A Look at Why Web Projects Stall

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of booking a new project. You immediately start thinking of it’s potential to boost your portfolio and your bank account (you may have even received a nice down payment). And there’s often a great level of excitement from your client as well. They just can’t wait to get started …

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The Secrets to Keeping Your Clients Happy

When you start a web design business, there are so many unknowns and things you may not have even considered. Maybe you’re a talented designer or developer – but that’s only part of the equation. After all, even the most talented among us aren’t going to be successful without the ability to recruit and retain …

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Getting Clients to Work Your Way

They say that “the customer is always right”. And while that may be true (most of the time), it certainly doesn’t mean that we have to bend over backwards for them in every instance. I should know, as I spent years attempting to contort myself to fit whatever clients wanted. One area that is particularly …

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Avoiding Burnout: The Working After Hours Rulebook

We’ve all been there. Those situations where there is too much to do and not enough time to get it done. It’s a common problem in just about all fields, but it seems especially so for freelancers. Because, when you’re working solo, everything rests on your shoulders. Therefore, the temptation to work after normal business …

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How to Set Yourself Apart from DIY Website Providers

Competition within the web design industry is fierce. With the sheer number of agencies and freelancers out there fighting for clients, it can feel like no project is uncontested. Throw in the ever-growing list of companies that offer DIY solutions for business owners and the market becomes even more overcrowded. For many of us, it …

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How to Pick the Right Design Projects

As your freelance design career progresses, you’ll be presented with many project opportunities. But one of the hardest aspects of being in business is learning to pick the right projects for you. There are several reasons for this. First, we tend to be trusting of others when they’re telling us about their needs. Second, saying …

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Free Styleguide Templates for Your Web Projects

Styleguides help you stay consistent when designing a website by collecting color palettes, images, and UI elements into one easy-to-reference place. This invaluable tool is all but essential for web designers. But where to begin in creating one? These templates will help you get your styleguide set up properly and beautifully, so you can design …

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When to Say No to a Web Design Client

Rejecting potential clients is an art that all freelancers and designers should know. Sometimes, you and the client just don’t work well together, and that’s okay! It just takes a bit of finesse – so even when you have to reject them in the middle of the project, you and your business can come out …

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