ones planning to take advantage of the sunny weather this weekend. Take the rest of the day off, pour yourself an extra coffee, put your feet up and have a read of the assembled goodness below. See you on Monday!

The first hour

We don’t particularly subscribe to the “emulate successful people to be successful yourself” school of thought, but this Fast Company article is interesting nonetheless, documenting what well-known entrepreneurs and businessfolk do in their first hour post-sleep.

The early days of Lanyrd

If you’ve ever been to a conference you’ve probably used social conference directory Lanyrd. You may not realise the interesting story of the site’s birth – here it is in tweet and picture format.

The Kickback Machine

Thinking about funding your next project through crowdfunding mega-site KickStarter? This site will help you do your homework by examining KickStarter campaigns that have failed in the past.

Creative freebies

An oldie but a goodie – a list of free stuff for creative types from our friends over at CAF.

We’re finally linking to an infographic

We tend to avoid infographics (primarily because the vast majority are a load of old crap), this one actually has some utility though – how to fiddle with your pricing structure to appeal to new clients.

Secrets of a record-breaking blogger

Educational site SkilledUp talks to Engadget blogger and Guinness world record-holder Darren Murph about how to blog effectively.

Another PayPal horror story

We’ve debated PayPal’s usefulness to freelancers endlessly, but here’s a story that goes above and beyond the usual whines – this guy actually put an alternative system together. Inspiring!

Another horrible late paying client (with poor grammar)

Presented without comment. Just give it a read.

And finally…

Because who doesn’t love Hamsters battling centrifugal force?

Photo by Zitona